I think we all can recognize that sometimes making it through the week is no small feat. When you finally do make it to Friday, celebration is definitely in order—even if it’s something small. I’m a firm believer in celebrating the little successes in life.

Remember the eggplant from the farmer’s market? I told you they’d be back again. They were the centerpiece of our Friday celebration—eggplant parmesan. I used Bobby Flay’s recipe, which you can find here.

I’ll be honest—I don’t like eggplant. At all. But this recipe was amazing! There are several steps to the recipe, but it is well worth it. This will definitely become a regular menu item. The sauce recipe would be great just to have on hand. I’ll probably add a more red pepper flakes, and maybe some chipotle powder next time, just because I like a spicier, smokier sauce.

So, whenever you’ve had one of those weeks—or even just one of those days—and need something to turn it around, I definitely suggest this recipe.

Fresh eggplant, ready to go!

Seasoned and ready to fry.

Finishing up the assembly.

The final product. Happy Friday!