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Spinach Frittata, Berries Fruit Salad, Marble Cake

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Spinach Frittata, Berries Fruit Salad, Marble Cake
Posted 11/30/08 by thetuscangun
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Venues: Bakery
Cheese
Meats
Produce & All Things Green
Categories: Desserts
Eggs
Fruit
Parmigiano - Reggiano
Vegetables
Sub Categories: Blueberries
Cake
Citrus Fruit
Frittatas
Garlic
Leafy Greens
Nuts
Strawberries & more
Keywords: italian, tuscan, debi, mazar, gabriele, corcos, Shauna, Entourage, cake, chocolate, walnuts, berries, fruit, macedonia, eggs, spinach, frittata
Servings: 4
Description:

TV and Film star Debi Mazar (Entourage, Goodfellas) and her Tuscan husband Gabriele Corcos make real home-style Italian classics.

” Hi Everybody,
welcome back to our little cooking show.

Deb has been flying around for the past few days...
Therefore I decided to shoot a solo episode.

First of all I did not want to leave you without something new before the weekend,
and second, I wanted to dedicate an episode to all the men out there that care about treating their girls (yes, I know, or their partners in general).
Sunday morning has always been a tradition in my family when I was growing up, and a rule as well!
My mom always worked her ass off all week around, during the day teaching in junior-high, and then me, my brother, the house...her husband.
My father was a young surgeon...I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night...I remember vacations with my father, but not the days of the week....

I was about 6...remember waking up, walking to the kitchen with my younger brother...he was about 2.
My mom would leave in the fridge a blender full with my brothers breakfast. Do not ask me what was in it...some fruit, I remember a big cookie...It kind of sounds gross, sorry...
I had to process the food, heat it up a bit...no microwave those days...stove top baby...and serve the first breakfast.
Me, personally...loved a gigantic cup of milk with Nesquik and Rice Crispies.

The rule was...BE QUIET!!!
No playing allowed, no running...only breakfast and some TV. And wait for my parents to wake up. Mainly mom, as my father was already probably at the hospital or racing his Ducati on the Mugello track, just a few miles from our house.

One day I just decided to bake a cake by myself....


I did it tons of times with both my mom and my grandma, and plus I was already allowed to use the stove, so...why not move to the oven?
I do not remember if it came out good or not, but I remember clearly opening the door of my parents bedroom and stepping into the dark with a cake in my hands....
Warm, intact, powder sugar topped. Needless to say, it became an institution.
For me it was just great to be allowed alone in the kitchen, with my brother licking all the spoons, mixing up ingredients and coming up with all of my insane variations: marble cake, vanilla sliced in half with Nutella, toppings of every kind...but never overdone. I was the king of the kitchen, nobody around but little Fabio and me, playing Ratatouille.

I do not remember when it happened, but one day I decided to price my cakes...I wrote the cost of the cake on a piece of paper, I placed it on top of it with a toothpick, and walked into my parents room.
That became my weekly allowance.

NOW,
When Sunday morning comes...its like any other day, with the difference that there is no school.
My bed gets assaulted by my kids...and since its Sunday, they might decide to wake up a bit earlier, you know what I mean.
Hugs, kisses, diapers...then Im off to the stove for coffee and milk.

In days like Sunday Dora the Explorer has many things to do: cross rivers, climb trees, help tons of people and animals...
That gives me time to work on a breakfast that is not the weekly "fly out the door" crispy bar.

A good Sunday breakfast menu would be: Spinach Frittata, Berries Fruit Salad, a great cake...to be enjoyed with the second round of coffee. Kids will happily eat eggs with vegetables and all the fruit you might want/need to shove into their faces, before they actually get to enjoy a fabulous organic cake.”

Ingredients:

Frittata Ingredients:
8 Brown grade AA eggs
2 Tbsp of fresh grated parmesan
1 Tbsp of butter
1/4 Cup of whole milk
Salt and Pepper

 

Berries Fruit Salad Ingredients/Preparation: 

I do not do weight on this...I go to the store and I get their regular berries plastic little boxes.
To serve 4, and possibly have some left overs I buy four boxes, one for each berry.
Three Oranges and a Lemon...more or less, and some Pinoli Nuts if you like them, some fresh Mint is a great final touch.

Wash the berries, squash your citrus, add the Pinoli and the Mint, shake well and put it in the fridge

 

Cake Ingredients:

1 box of Dr Oetker Organic Vanilla Cake (requires: 2/3 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and 3 eggs)
1 egg, I add it to the mix for extra fluff!
1 bar of 85% fine Chocolate
2 Ounces of Walnuts...about...

Preparation:

Frittata Preparation:

Break the eggs in a bowl.

Add the Parmesan, the Milk, Salt and Pepper.

Mix well all the ingredients…using a fork is the best…use your wrist!

In a large non stick pan, melt the butter on a low flame….melt it, do not bring it to a boil…

When the butter is melted and well spread into the pan, and your eggs are properly mixed, …it’s time to check the fridge…are there any left overs you would like to add to your frittata? If so, add them directly into the bowl, mix it up well and cook.

If you intend to saute some vegetables from scratch, before you actually make your frittata (like I did in this episode), make sure you take them off the stove and mix them with the eggs before you put them back into the pan.

Pour the eggs into the pan, and cover with a lid.

On a medium low flame (more on the low side to prevent burning the bottom), your frittata should be ready in about ten minutes. When ready, take the lid off and let it rest for a few minutes, then gently slide the frittata on a serving plate…do not cut in the pan, unless you are using a wood knife, you will destroy the non stick layer.

 

Berries Fruit Salad Ingredients/Preparation:

I do not do weight on this...I go to the store and I get their regular berries plastic little boxes.

To serve 4, and possibly have some left overs I buy four boxes, one for each berry.

Three Oranges and a Lemon...more or less, and some Pinoli Nuts if you like them, some fresh Mint is a great final touch.

Wash the berries, squash your citrus, add the Pinoli and the Mint, shake well and put it in the fridge.

 

Cake Preparation:

Butter your pan and preheat the oven. Get the Blender together.

Follow all the instruction in the box and prepare the base for the cake.

In the microwave melt your bar of chocolate, adding some milk (2 Tbsp) will help a lot.

Pour 2/3 of the cake mix into the pan, then add the melted chocolate to whats left and use your blender again.

Now pour your 1/3 of chocolate cake milk into the pan...I like doing a circle, but you can pour it the way you want.

Get the walnuts and push them into the mix, and sprinkle them on top. Its ready for the oven.

Because of the extra egg, and sometime some extra milk, I tend to bake my cake 10 minutes longer, to get the nice crispy top.

Wanna do better than this?

OPEN A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE!

Buon Appetito,

have a good weekend!

Debi and Gabriele

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