With the summer brings lots of changes to campus. We are renovating the Student Center for the next two years, although they started about a week ago and also changing food service providers. While I am really excited to have Bon Appetit serving our meals on campus next year — they have a mission and philosophy which aligns with my own ideas about food at the moment — the last few weeks have been also provided some moments where we reminisce about the foods we will miss with our current food service provider. One of the things they do best are desserts. For some reason unbeknownst to me (they haven’t grown on me yet), there are a bar that is called the O’Henry Bar, which is supposed to mirror the O’Henry candybar. Staff and students alike go crazy for these bars. Even though I don’t necessarily love them, I didn’t think they could be that difficult to make on our own. Last weekend I tried and the results went over pretty well. Using a recipe I found in a Catholic Daughters of America cookbook, here’s the recipe:
4 c quick-cooking oatmeal
1 c butter (I used margarine)
1 c brown sugar
½ c sugar
Mix oatmeal, butter, and sugars together and pat into a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
While it is baking, melt 1 c chocolate chips and 1 c peanut butter on the stovetop. Frost bars while they are still hot.
Earlier this spring, I had my parents visiting for the weekend. Often times when they come to visit, we end up going out to eat, but this time, I wanted to cook for them. So, as often is the case, especially lately, I began perusing the internet, searching for the perfect breakfast to make for them. I came across this frittata on Skinnytaste.com and with so many different vegetables starting to come into season, I am looking forward to trying it again.
The recipe suggests caramelizing the vegetables in a skillet and also baking the frittata in that skillet. I don’t have a skillet I can put into the oven, so instead I put it all into a pie plate and baked it that way. I didn’t take any photos — Skinnytaste has some good photos on its web site.
Check out the recipe below.
Caramelized Onion, Red Pepper, and Zucchini Frittata (modified slightly from Skinnytaste.com)
1 red onion, sliced or diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small zucchini, diced or chopped into matchsticks
¼ c grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp olive oil or butter
steak shaker or your favorite seasoning blend
Preheat oven to 350.
Over medium-low heat, heat oil in a skillet. Stir in onion and cook until starting to caramelize. Add peppers, to soften. Add zucchini and start to sweat out the zucchini. Season with seasoning salt and cook a few more minutes, until all vegetables are softened and slightly caramelized.
In a bowl, whisk eggs, cheese, and additional seasoning salt.
Pour vegetables into a glass pie plate and spread to fill the plate. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables. Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes, until frittata and egg are cooked to your liking.
Slice into 6 pieces and serve.
It also reheats nicely.