Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Veggie Frittata Recipe

My asparagus hasn't come up yet, but I've been reading some interesting Blogs and I particularly liked the sound of this recipe so I decided to re-post to my Blog.  Credit is given at the end.  Thanks Kimberely!

Asparagus, Spring Onion and Pancetta Frittata

Yield: 8 slices
8 large, pastured eggs
2.5 ounces pancetta (about 3 round slices, or 4 slices bacon)
3 spring onions, white and pale green parts only, sliced (or one small onion)
8 asparagus spears, thinly sliced on the bias
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Warm a 10″ cast iron or similar oven-safe skillet over a medium low flame. Place the pancetta or bacon in the pan and cook until crisp, turning occasionally, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.

Drain excess fat from pan, leaving just enough to form a thin layer. Add the sliced spring onions and asparagus and saute until tender, about four to five minutes.

Preheat broiler.

While the asparagus and onions cook, whisk together the eggs. Add both cheeses and the half teaspoon salt. Roughly chop the pancetta/bacon and add that to the egg and cheese mixture.

Pour the egg mixture over the asparagus and spring onions. Stir quickly to combine everything.

Let frittata set on the stove over medium low heat until nearly firm, about 12-15 minutes.

Once the surface is nearly set, place under broiler for one or two more minutes, just enough to brown the top.

Remove from heat and serve warm.

I found this recipe on Kimberley Hasselbrink’s blog and thought I’d share with you.

Kimberley Hasselbrink is a food photographer and blogger based in San Francisco. She is the author of the blog The Year in Food, which is framed around a monthly seasonal food guide. Kimberley enjoys unusual produce, strong coffee, road trips and summer nights.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Time Means The Flower Show!!

My daughter Karen and I along with my close friend Donna, went to Boston last Thursday to the Flower Show.  I took one wrong exit but thanks to GPS I did okay finding our way to the parking garage.  The show was very good and I always love seeing all the spring flowers blooming and this year they had beautiful tree displays.  It's was a lot of walking but we were so interested in all that was around us we didn't mind and we didn't realize how time had gone by.  The photo exhibit is something I'm always interested in seeing.  I had hoped to enter this year but I didn't get around to it in time.  Maybe next year I'll give it a try.  After checking out the vendor stalls we were on our way out when we noticed the shop selling roses was practically giving some away!!  Two dozen for $12.00.  Their regular price was $10. per dozen which I didn't think was bad when I first saw their shop.  The fellow who was standing near the exit holding the flowers explained they were "opening up" and that was all.  I bought two bunches of two dozen roses.  Daughter chose the yellow ones and I chose a beautiful pink.  Karen and I shared some of each and I gave Donna some to take home.  I was concerned they would be all droopy the next day but not so, they were BEAUTIFUL for almost a week.  We had a good time, lunch/dinner at at Anthony's Pier 4 then

Now to think about cleaning up my yard and planting my own flower gardens!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lover of Chocolate & Girl Scout Cookies

It's no secret I'm a chocolate lover.  Not really a good thing as far as watching my weight, but we just can't help some things can we?  And...dark chocolate is GOOD for you!

I found this recipe on another blog and I'm going to make these!

Ingredients and Directions For Thin Mint Cookies:
Chocolate waffer cookies
12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (not recommended for milk chocolate).
1 tbl shortening (butter is not recommended)
1 tsp peppermint extract

Melt semi-sweet chocolate chips with shortening in a double boiler or rest a smaller pan with chips into a larger pan of water (don't let any water get into the chips pan).  Stir until melted.  Use microwave with directions on melting chocolate if you prefer.  

Add 1 tsp peppermint extract to the melted chocolate

Dip in Chocolate or Vanilla Waffers
Place on wax paper until set. Place in an air tight container and keep cool or place in refrigerator.  They won't last long  : )
Yes, I know this isn't a cookie, I haven't made them yet.  But I do have strawberries available and I might have to indulge in these until I get the cookies made!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Nubble Light and Hampton Beach Visit

This week we went to the seacoast, this time to Hampton Beach and Nubble Light in Maine.  The weather was very warm but it was also very, very windy by the ocean. I took several photos including this one of Nubble Light and the statue at Hampton Beach honoring those lost in the war. My mother's cousin (George Curl) was in the Navy during WWII and his ship was sunk by the enemy.  The crew was lost at sea.  George was my great aunt and uncle's only child.  When I was growing up a photograph of him in uniform was always on our diningroom wall.  I have his baby cup with the inscription "Buddy", his nickname as a boy.  Although I never knew him, I've always been proud of him.  His name is inscribed on the monument at Hampton Beach, NH.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Muddy Month of March

March is finally here.  We didn't have much of a winter around here, one storm in October and another in March??  Not sure what that's all about.  I didn't mind not having to clean off my car after a storm or shoveling the walk, but I did miss the feeling of winter a little I must admit.  My grandkids didn't get to enjoy their winter sports and my son traveled up north to do some snowmobiling with friends but not as often as he would have liked to.

I'm busy working on another art quilt using some of my hand dyed fabric.  I love the art of Linda and Laura Kemshall and if you haven't seen any of their work you should visit their site  They are a mother/daughter design team from England and they are true artists!  They provide me with a lot of inspiration and tips that I am able to use in my quilts.  The first of my "Leaves" series uses the colors I see in most of their quilts and art.  I never thought I was a purple person until seeing their work and I knew I had to make something with a similar look.  As it turns out, this is one of my favorites.  I must take another photo of it all finished with machine quilting!  I liked working in a series and I might continue to add a few more to this one.
 Ron and I are preparing for upcoming craft fairs.  He's busy making wooden spoons and scarf disks and pins.  I'm trying to decided what photographs I have that I want to prepare for sale.  More on this later.

Warm weather is coming our way!!  Yipee!!