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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Q is for Quiche

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Q is for Quiche

Look at that crust, would you? The flakiness!

I remember eating quiche exactly once in my life.  It was a Thanksgiving many, many, many moons ago.  For the life of me I can't remember who made it - normally my family doesn't go in for any divergence from the usual Thanskgiving fare.  Maybe that's why the quiche sticks out in my mind the way it does.

By the way, if I'm wrong about it being a Thanksgiving and any family members are reading this, feel free to correct me.  I remember being little and I remember being at Cioci Ann's old house and I remember the table being extended.  To me, that means Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I couldn't tell you now if I liked it or not because, well, it was 20+ years ago.

Since I wasn't exactly bred with quiche running through my veins (ew, there's a pretty mental image for you), it's never been a blip on my radar.

But then again, neither was sushi until I decided to give it a shot.  And now it's like one of my very favorite things.  Maybe I would feel the same way about quiche?

Do I spy cranberries in there?

Turns out, as I'm reading more and more about it, quiche seems like it would be right up my culinary alley.  I mean, honestly, once you get the crust part down (and let me just take a moment to thank my food processor in advance for the work it will surely be performing on my behalf), and you break your eggs and add your cheese and cream/milk/half-and-half (I think I'd use the fat-free kind to see what happens), you pretty much have a blank canvas on which to play.

What would I use? Mushrooms? Sun-dried tomatoes? Spinach? Asparagus, perhaps? Shallots? Olives? Maybe I'd get particularly sassy and use sausage or bacon?

What kind of cheese? Swiss? Cheddar? Feta? Mmmmm....

Yes, I WOULD enjoy a slice.  Or half.

The mind literally boggles at the possibilities.  It's sort of like pizza - you have the chance to come up with endless combinations of toppings based upon your personal tastes.

And naturally this will be based solely upon my personal tastes because I'm getting one of those crazy psychic feelings that Rob will not be eating any of this.  In fact...wait, my crystal ball is a little cloudy...ahh, yes...he will wrinkle his nose in distaste.  More.  For.  Me.

So I'm thinking of trying a quiche this weekend.  Of course I'll let you know how it goes!

So tell me: Have you ever made quiche? Do you like to eat it? If so, what's your favorite? Better yet! Do you have a recipe you'd like to share?

Sharing with my friends over at Alphabe-Thursday!

Jenny Matlock



Blogger Viki said...

I think I've had quiche probably once in my life but I don't remember where. I guess I must have not been raised with quiche eaters either LOL. It looks scrumptious though.

May 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Blogger Heather Binkley said...

I love quiche when it's done well, but so often it turns out soggy. I'd love to get the recipe for that first picture of the crust! It looks fabulous! I like bacon and cheese (Swiss) is good in quiche, but asparagus or artichoke sounds divine as well. Mmmmm. Darn it! Now I'm hungry!

May 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Oh my gosh I never thought about artichokes...! I'll add that to the growing list of possibilties!

May 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Blogger Jo said...

i love quiche! and it is a blank slate ... sometimes i like to throw in some ham, swiss cheese and broccoli ... i think its a fairly common type of quiche ... but i do love artichokes in it, or smoked salmon ... have fun with it!

May 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Blogger Riet said...

Good idea Q for Quiche. I love quiche and eat it often. Quiche Lorraine is the most famous French quiche in the world. Delicious

May 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Blogger Tracy said...

I love quiche yummylicious

May 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Blogger Sian said...

Quiche is great! I love it either hot for a main meal with new potatoes or a small cold slice for a snack. They're also great to take on picnic's. My favourite is Quiche Lorraine but I'll eat pretty much any flavour.

Found you through Blogfrog, you've got some great stuff here!

May 13, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Smoked salmon! Gasp! Y'all are killing me here!!!

Keep those ideas coming, folks!

May 13, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Blogger Salt said...

I have always shied away from making quiche because it sounds difficult and I would probably find a way to ruin it. I DO love them though. Especially when they involve spinach and feta cheese.

May 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

I've never had that before but wow, it looks delicious.

Thanks for stopping by and making my SITS day so awesome!

May 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Blogger Terra said...

I have to be honest, I scrolled on through, I am allergic to eggs and just the thought well...I am glad you participate and I look forward to next weeks post!

May 13, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

Quiche is one of Allie's favorite things. I'll email you the recipe I use as a base
xoxo Pattie

May 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Blogger Allie and Pattie said...

