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Man’s Best Friend

By Laurie Figone

Love of the Land

Man or woman…it really doesn’t matter…they come into our lives and become one of the family.  Showing us unconditional love; greeting us with wagging tails and big kisses and in my case…a shadow by my side wherever I went.  I lost my sidekick, Bart, a Black Cocker Spaniel to Esophagitis in July…it was a long 6 ½ weeks…and we both put up an enormous fight.  But, in the end Bart was worn out, he was 10 1/2, and there was nothing else we could do.  I miss him dearly!!!  I am glad to have had the Sonoma County Fair looming in my future to keep me busy.  Actually, I’m hoping you are reading this while the Sonoma County Fair is still running because “Cooking with Laurie” is back again this year…BeTTeR than ever!!  This year I have invited some of our local growers/producers to be my guests as I cook up some YuMMy recipes, with daily shows at Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Squash-Polenta Frittata

I came up with this creation one day when I was making my squash frittata…I didn’t have any bread crumbs to help bind it together…but, I did have polenta…it was a success, everyone loved it!!

  • ½ cup yellow onion, diced
  • 6 cups squash, cubed (I’m using Leisen’s Bridgeway Farms)
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt or garlic powder if you want to cut back on sodium
  • 8 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup polenta
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 TBSP. butter, melted
  1. Heat a 12 inch skillet over medium-low heat.  Coat the bottom with cooking spray.  Add onion, squash and garlic salt.  Cook, stirring occasionally, with skillet partially covered with a lid, until squash is cooked and has softened.  Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 325’. Coat a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl beat eggs.  Whisk in polenta, ½ cup parmesan and cooked zucchini. Pour into prepared baking pan. Top with melted butter.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes; until the eggs are set and the frittata has turned a light golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle top evenly with remaining ¼ cup parmesan cheese.
  4. Serve warm, room temperature or chilled. GrEaT as an appetizer, side dish or vegetarian entrée.

Serves 18 as an appetizer                        Total Time:  1 hour

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