This month we’re cooking up comfort food with Italian chefs and getting some fabulous holiday menus in the process. This week we take you to Brad’s Swingside Café in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Owner Brad Eggplant Caponata from Brad's Swingside CafeInserra takes us into his restaurant’s kitchen to recreate the Sicilian classic, Eggplant Caponata. His sweet and spicy sauté is a great start to a cozy Italian menu.  It’s just the beginning of a holiday comfort food dinner plan we’ve put together from some of our favorite Italian recipes.  Try Brad’s Eggplant Caponata at home or at his restaurant.  We like to serve it as an appetizer in this Italian Style Holiday Menu.  It’s comfort food your friends are sure to love!

Eggplant Caponata, a Sicilian Appetizer Eggplant Caponata – Appetizer

Eggplant Caponata is a Sicilian, sweet and spicy, make-ahead appetizer you can bring to, or serve at a party!


Arugual and Beet SaladArugula and Roasted Beets – Salad

This tasty salad can be made with roasted or pre-packaged beets purchased at the store. Try different nuts and cheeses each time you serve it.


Veal Rolls in Red SauceBraciola di Vitello (Stuffed Veal) with Orecchiette Pasta – Main Dish

Stuffed veal is an Italian taste treat, especially when served over Orecchiette pasta. Bellissimo!


Torta Caprese - Chocolate Almond CakeTorta Caprese – Dessert

This flour-less chocolate almond cake is elegant to look at and tastes exquisite!



Find more Italian food inspiration here.

Happy Holidays!

Holly Brown, Publisher