Monday, March 25, 2013

THE Spinach Quiche

This is a combination of a few of my favorite quiche recipes. I love the ease of the Gourmet Cookbook's use of puff pastry and creme fraiche.

THE Spinach Quiche
Emily Clyde Curtis

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
6 large eggs
2 (10-oz) containers creme fraiche This can be pricey, so I make my own. 4 T buttermilk added to heavy cream so it equals 2 cups total in a mason jar, mix well. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 hours. Then, refrigerate and use within 10 days.1/2 t salt
1/8 t freshly grated nutmeg
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed with excess water removed I put mine in dishtowel and wring out the spinach1 c grated Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 375.

Roll out puff pastry and trim it to fit in quiche pan (I just use a regular pie dish).

Whisk eggs, creme fraiche, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Add spinach and gruyere until all combined.

Bake for an hour. The quiche is usually getting brown on top but hasn't quite set yet. Cover with tinfoil when the crust and top are golden and continue to bake until the quiche doesn't jiggle (much) when you shake the pan.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


I'm afraid I do most of my recipe experiments on Pinterest now. It's so easy to pin a recipe, try it, and then, put my notes in the comment field.

If you'd like to see them, my favorites are here. And, the recipes I want to try are here (I work really hard to keep those under 300 pins--like I'll have time to make 250 new recipes, but it makes me feel a bit more organized.).

Massaged Kale Salad: 3 Ways

I've been obsessed with massaged kale salads this season and bring you the best of the best recipes I've found. Kale is full of calcium and I find it to be one of the more palatable winter greens. Get lacinato kale (with the broad flat leaves as opposed to the more common curly kale). My kids and I like that texture best.

Salt or lemon juice massaged into the kale takes the raw taste of kale from these salads while still leaving the leaves crisp and fresh tasting.

And, I can't seem to do a massaged kale salad without a bit of sweetness.

Massaged Kale and Craisin Salad with Feta Cheese

If you have a lemon flavored olive oil, use it. You won't be sorry.

Raw Kale Salad with Lentils and Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette

I used quinoa instead of lentils. Quicker to cook and I thought it absorbed more dressing.

Hearty Kale Salad with Squash, Pomegranate Seeds, and Toasted Hazelnuts
I used butternut squash, but other than that, I think this recipe is my favorite. Perfect for a Thanksgiving side.