- Date: Sunday, October 7, 2007 -- 12pm
- Location: Bloomington, IN
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Fellow Chef: Matty
- Dining Companions: Chuck, Lynn, Paul K, Beth, Mike M, Teresa, Chris H, Ayelet, Michael L, Ann, Daniel L, Jim, Marcia, and Tricia
- Recipe Rating: B+
I made this strata for the big brunch on Sunday. Strata is a savory dish, similar in concept and texture to bread pudding, but with flavors of cheese and (in this case) spinach rather than the fruit and nuts of a typical bread pudding. This strata was very good. The gruyere and parmesan gave the dish a great cheesy flavor. The spinach and onion mix complemented the egg and cheese flavors well. Two minor complaints: one, there was maybe just a bit too much cheese. This is a complaint I rarely make, as I love cheese, but in this case it was just a bit much. Two, the texture was just a touch soggy. Perhaps the ratio of eggs to milk was just a bit too low so it never set as well as it could have. It was still delicious though, and it has provided excellent leftovers!
Here is the recipe.
I have to admit, I have become addicted to reruns of Beverly Hills 90210. I loved the show as a kid, and now seasons 1 and 2 have been released on DVD. Brad brought Season 1 on the Maine vacation and we watched the whole season that week. Now I am slowly going through Season 2 from Netflix. This show is amazing. Each episode has a (not at all veiled) moral to it. I have learned that racism is bad, sex can cause pregnancy, drugs are bad, guns should be kept away from children, etc... The interesting thing is that I can just barely remember what I thought about these episodes the first time, 15 years ago. It's funny how my perspective on these issues has evolved since then. I am pretty sure that I took this show quite seriously when I was in middle school and now I can't imagine how you possibly could. I also think that I looked up in some way to various characters when I was a kid, and now I see how cheesy/awful they all are.
(My visitor is watching an episode right now. Kelly is kissing Bobby, a guy in a wheelchair. Brenda is very displeased because she thinks Kelly is going to break poor Bobby's heart. Now Brenda is telling Brandon how upset she is. They are having a very deep conversation. Oh, now Bobby and Brandon are having the deep conversation.) If only they still made television this good!