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.
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!