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Eggplant gets a bad rap. A lot of people say they can't deal with the tough on the outside, mushy on the inside texture. But knowing how to cook eggplant properly is key. Try out your technique at home with these recipes.  


Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Open Faced Sandwich with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce and Fresh Mozzarella


Eggplant, Tomato & Chickpea Stew with Saffron-Infused Couscous


Escalivada (Grilled Eggplant & Pepper Salad) 





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Eggplant is Everywhere 
Eggplants are now available in markets year round, but they are at their very best from August through October when they are in season. So, what kind should you buy?

While different varieties range slightly in taste and texture, you can expect eggplant to have a pleasantly bitter taste and spongy texture overall. That sponginess makes eggplant a great base for many dishes like Baba Ganoush, Ratatouille and Eggplant Parmigiana because it absorbs flavors so well. Eggplant is like a blank canvas for a cook!

In our latest video, Shelley shows you three different kinds of eggplant readily available at markets now, as she prepares spicy Szchewan Eggplant. Consider this a gateway dish for those of you who think you don't like eggplant. You'll love the flavor and spice! 
How to Cook Eggplant 
How to Cook Eggplant


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