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Sunday Supper Movement

After three weeks of rain and abnormally chilly weather, it looks like some semblance of spring or early summer is finally here, and I’m thrilled. I’m done with heavy meals, the stove and oven heating up the kitchen. I’ve been longing for lighter fare – grilled meats and veggies, lots of fresh fruit and herbs… everything cooked outside with the windows and doors open. And FINALLY! That time is here. And what perfect timing, because this week, the #SundaySupper tastemakers are heating up the grill and showing off some great recipes that will keep you grilling all summer long.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Steak

Due to our busy schedules, we’re frequently grilling with premade marinades or a quick rub of spices or even just kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. But on the weekends, I have a little extra time for those few extra steps that turn a simple grilled steak into something a little extra special. This recipe is one I’ve made several times. The  marinade loans a great flavor to the meat, and later gets heated to a boiling point to create a sweet syrup to drizzle on the grilled steak.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Steak

Bourbon & Brown Sugar Marinated Grilled Steak

Adapted from Fine Cooking Grilling, 2008 (p. 33)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. bourbon
  • 1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 lbs. steak (I used flank steak)

Marinade: Combine soy sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, mustard and hot sauce in a large ziplock bag. Add steak and marinate at room temperature for 15-20 minutes.

Cook: Meanwhile, preheat grill, with settings on medium.

Remove steak from marinade (save marinade) and grill to desired doneness – about 5-6 minutes per side for medium-rare.While steaks cook, place leftover marinade in a small pot on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes until thick and syrupy.

Allow steaks to rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly, across the grain.

Serve with a drizzle of sauce and your favorite summer sides.

Looking to change up your summer grilling routine? The #SundaySupper tastemakers have everything from drinks to entrees, sides, and desserts. Check ’em out!

Patio Libations

Let’s Get This BBQ Started!

The Main Event

On a Side Note

Saucy Sentiments and Rebellious Rubs

Finishing Touches

Plus Piri Piri Sauce and Recipes for Summer Grilling from Sunday Supper Movement

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.

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Orphan XThis was the first book I’ve read by Hurwitz, and I’m super bummed that the next book in the series isn’t out yet. Since I can’t wait, I’ve already picked up one of his older books to see if its as good as this one!

{Book Review}

Orphan X

By Gregg Hurwitz

Trained from a young age as a mercenary for a off-the-books U.S. government program known as the Orphan program, Evan Smoak (Orphan X) is known as The Nowhere Man. Evan left the program under devastating circumstances. After a month of wallowing, he reinvents himself, using his training for good – to help those who are desperate for help. The system he creates is simple. He helps someone in need, and as payment, that person gives his phone number to someone else who is in need and worthy of help. He works with one person at a time, on this referral basis.

However, a mission to help a woman supposedly being hunted for a gambling debt (with her father held hostage) just doesn’t seem quite right. Is the woman the person who she claims she is? Evan is suspicious of her, but eventually realizes that he himself is the target himself. Not sure who he can trust, Evan must tread carefully – to protect not just the innocent but himself.

Review/Recommendation: This is the first book I read by Hurwitz and I couldn’t put it down. It was a suspense with a plot line very different from other books in the same genre – a pleasant surprise. I loved that Evan Smoak was a killer with a conscience, someone who was trained to be ruthless, but who, deep down, empathizes with those in need.

I also enjoyed seeing Evan evolve and grow, as a direct result of a relationship with a neighbor and her son. As his neighbor sucked him into her life, he gradually came out of his shell, experiencing emotions that he had long ago buried deep.

The completely different plot line, coupled with unexpected twists and turns, had me completely into this book. I bing-read over the course of a weekend and can’t wait to read the next in the series. If you are into mysteries and suspense, don’t miss out on this one!

Grade: A

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Today, #BrunchWeek comes to an end. If you haven’t entered to win one of the prize packs provided by our amazing sponsors, I encourage you to visit this post and do so – and quick! The giveaway ends today! I think you can tell from the photo below, there are some seriously awesome prizes being offered, and I’d be thrilled if one of my readers won one of them.

