I just finished my last week as an Undergraduate student of the University of Kentucky. The final class is in the books, my parents' last tuition dollar put to good use, and I can now look forward to focusing all of my attention on the culinary world. How strange is this? I know soon-to-be-graduates across the country are suddenly confronted with the same realization, that what we have been working on for almost two decades now is finally achieved. Our whole lives have centered around studying, reading textbooks, flashcards, vocabulary terms, finals exams, and term papers. But in just over a week, eight days to be exact, our happiness will no longer be determined by what we earn on a project or the comments we get from a professor on an idea for a thesis. How bazaar this paramount moment is.
I have been asked a lot this week about whether I was excited to be attending commencement next weekend, and all I can say is "yes and no." I could not be more proud to have earned my Undergraduate degree, in three years no less, and to have a definite career path for which I am so incredibly passionate to now turn all of my attention to. But how could I have achieved this so quickly? It scares me to think how time passes in the blink of an eye and, as cliche as it is to say, how it seems like just yesterday I was no so successfully blinking back tears as my parents and sister pulled away after moving me into my freshman dorm room. Mature, adult, professional, pulled together people graduate from college - I cannot be that prepared yet. But yet here I am, coordinating commencement day outfits, pressing my gown, making sure to hang up my tassel and cords, and planning graduation parties. Now only time will tell if I am truly prepared for this huge leap of faith called adulthood.
In a way, education is like a frittata. Colorful and vibrant. Yet nutritious and sustaining. It is what you make of it. Throw everything together and see how it suits your tastes. Experiment, try new things, but know you will always have those old stand-by's to help you out in a bind. Just a few basic ingredients, steadfast technique, and the world in your oyster... rather, frittata.
Congratulations to all you soon-to-be college graduates out there!
Frittata for One
slash of milk
salt and pepper
1/3 tsp dried tarragon
mix-ins: I used spinach, tomato, onion, and yellow bell pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an oven proof dish with cooking spray. In small bowl, which eggs with milk and season with spices (feel free to customize these to your liking.) Fold in your mix-ins, pour into your oven proof dish and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how deep your dish is, or until the middle is set and a knife, when inserted in the middle, comes out clean.