Friday, July 17, 2009

Garden Party - Smoked Salmon Frittata

Thank you to Susan at Savoring Time In The Kitchen for hosting our garden party of food and fun! You can visit Susan's blog to see her beautiful garden party and all the other participant's lovely gardens. Susan is a clematis lover, and you will be impressed with her green thumb.

We are in the process of installing 20 new windows at our home, so our garden and home are not quite up to par for a garden party this week. When the time is right, I will welcome friends and family to our cozy backyard and will serve some herbal teas, local food products, a tower of petite foods, including some blueberry and white chocolate biscotti that I have been coveting. Perhaps pull out some lovely vintage linens for the tablescape.

Before our window project began, we enjoyed a Garden brunch for Two. Smoked Salmon Frittata and fresh fruit al fresco.

A quick and easy frittata, with fresh chives and basil from the herb garden.

Simple fruit salad, with peaches, cherries, bananas and some chopped lemon balm. Lemon balm is a beauty in the herb garden, and can be used for tea, garnish, salads and potpourri. It also has medicinal qualities, and can be used herbally for insomnia or with peppermint in tea for upset stomach. It adds a lemony flavor to fish, chicken, and vegetables. One of my favorites in the herb garden.

Smoked-Salmon and Cream Cheese Frittata

Recipe Adapted from Gourmet Magazine "Everyday Meals"

8 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 oz thinly sliced smoked salmon, chopped

Whisk eggs, milk, chives, basil, pepper and salt in a bowl.

Heat oil in a 12 inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Pour egg mixture into skillet and scatter cream cheese pieces on top, then cook, lifting up cooked egg around edges using a spatula to let raw egg flow underneath, until frittata is set on bottom and egg is almost set but still moist on top, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle salmon all over frittata, then press on salmon lightly and shake skillet to allow salmon to settle into top.

Broil frittata about 6 inches from heat until set and slightly puffed and golden. About 1 1/2 minutes.

Cool for 5 minutes and loosen edge with spatula and slide onto a large plate. Cut into wedges and serve.

I topped with a few thin slices of red onions.

I hope you'll also stop by Designs by Gollumfor this week's celebration of Foodie Friday. You'll find many great posts.

Thanks for coming to the garden party!
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Ohhh I know I'd love your frittata! Definitely a saver recipe. You brunch for two looks as romantic as I know you and Joe are! I love your little side table. Perfect! Don't you just love cosmos? They are so photogenic too! Are the yellow flowers in the last pic sunflowers or dahlias? Or something else? lol Beautiful post Debbie! Hope you get your window project done soon.

  2. Beautiful post, Debbie! You'd never know there were window replacements going on - everything looks lovely. You know I'm drooling over all the MacKenzie-Childs pieces ;) Your table and centerpieces are beautiful. I love the sunny red, floral tablecloth. I think I grew that very same yellow dahlia last year but the Japanese Beetles loved it too much so no repeat this year.

    Smoked salmon is a favorite here and your frittata sounds as wonderful as it looks!

    I'm taking that recipe with me as a memento of your Garden Party. Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

    Have a good time tonight ;)

    Your party looks lovely..Look at those cute MC plates...
    Your flowers are beautiful!

  4. Debbie, what a sweet, pretty post ... I never tire of seeing your Mackenzie-Childs pieces. They are stunning.

    Your frittata looks delicious. And I love the colors of your floral centerpiece. I still cannot believe that you're installing 20 windows. I think that I could have lingered all day over your brunch.

  5. Everything does look lovely and the food looks good too! Busy spot with all the window replacements.
    Have a good weekend,

  6. What a beautiful and romantic tablescape for your garden party brunch! The MC dinnerware is simply stunning in this setting and I love how the initial mugs look so nice with it all.

    Your flowers are gorgeous and I can't wait to see the end result of all your labors replacing all those windows. I looking forward to the blueberry wht choc biscotti - craving it already :)

  7. Lemon balm is one of my all time favorite herbs in the garden. Those black and white dishes of yours are just beautiful!

  8. Awesome brunch, Debbie! The table is gorgeous! The M-C pieces look fantastic, as does the frittata! All that and 20 windows? and still time for romance and brunch :)

  9. What a lovely table you set and love your reference to local foods, herbs (love lemon balm).

    thank you for that tasty recipe!

  10. This was my first visit, and I will be back
    Your blog, photos, and recipes are wonderful!


  11. I've never had a Frittata..actually didn;t know what it was until I read the recipe!! I'm still learning at my advanced age..LOL
    I love all your MC pieces..they are so striking..just remember to take Joe with you every year for the big sale!!

  12. That frittata looks yummy...I confess that I've never had one before. Twenty new windows? Oh boy! I know that you'll enjoy them.

  13. Debbie, what a perfectly lovely garden brunch. It all looks so pretty!


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