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Archive for June 25th, 2009

Nothing for super?

Here is a great site reference if you are absolutely stumped for what to cook for dinner.  NotBeansAgain.com.  Go to the site and type in whatever you have available and the site will generate a recipe based on your pantry contents.  Pretty cool! 

I can’t believe Farrah Fawcett died.  I used to be a huge fan of “Charlies Angels” and would mimic the Angels running down the road to catch the thief.  Okay..don’t try to picture that.  So sad.  AND…..did you also hear that Michael Jackson passed away today?!!!   So that’s the three:  Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Micheal Jackson.  Things always happen in threes. Are we safe for a while now?!!!!

As for tonight, a graduation cake is taking my time this evening.  It’s for Michael who is graduating from my old Alma Mater, New Hartford.   I have made a Spartan to put on the cake and my fingers are crossed that I can transpose it successfully.  You will find out tomorrow in the pictures.   Take care and have a great evening!

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Who else didn’t read the recipe before starting it with the intention of serving it the same night? 

On Saturday, a quick perusal of ingredients needed for this weeks CEimB recipe was done prior to grocery shopping.  I saw the whole wheat baguette required in the recipe and thought…”I’m not going to buy one. I’ll make it and really do a bang up job!”  Then I read the recipe this morning, before beginning my baguette. Major Whoops!  No homemade baguette of mine was going to lay soaking in eggs and milk and other stuff, unseen in all its golden crusted, delicate crumb glory (or so I imagined).  So I ditched the baguette idea and realized there wasn’t time to do the recipe tonight if I wanted to follow Ellie Kreiger’s “Vegetable Cheese Strata” page 26 of “The Food You Crave”.  The recipe was chosen this week by Jen of A Mid-Life Culinary Adventure.  You see, the recipe requires the egg mixture to sit over night, or 8 hours, after being poured on top of the cubed whole wheat baguette.  Quick thinking and personal preference turned this minor disaster into half a success. 

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The recipe and original ingredients can be found at Jen’s blog.  In a nut shell, my ingredient changes were:

  • No bread of any kind.
  • Baby Bella Mushrooms were used
  • 4 Whole Eggs plus 1/2 cup EggBeaters
  • 2 cups “AllWhites” – 100% Liquid Egg Whites
  • No milk
  • 1 cup Non-Fat Greek Style Yogurt
  • 2 oz Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 oz Crumbled Reduced Fat Feta

The result of these changes was a not so traditional Apple Crumbles frittata.  If you have ever wondered about the difference in egg dishes, omelet vs. frittata vs. strata vs..etc., click here to find out the “skinny”. 

Frittatas can often be found in the oven at Apple Crumbles.  The differences between this one and my usual frittata are as follows: 

  1. I never mix the cheese with the eggs. I put the cheese on top.  
  2. I rarely add yogurt or milk.  
  3. I never use egg whites, only EggBeaters and whole eggs.  
  4. The frittata goes into the oven in the stove top pan instead of being transferred to a 9 x 13 baking dish.    

The Results:

Very good in my opinion.  I had it at dinner, fresh from the oven.  Ted didn’t like it at all. He had it for breakfast, reheated.  He knew right away it wasn’t my typical frittata.  He said it was chewy, grainy and not as fluffy.  There was so much in this dish, it was surprising there was a lack of flavor and I think it was the amount of egg whites that was the turn off to the texture of this dish – or maybe reheating it did something scientifically funky to the mix?  It just didn’t have any pizazz.  It was a dish that needed a good side (such as fresh vegetable skewers) or a nice salsa to compliment.  DSCN1429

 One other point to mention, and I’m not sure if anyone else suffered “shrinkage“…who’s thinking of George on “Seinfeld” right now? 🙂   … my frittata came from the oven beautifully puffed up. About 10 minutes after sitting at the table it shrank away from the sides and flattened out all over.  This is a dish that needs to be presented immediately upon completion.  We have a lot of leftovers and it seems it will be up to me to make the best of them.  

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 Good pick Jen.  Maybe I will try again using the bread, but will omit the mozzarella cheese and use less egg whites.

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