Friday, March 27, 2009

New Arrivals

These eight baby chicks greeted me when I came home yesterday. Craig saw them at Farm Supply and could not resist their cuteness. We were down to zero hens due to coyotes and dogs. We think we have four Aracaunas and four Rhode Island Reds and hopefully all girls, but you never know. Now for naming them (yes they need names). One will be called Arugula and the others....
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Fritatta

One bunch asparagus, woody ends removed,cut into 1/2 inch pieces on the diagonal
12 eggs
1 shallot-finely diced
1 slice ham, 1/2 inch thick, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
5 oz. or so of Gruyere cheese, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
3 Tablespoons half and half
1 tsp. salt plus about 15 grinds of fresh ground pepper
Preheat broiler. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs , half and half and salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a large oven-proof saute pan, heat 2 tsps. vegetable oil over medium heat. Add asparagus pieces. cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 3 minutes, add shallot and ham pieces, cook for another 2 minutes. Add egg mixture and let sit for about 15 seconds. Then start pushing eggs with a spatula from the outside to the center, moving around the pan. Like you are making scrambled eggs, keeping pan over heat. Do this for 2 minutes. After two minutes , cook 30 seconds without stirring to allow bottom to come together. Place in oven 5 inches under broiler for 3-4 minutes, checking every minute and turning if necessary to get even browning. Top will be nicely browned when done. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving. This allows any uncooked eggs in the middle to finish cooking. Slide from pan onto cutting board, cut into wedges and serve. Recipe from America's Test Kitchen Tip: Don't be tempted to grate the cheese instead of cubing, it really is tastier with little pockets of melted cheese.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring is here

I think these apricot throated daffodills are so charming. Kelli planted these a few years ago below the dining room window and they are happy there. There are volunteer sweet peas coming up around them too, an added bonus!
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