Sep 3, 2012

Hurricane Cookin'

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Everything in much of South Louisiana was shut down for a few days last week  while we waited for Isaac to pass.

That was one weird storm.

Meandering along, unsure of where he wanted to go.  Once he got there, he didn't want to leave.

My family in New Orleans made it through with very minor damage, but no electricity (Still.  What's the deal, Entergy?).  Unfortunately some family in LaPlace were flooded with a few feet of water in the house.

Where I live we had a good amount of rain, but nothing destructive.  It was the wind that seemed unending.  We started with winds Monday evening while Isaac was in the Gulf.

The wind lasted through Thursday morning.  At one point The Boy and I did a Three Stooges thing, running into each other from opposite ends of a hallway.  It sounded like part of our roof was coming off.  He ran to find me; I ran to get outside and check the roof.  Smack.

The roof is still sittin' on top of the house and I'm still unsure what all the racket was.

We were fortunate not to lose electricity--only surges now and then.  And no real damage occurred.  We lost a lot of pecans to the wind is all.

My yard looks a lot like an early Easter egg hunt.

The tree is still upright.  My drama-mama self was sure it would come down to crush me in my sleep.

While I can't do anything with green pecans still encased in their husks, I harvested everything else I knew I could use before it was damaged.

And cooked most of it up while we were house-bound by Isaac.
No crackers or canned goods this time around.

Eggplant w/ Creamy Corn Sauce is something I've been playing around with this summer.  We've had it with eggplant sauteed in olive oil; we've had it with grilled.  If your eggplant is old and/or large, it would probably be better to saute since it might burn on a grill before it gets tender.  I've also tried the corn sauce with heavy cream and again with half and half.  The heavy cream won for texture and richness (of course), but half and half was good too.  This time around, I decided to add a handful of cherry tomatoes and I liked what that did for color.  Reminded me of corn maque chou...and that's never a bad thing.

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Eggplant w/ Creamy Corn Sauce

1 cup corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream, divided
salt, black pepper, Tony's Creole seasoning, all to taste
a handful of cherry tomatoes, halved OR 1 small Roma tomato chopped

2-3 medium eggplant, sliced in planks
olive oil
salt and black pepper

Add the corn and 1/4 cup half and half or cream to a pan.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, and Tony's.  Bring to a simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes, mashing some of the kernels with the back of a spoon.  While simmering, add more half and half as needed to keep the mixture saucy.  Add the tomato and simmer for about 5-8 minutes longer.

While the sauce is cooking, brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper if grilling. Place on a hot grill and grill until tender.  If sauteing, heat a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet.  Season the eggplant with salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet in batches.  Cook until tender and browned in spots.

Place eggplant on a platter and top with the corn sauce.  Serve sprinkled with more Tony's Creole seasoning, if desired.

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  1. I just got two eggplant at the market without a plan for them. This sounds like a great idea. I think the textures of eggplant and corn would be good together.

  2. I am glad you made it through alright. I am in awe of your pretty food during a major storm.

    I am grateful for Isaac, not much wind by the time it got here and steady, gentle rain for 2 days. Very much appreciated in our current state of crispy drought.

  3. Glad everyone is safe!
    And that dish looks heavenly!

  4. So glad to hear everyone is safe. That sure was one stubborn hurricane. Guess he just wanted to hover over the state for awhile. I like the way you got down with this creamy corn sauce though. I'm pretty sure I could eat that on anything!

    Here's to better weather!

  5. so glad y'all came out okay but sorry for the loss of the pecans, those are seasonal gems - nothing better than creamed corn and fresh with those little cherries are nothing short of the best of summer eating - very nice

  6. Glad you are safe and there was minimal damage. What a beautiful eggplant dish!!

  7. I am relieved to know that you are SAFE.
    The eggplant with corn sauce looks delectable.

  8. I'm glad to hear everyone is okay! ANd I'm loving that eggplant!

  9. Hi MM,
    I am so happy that your family made it through the storm ok. Your Eggplant with that Cream Corn Sauce looks delicious, we would love it. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. Glad to hear you are OK, your dish looks incredible.

  11. I'm so glad you stayed safe! Those winds looked very scary. I smiled when I read what you wrote about banging into your son in the hall!

    Your Eggplant with Cream Corn Sauce looks really colourful and delicious - I like the addition of the tomatoes. I'm always looking for new ways to serve eggplant and this sounds great!

  12. Yum. Thanks for sharing with Simply Delish.

  13. Glad you are safe and didn't suffer too much damage. Shame about the pecans. Thanks for sharing this tasty corn and eggplant at Foodtastic Friday!

  14. Just wanted you to know that I included your recipe in a collection of corn recipes and will be pinning and tweeting it this week.

  15. So glad that you are safe and only had minimal damage. We had the opportunity to experience a couple of hurricanes when we lived on the east coast and the unpredictability of them makes them so scary. We always had to eat what ever was rapidly thawing in the freezer - your recipe looks so much better than steak and ice-cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  16. So glad to hear you made it through ok. Growing up in Florida, I know all too well life during hurricane season. Your dish looks great! Thank you for sharing it last week at All my Bloggy Friends - I can't wait to see what you link up at this week's All my Bloggy Friends!

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  18. Michelle, thanks for the things you brought to the big BBQ!. I am getting ravenous going through them all - guess what it'll have to be for dinner.... Cheers


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