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For the final day of Brunch Week, I wanted to make something healthy for those of you who are looking for not only great brunch recipes but who need quick, easy breakfasts that are convenient for someone constantly on the go. Muffins work for both. This particular recipe is one of the healthier ones I’ve made, using a combination of whole wheat all-purpose flour, cake flour, and ground oats. It has a sweet orange muffin with bursts of bright cranberries. Serve it for brunch, or make it on a weekend to grab on your way out to work during the week. Either way, enjoy!

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Cranberry Orange Muffins

Makes 12 Muffins

By Books n’ Cooks

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. cake flour
  • 1/3 c. Dixie Crystals granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 heaping c. frozen cranberries, halved
  • 2 tsp. Nielsen-Massey orange extract
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3/4 c. milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 large egg white

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Pulse oats in a food processor until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl and add all-purpose flour, cake flour, both sugars, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gently whisk to combine. Fold in cranberries, just so that they’re coated in the dry mixture (to prevent sticking together).

In a separate, small bowl, gently whisk apple sauce, milk, and egg white. Use a spatula to fold wet mixture into dry mixture until just barely combined. Use an ice cream scoop to portion into prepared muffin pan, filling each cup until 3/4 full.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.

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BW Logo 2016Since having kids a couple of years ago, brunch has become one of my favorite times to host friends. It’s not just that it doesn’t get in the way of early afternoon nap time. It’s that brunch is (for me and my family) one of the easiest, most stress-free times to entertain. I find it’s easy to put together an impressive menu with very little effort. I’ve got it down to a science. Literally. With this formula, I can’t go wrong:

Egg dish + grain/carby side side + fruit dish

With this formula, I’ve got an easy, filling, balanced meal. Frittatas and quiches are my favorite egg dishes. I’ll frequently pair that with a fresh scone or muffin, or even homemade granola (served with yogurt) and then round off the meal with a serving of fresh fruit.

Today, I created two varieties of fruit salad, both of which are tossed with a light poppy seed vinaigrette. In the first, I jazz up some berries, grapes, and kiwi with a little fresh mint and in the other, I let the brightness of sweet Breeze apples (a new variety that originated in New Zealand, but is currently being grown in Washington State and introduced to US markets by Sage Fruit) and grapes shine through. Both were wonderful, but feel free to use your favorite in season fruit.

Do you have a standard menu or formula for brunch entertaining?

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Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Make Ahead: Vinaigrette and fruit salad may be made ahead of time, but don’t mix until just before serving, so that the fruit doesn’t get soggy.

Fruit Salad (Two Ways) with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

By Books n’ Cooks

Serves 5-6

Ingredients for the Salad:

  • 5-6 c. fruit, sliced into roughly 1-inch pieces (I used a mix of strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, and grapes)
  • 3 Tbs. fresh mint, coarsely chopped

or

  • 2 Breeze apples, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-2 c. red seedless grapes
  • 1 c. mixed berries (I used raspberries and blackberries)

or

  • Your favorite mix of fresh fruit

Ingredients for the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. poppy seeds

Apple Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

Gently toss fruit and mint to mix. Set aside, or refrigerate until just before serving.

To make the vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well (or, combine in a bowl or measuring cup and whisk well). Refrigerate until just before serving.

Add half of the vinaigrette to the fruit salad and toss to coat. Add more as desired. (I used only half of the vinaigrette for the 5-6 cups of fruit.)

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.

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Today is the first day of #BrunchWeek, and I’m super excited to be participating. I made lists and lists of recipes that I wanted to make to share with you this week (way more than I could possibly do), and I spent the last couple of weeks drooling over the sneak peeks I got at some of the recipes my fellow bloggers have been preparing for you. I’ve gotten to work with some awesome brands – tasting new items for you and getting to play with some new kitchen gadgets.

On that note, I encourage you to do two things. First, visit this post to learn about the amazing sponsors and enter to win one of eight prize packages they provided, pictured below. Secondly, after you read my recipe, continue to the bottom of this post to check out the complete list of #BrunchWeek recipes we’ve put together for you.

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Although I’ve been stoked about #BrunchWeek, life prevented me from getting into the kitchen as much as I would have liked. Last month in particular was a rough month, with a lot of houseguests and a lot of daycare cooties floating around my house. Cooties that cost me several days of work and my monthly ladies night out. 🙁

I was all ready to go – the scones were made and packaged up, but when my hubby came home from work sick, I couldn’t leave him alone with my sick daughter and super active baby. I was bummed, but my coworkers were more than happy to polish off the scones that were destined for ladies night, someone even commenting that he was unaware that scones could actually taste good. He was use to the dry, bland store-bought scones, not homemade scones – soft and full of flavor.

After that week, I went on a scone-making kick – from sweet to savory. These bacon, cheddar, and chive were a pleasant surprise to those who were not familiar with savory scones. The smokiness of the bacon and the subtle undertones of the cheddar made for a wonderful breakfast, and a great addition to this week’s #BrunchWeek.

Bacon Cheddar & Chive Scones

Bacon, Cheddar & Chive Savory Scones

By Books n’ Cooks

Makes 8 Scones

Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together:

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Then, gently stir in the following, just to coat:

  • 1 c. shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese (3-4 oz.)
  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped cooked bacon (from 4 slices thick-cut bacon)
  • 2 Tbs. minced chives

Using two forks or a pastry cutter, cut in

  • 12 Tbs. cold unsalted butter

until mixture is crumbly. Finally, fold in:

Mixture will just start to come together, but will remain very crumbly. With clean hands, knead dough until it comes together. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Shape into a long rectangle (or circle), about 1 inch thick. Brush tops with

  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted

Bake for 12-14 minutes, until tops are golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Disclaimer: Thank you to #BrunchWeek Sponsors: Red Star Yeast, Dixie Crystals, Cabot Cheese, Vidalia Onion Committee, Sage Fruits, Nielsen-Massey, KitchenIQ, and Le Creuset for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #BrunchWeek. All opinions are my own.

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Welcome to the fourth annual #BrunchWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. We are so excited to have you join us this year as we celebrate Brunch and prepare for Mother’s Day. 37 Bloggers from around the country will showcase their best brunch dishes, from cocktails to cakes, breakfast breads, tarts, and quiche – there is something for everyone! Our amazing Sponsors have donated some great prizes for the #BrunchWeek giveaway. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

Prize #1 Red Star Yeast is giving one winner an amazing baking set, which includes a mixing bowl, dough whisk, bamboo spatula, rubber spatula, instant-read thermometer, measuring cup, pizza cutter, tea towel, oven mitt, bench scraper, ‘Knead to be Loaved’ apron, 6 strips of Red Star Yeast, National Festival of Breads cookbook, and The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day hardcover cookbook

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About Vidalia Onions: Vidalia onions are unique to a very small region. In fact, they only grow within 20 counties in Georgia (which is also why they are the official state vegetable of Georgia)! Vidalia onions were discovered back in 1930’s, and just like back then, they are still planted, transplanted and harvested entirely all by hand! Vidalia onions are grown during the winter months, and are only available in stores between April and September, making them a true seasonal specialty. In order to grow great tasting Vidalias, and to give them their characteristic sweetness, they must be grown in a sandy soil mixture that is low in sulfur (sulfur in soil is what gives onions their hotness). Because of this sweet flavor, Vidalia onions are incredibly versatile and can be used in any sort of dish; grilling, baking, appetizers, sandwiches, casseroles, and yes, even sweet desserts. Each year, approximately 5-million 40-pound boxes are shipped out around the entire country – now that’s a lot of onions!

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What's_Baking_BadgeAs I mentioned a few weeks ago, I feel like I just joined the What’s Baking? group, so I was completely surprised when it was suddenly my turn to choose a theme. In an effort to continue the healthier lifestyle my husband and I have tried to adopt this year, I knew I wanted to do something more savory. Quiche was immediately on my short list since its great for a light appetizer or for a more substantial brunch.

I was really impressed with all of the great recipes that the What’s Baking? crew put together for the theme this month. I’m loving the seasonal and veggie packed quiche recipes some of the bloggers came up with, and was floored to see some of the more creative recipes (venison sausage! kelibasa! pizza quiche!). Check out the recipes below.

What’s Baking? Quiche Round-Up

I made mini zucchini quiche – light and crustless. This recipe hides the vegetable (great for picky eaters) and lets the fresh herb shine. We had them for brunch but the individual servings make the recipe great for appetizers for a crowd as well.

Mini Zuchini Quiche

Eva from Eva Bakes made Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche. I know some people aren’t mushroom fans, but I sure am. Between loving mushrooms and having a brother who is a vegetarian, I know that I’ll be making this one in the near future!

Crustless Spinach and Mushroom Quiche from Eva Bakes-001

Jaida at Sweet Beginnings made a quiche that made me want to call my father-in-law and ask for some venison sausage. She made Crustless Zesty Italian Venison Sausage, Spinach, and Red Pepper Quiche. Yum!

Crustless Zesty Italian Quiche from Sweet Beginnings

Coleen from The Redhead Baker was one of the few to make a quiche with a traditional crust this month – a Spring Veggie Quiche packed with veggies. I was drooling a little over Coleen’s quiche. Between her quiche and Eva’s, I resolved not to wait for my brother to visit, but instead to work on converting my meat-loving hubby to a Meatless Monday participant so that I can try some of these recipes in the near future.

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Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks made a Crustless Kielbasa, Pepper, and Asparagus Quiche. With the keilbasa and pepper jack cheese, I bet my hubby won’t even notice the veggies.

Crustless Kielbasa, Pepper and Asparagus Quiche from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks-001

Nichole from A Cookaholic Wife made a Crustless Caprese Quiche. Caprese salads are one of my favorites, particularly during summer months with all of those fresh tomatoes. Yum!

Crustless Caprese Quiche from Cookaholic Wife

Cookies on Friday made a Pepperoni Pizza Quiche. Think it will fool my toddler into thinking it’s pepperoni pizza?

Pepperoni Pizza Quiche from Cookies on Friday

Finally, Kate at Kate’s Recipe Box made a Ham and Cheese Quiche, which she served for Easter brunch. I love the idea of having a “traditional” Easter ham for brunch instead of dinner. Off to bookmark this recipe for next year..

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I hope you all enjoyed this round up. Come back in a couple of months to see what What’s Baking? will be cooking up next!

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What's_Baking_BadgeI feel like I just joined the What’s Baking? group and all of a sudden, it was my turn to choose the theme. Since my hubby and I have been trying to eat well (in other words, avoid the sweets) and we’ve been spending a lot of time entertaining around brunch time, I knew immediately that I wanted to go with quiche.

Unlike a frittata (my other go-to type of dish for brunch) which starts off being cooked stove-top and then is finished in the oven, a quiche is baked entirely in the oven. Quiche frequently are baked with a crust, but this time, I went with a crustless quiche, for something extra light. The zucchini was really not noticeable, making this a good recipe for picky eaters (my 3-year old daughter) and uses whole wheat flour for a nutritional boost. The star of this recipe is really whatever herb you choose to use in this recipe.

Come back next Wednesday (April 27) to see what other quiche recipes the What’s Baking? group has cooked up this month!

Mini Zuchini Quiche

Also pictured: fruit salad with mint and poppy seed vinaigrette (recipe to come!).

Side Note: Quiche are also a wonderful, light option for a savory appetizer. I like to make mini quiche when entertaining a large crowd. Simple make ahead of time and warm in the oven before serving.

Mini Zucchini Quiche

Adapted from Weight Watchers

Makes 3-4 dozen mini quiche

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray (optional, depends on your muffin tin)
  • 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 small zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil or rosemary, finely chopped
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 375°F. If you have a silicon muffin mold, use that, placed on a baking sheet. Mini Zucchini QuicheIf not, spray mini muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. (May need to cook in batches.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cheese, baking powder, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Add diced zucchini, onion, and herbs, tossing to coat in flour. Set aside.

