About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.


Frittata Archives

August 17, 2010

Frittata with Cheese


The first time I remember seeing a frittata on the menu in an Italian restaurant was many years ago. It was listed as an appetizer - Frittata Gamberetti. I asked the waiter what a frittata was. He said, "Oh it's like an omelet, but we don't fold it over. We just pile the shrimp on top." I had a hard time visualizing an omelet as an appetizer and opted for the old standby, Toasted Ravioli, instead.

Fast forward more than 30 years and reading Marcella's description of frittate, she also compares it to an open-faced omelet, but in a much more elegant and appetizing way. Had she been the one explaining Frittata Gamberetti to me, I might have ordered it.

So, now I find myself reporting on Frittata with Cheese. Eggs, parmigiano-reggiano, butter, salt & pepper. A few simple ingredients, one delicious result. The secret to a perfectly cooked frittata is patience. You must have the patience to wait while it cooks slowly over very low heat. If the bottom browns before the top is almost set, the heat is too high. I turned mine down so low, I could hardly see the flame at all.


The trick I use to know when it’s done is to jiggle the pan ever so slightly. If the entire frittata seems able to make ‘waves’, it isn’t done. When you jiggle the pan and only see a slight movement you’re ready to finish it under the broiler – just long enough to set the face, but not brown it.


While the frittata was cooking, it occured to me that I hadn't planned a meal around it, I was just taking advantage of a free hour in the middle of a Saturday afternoon to accomplish my assigned cooking task for the week. On a whim, I decided to turn it into an appetizer as an homage to that long-ago menu item. Instead of dumping shrimp into a pan of eggs, I decided to grilled the shrimp separately. I cut my 10" frittata into 12 equal wedges; placed one wedge on a small plate; laid two grilled shrimp along-side; & garnished with a small dab of pesto. It was quite good, and made a beautiful presentation.


August 19, 2010

Frittata with Zucchini and Basil


You no doubt have seen the previous posts from Deborah and Doug about Frittate. It's my turn now, and my selection was a Frittata with Zucchini and Basil. I make frittate quite often, and also use zucchini in mine a lot. Although the basis of Marcella's recipe is similar to what I use, there are so differences that make her recipe much better-much creamier and richer-tasting.

First, for this dish you slowly saute sliced onions in olive oil very slowly until they are almost carmelized and a rich brown color. This is one of the big differences in flavor for me, because I love onions cooked this way. You next slice zucchini and add to the onions, and cook again until the zucchini is light brown. You then make the frittata by mixing together eggs, parmigiano-reggiano, the vegetable mixture and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Turn into a skillet, and cook over low heat and cook until the eggs are set but the surface is still runny. You then place the skillet under a broiler to finish cooking the top of the eggs.

This can be served hot or at room temperature. Served with a salad and some fruit, this makes a nice light dinner or lunch. I saved my leftovers and had them for breakfast the next morning.

August 20, 2010

Frittata with Tomatoes, Onion and Basil

Here in Alabama, we might be in the middle of the hot and sticky dog days of summer... but the tomatoes and basil are perfect. This is just the time for a Frittata with Tomatoes, Onion and Basil; the challenge for Pomodori e Vino this week. If y'all have ever made a frittata... it is really simple. It is an open-faced Italian omelet. It is a base of eggs and whatever~ cooked slowly in a skillet, then finished under a broiler until it is firm.
This is a Frittata that is packed full of flavor. In this recipe, 3 cups of onion are cooked until caramelized, and combined with tomatoes. Just before serving combine 5 eggs with tomato mixture, basil and cheese.
The result is a beautiful skilletfull of tomato and basil. It is best served warm out of the oven, and sliced into wedges. With some cantelope this makes a perfect brunch.
Ciao y'all,

August 22, 2010

Frittata with Asparagus

This was one recipe that I was really looking forward to making. When I was working on the recipes for our breakfast catering menu at our store, I fell in love with frittatas. I had never really made any up until that time. I had always been an omelet maker. Omelets were one of the special treats that my son, Zachary wanted most Saturdays. Needless to say I can flip one with the best. When I started making the frittatas it was a change to put the stuffing in the egg mixture and to finish it off in the oven instead of flipping it. It felt almost like cheating.


