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Okay, I think that maybe the title of this blog post came from some random commercial I was watching in the 80s in California, because every time I belt out this jingle (which is strangely quite a bit) most people in the near vicinity look at me like I’ve grown an extra ear. Whatevs, it’s true, I do love eggs. Although my preference is a tried and true plate of over medium with toast, I think I especially love eggs because like quinoa or pasta you can pretty much throw anything you have in the fridge in a dish and know it won’t suck.

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Besides that giant blob of brown goop, this meal is a fittingly patriotic representation of what I’ve been noshing on this week. Although the weather is still charmingly Pacific Northwest-like (yay for fog and sprinkles!), I know this breakfast will come in very handy as the weather inevitably warms and my kitchen becomes a hot box. These days I consider myself something of a connoisseur of yogurt and fruit varieties. That may not sound like such a notable interest, but when you take a walk down the dairy aisle in your grocery store it can be quite overwhelming. Especially now with the natural/Greek/organic yogurt craze; there are just so many options. But I think I’ve finally found one combination that is a healthy, light, and easy option that won’t make you claw through the garbage looking for scraps of nourishment by 10:30am.

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Hi, my name is Christa, and I hate pancakes. There. I said it. Whew. I think it all stems from a traumatic five year stint as a waitress at IHOP…any significant amount of time spent around batter will change a person, you know? As part of my twelve-step program to recovery, I decided to give these ‘cakes a try. I had some friends over for brunch today and since I’m on a frittata kick for my brunch menus lately , I thought I would mix it up and offer some carbs to people as well.  Turns out, unbeknownst to me, that one of my guests is also not a fan of the flapjack, and yet we both gave the benefit of the doubt and may have made a small but important step towards changing our attitudes about these innocent breakfast staples. I’m mean look, c’mon, it’s hard to say no to a plate like this:

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As I mentioned, I did cook a lot this weekend, and this post illustrates how leftovers can be transformed into my favorite meal of the day, brunch. Aren’t brunches awesome?  You’re rested and social and relaxed and sated. A winning combination.

I had a bunch of leftover leeks, asparagus and basil from the previous night, perfect for throwing together a frittata-type deal. A frittata is technically an Italian omelette that starts out on the stove top and finishes in the oven, but I like to make mine like a quiche minus the crust and just bake it in the oven in a pie plate. It seems easier and there is no dreaded crust to deal with (more on my weird food issues later). Frittatas are especially cool because they encourage a person to throw in whatever they like or whatever they need to get rid of in the fridge and go to town. You had fajitas last night? How about a Mexican-style creation. Into Thai? Throw in coconut milk and some curry paste. Wiki even says you can add pasta and come out with something delicious. The possibilities are endless, but the basic rules remain the same.

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