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July, 2011

Summer Recipe from the Crescent City Farmers Market

Jul 19, 2011 by in News Comments Off on Summer Recipe from the Crescent City Farmers Market

Every Tuesday you can head down to 200 Broadway for the Crescent City Farmers Market to find fresh fruits and vegetables, locally made cheeses, and local meats and seafood. You’ll also find the Green Plate Special, a fresh, affordable plate lunch that showcases the local, seasonal ingredients available at the CCFM from a local chef.

The CCFM also offers a recipe-of-the-week that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients that you can find that week at the market.  So courtesy of the Crescent City Farmers Market,

Grandpa’s Sicilian Eggplant


When visitors hear about New Orleans’ huge Sicilian immigrant population that dates back to the late 1800s, they often ask, “Where’s the New Orleans ‘Little Italy’?” Back in the day, nearly every New Orleans neighborhood was a Little Italy with an Italian grocer on the corner influencing French Creole, German and Irish shoppers. Chef Duke LoCicero remembers his Sicilian grandpa with this dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggplants (medium to large), peeled and then cut into small cubes
  • 2 medium red onions, diced small
  • 2 large bulbs garlic, roasted
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups sliced black ripe olives
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh basil
  • 1 cup sliced green olives
  • 1 cup diced pimientos
  • 1 cup sweet Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup capers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon anchovies, puréed
  • 1/4 tablespoon crushed dried red pepper

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add eggplant, onions, and garlic; sauté over low to medium heat until eggplant is tender. Add all remaining ingredients—marinara sauce, black olives, basil, green olives, pimientos, wine, capers, sugar, vinegar, anchovies, and crushed red pepper—and mix well. Continue to sauté until 80 percent of the liquid is gone. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for 6 hours.

Serve hot or cold, with grilled seafood or meat. This dish can be used many ways, including with pasta.

Serves 8-10

Recipe compliments of Chef Duke LoCicero, Cafe Giovanni

So go take advantage of the great resource that is the Crescent City Farmers Market and get cooking with local produce!

 

Our Picks for July!

Jul 8, 2011 by in Fashion Comments Off on Our Picks for July!

As I’m sure you guessed, it’s still hot down south in New Orleans so we put together another batch of cool clothes for you this month!

For the Ladies:

Another favorite by locals Jolie + Elizabeth, the Nashville dress. Perfectly light yet not see-through and just a touch of that darling seersucker.

 

This little black dress is perfect for a hot summer night out on the town. The slits on the back let in a little breeze and the cowl neck front offers a subtle yet sexy neckline.

For the Men:

We just love this tee! It is unbelievably soft! And comes in tons of fun colors. Perfect for the man who just wants to throw something stylish on and go.

These shorts are perfect for summer.  The durable cotton poplin makes these shorts perfect to wear out to the beach or anywhere else.  The drawstring, slim fit and subtle ticking stripes make these shorts super stylish.

So there you have it, folks! Our favorite picks for July. Hope you had a great green Fourth and we’ll see you in-store soon!

xoxo, Lauren + Thiri