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Fritatta

From Krisann:

I have recently been making Fritatta’s every week, I make a large one and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  This is a very versatile dish which you can create with whatever ingredients you enjoy.  I love having foods in my fridge that I can grab on the go.

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs (beaten)
  • 1  sweet  onion (caramelized)
  • 1 pepper
  • chicken sausage (any type, I used jalapeno)
  • package baby spinach
  • 1/2 lb feta, chopped or crumbled (as you probably know I will only use the Feta from the Greek store)
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • sugar

I make this in a large saute pan so that I have leftovers.  You can alter your ingredients to make a smaller fritatta.   Saute sliced onions, with olive oil.  After a few minutes, sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar over the onions.   Stir constantly over a medium heat.  The onions are caramelized when they are soft and have a light brown color.  Set onions aside in a bowl.  Add a little more olive oil if needed and saute the sliced peppers.  Add cooked peppers to the onions.  Add the sliced sausage to the saute pan cook until lightly browned.  Add to onion and pepper mixture.  Add some olive oil to the saute pan and saute the baby spinach, add some salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is cooked (this will cook quickly and will reduce in size).  Add the spinach to the other cooked ingredients.

Set your oven to broil.  Lightly spray your saute pan with olive oil.  Over med low heat add your cooked ingredients back to the saute pan and mix the ingredients so that they are spread equally in the saute pan.  Add the beaten eggs, sprinkle feta cheese  evenly over the eggs and top with sliced tomatoes.  Add some salt and cracked pepper.  The fritatta should cook on the stove top until the eggs set and are somewhat firm.  Place the saute pan under the broiler to brown the top (place the saute pan in the oven on the second level away from the broiler and make sure that the handle is not under the broiler).  Let the fritatta sit on the counter for a few minutes before you slice.

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Easy Delicious Egg Bake

 

 

From Natalie:

We entertain quite often so I have learned a few short-cuts over the years to make cooking for a crowd a little easier.  We recently had a family brunch and although cutting up the fruits for the fruit salad and making the homemade waffles may be time-consuming, the egg dish does not have to be.  This Egg Bake is very simple and quite delicious.

 

 

Ingredients: (This is a very large serving that makes about 18 slices.  Cut ingredients in half for a smaller group.)

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 lb. of ham
  • Approx. 6 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  • Crazy Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Crack the eggs in a bowl and add the milk slowly.  Beat with a wire whisk.  Pour into a glass pan (mine is 9X13).  Cut the ham, ( You can use boiled or baked deli ham), in small pieces.  Place the ham over the egg mixture in the pan.  Sprinkle the cheese over the top.  Use Jane’s Crazy Salt, (found in most markets) and sprinkle over the whole mixture, lightly.  Then, grind the fresh pepper over the top.

Put into the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown (about an hour).  You will notice that it rises somewhat in the oven but when you put it on the table it will deflate. 

A few notes:  This is great for a buffet table because it stays hot for a long time.  It cuts very easily; use a knife and spatula to lift out of the pan. 

 Also, depending on your taste, you can make variations of this: saute peppers and onions to add to it, roasted red peppers and mushrooms, etc.  Get creative!

Enjoy!

Natalie

Banana Bread

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From Natalie:

Don’t throw away the brown bananas!  Just pop ’em in the freezer until you are ready to make banana bread.  With the kids heading back to school tomorrow after vacation, I thought I would make some homemade banana bread as a nice breakfast for them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar (I like to use organic)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of salted butter (if you use unsalted, add one teaspoon of salt)
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas (if they are frozen, take them out of the freezer as you are collecting the ingredients and they will be fine to use when you are ready for them)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.  In a bowl, put one stick of butter (room temperature) and 1 cup of sugar.  With a hand mixer, work in one egg at a time until mixture is smooth.  Then add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 2 bananas until mixture forms a batter.  Add 1/2 cup of walnuts, if desired.

Use a spatula to get all of the batter out of the bowl and into the loaf pan.  Put into the oven for 1 hour.  When an inserted toothpick comes out dry, it is done.

This bread is great served warm (can be quickly reheated in the microwave) with a cup of tea and fresh fruit.  Enjoy!

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