Freestyle Frittata

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Growing up, food was always surrounded by family. We did not have the television set on during meals; we had our listening ears on and our conversation mouths in gear – between swallows of course! We were spoken too and could open up any conversation. We were engaged in the process of a family meal.

Sometimes our table was very noisy, as a large family meal can be. Sometimes it was silent when there were tough times my parents might have been working through. Sometimes it was nothing but giggles, or a chorus of “I want some” could be heard across the lands! Well not really, we were loud, but not that loud.

When I became a mother, we ate as a family. Dinner was rarely dished from the stove because the act of passing food is a part of being a family. Passing a platter of food is a social skill, but rarely seen as such. You are offering, making a gesture of sharing and frequently conversation follows. These basic skills and manners are important and will serve you well, during your lifetime.

Simple foods are best for those times we must eat alone. The main reason is that a simple dish will prevent the phrase “oh I don’t want to go to all that work, just for me” from being uttered. Now, I do not think we utter that phrase because we have no value to ourselves. No, what we are really saying, without actually saying the words is, "I prefer to dine with someone and not eat alone".

As luck would have it, a Frittata reheats very well. That and the fact there are always eggs in the refrigerator, guarantees that a meal is just a cracked egg away. Organic canned tomatoes in the pantry, some cheese in the fridge, and yes dinner is ready. The leftovers work very well for lunch the next day. Oh, and another thing to remember, music is a great friend to invite to dinner. It does not even need a chair.

Freestyle Frittata
By the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven, and the broiler to finish

1/2 large sweet onion, diced
2 T bacon fat, butter or olive oil - your choice

8 eggs

1 16 oz can tomatoes – flavored or plain, sliced or diced, do not drain
1/2 - 1 c cheese – use what you have
1/4 t salt or garlic salt – as you prefer
additional dry herb if desired
fresh ground pepper to taste

1 T butter, olive oil, bacon fat – your choice

1/4 c dry bread crumbs or Panko
1/4 c Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt/heat fat in a large skillet, add onion, saute until golden. Add 1 T water and cover with a lid, let steam for 1 minute to cook until tender.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, stir in remaining ingredients through ground pepper.

Freestyle Frittata, reheats well!

Pour in egg mixture, gently bring outside cooked edges to the center of the pan.

When almost set, remove from heat. Sprinkle with the crumbs and Parmesan Cheese.

Bake for 5-10 minutes until completely set.

Remove from oven, and turn element to broil, return Frittata to oven under the broiling element, broil carefully until cheese is golden and puffed slightly.

Remove, let cook 5 minutes and serve.

Serves 4 – 6


Serve with potatoes or mixed veggies!

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  1. That frittata looks pretty darn good. I'm guilty of desk eating...I know it's not good for me!!

  2. I tend to eat the same way you do! I am usually the first one done eating, yet I tend to talk the most. You reminded me to remain midful of this. Thanks!

  3. Wow, having a 10 minute meal while working at a desk does sound familiar! Enjoyed reading your post! The frittata looks really good. I do not have any resolution this year, as I never follow them! Will just enjoy one day at a time!

  4. I really love and I mean realllllly love a "breakfast" type matter the time of day. Your frittata looks great! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  5. That really does look good. Don and I usually eat in our recliners in front of the tube. he will eat at the table but would rather watch TV. Oh well. Take care.

  6. Yes, food should be surrounded by family. And my dear, you really should take time away from your desk to eat. My Mother always said, "Slow down, nobody's going to take it away from you", when my brothers and I would come to the table ravenous. As a result, I think I am the world's slowest eater. I'm always the last one at the table eating.

    And your frittata looks absolutely delicious.

  7. I didn't grow up sharing a family meal. When I got into high school, I would spend as many meals as possible with my best friend, just so I could have that experience. With three children and two parents, all of the clinking silverware, the laughter, I was fascinated by it.

    Food always tastes better when it's shared, doesn't it? It used to be that I'd save all of my favorite treats for myself. But these days, I save them for sharing.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful sentiments with the Hearth and Soul hop.


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