I have a frittata that I make using asparagus, but it also has leeks, mushrooms, and fontina cheese in it, so it is much different than this one. This is very typical of Marcella’s recipes in that it is the simple ingredients that shine. Basically the frittata is eggs, asparagus, and parmesan cheese. Of course you season it with salt and pepper and cook it in a skillet with melted butter and then finish it off in the oven.


The only dilemma that I faced in making this frittata was that the recipe called for peeling the asparagus. Asparagus is my favorite vegetable and I have eaten it in many different ways and I have never felt the need to peel it. However, in the interest of this challenge that we have taken on, I was willing to put that aside and follow the recipe exactly. Unfortunately, when I went shopping the only asparagus that they had were these very thin, little stalks. I sat staring at the stalks wondering how I was going to peel these little things. I finally gave up and didn’t do it, because I would have been left with toothpicks!

Then, the last situation that affected the outcome, was my ability to switch numbers in my head. ½ inch pieces of asparagus turned into 2 inch quite easily. When I mixed the asparagus and eggs together, I thought to myself that these pieces looked very large. I then went back to the recipe and saw my mistake, so of course I spent the next 5 minutes picking slimy asparagus out and slicing it smaller. I couldn’t get to all of them, but I made a valiant effort!


After cooking the frittata, I sat down to try it and it was so good, I needed to have a second piece.

August 23, 2010

Frittata with Green Beans / Frittata with Pan-Fried Onions and Potatoes

Thanks to a typo I've been given two chances to try eggs again this week. I’m egg-cited. [smile] An opportunity like this does not come around everyday! Hang in there with me…I’m trying to build momentum for myself. My very first post explains my egg dilemma. (http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/pomodori_e_vino/monday_irene/)

I decided to make the potato & onion frittata on the stove top and the green bean frittata in the oven.

Pan-Fried Onion and Potato

The first step for this recipe is to cook diced potatoes in two stages until they are nicely browned. While the potatoes cool you cook the onion. Mix both ingredients with the eggs, salt and pepper then add to the prepared skillet.



Green Bean
For this recipe the fresh green beans are cooked in salted water until tender but still firm. Eggs, beans, salt, pepper, parmesan are mixed together and poured into a buttered dish. Bake.


They both smell wonderful. Better than any egg dishes I’ve cooked before. I am a bit surprised with the results. I was able to eat an entire slice of potato/onion frittata. It was just like eating fried potatoes and sweet caramelized onions held together with a soft mystery ingredient. The mystery here is that it did not taste like eggs.


I managed to eat a little over half a slice of the green bean frittata before my gag reflex started to quiver. I had to stop eating but not before noting the perfectly cooked green beans and surprisingly mild flavor of the cheese. I could taste the eggs more here but it was dare I say…tasty.


No food will be wasted today. I live with two egg lovers who are enjoying them as I type. I’ll take the glistening lips and rapid chewing as thumbs up. Wow! I cannot believe it. I was able to eat a cooked egg dish without my usual unpleasant reaction. Hooray for me! I have to go call my mother. She’s not going to believe this.

August 24, 2010

Frittata with Pasta

I think I may have I've found my favorite frittata. I'm a little surprised by this discovery. The idea of combining eggs and pasta has never occured to me. It just isn't anywhere in my food experiences. And in all my years of visiting Italy, I've never seen the dish on a menu, never had it served to me at a friend's table. I don't understand how I missed out all these years.


But, guess what -- I love the combination. I love the body the pasta gives to the dish. I love the texture and I love the flavor. It's like one of your favorite starchy comfort foods partnered with some nice healthy protein.

Following Marcella's suggestion, I made the simple butter, cheese, and parsley sauce for the pasta. I'm glad I did, because it gave me the chance to experience the combination of pasta and egg without other flavors to distract.


I loved the way the spaghetti developed a nice golden crust under the broiler.


The ten inch frittata made four very generous servings. Add a little salad and some wine and you've got an easy, delicious, and filling meal.


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