Saturday, December 9, 2006

Holidays are Coming, Cookbooks & Diets

It's definitely holiday season! Decorations are everywhere - colored lights, ribbons, wreaths on doors, trees, menorahs...whatever anyone fancies. And, of course it's Party Time!!! It's also gift giving time, and high on my list this time of year are cookbooks (actually, they're high on my list ANY time of year). Naturally many of them already focus on the resolutions everyone will be making in January - losing all that "party fat".

Now I'm a commited South Beach Dieter, but I'm always looking at other options (more to add recipes to my repetoire than anything else) so I was pleased to receive David Kirsch's The Ultimate New York Diet. It's filled with delicious recipes and lots of work out plans (with photos, so there's no excuse for not doing them). Of course, those of you who know me, know I will probably focus on the recipes, but the exercises do look easy to follow.

I chose this particular recipe for two reasons:
1. It's Party Time and you could definitely start your resolutions early by eating/serving delicious but waistline-friendly dishes. Have the good crusty bread for those who don't care and endive leaves for those who do.

2. It's time for Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging event, this time around hosted by Pookah at What's Cooking In Carolina - a great blog! The caponatoa has lots of my favorite veggies, eggplant & fennel. Neither of which are high on my family's list of delicious things to eat, so I have to disguise them and this dish made that very easy to do. The herbs, basil (my favorite) and parsley added to the subterfuge along with the saltiness of the capers and the heat of the crushed chili peppers.

1 comment:

Kalyn said...

Sounds very good. I've never made caponata, but I love it in restaurants.