I'd never cooked eggplant before, either. The last time I hadn't cooked a vegetable led to my discovering the joys of roasted beets and sauteed beet greens; the beets looked a little wilted in the store, so I went with the eggplant, which was absolutely delicious. Got two good meals out of it, too. Now I want to cook eggplant a lot more.
Next version: sautee eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, add tomato sauce, maybe a little wine, simmer. I'll let y'all know how that goes.
I haven't forgotten the Dragon*Con report -- the problem is that I want to write up a bunch of stuff, and have been quite busy. But it's coming. Really!