Zucchini Flower Frittata

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When I mention that I am cooking with actual zucchini flowers, some people just look at me like I am crazy.  Just trust me on this, you won’t regret it.  I tried this new frittata recipe in order to use up my piles of zucchini flowers.  It was so good the first time I made it, I made it again the following day!

Adapted from The Primalist

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/8 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 6 zucchini flowers (stamens removed, ends snipped)
  • 2-3 ounces ricotta, approximately
  • 1 Tbs. butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Lightly beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper, just to combine.

In a large skillet ovenproof skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the onion and cook until softened.  Add zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and cooked through.  Chop two of the zucchini flowers and add it to the onions and zucchini.

Pour the egg  mixture over the vegetables.  Spread the vegetables out evenly.  Turn the heat down to medium-low. Allow the bottom of the frittata to partially set.  Arrange the full zucchini flowers on top of the frittata and gently press them into the eggs.  Place heaping teaspoons of ricotta in between the blossoms.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the frittata has set, and is nicely golden (approximately 15-20 minutes).  Serve warm and enjoy!

This also got me to thinking about how good frittatas are in general.  You can put pretty much put anything in them and they are so easy to make…almost impossible to mess up.  They also keep great in the refrigerator for a few days and I love a leftover frittata.  I think I will be making more these in different variations in the near future.

Zucchini Flowers

Have you ever told a parent or grandparent that you really like something and then quickly been bombarded and completely overloaded with whatever you said you liked?  Well that is exactly what happened to me this past week.  My mom mentioned to my Nana that I was asking about zucchini flowers and when to pick them and how to prepare them since we have our own garden this year.  Well, I got a call from my mom telling me that Nana sent me “some” flowers since she had so many.  I put the word some in quotes because what was brought to my house was not “some”.  It was a giant pile of zucchini flowers.

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I don’t know why I was surprised by this given the fact that my Italian family makes extra food just to make sure there are leftovers for everyone to take home :).  She also sent over some cooked stuffed flowers, which I quickly devoured.  Thanks Nana!!!

It always amazes me when you go to a restaurant and you can get a few of them as an appetizer for like $20.  Maybe I should set up a stand outside my house and start selling them. I could make a lot of money with all of these!

Zucchini flowers are only around for a short period of time during the year so I have to make sure I get my fill of them and I think this pile will get me there.  I was so excited to start cooking with them, but I knew I was not going to be stuffing all of these since there were so many and I really just didn’t have the patience for it so I had to get creative.

This week I will be sharing some of my favorite zucchini flower recipes so make sure to check back.

 

 

6 Months In…

It has been a little over 6 months since we moved into our new house (well actually closer to 7 months now, but things have been crazy now that it is summer and this post has been a little delayed).  Time flies!  In the first picture I posted from the day we closed, the house is covered in snow.  Here are few pics of the house now that it is summer and you can see why we fell in love with this house 🙂

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It has been so much fun making this our home and taking on all of the little surprises that home ownership has in store for us.

In addition to all of the decorating and furniture shopping we have done, in the past 6 months we have painted the kitchen, family room (and built ins, which were their own project), hallways, downstairs bathroom, master bedroom and master bathroom.  A lot of painting help came from my in-laws…thank you!.  I think I will be taking a break from painting for the rest of summer and take on the guest rooms and office in the Fall.  Anyone want to help???

We have changed out all of the electrical outlets and light switches in the areas we have painted to be all white instead of the random mismatched selection we had in the house.  A small change, but a big difference!

We have updated the plumbing for our washing machine, with the help of my dad. Who would have known the washing machine and dryer were going to break 1 week after we moved in…surprise!  Thank you to some family who gave us their washer/dryer that wasn’t being used.

We changed all of the locks and updated some of the hardware.  This was of course after I locked myself out of the house while my husband was away and had to call a locksmith to help me get in.  In my defense it was not my fault.  When we bought the house we were only given one key to the front door.  The previous owners did not have keys to any other doors or the deadbolt on the front door.  When I left for work one day, the deadbolt slightly turned itself and slightly locked.  With no other keys, I was stuck outside.

Lately, we have been spending our weekends outside cutting the grass and learning some landscaping techniques from my mom.  Our roses, hydrangeas and many other flower variations have been amazing!

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And, we are planning a major project to add central A/C and update our heating system from oil to gas in the next couple of weeks.  The heating system is very old and it stopped working twice for me this winter and when my husband was away…perfect timing.  It is July and hot, and I am dreaming about our central A/C.  This project is underway and our gas line has been installed.  Here is a peak at what the construction looked like.

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And, there are a million other things that have kept us busy over the last 6 months.  Yes, we are officially home owners and loving every minute of it 🙂