Saturday, May 4, 2013

Do you know how to do 'The Frittata'?

A homemade tomato-pesto frittata with leftover brown rice and Korean-style stewed tofu for breakfast includes ingredients from Costco Wholesale and H Mart.

Editor's note: Today's buffet includes simple steps for making a frittata, a walk through an exotic produce aisle and restaurant-quality takeout for only $5.99 a person.

Slices of a Sunset-brand Beefsteak Tomato from Costco Wholesale, above, are placed in an egg-and-cheese mixture that was poured into a hot, 10-inch pan with extra-virgin olive oil, below.

As the bottom of the frittata continues to set over a medium flame, I add spoonfuls of Kirkland Signature Basil Pesto, slices of sun-dried tomato and Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning, below.

I used three whole organic brown eggs and several ounces of liquid egg whites, plus grated Pecorino Romano Cheese and a little-low-fat milk to give the frittata a fluffy interior. I finished it under a low broiler setting for 7 minutes.

You don't have to know how to dance to do "The Frittata" -- which is nothing more than a thick, open-face omelet that you start on the stove and finish under the broiler until the top is golden brown.

This morning, I had a big wedge for breakfast with organic brown rice and stewed tofu from H Mart, a Korean supermarket.

Leftovers are great for a light lunch or dinner with a big salad.

Costco Wholesale's refrigerated Basil Pesto is wonderful in a tomato-and-cheese frittata, and adding Costco's smoked wild salmon takes it over the top.

The name and the price of this exotic fruit stopped me on Thursday in the produce aisle of H Mart in Little Ferry, and it wasn't the only fruit at the Korean supermarket I wasn't familiar with.

I looked over H Mart's large selection of greens, and bought about 2 pounds of Gaichoy or Chinese Mustard Greens for 99 cents a pound. At home, I cut the stems and leaves into smaller pieces, blanched them in boiling water and then transferred them to a hot wok with sesame oil, sliced fresh garlic and a little soy sauce, stir-frying them until they were heated through, above.
I had the greens with leftover escoveitch of croaker, a Jamaican-style fish that was pan-fried and doused with hot vinegar, pimento, sweet peppers and onions.The croaker was $3.99 a pound at H Mart.

On Wednesday, I stopped at Jerry's Gourmet & More in Englewood for three Meals To Go. The complete dinners included Squid Balsamico, above, with seafood pasta, vegetables and a frittata.

Shrimp Francese dinners also came with seafood pasta, above, or vegetables, below.

After 4 p.m., the price of Jerry's Meals To Go drops to $5.99, and the discount is usually given at the register.

On Wednesday afternoon, I managed to get three Meals To Go at Jerry's Gourmet & More in Englewood -- only moments before a woman walked up to the open refrigerated case and grabbed the last one.

After all the rubbery squid I've had you would think I would have passed on Jerry's Squid Balsamico, but its one of my favorite dinners.

Even after plating and reheating the squid in the microwave, the rings remain tender and delicious. 

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