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Summer Fridge Frittata

We’ve been so lucky this summer to have a ton of beautiful produce from our Spoonfull Farm CSA, but we’ve also been so busy that sometimes, cooking doesn’t end up happening. That means that some weeks we find ourselves with a whole mountain of produce on our hands that we would hate to see go to waste. Enter: the summer fridge frittata, so named because it’ll clean your fridge right out if you play your cards right. This is really what frittatas are made for – making leftovers new again (and getting great use out of our beautiful farm-fresh eggs in the process)!

Summer Fridge Frittata

Serves 6
Hands-On Time: 30 min
Total Time: 45 min


Ingredients

12 large eggs
2 TBS half and half
1 cup + 1 TBS sour cream
1 head kale, any variety, roughly chopped
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced (I use a mandoline, see note below)
1 cup shredded/grated cheese (I used half parmesan and half mozzarella because I had them on hand)
1 bunch scallions, white/light green parts thinly sliced
1/2 TBS red pepper flakes
1 TBS garlic powder
Juice from one lemon
2 tsp salt, divided, plus more to taste
1 TBS minced chives + more for garnish
1 TBS minced fresh dill + more for garnish
Olive oil


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk eggs until yolks and whites are well combined. Add 1 TBS sour cream, half and half, and cheese, and whisk together. Add at least 1 tsp salt, whisk to combine, and set aside.

In a 10-12 inch ovensafe skillet (cast iron is best!), heat a thin layer of olive oil over medium heat. Add scallions and cook, stirring occasionally, for about a minute. Add zucchini slices and toss with oil and scallions. Add 1 tsp salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice, and toss to coat. Cook until slices start to become translucent and soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add chopped kale and allow to wilt and cook down, tossing with the zucchini and scallions, about 5 more minutes.

Pour the egg mixture evenly over the vegetables and gently stir to distribute egg and vegetables. Once edges of the eggs have set, about one minute, carefully transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Allow to bake anywhere from 7-14 minutes – the eggs should be set, and the top should be slightly puffed and golden.

While the eggs are baking, combine the remaining cup of sour cream with the chives and dill in a small bowl, and set aside.

Once the frittata has finished baking, remove from oven and let cool at least 5 minutes on a cooling rack in the pan. When ready to serve, slice into wedges, garnish with reserved chives and dill, and top each wedge with the herbed sour cream mixture. Serve with toast, a light green salad, or both.

Note: I use my mandoline slicer at least twice per week, if not more, so I can’t recommend them enough. HOWEVER. You have to be extremely careful when using them, and never use a mandoline without a protective hand guard. I use this mandoline from OXO, which includes a protective guard.


Lemon Basil Vodka Spritz

It feels more special to make a cocktail in the evening in the summer, instead of just pouring myself a glass of wine. Winter calls for red wine most nights, but this bright lemon basil spritz will hit the spot after a long day in (let’s be real) an overly air-conditioned office. If you don’t have or can’t find lemon basil, this would also be delicious with regular basil.

Lemon Basil Vodka Spritz

Makes One Drink
Hands-On Time: 5 min
Total Time: 5 min


Ingredients

1 cup loosely packed lemon basil leaves
1 TBS agave syrup
1.5 oz vodka
Juice of half a lemon
Can of soda water or seltzer water
Ice


Muddle together the basil leaves and agave at the bottom of a glass. Add lemon juice and vodka. Add ice. Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer. Garnish with additional basil leaves and lemon slices.


Raspberry Cobbler

In my opinion, this is the perfect summer dessert – almost no hands-on time, can bake while you’re eating a meal or doing literally anything else, uses summer berries, goes well with ice cream, etc, etc. And for almost no effort, you get a deliciously caramelized lid, and jammy berries, and something that seems like it took a lot more effort than it did. You’ll be making this weekly, just because you can.

