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Results from Living Today's Weekend Cooking Challenge

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What a weekend!  Living Today's listeners and I cooked and  learned together, as  part of the Living Today's  Weekend Cooking Challenge.  This past weekend members of the  facebook group made spinach torta, a wonderful recipe provided by James Beard Award-Winning author Laura Schenone.

Here's the outcome of my spinach torta! It was delicioso.

Here's some of what we learned when making the spinach torta:

1. Make sure the spinach is drained of all its moisture and very dry before proceeding.

2. The cream cheese needs to be very soft so that it blends well with the eggs.

3. It is important to spice your mixture before adding to the spinach;  adding enough salt and pepper to your taste.

4. The dish pairs well with tomatoes and looks wonderful plated with tomatoes and parsley.

Here's how the cooking challenge works: Once a month, we'll make the same recipe and post photos, comments, tips, and ideas on our Facebook group!  The chef who provides the recipe joins our group that weekend as our guest chef and responds to questions and comments about the recipe.  It's like having an expert chef in your own kitchen for the weekend!

Below is a photo gallery of  some of the spinach tortas from some of the participants and I. Thanks Laura for a wonderful weekend cooking challenge.   If you're interested in participating in the cooking challenge next month, join our Facebook group!

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Irma and Terry's spinach torta. They're a true sister act!

1 Irma and Terry's spinach torta. They're a true sister act!

Even the picky eaters in Irma and Terry's family loved this dish!

2 Even the picky eaters in Irma and Terry's family loved this dish!

Listener's Laurie's spinach torta.  Don't the tomatoes look great?

3 Listener's Laurie's spinach torta. Don't the tomatoes look great?

Gail's spinach torta which she described as

4 Gail's spinach torta which she described as "satisfying but light."

Straight from the oven is Marisa's spinach torta.

5 Straight from the oven is Marisa's spinach torta.

6 "The first taste was just delicious! We'll be enjoying this with dinner tonight!" explains John.

Becky's beautiful photo of her spinach torta.

7 Becky's beautiful photo of her spinach torta.

11 year-old Jeanine made this spinach torta with a side of ham.  Dianne helped her whip up the dish.

8 11 year-old Jeanine made this spinach torta with a side of ham. Dianne helped her whip up the dish.

A slice of Liz's spinach torta.

9 A slice of Liz's spinach torta.

10 "My late lunch. Yum! I thought that it would be 'eggy,' but it is not. Spinach is definitely the star of the dish. Next time I will probably use fresh spinach," explains Jonnie.

11 "I did a bachelor version: 1/4 the recipe and baked it in a convection toaster over. Great for breakfast all week long," writes Eric.

12 "A little thinner than I would have liked. But yummy. I will use a smaller pan next time. I halved it because I wanted to have enough spinach. But perhaps the whole recipe would work well in this pan," says Pam.

Pam's entire dish.

13 Pam's entire dish.

Mary-Kay's version of the spinach torta could pass as lasagna!

14 Mary-Kay's version of the spinach torta could pass as lasagna!

Mario's spinach tortas, right out of the oven!

15 Mario's spinach tortas, right out of the oven!

Comments (2)

  • This was fun and looking forward to next month's challange!!

  • Author Comment:

    Thanks very much!!! I sure enjoyed cooking with everyone as well!!!

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