Country cooking and a little more experimenting

Country cooking –

This week I stumbled upon the Pioneer Woman’s list of 16-minute meals.  Ever since having a friend’s version of the Pioneer Woman’s smashed potatoes I’ve been meaning to test out more of her recipes.  I can’t remember why I was searching around her site this week, but boy did I strike gold.  You will likely see me testing out a number of these quick meals.

Bowtie Lasagne:

This was well received.  It was easy to make, as promised, and made a ton!  We had lots of leftovers which were perfect for lunch.  I will use it again as a replacement for spaghetti.  Although the recipe has exact measurements to follow, I found myself just eye-balling amounts.  The only mistake I made was adding too much Italian seasoning.  The recipe calls for 1 tsp.  I added that much then tasted the sauce.  Initially it seemed like there wasn’t enough flavour so I added another 1/2 tsp.  In the end it was too much.

My son, who loved it fresh the first night, for some strange reason didn’t want to eat the leftovers.  Not sure if it was a texture thing or a flavour thing, or if it was related to whatever was causing him to be strange in general this week.

A little more experimenting –

I had my heart set on making a quiche this week.  My husband and I had convinced his mom to babysit for us… on her birthday.  (She didn’t need too much convincing!)  Because she’d be babysitting over dinner, I wanted to make her and my son a special meal.

My mom has a recipe book from the 70’s that has a number of great recipes that I use (Gourmet on the Go Cookbook).  I have made the quiche recipe a number of times.  Friday afternoon when I was ready to start cooking I called up my mom to get the recipe from her.  No one was home.  Shoot!

I tried to find a recipe online that was similar to what I could remember about the recipe.  Really, all I could remember was that the recipe called for nutmeg… I think… I couldn’t find anything and in the end had to make something up as I was running out of time.

Here is what I did:

– I baked an empty pie shell as directed on the Tenderflake box, so that the crust would not get soggy

– I sautéed several handfuls of chopped spinach, then briefly added 1/3 cup of sweet onion and half of a chopped red pepper to soften them

– for the filling, I combined 4 eggs with 1 cup of milk (actually I was a little short on milk, so I topped up about 3/4 cups of milk with half and half cream… don’t tell anyone! :), and added 1/2 tsp nutmeg, pepper and salt

– I put the veggies in the pie shell, topped it with about 1/2 cup of grated marble cheddar cheese, then poured the egg mixture over top

–  I baked the quiche at 375°F for about 45 minutes

It was great!  My son loved it and my mother-in-law wondered where I had bought it.  I’ll be making this again!