Okay Jen, I need your email! LOL
xoxo Pattie

May 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Blogger Julie Schuler said...

I love versatile quiches! My kids turn up their noses at them, even though I tried calling them cheese pies.

May 13, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Blogger Miel Abeille said...

This recipe is amazing! I haven't made quiche, yet. But, you have inspired me to try! I'll let you know how mine turns out. :)

May 13, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Blogger alicia said...

I've had it, but never made it. It looks so yummy and I just realized your blog reminds me of that movie, Julie and Julia. You have a way of making every food sound and look amazing and yummy.

May 14, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Blogger Jenny said...

I love quiche. Or I used to love quiche. I am gluten-free now and no matter what people say GF crust does not taste the same.


I really never thought about it, but you are right. It is a blank slate.

The flavors are amazing.


Get FF evap milk to use instead of just will work a lot better!

Can't wait to hear what you come up with.

And thanks for a flavorful stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "Q".

You made me hungry!


May 14, 2010 at 9:08 AM

Blogger Melinda Cornish said...

I havent made it but I have eaten it....There used to be a place in Portland called Paradise bakery and they made mini quiche's in muffin cups and I just loved them....the main ingredient besides the standards was spinach.....yum!

May 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Pattie - I can't wait to try the recipe you sent me!!

Julie - "cheese pie" had me cracking up. Reminds me of when my sister or brother didn't want to eat their baby food and I'd take a little taste and go "YUM!" even though I wanted to gag! haha

Michelle - PLEASE let me know! We can compare notes! :-)

Alicia - You have no idea how happy your comment made me. I can't even explain it. Seriously.

May 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Jenny - you should know by now that making you hungry is my purpose every Thursday. Mwa-ha-ha-ha! ;-)

Melinda - oooh mini quiche sounds so cute! I was thinking about that myself but am not sure on baking time - but then again that's what google's for, right? :-) Spinach = YUM!

May 14, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Blogger jeff campbell said...

I used to eat Quiche any chance I'd get, but alas I am with Jenny on the GF thing. I have yet to make or eat a GF Quiche...If I find a good recipe I will send it your way and to Jenny...Peace and blessings

May 14, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Anonymous Mom said...

Jen if it is the one I think you're talking about, I made the quiche. It was a spinach one. I liked it. I can't remember if anyone else did though.

May 14, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Blogger LambAround said...

Mmmm, that top photo (all the photos, really) looks delicious! I guess you could say that I have and I have not made quiche. I've started out making it many times but always end up just throwing ingredients in if I think they'll taste good. For all I know, my idea of quiche isn't really a quiche at all! :p


May 14, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Blogger Christy said...

i love quiche and it makes just the best supper.

May 14, 2010 at 11:42 PM

Blogger Simply Life said...

wow, that looks delicious!

May 15, 2010 at 6:22 AM

Blogger Mandy P said...

To be honset, I've never been a "foodie" and I wish I enjoyed cooking, but I LOVE your writing style! I actually enjoyed reading the recipe and your thoughts surrounding it! =)I'm a new follower!

Happy Saturday Share Fest. Stopping by from Sits. =)

May 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Blogger Steph said...

I'm with you. I've had quiche, but am still not completely sure about it. I have had some delicious, savory ones; but not all quiches are created equal. I like your fun, funny post about quiches.

May 16, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Blogger mub said...

I love quiche. You really can do anything with it... and I usually cheat and use frozen puff pastry for the crust ;)

May 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Anonymous Melissa said...

Jen, quiche is the only way I'll eat eggs other than in baked goods (And sometimes not even in cookies).

I recently started making a cheese quiche that everyone dies for. All it is is the a 3 cheese mix of white cheese from whole foods (I cant remember what the mix is now), fresh parm to your heart's content, 3 egg whites, a little bit of milk, all poured into a pie crust and viola! You will not be sorry. So cheesy delicious! The parm makes all the difference!

May 16, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Mub - puff pastry? Brilliant!!! I literally went "oooh" when I read that! haha

Melissa - how much of the three cheese blend do you put in? That sounds really good and I'm loving the use of egg whites in it.

May 17, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Blogger MrsJenB said...

Mom - you should really comment more so I know you're reading me. Just sayin. Thanks. :-)

May 17, 2010 at 9:57 AM


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