Grilled Vegetables with Tonkatsu Sauce

Good news! I was just outside and there was a cool wind! By cooler, I mean cool (85 degrees F) compared to what we’ve had. I think that nasty old heat dome is passing by! I wanted to throw up my arms and dance. And maybe I did, just a little. 🙂 I was like Rose in The Titanic. Well, older, chunkier and without Leanardo DiCaprio…or the ship. Ok, so I was just an old lady smiling into the breeze. 🙂titanic-rose-jpg_152711

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Tomato Zucchini Bisque

Tomato Zucchini Bisque

I’m a big fan of tomato soup, like my Simple Tomato Soup (which can be made in the Instant Pot or Not) in moderation, from time to time. It’s one of those things I grew up with and when I crave it, there’s nothing better. Until now. Yup, now there’s this Tomato Zucchini Bisque. I never thought, in a zillion years, that adding a zucchini (admittedly a vegetable I try to like but am not wild crazy about) would make take one of my favorite childhood comfort foods and elevate into something so delicious.

Tomato Zucchini Bisque

Tomato Zucchini Bisque

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Sparrow Tavern's Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern’s Veggie Burger . $3.75 for 8

These Veggie Burgers are amazing!! A bit of work but totally worth it!

Diners, Drive Ins & Dives is on Netflix this season and this episode features the Sparrow Tavern in Astoria, New York – a run down rock & roll type bar with gourmet style. One of their star items was the Sparrow Veggie Burger and even the carnivores were going on about it. After I made them, I can see why – they’re flippin’ AWESOME! A bit of work, but the best Veggie Burger I’ve ever had!

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger

Sparrow Tavern Veggie Burger – early version, I fixed the “cracking” flaw.

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Ratatouille

Here’s the thing about Ratatouille – it’s originally a Provencal vegetable stew, and like any stew, just calls out for the personalized touch. Don’t like eggplant – who cares? Peppers aren’t your thing? Use something else. I think you’ll love this version, roughly adapted from Tyler Florence. We do.

Ratatouille

Ratatouille

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