I recently read a quote by Winston Churchill - "There is nothing wrong with change if it is in the right direction."
Now I'm not one to post inspirational memes on my Facebook timeline - I'm much too cynical for that - but this particular line resonated with me. It brought to mind the magnet on my fridge with Henry David Thoreau's famous advice: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams... Live the life you've imagined."
Today marks the one month anniversary of our move to New York. Now that Moving May is behind us, we can reflect a bit. Hubby and I were talking about it last night and had to pat ourselves on the back for what we've managed to accomplish in just 30 days.
He traded in his sports car for a mountain-worthy vehicle, a brand new Jeep. A Patriot. I'll let the symbolism speak for itself.
Ala Billy Joel, I took a train down the Hudson River line and into Manhattan where one of Bobby's dearest friends gave me a personal tour of his workplace - the New York Times building. I walked the newsroom and even had lunch in the employee cafeteria, crossing multiple items off my Bucket List in one afternoon.
But beyond the material things, we feel we've grown richer simply by living where we live. We've planted a summer vegetable garden, gotten lost on winding country roads, meandered through small towns where the streets are lined with American flags, stumbled upon roadside barns in search of antiques, watched fireflies dance on a crystal clear night and seen the mountains disappear in the mist before a thunderstorm.
There will always be the stresses of everyday life, but, at this moment, we are letting ourselves simply enjoy the view. Now that we're facing the right direction.
White Cheddar Spinach Frittata
We've been making the most of our quiet mornings on the mountain by
drinking good, strong coffee and cooking hearty breakfasts like this one.
12 ounces fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cream or milk
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup sharp white cheddar, grated*
salt & pepper to taste
* It's best to use a block of cheese and hand-grate it. Packaged, pre-shredded cheeses have a powdery preservative on them that will prevent them from melting properly.
First you'll want to blanch the spinach by placing it in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Drain in a colander and run cold water over them until cool enough to handle. In small bunches, squeeze the excess water from them, then give them a good chopping and set aside.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
In a cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Saute the chopped onions until they begin to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute, stirring constantly so the garlic doesn't burn. Add the spinach and heat through.
In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, cream/milk, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Once the veggies in the pan are heated through, pour the egg mixture over them and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
Place the skillet in the oven and cook through, 12 - 15 minutes.
Welcome! I'm a pie-baking, dog-loving, antique-hunting patriot. I'm a fan of rustic home cooking, the Yankees and scenic drives through the mountains.