Breakfast for Dinner

15 02 2011

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day blogworld! Steph here to recap my Valentine’s Day and share a recipe!

Last night, my friend Gretchen hosted a Valentine’s Day dinner for 15 of her lovely girlfriends. She was a super hostess, and made some yummy food for us to devour (which we certainly did)! I’ll post a few pics, and since she’s in Eating Club, I’ll see if I can get her to write a guest post sometime (HINT HINT).

Speaking of dinner with girlfriends, every Tuesday I have dinner with my roommate Carly, and my neighbor, Ann. Why Tuesday you ask? Well it’s Biggest Loser Night! Ann and I started the tradition of watching The Biggest Loser (TBL) together back in 2008. However, we didn’t actually watch it together- she was living in Kansas at the time, and we g-chatted throughout each episode. A bit of history about Ann: she was one of the first people I met in DC, and she quickly became one of my closest friends. She and I lived together (twice), then she lived in Kansas for a year, and we are currently neighbors! Now that we are back in the same city, every Tuesday Ann and I make a delicious meal and watch TBL.

This week, Ann suggested breakfast for dinner. Um, yes please!

So, we divvied up the meal: Ann would make some pancakes, Carly would fry up some bacon and bring fruit and OJ, and I would make a frittata.

Something you’ll learn about me is that I like to find new recipes to try. So, the first thing I did was check out Tastespotting. This is usually my go-to site for recipes, since the food on there just looks SO PRETTY I WANT TO MAKE IT ALL!

I found lots of recipes for frittatas, but decided that this was something I could create on my own. The result: a delicious frittata, Steph’s way. Apologies for the dark photos; my apartment doesn’t have the best lighting!

 

Steph’s Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata

1/2 onion, chopped

1 medium and 1 small red potato, cubed

2 T olive oil

4 eggs

6 egg whites

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

salt + pepper

2 cups spinach

3 slices pancetta

2 oz goat cheese

How to:

1.) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.) Heat oil in a cast iron skillet and add the onions. Cook over medium-low heat until softened.

3.) While the onions are sautéing, cook the potatoes in the microwave in a tupperware with some water for 2 minutes (Thanks for the shortcut Kristin!).

4.) Add the potatoes to the onions, and let them brown a little.

5.) Add the spinach to the skillet, and allow to wilt. Turn off the heat.

6.) Tear the pancetta into small pieces and add to the skillet.

7.) In a medium sized bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, milk, and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs into the skillet.

8.) Bake for 20-25 minutes.

9.) When the eggs are set, crumble the goat cheese on top, and bake for another 5 minutes, until the cheese is slightly melted.

Enjoy! 🙂





Friends Don’t Let Friends Finish Races Alone

15 02 2011

HOLY WOWZA! I told Chris last night that I would be happy if we had 10 visits to 321delish on our first day…I think we had 10 visits in the first 1/2 hour and the number has just kept on climbing! Thank you so much for all of your support 🙂

As my Dad kindly stated in his comment yesterday, I totally left you hanging as to why our 1/2 Marathon training run was so special. Isn’t that what you are supposed to do on blogs? Give the reader something to come back to. You came back so I guess I did good right?

So this run we did…One of Steph and my good friends, Signe, has been training SUPER hard for the Mardi Gras Rock ‘n” Roll 1/2 Marathon. Her original plan was to fly to New Orleans with some friends for the weekend to race. Hotels had been booked, plane tickets had been purchased, bibs had been bought, excitement was building…..and then plans changed.  The other girls who were supposed to run with Signe had to bail last minute due to injuries and other logistics.  BIG BIG BIIIG BUMMER. Signe (understandably) decided that it just wasn’t worth it to make the trip to New Orleans and race all on her own, but she and I both knew how hard she had been training. There was no way all of those miles were going to be wasted (training runs are NEVER a waste) shelved. I suggested that if she wasn’t going to go to the race, we would bring the race here to D.C. So we did!

Enter:  “Signe’s  Completely Made Up but TOTALLY Legit 1/2 Marathon.”

I met Signe in Dupont Circle around 9:30 on Sunday morning. She had put together a 13.1 loop that took us ALL OVER the streets of  D.C. (I apologize in advance for the dark/fuzzy pictures…a) I was snapping shots on my iphone while running and b) the weatherman’s predictions of sun were far from correct) We went from Dupont…..

to Georgetown…

…over the Key Bridge into Virginia…

and back over the Memorial Bridge into D.C….

There goes Signe!

Around mile 11, just when our legs were really feelin’ the burn and Signe decided to tell me that I should not talk to her anymore because she would be a cranky for the rest of the run, Steph joined in on the fun!

staged action shot!

The three of us finished strong!  We finished the race in just over 2 hours and held an unbelievably consistent pace the entire time. I think that Signe could really be one of those pacers in a marathon.

Signe’s completely made up but totally legit 1/2 marathon turned out to be an awesome run! I am so glad that I was invited to compete in this ultra exclusive race 🙂 The finish line was right in front of Signe’s apartment, so we immediately pounded some Gatorade and stretched. I found my way into this bag but managed to stop myself from getting into too much trouble….I knew that a humongo delicious brunch was our next stop!
We headed to Busboys and Poets to refuel….

Our friend Christel joined for brunch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started with an appetizer of sweet potato wedges that came with a side of sour cream. They were devoured.  For my “main course,” I went with a 3 egg omelet with turkey sausage, onions, spinach, red peppers and feta, which came with a side of fresh fruit and whole wheat toast. I also splurged and had a big fat latte with extra foam (but forgot to snap a photo…)

 

 

 

After a long morning of training, this meal really hit the spot!

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson of the day: Don’t let friends finish races alone.

Question of the day: Have you ever had to change your race plans? What did you do? (leave us your comments below!)