Spring Quiche With Fresh Spinach, Shallots, Asparagus and Goat Cheese

This week I find myself in the land of perennial sunshine in Southern California visiting family while staying at my sister’s home; a haven in the countryside. Her home is chock full of memories and beautiful things she has collected over a lifetime. My big sis has been married to the same man for 40 years this August. It’s a joy to sit back and watch the interplay between the two of them, complete with finishing each others sentences. The current of love that runs between the two is quite evident.

Spring Quiche: Fresh spinach, shallots, goat cheese and roasted asparagus. The combination of fresh vegetables with a tangy salty bite of goat cheese is out of this world. I am ashamed to admit that in all this perpetual bliss, my thoughts do not wander to their wonderfully satisfying relationship for long, but scramble off to the garden, fruit orchard and chickens she has skillfully put together in her backyard. I did hold myself back for the first 15 minutes after I arrived to act somewhat interested in how everyone was and how life had been treating them, but inched my way to the backyard as quickly as decorum would allow. 

 Spring Quiche: Fresh spinach, shallots, goat cheese and roasted asparagus. The combination of fresh vegetables with a tangy salty bite of  goat cheese is out of this world. I was amazed to see peaches ripening on the trees, blueberries ripe for the picking, and tomatoes in full bloom. A whole food bloggers paradise. At home my trees are barely budding, and planting tomatoes still a distant dream. I feel like a kid in a candy store and am cooking with abandon. 

Spring Quiche: Fresh spinach, shallots, goat cheese and roasted asparagus. The combination of fresh vegetables with a tangy salty bite of goat cheese is out of this world. Today’s recipe is a Spring Quiche with fresh spinach, shallots, goat cheese and roasted asparagus. The combination of fresh vegetables with the salty bite and tang of goat cheese is marvelous. Sprinkle the Spring Quiche with a touch of fresh chopped dill before serving to add an additional layer of flavor; I guarantee it will be sure to leave you smiling!

Spring Quiche with Fresh Spinach, Shallots, Asparagus and Goat Cheese
 
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • Pate Brisee for single pie crust (see below for link to Recipe)
  • 1½ cups fresh spinach, chopped roughly
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 10 asparagus spears
  • 5 oz goat cheese, plus additional ounce for sprinkling on top of quiche
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt, plus additional for seasoning asparagus
  • ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning asparagus
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup milk (not non-fat)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped dill
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In large iron skillet heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium high heat.
  3. Add shallots to pan and cook until softened and fragrant. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Wipe skillet out with paper towel and set aside to cool.
  5. Crack eggs into medium sized bowl and whisk to blend.
  6. Add salt, pepper, hot sauce, cream and milk. Whisk to combine.
  7. Once skillet has cooled, press Pate Brisee into bottom of pan with edge of crust only slightly coming up side of pan.
  8. In layers, first spread spinach atop crust, followed by the shallots.
  9. Sprinkle goat cheese atop shallots (will not cover whole area, space out evenly)
  10. Pour egg mixture on top of layered vegetables and cheese and poke down spinach into egg mixture so that it is mostly covered.
  11. Place in 375 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  12. In the meantime, place asparagus on baking sheet, add olive oil, a few sprinkles or sea salt and a grind or two of black pepper and place in the oven along with the quiche to roast(about 15 minutes). Remove from oven.
  13. Once quiche has cooked for 20 minutes, remove from oven, place asparagus on top of quiche and push down slightly to set in place. Sprinkle quiche with remaining ounce of goat cheese and return to oven until quiche is set in the middle and slightly browned around the edges(about 15 minutes).
  14. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped dill, cut and serve.

Pate Brisee recipe from Martha Stewart. Cut recipe in half or make full recipe and freeze half the dough for another time.

