Thursday, September 25, 2008

Recipe of the Week: Portobello Frittata (Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month)

In April of 2007, I lost someone very special to me to Ovarian Cancer. That's why I was so touched to hear about a tremendous event to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Research, the OFoods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest.

In honor of Gina DePalma, author of Dolce Italiano: Desserts from the Babbo Kitchen and Executive Pastry Chef of Babbo Ristorante in NYC, who was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Sara of Ms Adventures in Italy, Jenn of The Leftover Queen, and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso, have asked the blogging world to donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and post a recipe on our blogs using a food that starts or ends with the letter O (e.g., oatmeal, orange, okra, octopus, olive, onion, potato, tomato). Here is my entry!


2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons butter
8 ounces Portobello mushroom caps, thinly sliced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, stemmed and chopped
5 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Parmesan or Romano cheese, grated

1. In a large heavy frying pan, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat until bubbly.
2. Add mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
3. Cover pan and cook 3 minutes. Remove cover and cook 5 minutes.
4. In a bowl, whisk eggs with 1 tablespoon cheese and 2 tablespoons water. Pour over mushrooms, reduce heat to low, cover pan and cook until barely set (4-5 minutes).
5. Slide frittata onto a plate, flip back into pan cooked-side-up, sprinkle with remaining cheese, cover pan and cook until set (2-3 minutes). Serve in wedges.

From the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund:

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women; a woman’s lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 21,650 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. in 2008 and about 15,520 women will die from the disease.

The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often vague and subtle, making it difficult to diagnose.

There is no effective screening test for ovarian cancer but there are tests which can detect ovarian cancer when patients are at high risk or have early symptoms.

In spite of this patients are usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% survive longer than five years. Only 19% of cases are caught before the cancer has spread beyond the ovary to the pelvic region.

When ovarian cancer is detected and treated early on, the five-year survival rate is greater than 92%.

Please donate to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and help spread the word!

Prize winners for the contest will be announced on October 3.

1 Recipe Prize for best “O food” concoction: $50 gift certificate to Amazon;
1 Awareness Prize for only publicizing event: Copy of Dolce Italiano cookbook.