Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Basic Quiche

My parents re-introduced me to quiche a few months back, after my brother requested quiche for his birthday. We're an odd family. :D They brought my boyfriend and me a housewarming quiche (lucky for me, it had shrimp in it so i got to eat it all!). Anyway, I realized how amazing, filling and fairly cheap quiche is, so I had to steal my dad's recipe.

Its loosely based on this recipe: Country Quiche. We adjust for a deep dish pie shell, generally store bought and frozen.

So basically:
  • 1 9" deep dish pie shell, unbaked (prick all over with a fork)
  • 6 eggs
  • Splash of cream, half and half or milk
  • 1 small onion, diced fine
  • 1/4 lb bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 4-6 oz cheese
  • 1-2 cups veggies (whatever's on hand, whatever might be about to go bad)
  • (optional) 1 4 oz. can green chilies, drained
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small to medium skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon. If you like, drain off some of the fat (into a small container that you keep in the fridge. bacon grease is heavenly). I generally don't. Add the onion and cook til translucent. Add any vegetable that might benefit from cooking, such as spinach, mushrooms, etc. Some vegetables do better with blanching. If you've got those, blanch away, drain well, and blot dry. Cool bacon combination, and any vegetables you're using.

Combine eggs, milk and flour. Beat well. Season to taste, and add cheese. Add cooled bacon mixture and any vegetables. Stir well. Pour into pricked pie shell and bake for around 45 minutes, until quiche is set and top is lightly brown.

At this point, I cool it to room temperature, and put it in the fridge. I love cold quiche with a salad and cup of soup. So so good.

Today's combination will be:
bacon, onion, spinach, colby jack, chilies and 1/4 of a chopped tomato for a little bit of color.

Introduction to Me

Hello out there!

I decided it was time to have the recipes I tend to use regularly in one consolidated place. I'll attempt to keep it current, with trials and tribulations, with nutrition data, and with a limited budget in mind. I plan to document my successes and my failures, as well as my standard 'i'm hungry what's in the pantry' type meals.

I'm going to make an attempt at organization, but I can only really be as organized as my mind lets me... And believe me, that's not a whole lot.

Let me start by listing some of my favourite areas of food:
-meat (all sorts, and i'll try just about anything)
-pasta (benefits; cheap and easy and relatively healthy in moderation)
-new flavor combinations
-just about everything

Updates that are soon to happen include quiche (i always forget the proportions i like to use!), some orzo recipes, and a dessert or two. A lot of what I cook is culled from a variety of blogs out there, but I tend to make adjustments based on what I've got and what I like. So I plan on linking to them, and adding in what I changed and how it turned out. Would like to also update recipes based on other adjustments I've made, so when I feel like lasagna, I'll be reminded of how I love spinach mixed in with the cheese mix and whatnot.

SO! This blog is more for my personal reference. If it helps anyone else, that's pretty cool too.