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Month: February 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Friday Feast – Winter Frittata

We appear to be stuck in “winter mode”, so I’ve whipped up the first-ever edition of FRIDAY FEAST!

Richard: Does everything need to be alliterative?
In my head: I mean… Maybe…
Me: Of course not!

I’m working on some weekday blog themes/prompts and Friday’s theme just so happensssssss to include an alliteration. And the title of my blog just so happensssssss to be an alliteration. And when I share my posts on Facebook, I just so happennnnnn to add some alliter-y (can we make that a word?) introduction with my link.

BIG WHOOP.

But enough about me, here’s a recipe for a fancy frittata. (See what I did there?)

Frittata

Frittata and book

Squash and Sage Frittata // Cooking with Pumpkins and Squash by Brian Glover
Yields ~6 servings

1/4 cup olive oil
2 large sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 tsp dried hot pepper flakes, crushed
3/4 tbsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
1 butternut squash (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled, seeded, and diced
1 tbsp finely shredded sage leaves
8 large eggs
2-3 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
1 tbsp butter
5 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a medium-large skillet with a lid, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and 2 good pinches of salt. Stir, then cover and reduce heat to low. Cook very gently, stirring occasionally, until the onions are meltingly soft and golden yellow, about 20 minutes.

Raise the heat slightly and add the hot pepper flakes, garlic, and squash. Cook covered until squash is just tender, stirring frequently, about 12 minutes. Sauté the squash a little more until it begins to brown, then stir in the sage and cook for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs and parsley, then stir in the slightly cooled squash mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Put the original skillet back over medium heat and add the butter. As the butter begins to foam, pour in the egg and squash mixture and use a spatula to level. Scatter the goat cheese evenly over the top. Cook on the stovetop for 5-6 minutes, until the egg begins to set.

Place under a low broiler for an additional 5-10 minutes, until the frittata is evenly browned, slightly puffed up, and the egg is fully set. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold — delicious either way! If you’re feeling extra-fancy, you can garnish each wedge with fresh sage.

Squash

Frittata

Happy Friday, my friends!

xo Cassie

A Few Fearrington Friends

Aaaaaand we’re snowed in again.

Well, sort of.

We could probably leave the house if we had a good reason to, but we don’t… so we’re happily staying indoors keeping warm with our kitty companions.

We haven’t lost power. My parents have, so I hope that their generator keeps them warm today! I’m jealous of their fireplace, that’s for sure.

On a whim, I drove to Fearrington yesterday to play with the zoom lens a bit more. Whew, I bet the village is just stunning today, covered in a thick blanket of fresh snow. My photos show only remnants of Tuesday morning’s snow.

Beltie

Baby Beltie

Baby Beltie

Whirligig by Vollis Simpson

Bird

Squirrel

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Goat

Goat

Song Sparrow

It was a cold, but sunny day at Fearrington. Residents were bustling around in their coats and scarves, stopping at the village post station to pick up letters and parcels, and hurrying to The Goat (the village deli and coffee shop) for hot beverages and a warm lunch.

I wish I could have captured a better photo of what I think is a Red-Shouldered Hawk — but he kept flying from tree to tree, trying hard to avoid the camera!

I love the second goat photo. In the background, you can see another goat strrreeetttccchhhing after a long nap!

The little Song Sparrow, on the other hand, was happily showing off and singing beautiful tunes for me to enjoy whilst snapping away.

I do hope that you haven’t lost electricity — and if you do, please bundle up! What a perfect evening for a bottle of good red wine and a game of Scrabble.

xo Cassie

Feathered Friends

We got more snow!

I woke up around 11am (slept in because I worked until 2am) and when I looked outside, I saw a lovely blanket of white on the ground. It’s still coming down pretty heavily, even though the forecast only had it snowing until 2pm. The roads are wet and will likely freeze overnight.

Bah, should have made that Lowes Foods run yesterday after all!

I was inspired by my Grandmother Mary (whose blog can be found here) to finally try my hand at photographing some of the birds that hang out at our feeders. With the help of Richard’s zoom lens (and a crash course on how best to use it), I managed to snap some photos of our feathered friends with a bit of snow in the background!

bird2

bird3

bird4

bird5

bird6

bird7

bird9

Stay warm and safe, my friends!

xo Cassie

Office Originality

Hm, the word ‘originality’ beings to look really strange when you stare at it long enough. I double and even TRIPLE-checked that I did, in fact, spell it correctly. Just one of those words, I guess.

Moving on.

I am so so so thrilled to share with you some of the “office progress” that Richard and I have been working diligently on. We did a TON of cleaning/organizing this weekend — from closets to dresser drawers — and even switching the contents of the guest room and office completely.

I loved our guest room, but we VERY rarely have guests. In fact, I’m pretty sure only three people have ever stayed over… in almost 3 years. THEREFORE, it makes sense to use that bright and sunny room for something useful to US.

We hated using our office. In all seriousness, I’m ashamed to admit that it had actually become more of a “junk room”.

Ashamed because that makes it sound like Richard and I deserve our own episode of Hoarders.

Eek.

But it’s all better now. The VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America) truck just came and picked up 8 or so boxes of clothing, shoes, and random household items. Let’s be real, you know you don’t need something if you didn’t even know that it existed. IN YOUR OWN HOUSE.

So here are some shots of how of my little half of the office is coming along!

Desk

Desk

Desk

Gallery wall

I added the “gallery wall” today. Not sure if I’ll continue to add pieces, or just switch things out to keep it interesting without being overwhelming. I’m really happy with how light and airy the workspace feels, though. Very girly and far from “office-y”.

And here’s little Ellie, hanging out next to me and watching for birdies!

Ellie

What do you think? Do you have a little sanctuary in your home?

xo Cassie

English Pancakes

When Richard and I first moved in together, he made us “English pancakes” for breakfast. At the time, I was unaware that there was a difference between American pancakes and English ones.

Many American recipes for “homestyle” pancakes call for buttermilk. They are typically dense, yet somehow still fluffy! MY favorite American pancakes are those cooked with chocolate chips and sliced bananas. Amazing.

English pancakes are similar to crepes — light and thin. The batter is so simple, too! Flour, butter, eggs, milk, salt. Well, you can see where this post is going. My grandmother mentioned English pancakes the other day (because of Shrove Tuesday), so I asked Richard if he would make them for us!

Pancakes

Pancakes

You can find the recipe that we used for English Pancakes here. We topped ours with cane sugar and lemon juice — so tasty!

xo Cassie

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