Monday, May 27, 2013

Quiche Me Dahling!

     Well it's been a few days since my last post, but been working on several posts as well as dancin' with life as it comes along!

     School is ending for the year, and summer is on its way.  For the graduates of school, or any other change of life where you're starting a "new chapter", if you haven't already be sure to check out my Graduation Poem.  It's a poem I wrote in 1986 as I graduated highschool, and prepared to embark on college.  Yep, all you math majors out there, you now can figure out how old I am.  Congratulations.

     For Memorial Day,  I am tooting my own horn, and sharing a couple of quiche recipes that I came up with.  One of my close friends and her family will soon be moving to Texas, so we are trying to get together as often as we can before that time arrives.  They ventured out to "the burbs" to see us on Saturday, and rather than trying to find a restaurant, where with 4 kids between us would in all likelihood be less than ideal, I decided to whip up a nice brunch so we could enjoy our time together. 
All agreed, this was ideal and worked beautifully.

     I had never made quiche or it has been so long, I don't remember making one.  When planning for the brunch, I knew that I would do a French Toast Souffle, which is a huge hit with kids, but thought that if I could find a quiche recipe, that would be a nice addition.  There's gobs of quiche recipes out there, so keeping with the main benefit of a quiche and the idea of KISS (the acronym- Keep It Simple Sweetheart, not the rock band), this post will be short and sweet.

You need:
1. A Crust- you can make one- really easy; or buy one- even easier.  Pre bake at 375 F for 7 minutes.
2. What ever filling you want - more on this in a moment
3. The Custard- 3 eggs + 1 1/2 cups of half and half, good pinch of salt, and pepper.

Take your crust, line with filling; top with custard, then bake for 30-40 minutes at 375F.   That is  it.

Now for my contribution.

First, Mornin' Nawlins' - I lined the crust with andouille sausage, 1 can of crab, some left over shrimp, that had been cooked with Old Bay, and topped with Queso Fresco.

Next- The ABC Quiche- I crumpled cooked bacon, (got you now don't I?) then chopped peeled apple, that I had tossed with a wee bit of sugar and cinnamon, then topped them with 10yr aged sharp cheddar.

     These flavor combos got wows all around, so I thought I'd share.

     Now just a note about the crust and the custard.  If you "go the distance" you will be richly rewarded.  Meaning: the more you put in, the more you get out of it.  Bought crusts are actually pretty good these days, but pie crusts and pate brisee are really easy to make and don't take that much time.  Also, as with all food, you know what's in there.
     For the custard, I used 1 cup of half and half and 1/2 cup of heavy cream.  I had the heavy cream left over from making whipped cream, so I figured, "might as well use it up".  The quiche came out great.  I have had other quiche that were "grainy and watery" and I figure this is due to lower fat options being used.  Here's my reason for using the higher fat options:  it's better.  It's called custard for a reason.  Also, a 1 inch wedge of each of these is filling.  So, "lighten' up Francis and indulge."
     Lastly, in keeping with spirit of Memorial Day, where we acknowledge and remember those who have given us so much, so that we may enjoy life; allow me to suggest you catch the joie de vie spirit by coming up with your own crazy wonderful ideas for a quiche.

     Just to note, my old roomie and I are married to a couple of  "real men"; and they do in fact eat and enjoy quiche.  So there! Mr. Feirstein.
    
     Don't know if I will get to it today, but these along with the French Toast Souffle recipes will soon be added to my Recipe page.  Haven't figured out how to do a drop down yet.  Instead, I will be listing all the recipes at the top of the page, so if you go there, you'll look through the titles of the dishes at the top, and if you don't see one that piques your interest, there'll be no need to look further.

     I have posts that will be poppin' up later this week.  One. "Let's Chat About Rudeness"- this is not a "How To" article; rather a vent about how rudeness is almost celebrated today, and a few other thoughts about it.  Next, "Today's Toys: Kids' Dream, Parents' Nightmare". Just an observation about today's toys, and how a lot of times they cause me to go "aaaaahhhhhhhhhh".  Hope you check in to read.  Of course there may be others that will come to mind.

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend.

S.