Not to wax poetic for you, but 2010 was a wonderful year. A lot of great things happened this year - I left my despised job, we adopted Layla, I started school, Bob had a successful year at the golf course, we traveled some, I discovered solace in baking and started this blog. Just about all of my 2010 resolutions came true. Except that one about becoming a Victoria's Secret model and writing the great American novel. Oh well.
My 2011 resolutions are pretty simple. Finish school. Get a job. Make a quilt. Enrich my friendships. Conquer my fear of vegetables.
This recipe will definitely help with that last one. There's a Cosi restaurant close by my old office, and we used to order there for lunch sometimes. One night, Bob and I decided that we were too lazy to cook and hungry for something different. We ventured into Cosi and I ordered the fire-roasted veggie sandwich. After one bite, I was in love. I had to have more of this!
True to typical neurotic Diana fashion, I figured that I could replicate this sandwich in the comfort of my own kitchen. Off to Wegman's I went. I chopped and drizzled and broiled and baked and sliced until I had developed this creation. Even Hubby, another meat-loving veggie-phobe, was smitten.
My winter break lunch was born.
Note: I use feta cheese spread that I got off the hummus bar at Wegman's. Swap in whatever you like or can find. You can easily replicate this ingredient by beating together 4 oz feta cheese, 2 oz softened cream cheese, 1 clove of minced garlic and some balsamic vinegar. Yum!
Diana's Resolute Veggie Panini
1 small eggplant
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1-2 teaspoons oregano
feta cheese spread, or whatever kind you like
fresh sourdough bread
Rinse off the eggplant, peppers and cucumber.
Here's to 2011!!