Breakfast at Bella Villa Messina

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bellaVillaMessina.jpgBella Villa Messina is located in Sonoma Wine Country. They boast 5 rooms that feature goose-down comforters, fine linens, private baths, TVs with VCRs, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces and a superb Sonoma breakfast prepared each morning.

They submitted two recipes (Spinach Frittata or Hawaiian French Toast) that you can either try at home or perhaps taste when you make reservations at the villa!
spinachFritatta.jpgSpinach Frittata


  • 18 eggs
  • 1/2 bag washed spinach from Costco
  • 1 tub cottage cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Wilt spinach in microwave for approximately 4 minutes
  • Spread spinach in bottom of greased (spray) baking dish
  • Whisk eggs - Add Cheeses and pour over spinach
  • Bake approximately 1 hour at 350 degrees
  • Should be slightly golden and firm to touch.
  • Will hold in oven on warm

Serves 10-12 portions


hawaiianFrenchToast.jpgHawaiian French Toast

Hawaiian Egg Bread (or any egg bread will do).
4 Large Eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

  • Slice King's or any egg bread and set aside. Allow slices to dry.
  • Blend all ingredients well. Before dipping each slice rapidly on both sides, stir ingredients to keep spices blended. Do not soak! Place dipped bread into a heated electric frying pan to 400 degrees, turn when golden brown.
  • To serve: Sprinkle with powered sugar or maple syrup and a dash of Cinnamon. For a special treat add grated orange rind to ingredients before blending
  • Try cooking in corn oil with some bacon grease added for flavor

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I would like to make this spinach frittata for an Easter Brunch--easy and sounds delicious!!! My concern is the size of the pan to bake it in--can you enlighten me, please--grazia!!!

Felicia Princiotta

Felica, it takes a 9 by 12 pyrex dish. If you double the recipe it takes a bigger pyrex dish. Jerry Messina

I have made the Hawaiian French Toast twice. Once for a birthday breakfast and just last month for Mother's Day. It's not something we can eat on a regular basis, but it's a wonderful special occassion treat.

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