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It was my pick this week for Martha Mondays and I knew I was going to want to do a brunch type thing today so I picked the Potato and Zucchini Hash from May’s Everyday Food.

It’s so easy.   Two russet potatoes, One zucchini, one onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Chop everything into the same size pieces.  I didn’t and it took awhile for the potatoes to cook but not long for the zucchini.

Heat the olive oil then add the potatoes and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Keep the heat at medium high so the outside of the potatoes get crusty and crunchy.  Toss them around so that all sides brown.  Then I turned the heat down a bit so the potatoes would finish cooking through. 

When the potatoes are cooked through add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally.

Top with a fried egg.  The recipe calls for it to be sunny side up but I can’t do that so I cooked it on both sides but left the yoke runny.

Although it took longer than the 30 minutes that Everyday Food says it takes, it was really good.  Hubby loved it, Son wouldn’t touch it (he’s at the no onion and is that a vegetable? stage).  I thought it was wonderful.  The potatoes had crunch and the zucchini was cooked perfectly.  The yolk of the egg made a little sauce for the dish.  It made a lot and I am thinking of using the leftovers in breakfast tacos during the week.  Reminded me a bit of cottage fries with added zucchini.

As an addition, I also made the Savory French Toast BLT from the same Everyday Food.  Son made the french toast and I loaded it with lettuce, tomato and bacon.  This along with the hash made a great brunch.  The bread was sweet without being overpowering and the recipe calls for cooking the bacon in the oven which is what I always do so I knew it would be could.  We will definitely be making these when we have breakfast for dinner. 

I hope everyone else on Martha Mondays enjoyed my pick as much as I did.

Since Son wasn’t eating what we were making and he was making the french toast for us anyway so he made the rest of his breakfast.  It looked like an awesome meal.  He said it was the best and I thought it looked delicious.

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This week’s Martha and Me item was picked by Brette.  And wow, what a choice.  I wanted an excuse to make this and I was so happy with the results.

The recipe is in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living and along with the cake they offer a chocolate frosting.  The recipe on the website  is slightly different than the one in the magazine.  I followed the magazine  but I am sure they are both wonderful.

I made cupcakes since they have to go to work with me and cupcakes travel easier.  My hubby has no willpower so if I keep this kind of thing in the house, he indulges.  Anyway,  the cake was so easy, sift the dry add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla and voila, you are done.  I used vegetable oil because I didn’t have safflower but it worked wonderfully. The cake was moist and not too crumbly and had a good, rich chocolate flavor.  I will definitely be making this batter again.

The frosting was a bit more involved to make.  Cream the butter and cream cheese, sift the powered sugar, salt and cocoa, melt the chocolate add the sour cream.  There were a lot of bowls to wash when I was done.  And there was so much frosting left over.  While I would say the taste was good, it was way too sweet for me.  See the milk in the picture, it is a must have with this frosting.

Another good thing about this recipe is I had everything on hand.  However, next time I am icing these delicious cupcakes with a chocolate glaze and I think that will be perfect.

I made the pick this week for Martha Mondays and I chose the Spinach Frittata from the January/February issue of Everyday Food.  We used to be omelet  people but have been converted to frittatas recently and anytime I can incorporate an extra veggie into a meal, I am all for it.

I liked this recipe but I used all 3 eggs and more gruyere than called for.  I also added ham so it really made a meal.   I usually start the frittata on the stove and transfer the skillet to the oven, however, this one called for all of the cooking to be done in the oven and it took longer than the what the recipe said.

It was good though and the entire family liked it.  I hope yours did too.

I joined a group called ‘Martha Mondays”.  I found it on the Martha and Me Blog.  It’s really great, kind of a Julia and Julie type thing.  Brette, the blog writer, spent a year doing Martha Stewart type activities, cooking, a little crafting, general organizing.  And if you are a Martha fan like I am you will enjoy reading her stuff.

Anyway…The group gets a new recipe or craft to work on for the week and post their results.  This is the first one I have been able to do but love that I can share it with everyone.

I haven’t ever thought of making granola before and had read the recipe in the February issue of Living before the ‘Martha Monday’ was announced so I was happy about it.  It’s very simple, oats, coconut chips (I left these out), brown sugar, maple syrup, pecans, raisins and I added dried cranberries.  The most labor intensive thing is having to stir in every 10 minutes for 40 minutes while it is in the oven, however, when you toss some in your mouth it tastes better than the bars you buy.

Hubby likes it and he usually doesn’t enjoy maple flavored anything and I’m thinking about pouring milk on it and eating  it like cereal.  I can see making this at Christmas time for gifts it was that good. This is definitely a keeper.


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