Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tweak Cooking

all the ingredients

Sunday mornings are the time to be lazy, and if you want to stay in your pj's all day, why not cook something healthy and tasty for yourself? So, grab the Sunday New York Times and your frying pan and get started. Today's Tweak Cooking is for a:

Spinach, Mushroom, Tomato & Goat Cheese Fritatta

2 tbsp. unsalted butter OR 2 tbsp. olive oil (your choice)
1 small shallot, finely diced
8 oz. mushrooms (crimini, shitake, white button, what you like), sliced
2 oz. grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
5 oz. baby spinach, rinsed well and spun dry
7 large eggs, whisked with a tbsp. of water
4 oz. fresh goat cheese, sliced into rounds
fresh basil leaves, chopped coarsely, or 1/4 tsp. dried basil
salt & pepper to taste

sliced grape tomatoes and crimini mushrooms

finely diced shallots

eggs in my vintage Pyrex bowl

the vegetables sauteed and ready for the eggs & cheese

Start by pre-heating your oven to 400 degrees F.

In a 10-inch skillet, heat the butter or oil over medium-high heat. Stir in the shallots and cook while stirring until they are soft, not browned. Add the sliced mushrooms and saute until they are soft and the moisture is released. Add the tomatoes and cook for a minute. Stir in the spinach all at once, and stir often, as the spinach cooks down to a manageable level. Season with salt & pepper. Now, check the heat on the stove and pour in the whisked eggs. Put the rounds of goat cheese on top of everything.You can use a spatula and loosen the edges of the frittata and allow the uncooked eggs on top to flow to the edge of the pan. Let the frittata cook on the stove top for a few minutes until the bottom sets. Then set the pan in the pre-heated oven and let it cook for 10-15 minutes until the top of the frittata is set. Take out of the oven and cut into wedges and serve.
out of the oven and ready to slice
Spinach, Mushroom, Tomato & Goat Cheese Frittata

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More Late Winter Blues

The population of my town is divided at this time of year, and although I've got no scientific idea of the numbers or percentages of the feelings, I do know there are two viewpoints. Some of us are completely finished with winter and are anxiously waiting for warm weather, and there are others amongst us who would be in heaven if it would be winter all year round. I'm not telling which group I belong to (at least for today). Here's another image I took in Millcreek Canyon just east of Salt Lake City. I'm thinking of adding it to my images for sale. What do you think?

Friday, March 6, 2009

What About The Weekend?

blue creek by Ann Wilkinson

I'm taking a great photography class with the University of Utah. Last weekend, we hiked into Millcreek Canyon just east of Salt Lake City, and that's where this image was taken. It's snowing today, and tomorrow we are meeting at the Silver Lake area of Big Cottonwood Canyon, just near Brighton Ski Area. Although I've done a lot of grousing about the winter, today I am happy we are getting more snow. I'm having fun working on the challenge of photographing white snow.

Have a wonderful weekend, and try to do something to recharge your creative battery.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good Things Today, continued

You've got to watch this and then send it 'round the world.
Share the spirit....

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Good Things Today

Wouldn't a couple of these be fantastic on a plate in the center of your dining table?

This winter season cannot end too quickly. The weather has been weird all across the US, and it's just getting tiresome. I spent a bit of time on tonight finding some cool things to freshen up your homespace without breaking the bank.
Spring colors, a comfy place to catch a little nap, and lovely knitting.

Maybe we can open our windows soon and some spring breezes will waft their way inside. Until then, lighten up and enjoy!

Bubbles & Bobbles Pillow Cover, a .pdf pattern from moocowhandknits at
I liked this so much I had to buy it. Knit this up in a sky-blue bulky yarn and bring some spring indoors. It's snowing again, so this knitting pattern will keep me busy while I dream about flowers.

When The Drama Club Is Not Enough, a book shelf made of a book, from LittleFishFurniture of
A great place to park your collection, and your friends will marvel at the magic of it.