Raspberry Cobbler

Serves 8-10
Hands-On Time: 10 min
Total Time: 1hr 20min


Ingredients

1 lb raspberries
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup + 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish dish or 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in milk until combined and mostly smooth. Whisk in melted butter until combined. Pour into prepared baking dish. Scatter raspberries over the top of the batter. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup sugar evenly over the top.

Bake for one hour. The berries should sink to the bottom of the batter and the top should be golden brown and have a firm crust. Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving with ice cream or whipped cream and additional berries.


Mashed Garlic Butter Carrots

These are reminiscent of a savory preparation of mashed sweet potatoes, plus you get to use up a big chunk of summer produce in a somewhat novel way! Serve these with anything you’d normally serve with mashed potatoes for a tasty, colorful twist.

Mashed Garlic Butter Carrots

Serves 4-6
Hands-On Time: 15 min
Total Time: 30 min


Ingredients

2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
4 TBSP unsalted butter
Salt to taste + for cooking water


Bring salted water to a boil in a large stockpot. Once boiling, add carrots and garlic and continue to boil until fork-tender, about 15 minutes.

Drain the carrots and garlic and place in a medium bowl with butter. Using a fork or potato masher (I use this one from Williams-Sonoma and like it) mash the carrots and garlic together until they’ve reached a mostly smooth consistency. Season with additional salt to taste.


Carrot Top Chimichurri

Hate food waste? Same here. That’s why I’m always so excited to learn new recipes for things that would otherwise be considered food scraps, like beet greens and carrot tops. This carrot top chimichurri has a more earthy, vegetal taste than the normal parsley and cilantro variety, but it’s just as delicious and a great way to keep one more thing out of the trash or compost bin. Serve it with steak, use it as a marinade, or do whatever else you would do with regular chimichurri!

Carrot Top Chimichurri

Adapted from Bon Appetit

Serves 4-6
Hands-On Time: 15 min
Total Time: 20 min


Ingredients

1 cup finely chopped carrot greens from 1-2 lbs of carrots
1 small to medium shallot, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 TBSP crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt + to taste


Combine shallot, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt in a small bowl. Cover with the red wine vinegar and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Add the chopped carrot greens and oregano to the aromatics and vinegar mixture and stir to combine. Whisk while slowly adding the oil. Add additional salt to taste.

Optional: You can serve the chimichurri as-is at this point, but I like to take an immersion blender (I use this set from Cuisinart and love it, but you can also get a standalone immersion blender) and give it a few pulses. It shouldn’t be smooth/creamy, but it’ll be a little finer than just chopping will normally get it.


Linguine with Prosciutto and Breadcrumbs

A few weeks ago, NYTFood published a list of quick and easy summer meal ideas by Mark Bittman. I made one of the suggestions while rushing to get out the door to the airport, desperate to avoid overpriced and meh airport and airplane food. It came together like a dream, even allowing for elaboration and personal touches. Keeping the garlic roughly chopped allows it to get soft and roasty, and the crispy prosciutto adds a nice crunch. Here’s my dressed-up take on Bittman’s excellent suggestion.

Pasta with Prosciutto and Breadcrumbs

Adapted from #14 on this list of summer meal ideas

Serves 4-6
Hands-On Time: 15 min
Total Time: 15 min


Ingredients

1 lb linguine
1 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
3 cloves of garlic, peeled, crushed, and roughly chopped
3oz prosciutto, roughly chopped
Juice from 2 large lemons
2 TBP butter
1/4 cup + 2 TBP extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Salt for pasta water
Basil for garnish


Cook pasta according to package directions in heavily salted water. Drain, place in a large bowl, and toss with 2 TBP of olive oil and the lemon juice.

In a large pan, heat the remaining olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the prosciutto and cook for about one minute. Add the garlic, breadcrumbs, and red pepper flakes and cook until the breadcrumbs are toasted and the prosciutto is crispy.

Pour the breadcrumb and prosciutto mixture over the pasta and toss to combine. Serve with basil leaves and lemon slices for garnish!