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Coming Home

“It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.” – Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay

I made my way to San Diego this weekend and let me tell you it has been really rough. I mean, leaving 20 to 30 degree bone chilling weather, where I was bundled and snuggled up tight, to sit on a patio in sunny Southern California, drinking coffee and enjoying fresh oranges from a tree only 10 feet from my table, gee, it’s tough to handle. I’ll try though, I’m definitely giving it my best shot. Gingered Date Breakfast Bar- Pure and Simple Funny thing when one comes home, the roles of the past sneak back all too easily. I am a competent woman, strong and determined, pushing to succeed in all that I do, but as the youngest of three strong determined women in our family, I begin to blend and start to lose myself a bit.

Gingered Date Breakfast Bar- Pure and Simple In past times, this coming home and all it entailed, bothered me. I pushed hard to be seen and heard, constantly competing for every scrap of attention I could muster. But this trip home is different. I guess I have aged and mellowed over time. I realize, I am enjoying the opportunity to sit back and just be. It has finally sunk in, I have nothing to prove. This trip is going to be awesome! Oatmeal-Date-and-Almond-Br3 Gingered Date Breakfast Bars are gluten free and bring a new level of deliciousness to a quick on the go breakfast or snack at anytime of day. Dates and ginger make a great combination and add a perfect touch of sweetness. A great way to bring a smile to your face early in the morning.

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If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.  –Andy Rooney

I am not normally a creature of habit, but when it comes to going out for meals, all bets are off. Nothing irks me more than to order something off a menu, only to find it is something I could have made easily at home. When I pay for a meal, I am looking for something extraordinary, a masterpiece I would be hard pressed to duplicate due to the complexity of the dish, or because it is so perfectly done I wouldn’t even want to try. Sweet Potato Hash: Gluten Free - Pure and Simple Unfortunately, for some unknown reason, I rarely make the right choices at a restaurant. I try, I really do, but as I watch in anticipation the meals being served and set before everyone at the table, invariably I want what everyone else has chosen, not what is plunked down directly in front of me.

Sweet Potato Hash: Gluten Free - Pure and Simple Therefore, I have taken to finding one thing I like off the menu at the restaurants we frequent and ordering it habitually. At the Cheesecake factory, where I go when I am looking for a little comfort food, it is Shepards Pie (no matter how many times I have tried to duplicate the luscious tomatoey sauce that envelopes the beefy vegetables, I just can’t get it right). If I crave something raw, crunchy and delicious, I head to Kings Fish House for a Poke and Seaweed Salad that satisfies on all counts. At Goldy’s, Boise’s boutique breakfast cafe, I order the crispy and savory Corned Beef Hash, a winner every single time.

Sweet Potato Hash: Gluten Free - Pure and Simple This habitual ordering drives Tim, my husband , crazy. He who could never conceive of doing such a thing, since he seems to choose the best meals every single time. One day, when I grow up, I want to be just like him.

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Good Morning Breakfast: Hello Organization

“An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements.” 
― Scott Belsky Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality

Organizing is one of my strong suits when it comes to cupboards, furniture, and other peoples lives. Just ask my husband, he will tell you I am great at organizing his life. Okay, maybe not, but that’s another story.

At the moment I am going through every niche and corner of our house with a fine tooth comb. The clutter and stuff that is squirreled away in cupboards and corners I could swear I packed off to the local youth ranch 6 months ago. But here it is, in all its glory, multiplying faster than a rabbit and threatens my path to simplicity and sanity.

Potato and Egg Baskets: Gluten Free - Pure and Simple You have heard that old saying when ringing in a New Year, “out with the old, and in with the new,” right?  I find I am perfectly willing to part with old shoes I never wear, and dishes collected over the years that sit around and gather dust. That is the easy part. The greater difficulty will be to stick to the decision I have made not to accumulate more stuff. Shocking I know, especially in our society of commercialism with messages everywhere we look  appealing to us to buy, buy, buy.

Potato and Egg Baskets: Gluten Free - Pure and Simple This year, I am saying no. I don’t need another widget, whatchamacallit, or whoosit. I am taking back my home, living simpler, and giving more to those things that money can’t buy. Small, organizable, actionable steps, to reclaiming my sanity in a crazy mixed up world. Who’s with me?

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