Eggplant Parmesan – Meatless Monday

Baked eggplant and a healthier bechamel match up in an Italian classic made virtuous. The cheeses are on top, instead of in layers, with a creamy pink sauce underneath.


  • 1 large eggplant (2 pounds), sliced 1/2 inch thick crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 cup fat-free (skim) milk
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup homemade or best-quality store-bought marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Arrange eggplant on two rimmed baking sheets. Brush eggplant on both sides with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown and very tender, 20 to 25 minutes, turning slices and rotating sheets halfway through.
  2. Meanwhile, make sauce: Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/4 cup milk, flour, and garlic. Gradually whisk in remaining 3/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup marinara sauce. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until pink sauce has thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Alternate layers of baked eggplant with pink sauce. Dollop with remaining 1/4 cup marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake on upper rack until browned and bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes.



Passing Thoughts

Céad Míle Fáilte

(If you look closely you”ll see the angel guarding these graves)

I spent some time at Cedar Grove Cemetery at the University of Notre Dame today.  It was a really warm, beautiful, quiet day.  As some of you know, my mother-in-law passed away about a month ago.  Per her request, she was cremated, and the burial service was delayed until all the members of the family could be here.  We set the date for her burial service for Mother’s day, to commemorate her life among us.   I spent the morning trimming shrubbery away from the headstone, pulling weeds that had sprouted this Spring, and clipping the grass that was overgrowing its bounds around the stone.  I wanted the gravesite to look as best it could.  After the landscaping chores I scrubbed and polished the stone and sealed it with a coating that will maintain the beautiful, bright shine of the marble.

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Mondays Child


“Monday’s Child

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living,
But the child that’s born on the Sabbath day, Is fair and wise and good and gay.

Author: Unknown