Thursday, January 27, 2011

Recipe: Vegetable Frittata and a Snow Day

To prevent this from becoming my 24/7 weather blog, I will start with the recipe first.

New recipe tried from the January/February 2011 Food Network Magazine: Vegetable Frittata.

 please ignore the tiny piece of food that got stuck in the crease
  • 3 large eggs, 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup 2% reduced fat cottage cheese
  • 4 oz smoked gouda cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 16 ounce pkg of frozen mixed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) thawed
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 scant teaspoon paprika
  • 4 slices multigrain bread

A few things--
I used 1% milkfat cottage cheese, small curd.
I used a couple sprinkles of rosemary from a container, not fresh
I did not use Kosher salt (or any added salt)
I didn't buy a loaf of multigrain bread; we had a piece of wheat toast with it though.

I realized after I made this when it didn't look enough like the picture that I shorted myself on the egg whites... whoops.  Apparently basic math is hard at 8pm.  I think I needed the equivalent of about another 1-1.5 egg whites.  Oh well.

It tasted good, and it had lots of veggies in it, so that has to count for something.

But I have one major beef with this recipe:  It calls for a 10-inch nonstick ovenproof skillet.  (The photo also shows it being served out of a fabulous Corning Ware French white casserole dish, which it clearly was not cooked in, and it would never transfer so nicely into another dish like that).

I have a 10 inch nonstick skillet; but our Calphalon items are only oven safe to 350 and this requires the oven to be preheated to 450.  This means I made it in the 10" skillet, then slopped it over into a 10" Pyrex pie dish when it was time to transfer it to the oven.

After yesterday's post where I mentioned I couldn't believe we did not have a delay with my crazy commute...we had a snow day today.  We ended up getting about 12" of snow overnight from about 7pm until ... sometime over night.  I got the call from work at 11pm last night. 

Hubs and I walked the dog at about 6pm last night, and it was some kind of snowy, freezing rain, sleet mix.  There was also thunder and lightning!!!  (Thundersnow!?) I don't remember ever seeing lightning in the middle of a snow storm.  Then it turned to all snow, and it kept coming down.

I slept in til 8:30, made coffee, and got back in bed to read until the coffee was done.  It was warm in there!  Molly joined us.  Hubs got up and got me a cup of coffee. niiiice.  Molly loves snow days too.

And after I got out of bed, Molly stayed there.  Greyhound burrito:

This is what it looked like out our front window this morning:

And this is what we found on our 2-ish mile snowy dog walk later this morning:

The walk was actually a decent workout...we cut through the nearby park, which had not been plowed, and did not even have any existing footprints through it.  I took Molly into the deeper drifts and we ran through them - I was out of breath!

The roads were a sloppy mess though (see above packed snow, or below- frozen/wet):

After that we worked on digging out our cars so we'll be ready for work tomorrow.  That was quite an adventure too.  This was a much wetter, heavier snow than we've had lately, so it's not as easy to brush off the car (and to get out from under the car, so you can back out of your space).  I think that counts as a little bit of a work out too. Then we moved our cars so the plows could clean up those parking spots the next time they came through.

Lots of snow in the parking lot:

Anyway, the snow day made this another short work week... which means I have about two days of work to do in one day tomorrow...ack! 

I'm going to do an OnDemand video in lieu of boot camp at the gym tonight.  I'm also hoping to run tomorrow after work since I did not run last night or today.  I think the hill behind our apartment is looking to be mostly cleared off, so it should be in good shape for a hill workout tomorrow afternoon.


  1. I am so envious of your winter wonderland.

  2. Snow days are seriously the best ever, and walking through snow is totally a hardcore workout. Your frittata looks delicious, I love the rosemary/egg/cheese combo. But I have Calphalon to, so I have the exact same dilemma as you....messy food still tastes good though!

  3. Those snow pictures make me semi-jealous. I wish it would do something here besides RAIN

  4. Ugh... in Canada (Alberta) we're getting between 15-25 cm (6-9 inches) just tonight alone. We JUST had a chinook that melted all of our snow, we're getting more and it's going to get cold for three days, and then it's going to melt again.

    I want SPRING already! :(

  5. Here in Atlantic Canada, we have snow that is sticking around, had a snow day on Thursday where we got 25cms. Expecting another storm on Wednesday... I do eventually get tired of the snow, but freshly fallen snow is soooo pretty..

  6. Green Girl - It's pretty to look at, anyway! :)

    Alyssa - Yeah, I wonder which pots and pans can go up to 450!? I decided it was ok if my version didn't look pretty like the magazine's...

    Michelle - Did you at least get a little snow fix when you were up in Canada?

    Starrwinter - I've never heard of a Chinook before! (besides the helicopter). I had to google it - I learned something new! I agree the cycle of freezing and melting is annoying, it would almost be better if it just stayed cold - then there wouldn't be any ice!

    Becky - I think we're supposed to be getting another round this week too. I agree, it is pretty when it coming down!

  7. NICE snow pictures. It looks so pretty.

    We rarely, well never, see that kind of snow in Texas. That's why the weather rarely stops me from running outside. If it's super windy or if there is lighting, I usually pass...


  8. Dom and Trey-
    Thanks, it is very nice to look at! And not so bad to run in if it stays right around freezing (then it gets packed down, but not melted and wet). I'm not sure if I could get used to running in Texas heat! This past summer was brutal with several weeks of temps in the mid to upper 90s and not cooling off at night.


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