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Experiment Turned Edible Dinner: Ham and Cheese Quiche

4 Jan

 

Quiche Number Two: Complete. {Ham and Swiss Quiche}

 

Tonight, my second ever, mostly experimental Quiche turned into an edible dinner. {pat on the back} After my broccoli and onion debacle, it was necessary that I redeemed myself. And, of course the fact that the pie crusts were buy-one-get-one-free sure helped! Tonight it was ham and swiss {with a little bit of mozzarella}. I think I could get the hang of these Quiche! It’s pretty easy to slap one together with whatever veggies/meat you  have in the refrigerator. Who said being domestic couldn’t be easy!?

 

If you’d like to try to make this one, follow my directions from my previous post: Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche replacing the broccoli for ham, using 1/4 an onion instead of a whole, and substituting swiss for mozzarella.

 

However, I need to know how to make the bottom of the crust – crusty? I read on another blog that you need to put the pie crust in the oven for about 10 minutes before you put any ingredients in it. But then I read another one that said if you do this you need to line your pie crust with tin-foil. Any suggestions? The Quiche itself is not runny … but the bottom crust isn’t crusting. Any suggestions ladies and gentleman?

 

Well, thats all for tonight. If you get the chance to try this recipe, let me know how it goes! And, if you have any suggestions on the crust – I would love to know! Night, Ya’ll!

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My First {and Second} Domestic Purchases

4 Jan

 

My family thinks that we should schedule and exorcism because {clearly} some domestic goddess has taken over my body. The last two days, I’ve felt like I could really get the hang of some of this domestic stuff. Between my broccoli {onion} Quiche and my bacon, egg, and toast pods – I’ve been doing pretty well! But then Sunday rolled around… the day of laundry. I loathe laundry. Not the whole process, just the folding. I loathe folding. Two years ago, I bought {splurged on} my very first washer and dryer. I did loads of research {no pun intended} and finally decided on the Whirlpool Duet Sport.

This was one of the best investments I’ve ever made. {And, my first real domestic purchase} Washing time cut in half. Saves water and electricity. Uses less soap. And, I swear the clothes are cleaner! Oh, and the ‘whitest whites’ cycle … Ah’mazing! I just wish someone would invent a folding machine. That would make my Sundays much more enjoyable. My only ‘complaint’ about the Duet Sport is that there is always some water left in the machine .. so, if you don’t leave the door cracked when you aren’t using it – or, if you don’t use the cleaning solvent once a month or so – than you get a smell that could very easily pass for rotten eggs. I hear that this is not a problem specific to the Duet, but to most front loading washers. Perhaps they will find a way to solve this too.

 

While we are on the topic of domestic purchases I should tell you about my second ever domestic purchase. The Dyson Animal Vac (DC14).  At the time of purchase, we had two dogs {one who seemed to shed her entire coat daily} and were sold when we found out the vacuum was intended specifically for animal hair.

 

 

I’m telling you, if you have a dog {or several} this is the machine to go with. When I got home with the new vacuum, I decided to vacuum first with my old one and then go over it with the new one. This thing is so powerful, it was sucking up carpet fiber! About six months later, we moved to a loft that didn’t have one bit of carpet {brushed concrete floors}. I was bummed because I really loved using my vacuum. To my surprise, it worked great on the concrete floors too! So, it was a great investment after all. Nearly two years later .. and I’m still in love! My only complaint: It only comes in purple.

 

Well, thats all for tonight. Tomorrow, I’m going to attempt another Quiche {ham and swiss this time} and hope that it comes out tastier than my onion conglomeration. Don’t worry thought, I’ll have my camera in hand to document the whole thing! Night Ya’ll

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

2 Jan

 

Last night, I watched nearly four hours of Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home. Everything from salads to beef bourguignon. Not only did it make me very hungry, but it sparked my little domestic bug. My emerging domesticity jolted me out of bed this morning {psh!} with an idea to bake a Quiche. Now, something about the word ‘quiche’ screams DIFFICULT to me. But, when I sat down and read over a few different recipes, I found there really isn’t that much to it. {to my delight} Armed with my camera and Julia and Jacques speaking to me like little voices over my shoulder, I set out to document the whole thing. So here we go:

 

Easy Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

{Adapted from: Allrecipes.com}

{Yields approx 6 servings}

 

You will need:

2 TBSP Butter

1 Onion – Minced {I’ll talk about this more later, but I really think 1/4-1/2 an onion is plenty}

1 TSP Minced Garlic

2 Cups Fresh Broccoli – Chopped Fine

1 Pie Crust – 9 inch

1 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella

4 Eggs

1 1/2 Cup Milk

1 TSP Salt

1/2 TSP Pepper

1 TBSP Melted Butter

 

Here’s we go:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Over medium to low heat, melt butter {2 TBSP}, add onions, garlic, and broccoli. Cook slowly until veggies are soft.

3. Spoon into pie crust and add cheese

4. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and melted butter. Whisk well. Pour over the veggies and cheese.

5. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Until center is set. {or, if you’re like me.. attempt to wait patiently, peeking through the stove window every five minutes to ensure aliens haven’t taken you Quiche}

And, here she is:

 

Now, we need to talk about these onions. My Quiche looks beautiful… but tasted like an onion Quiche not a broccoli Quiche. I would strongly suggest using less onion. Perhaps a half an onion, or even a fourth an onion would be more appropriate. Needless to say, I could only eat one piece before the taste was too overpowering to continue. I will make this again, but next time with a smaller dose of onions!

 

She was beautiful though, and I really enjoyed making it. I think I’ll use the other pie crust {buy on get one free} and make a ham and cheese one for dinner?! I hope you enjoy. And, as always, if you make it – I’d love to hear how it goes!