Category Archives: Dinners for 2

It’s Personal!

I love these personal frittatas. Farm fresh eggs, local greens and tomatoes,  fresh milk, and grated Parmesan. They’re also incredibly impressive coming out of the oven, and don’t take much to prepare to perfection. Did I mention they freeze well? What’s not to love?

There’s no set recipe, and I change them up a lot depending on the ingredients I have to hand and the seasons; but, the basics are:

-A small, personal tart pan

-Baking spray

-2 farm fresh eggs

-2-3 tbs. fresh milk, cream, or sour cream.

-Salt, pepper, ground mustard, cayenne. Other spices, like thyme, basil, oregano, etc. can also be added to compliment your fillings.

- Fillings of your choice. Meats should be cooked.

-2 tbs. hard cheese, finely grated (I like Parmesan or Sharp Cheddar)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray pan liberally with baking spray and place pan on cookie sheet,  then spoon in about 4 tbs. filling ingredients. In separate bowl, beat together eggs, cream, and a pinch of each spice with a whisk. Stir in all but 1 tsp. of your cheese, and pour into tart pan. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of egg mixture, and place tart pan (still on the cookie tray) into oven. Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center. Allow to cool completely in tart pan, then gently run a butter knife around the edge of the frittata and remove from pan.

You’re likely to be seeing more “individual” foods here, as Thadd’s back in school and needs things he can toss into a cooler and I have clients that need something they can carry to work easily. If you’ve got favorite “individual” foods, share with us! Or, if there’s something you’d like to see, just ask and I’ll see what I can do!


Swai Did You Say?

While shopping for whitefish for a client’s menu this week, I noticed a new fish on ice at the local fish market. It was called “Swai,” and the little sign they stuck into it said it was sustainable and eco-friendly, and tasted a lot like catfish. And, it was only $3.99/lb. Since I had to buy a LOT of it for this large family, the price was a bonus, but I was worried about the “sustainable,” thing. That means different things to different people (read: Monsanto considers GMO, Round-Up-Ready to be sustainable. I don’t).

So, I checked out a site I trust, the Monteray Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch site. If you’ve never been there, it’s a great resource, and they have a little pocket guide you can print out to help you select fish that are eco-friendly. I was pleasantly surprised that they list Swai as a “Good Alternative” fish.

I got a filet for myself to try, too, and it’s delicious! We’re having it tonight, and I suspect once a week from now on until Thadd gets tired of it.


Romantic Dinners for Two!

With the holidays fast approaching, many people are scrambling for that unique gift for their special someone. A gourmet dinner tailored specially to your sweetheart’s tastes is the perfect way to say “I love you.” For Christmas, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, engagements, or other celebrations, let me help you make it a night to remember.

Dinners are designed just for your special person–no mass-produced meals! Local, flavorful foods mean rich, wonderful flavors, too.  Proposing? Let me find design the perfect way to surprise her with the ring.  Anniversaries can be designed around your wedding theme, complete with a home-baked cake! Give that new mom a night off with a quiet and romantic dinner she can really enjoy, without any cleanup.

I’ll serve your dinner in formal chef’s whites, and additional server is available for an added touch of class.  Dinners include appetizer, soup or salad, entree, sides, and dessert with your choice of gourmet beverage (coffee, exotic flavored teas, and more!).  Cheese plates, wine pairings, and more are also available to tailor your dinner experience.

Romantic breakfasts and lunches are also available, as are picnic lunches! Special diets, including locavores, are always welcome. For more information, email me at chef at shwankie.net.


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