Katie Cooks

Papa Stags Italian Eggplant Delish


My friends at Bonnie Plants suggested that I to try and grow their Ichiban Japanese Eggplant and they became a big part of my spring gardens. They are so cool. One plant can produce an amazing amount of vegetables. It is one of my new favorite vegetables to grow and eat. Here is a great recipe from my Grandpa Stagliano that my dad, my brother and I have fun cooking and even more fun eating!

What you will need- 3 pie plates- 1 large skillet, 1 plate covered with paper towels. 3 Ichiban Japanese Eggplant, Wondra, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, milk, Italian Bread Crumbs, olive oil.

Peel Eggplant and cut into ¼ inch slices, lightly salt eggplant slices.  

Prepare the 3 pie plates as follows:

1st pie plate filled with ½ a cup of Wondra, salt, pepper, ½ teaspoon onion & garlic powder

2nd pie plate- 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

3rd Pie Plate- 1 and ½ cups of Italian Bread Crumbs


Dip each piece of eggplant in 1st pie plate and coat well, move eggplant piece to 2nd pie plate and coat well, move eggplant to 3rd pie plate and coat fully with breadcrumbs.

Heat oil olive in large skillet over medium heat. Drop coated eggplant in oil and cook about 3 minutes per-side (or until golden brown). Remove eggplant to paper towel coated plate. Be sure to eat while they are hot.

I like to dip the eggplant in a dipping sauce of ½ cup of sour cream, ½ cup of mayonnaise and dried herbs such as dill, scallions, etc. My Papa served this with a marinara sauce. It is delish! I hope you like it!






Katie's Krops Pear & Cabbage Salad



Pear & Cabbage Salad

I am often called the cabbage girl in honor of my 40 pound cabbage. This summer when my friends & I harvested over 400 pounds of pears it only seemed right to come up with a recipe that paired the pears with the vegetable that started it all. It is fun, it is really different & it is delicious!


1 small red cabbage, cored it and thinly sliced it (about 6 cups)

5 pears, cut into thin slices

1 carrot, shredded
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt


Place the cabbage, carrot, pear and golden raisins in a bowl and toss together. Wisk vinegar, honey, salt and olive oil drizzle on top of the salad. Toss together and enjoy.





Katie's Krops Vegetable Pizza



Vegetable Pizza


Thin Pizza Crust

Olive oil

Chopped up Vegetables of your choice

Marvelous Marinara Sauce

Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese Shredded



Preheat oven to 400 or check pizza crust package for temperature.  Brush pizza crust lightly with olive oil. Place a thin layer of Marvelous Marinara Sauce on covering all but the edges. Sprinkle on cheese. Place chopped up vegetables on top, have fun decorating the pizza. You can write words or use your vegetables to make a cute face. Have fun with it! Bake in oven at 400 degrees or check pizza crust package for temperature and time.




Katie's Krops Salsa



Katie’s Krops Salsa,

Ingredients –

1 large Garden Fresh Pepper trimmed and quartered
2 large Tomatoes, chopped
1 sweet Onions, peeled and quartered
1 cloves Garlic, peeled
1 teaspoons Sugar
Red Wine Vinegar

Lime juice from 1 fresh lime

¾ cup of chopped Pineapple

(I don’t grow pineapple yet but as soon as I have my Katie’s Krops Garden in Hawaii you can be sure I will be growing pineapples!)
Cilantro - chopped

1 tsp of salt

Mix all ingredients together and add a splash of vinegar and lime juice.

Refrigerate several hours or overnight.




Katie's Krops Marvelous Marinara

Marvelous Marinara


It’s healthy, easy and delicious! Its Marinara sauce! There's nothing better than fresh homemade Marinara sauce made from tomatoes and basil you picked from your garden.


12 fresh basil leaves

12 Plum Tomatoes

2 garlic cloves - minced

 1 bowl of ice water

 Olive oil



 Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Place a bowl of ice water next to pot. Drop plum tomatoes into salted boiling water. Boil tomatoes for 4 to 5 minutes or until skin of tomatoes starts to crack. Remove tomatoes and place them immediately into ice water.

 Heat large skillet to medium heat. Cover bottom of skillet with olive oil. Place minced garlic in the pan, cook for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes to pan. Let cook for 2 to 3 minutes and them mash them well. Add about 1 teaspoon of salt (to taste). Toss in basil (whole leaves or chopped up, which ever you prefer). Cook for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

You can use your sauce for- Pizza, Dipping Sauce for Eggplant Delish (look in my past blogs for that recipe), stuffed peppers and so much more!