Friday, August 31, 2012

Mustard Green and Sweet Onion Frittata

We seem to make the same mistake all the time. We get low on eggs, go out and buy some and then receive another dozen in our CSA so then, well, too many eggs and we need to make a frittata. Not too much of a mistake since we love frittatas and you can make them with just about anything including vegetables, cheeses and meats (bacon is my favorite). So, since we had mustard greens from our CSA, why not a mustard green frittata. Frittatas are simple and delicious and if you want a quick meal make one of these. Pair it with some good bread and it will be one of the best meals you have had in a while. So don't remember about your eggs and just buy too many, because frittatas are a delicious way to make that mistake over and over. 


1 large sweet onion, diced
2 tbls. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed and minced
1-2 pounds mustard greens, washed and chopped (chop the stems finely)
1 dozen eggs, beaten
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to broil. First wash the greens. I find the best way is to soak them in a large pot or bowl of water and then swish them around. Remove and drain in a colander. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until tender, over moderate heat. Add the mustard greens and cook until wilted. Add the cheese to the beaten eggs and season with salt and pepper. Add the eggs to the pan and gently rotate the pan until the eggs are evenly spread over the greens.  Gently lift the sides of the frittata to let any uncooked egg seep underneath as the frittata begins to set. Continue to do this all around the edges of the pan until most of the egg is set. Set the frittata under the broiler for just a 1-2 minutes to cook the top of the frittata. Remove and serve with a nice slice of crusty bread.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Traveling Foodie

First of all, I apologize for not posting for the summer but I have been really busy. I spent the first three weeks of summer in California, working at my Aunt's FANTASTIC Coffee shop that she has owned for 7 years and is still going strong. She roasts her own coffee beans and sells retail under the name Wild Chicken Coffee. I don't drink coffee but my Mom says it is really good stuff.

Then, back to Salt Lake City for about two weeks and off to Colorado for a soccer tournament. We didn't make it to the finals but we were pretty happy with how we did.

Then, off to counselor-in-training Girl Scout Camp for three camps which was awesome. I just loved everything about it, especially working with the younger girls.

Then, my Mom, cousin and I were off to Europe for two weeks. I promised myself that I would take pictures and comment about all the great food that we ate but we kept on eating it before we could remember to take any pictures! We managed to take some pictures, mostly of the most delicious gnocchi that I have ever had.

We also laugh because when we were eating at my cousin Giacomo's house in Italy, he said how he likes to eat "slow food" so we of course thought he knew about the Slow Food movement. But no, he just meant that he likes to eat his food in a slow and relaxed way! That must be what the global Slow Food movement is all about. In Italy, we saw fresh produce everywhere. It looked like every square inch of ground was productive, even in the cities.

In Slovenia, there was a large garden plot at the railway station that an old woman was harvesting. Everywhere we have been, it seems as if the Italians and Slovenians are all growing their own food, even if it is just in their backyard or at a community plot.

So, here are some of the pictures of the great food we have eaten.

 Gnocchi in Slovenia

Eggplant in Italy
Falafel in Rue de Rosiers in Paris
 Crepe in Colmar, France
Grilled Meat in Slovenia