Sorry I’ve been absent for a little while. Summer traveling and festivities and a week of catering got the best of me and I’m just now getting settled back in at home, nursing my cuts and burns and tackling my giant to do list. It’s always such a relief to be home in my kitchen again after cooking in other places. I love that I know exactly where everything is and that I always have a well stocked pantry full of staples that allow me to cook something creative even when the fridge is bare. It’s something I take great pride in and have considered teaching workshops or doing private consultations on the art of a well stocked kitchen. But, no matter how well stocked my pantry is, I can’t go long during the summer without stocking up on plenty of produce. For me summer is all about fruits and vegetables. Because I try to eat seasonally as much as possible, when summer rolls around I can’t help but gorge myself on peaches and berries, lush tomatoes, juicy corn, toothy green beans and lots and lots of lettuce! So, when I was invited by Pure Green Magazine to be a community leader (alongside Sherrie of With Food and Love and Renee of Will Frolic For Food) for their In Season campaign, I had so many ideas I didn’t know where to start. I finally settled on this recipe for sweet and spicy eggplant wraps with herby corn salad, because, well, I wanted a challenge. You see we’re not usually huge fans of eggplant around here, but I’m continually drawn to it’s dark purple-black skin and little green hat. So, I fried the eggplant to make it both crispy and creamy and doused it in a sticky sweet and spicy sauce before topping it with a fresh corn and green bean salad and wrapping it up in a pita. So good! You can find the recipe that will make you change your mind about eggplant as well as a little interview with me is here.While you’re checking out the recipe, please do check out the rest of the Pure Green Magazine site. It is a well curated, beautiful and incredibly educational publication that inspires so many people to live better, more sustainable lives. The magazine is constantly evolving and brimming with new ideas and inventive ways to engage the community and expand the definition of conscious living. I really, can’t emphasize enough how much I love this magazine and how honored I feel to be involved. To get the recipe click here!