Sheila e-mailed, "Okay, my turn. My garden is producing egg plants and tomatoes non-stop. I may get some cucumbers but I've given on anything else producing this summer."
The easiest thing is a pasta sauce.
Chop two eggplants and saute in a large skillet with olive oil for about five minutes than add 1/2 cup of water to the skillet, cover the skillet with a lid and simmer for ten minutes. Chop four tomatoes and add to the skillet along with a 15 ounce can of tomato sauce, cover skillet and simmer for another ten minutes. Add 1/2 cup of black olives (pitted and sliced), 6 cloves of fresh garlic minced, 1 teaspoon of red pepper and, 1/2 cup of chopped parsley. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. (You can add capers to this recipe. If you do so, add them with the olives, et al.)
The sauce will go on pasta of your choice. Cook it according to package directions. Place pasta on plates and add sauce. I like to add some freshly ground pepper. And I like to serve it with warm French or Italian bread. If you're on a budget, you can make toast in the toaster with regular bread. Remember that you can mix some garlic (or garlic powder) with butter and add that to the toast to give it a garlic bread quality.
The employment figures were released today. Kristy Scheuble (Bloomberg News) reports, "Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 in July and the unemployment rate was little changed at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today."
Jeff Cox (CNBC) offers an examination of the data and finds that July's data (released today) demonstrates that less people were working last month (139,296,000) than last month (139,334,000). Cox explains the issue is "discouraged workers" -- that the decrease in the unemployment rate is actually do to people who have not found jobs no longer looking: "So the drop in the unemployment rate is fairly illusory -- stick all those people back in the workforce and you wipe out the job creation and the drop in unemployment."
This is C.I.'s ""Iraq snapshot" for Friday: