Sunday, September 25, 2011

For the love of an egg . . .

This morning my husband and I got up early, we needed to take a ride for a change of scenery and to clear our heads from the events of the past week. As many of you know, my mom passed away on Tuesday, September 20, her funeral mass and burial were on Saturday.

So, we decided to take the road least traveled and headed out to Brookline, NH . . . to buy eggs! My friend Susan at From Beyond My Kitchen Window discovered this little gem of a country store that sells the best eggs from happy hens! The yokes are like little pots of bright yellow sunshine!

Egg-actly what I was looking for . . . 

Waiting to be added to my frittata!
See the recipe below!

The Village Store, Brookline, NH

An Early Autumn New England Morning.


Adjacent to the store's parking lot is a lovely canal.
The trickling sound of the water was very relaxing
as we drank our coffee and munched on our 
apple cider donuts!

Zucchini Frittata

Tonight's dinner . . . here's the recipe.

1 cup chopped onion
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 teaspoons cooking oil
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

In an 8-in. ovenproof skillet over medium heat, saute onion and zucchini in oil for 2-3 minutes. Pour eggs over top; sprinkle with salt. Cook until almost set, 6-7 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


  1. Its the best medicine, to go on a drive through beautiful country.
    I am missing New Hampshire so much!

  2. Zucchini frittata is so delicious!! Your pics are always so fabolous...I wish I could be there to share these lovely palces!!
    Have a nice Sunday!!

  3. New Hampshire looks so beautiful ... just the way we imagine it to be over here!

  4. I thought the first photo said "free coffee" at first, LOL. What a charming place to visit.

  5. Oh, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing! My own mother died on Sept. 24, six years ago, her anniversary was yesterday. Isn't it terrible to lose our Moms? My heart goes out to you. I am glad that you were able to take a break and get out in the fresh air. Your photos are lovely.
    My condolences and I will say a prayer for you that the days ahead bring you (and your family) peace of mind.

  6. I thought the sign said "Free Donuts" and got all excited for nothing.

  7. Both the comforting meal and the beautiful day trip sound like the perfect way to start to wind down from such a sad week. Driving through the countryside is just as mind-clearing as meditation, if you ask me.

  8. A country drive on a fall day is a perfect way to clear your head. That store looks charming and the donuts sound yummy.

  9. I thought it said free donuts too!

    I love the way fresh multicolored eggs look. Is that a blue one I see in the middle there?!

  10. I'm so glad you loved your eggs. Weren't the yolks a lovely shade of orange. I had mine scrambled this morning and I have to smile every time I look at the color of them. Remember to get Duke one of their dog bones, Bella loves them.

  11. Hi, I came over from Fearless Nesting (Lili's blog.

    After reading this post, and the one immediately before it, about your dear mom, let me just offer a prayer of comfort for you. May God give you strength and peace for the coming days. May the many lovely memories warm your heart during the cold and lonely days ahead of you. May God our Father wrap His strong comforting presence around you.

    I am from the Philippines but went to an American curriculum school in Metro Manila for twelve years - so I know a lot about the beauty of the New England states. Maine must really be such a lovely place anytime of the year.

    Blessings of peace...

  12. Nothing like a country drive on a Fall day. Great pictures!

  13. I wish you happiness in the little things. Nature can do so much for us at these times. That photograph of your mother is so full of the sparkle of life.


  14. Sounds like the perfect day. You are wise to seek out the joy in life right now. There is so much to fill the void with we need it. We just have to get out and look for it.

  15. Always seek joy, no matter where you are or what is happening in your life. Love the beautiful eggs.

  16. I'm sure your Mom was with you in spirit as you and your husband enjoyed this lovely drive, Mary. The fresh eggs you bought looked so delicious! My favorite weekend breakfast is a nice thick frittata.


  17. A nice drive does you good! That yolk is so golden, I had farm fresh eggs once, and they were fantastic. Looks like a very nice day.

  18. that does look like a happy egg! I hope you're feeling better now, and I'm glad you went for the drive and got something that made you happy(:

  19. Going for a drive in the country side sounds nice; going for a walk even better. I did a LOT of walking after my husband died, and it helped me get my mind sorted and keep my sanity.
    The village store looks like the kind of place I'd like to go to for some shopping, too!

  20. I want to offer my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your mother. She must have been a delight to be with. May God bless you all!! Cathy

  21. oh yes, a free-range egg is the king!... we are very lucky to be surrounded by small-holdings who have lots of chickens and eggs... the frittatta sounds divine... i'm there with you on this one!

  22. Fresh eggs are a bazillion times better than the ones in the grocery store, and a day spent outside enjoying nature is the best medicine ever.

  23. Getting caught up on blog reading and so sorry for your loss, but good you had a good get away place. Hard to beat a good fritatta

  24. I love your zucchini fritatta, when Im sad I love to cook specially bake,huggs! gloria

  25. Love your photos and of course I saved your egg recipe. I often serve eggs for dinner; good and good for you.
    Nothing like a ride in teh coutryside to make the world a nicer place; take good care.

  26. Wonderful ~ there is joy in memories and also joy in living life to the full to remember......this will be a memory for the future and those eggs are JUST great, just like my happy hen's eggs.

  27. I love fresh eggs! They are my favorite comfort food! If I lived alone...I would eat them all the time! lol ♥

  28. We're egg lovers here too and that sounds really good for dinner! There's something about the fall that is just perfect for hopping in the car and exploring, but I would have braked hard when I saw that sign that I thought said "free donuts"! ~Lili

  29. oh mary...i just about melted when i saw this...and that and donuts....what a winner !!! only in new england, i say....

    i LOVED seeing new hampshire...i LOVE it there so much...

    happy to stop by today, my dear friend

    kary and teddy

  30. I had to check out your blog after seeing its cute name on my friend Gloria's blog :) What great eggs...lucky you! And I'd love your delicious fritatta, too~

    PS...I'm sorry to hear of the death of your dear mom. Sending you a hug~

  31. Hi lovely lady.
    New Hampshire looks beautiful sweet lady. love the said "Free Donuts" I would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my new fall tablescape so sweet of you.
    XXOO Diane

  32. I'm playing catch up and so sorry to hear about your mother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours in this difficult time.

    I've always wanted to go to NH and after reading your post, I really do. Love those fresh eggs and your fritatta.

  33. I am so very sorry to read about the passing of your mother. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family... .

    We drive my this store every once in a while, but I've never been in. Thanks for letting me know about the eggs! I'll stop in next time!


  34. Is there anything more beautiful than the bright yellow yoke of a farm fresh egg. No zucchini for me this growing season, my garden was a total bust, I am over it and am embracing Autumn with open arms. My husband and I always take the road less travelled, you never know what you might discover! Hope you are enjoying these beautiful Fall days, and each day becomes a bit easier since the loss of your dear mother. Blessings to you, Julie. Yes, I did do the stenciling.

  35. So sorry to hear about your mom. My prayers are with you and your family.

    The eggs look lovely. Fresh eggs make such a difference!

  36. What a sweet road trip :)
    There is an egg plant up the road from us...I sometimes get free eggs from some friends who work there.
    I love the little trickling brook!

  37. LOVE this recipe!!!.. thanks for sharing.. and perhaps we will take a drive to brookline sometime soon.

  38. Sorry to hear your mom passed away.
    Nice country pictures.



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