In a small bowl, gently whisk together eggs and olive oil just to combine. Stir into dried ingredients until just incorporated.

Portion into prepared muffin cups – a heaping tablespoon per muffin cup.

Bake for 15 minutes, until quiche are golden brown and quiche are cooked through. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from pan.

Serve hot.

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In the Kingdom of Ice{Book Review}

In the Kingdom of Ice:

The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette

By Hampton Sides

Emerging from the Civil War in the late 1800s, the new United States was eager to prove itself on the international stage. In an effort to show its military might, its power as a player on the international stage, but in a peaceful way – supported by citizens in both the north and the south – the U.S. entered the quest to discover the North Pole and the “open polar sea.”

In 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and a crew of roughly 30 men set sail from California for the Arctic. A Navy expedition funded by The New York Herald newspaper owner James Gordon Bennett, the crew expected to reach the North Pole and return within 3 years, perhaps discovering (and claiming for the U.S.) a new island or two along the way. De Long did discover a few islands on the expedition, but he never made it to the North Pole. Instead, after being ice-locked for what felt like an eternity, he and the crew were forced to abandon the sinking Jeannette and make their way through ice and water – on whaling boats they had to carry over the ice – south to Siberia, and then on to a Siberian village where they could finally seek help. This book is the story of all of this, and more.

Review/Recommendation: I picked up this book on a whim, after seeing it while standing in line at the grocery store. I had read Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides years ago, and still remember what a wonderful book it was. That memory set the bar pretty high for In the Kingdom of Ice, and the book did not disappoint.

The story behind this book was fascinating. Unlike the description on the back of the book – which would have you believe the book was almost exclusively about De Long’s journey from shipwreck to Siberia – the book detailed De Long’s entire expedition, beginning long before he stepped foot on the Jeannette. It begins with the origins of De Long’s obsession with Arctic exploration and the myth of the ice-locked open Arctic sea, and then details his research into the Arctic, his efforts to get the journey approved and funded, the search for a suitable ship and crew, and the journey the Jeannette took from the East coast to the West, where it would finally begin its voyage to the Arctic. It concludes with the crew’s slow retreat from it’s northern most position, back down to Siberia, after abandoning ship.

Despite the huge amount of research Sides undoubtedly conducted in the writing of the book, In the Kingdom of Ice is both engaging and interesting. Sides does a wonderful job weaving the facts into the personal stories of De Long and the other crew members, showing their humanity and their bravery in the process. While the focus was De Long, the reader was treated to a snapshot of almost everyone one of the crew members, each one a hero of the expedition in their own way.

I can’t recommend this book enough.

Grade: A

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Tomato Asiago Frittata

One of the things I love about frittatas is that they’re great brunch food. Pair with a side salad for an elegant but light lunch-like brunch, or with some fresh fruit and a little sausage or bacon for a more hearty breakfast-like meal. They’re also super easy to prepare – only taking 10-15 minutes of hand-on time in the kitchen, making them a great choice for entertaining.

Note: My version is just about double the original recipe, with a couple of adjustments.

Tomato Asiago Frittata

Adapted from Cooking Light, July 2015

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs. half-and-half
  • 2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. thinly sliced shallots
  • 2-3 oz. Asiago cheese, grated (about 1/2 c. grated cheese)
  • 2 c. halved cherry tomatoes
  • sprigs of thyme, for garnish

Heat a 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium heat.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together half-and-half, thyme, salt, pepper, and eggs. When pan is hot, add oil, swirling pan to coat. Add egg mixture, cooking until eggs are partially set, about 5-8 minutes.

As eggs are cooking, preheat broiler to high.

When eggs are partially set, sprinkle frittata with half of the cheese, top with tomatoes, and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Transfer pan to the preheated oven and broil until top is lightly browned and eggs are set, about 5 minutes.

Remove pan from oven. Cut frittata into 8 wedges and garnish with thyme springs.

Serve hot.

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