Ham and red onion quiche

I am a breakfast for dinner person.  Actually, I can eat breakfast any time of day.  So, quiche recipes seem to creep into my weekly dinner menu plan.  I have featured many on my blog and they are easily searchable. Any that I have posted are my favorite recipes.  This recipe is an adaptation of one of them and can easily be even substituted with other ingredients.  It is a basic standard recipe to have on hand to serve to breakfast guests.  It works every time.

I use a store-bought pie crust from the refrigerated dairy aisle. Thaw the crust according to directions. Place into a ceramic pie plate and keep cold until all ingredients are ready to fill the dish.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  On the stove, lightly saute ham pieces and sliced red onion until lightly browned in one tablespoon olive oil.  Remove the crust from the refrigerator and add the onions and ham to the dish.  Sprinkle with 2 cups shredded mixed cheddar cheese and then add fresh herbs to taste.  I used fresh basil and fresh dill.

In the same skillet, add 3/4 cup half and half and add the two beaten eggs, whisking them in to incorporate and warm gently.  Season as desired and pour over the quiche mixture.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the quiche is set.  Serve with a side salad, cup of soup, or a crusty roll.  For breakfast, serve with fresh fruit and a blueberry muffin.

Warm Pears and oranges

Tender pears and Mandarin oranges prove to be a delightful dessert when warmed in a slow cooker.  As I have shared in previous posts, fruit desserts are some of my favorites. Of course, they can also be served with a slice of pound cake, a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, or even vanilla Greek yogurt.  This recipe is one to try before the warmer weather sneaks up on us this Spring.  The comforting flavors of this recipe can be enjoyed throughout the Fall and Winter months.

Here is how I make this recipe–gather these ingredients:  1 can sliced pears with juice, 1 can mandarin  oranges without juice, 3 cinnamon sticks, and 2 fresh Bosc pears peeled and sliced.  Additional fresh pears or canned pears could be substituted for each ingredient.

In a small bowl, combine these ingredients:  1/2 cup dry oatmeal, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 Tablespoons melted margarine.

Place the first set of ingredients in the slow cooker, and then cover with the ingredients from the bowl.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours.  Serve warm. I topped each serving with whipped cream and a sprinkle of powdered sugar.  Yummy.

Baked pears

Throughout the winter months, I enjoy baked fruit.  First of all, I really enjoy a nice breakfast during the coldest of winter weather.  Also, I think warmed fruit is a nice option and great alternative to a cold fruit platter.  I like to serve cold fruit during the warmer months instead.

So, here is another basic recipe for baked fruit. This year, I made this recipe for baked pears on Christmas day for a breakfast side dish.  It was very tasty. The recipe can be increased based on the number of guests expected at your meal.

Gather these ingredients:  2-4 pears-peeled and cored, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, 2 tablespoons margarine, and 1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.  Place the pear halves and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a small bowl, mix the margarine and brown sugar together.Spread the mixture over the pears.

Bake for 20 minutes.  Just before serving, add blackberries if desired.  Serve warm.

 

 

Bagel breakfast casserole

Cold weather is a great time to serve a hot breakfast to family and friends. Everyone just wants to gather around and drink a hot beverage while taking their time on a weekend morning.  Here is a great recipe that is a twist on the standard breakfast egg casserole.  I tried it with plain bagels, but sesame or other flavored bagels would also be worth a try. This dish will easily serve 6-8 people, especially if served with fruit or muffins.

Gather these ingredients:  4 toasted and chopped plain bagels, 6 eggs (I used 3 eggs and 3/4 cup Egg Beaters), 2 cups half-half or milk, 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese, 4 slices bacon chopped, and 4 green onions.

Place the bagels in a large 2 1/2 quart baking dish. In a bowl, mix eggs, milk, cheese, bacon, green onion, salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over the bagels pressing down to cover all the surfaces.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour or overnight.

    

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Uncover the dish and bake for 50 minutes or until puffed, browned and set.  Allow to cool a bit before serving.  Garnish with parsley flakes or chopped green onion.

 

Holiday apples

A new year 2017 is here and I have so much to share.  I have been cooking, baking and testing many recipes the past couple of months. And, I have found dozens of new treats. In fact, I have a stack of ideas that are just waiting to jump onto the pages of angelfoodgarden. The past seven years, I have used this blog to share recipes with my family and friends, and as an easy way to record what recipes have worked for me and have tasted great.  I have found it a fun way to look back and enjoy some of our best meals. So, Happy New Year to you as you join me in cooking, baking, and sharing in my gardening experiences in 2017.

And today, why not start with something so simple like oven baked apples?  No, not another apple crisp recipe, but just apples.  Sometimes, something as simple as slicing and baking a fruit can be so delicious.

For this easy recipe for the holidays, I used three Gala apples, sliced them, and placed them in a baking dish.  I sprinkled them lightly with cinnamon and sugar.  Next, I placed a few dots of stick margarine on top and placed the dish in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  They were delicious for one of our holiday dinners, served with ham and twice baked potatoes.  More apples could be prepared based on the quantity of people being served. So much great texture and better than making applesauce.

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Other options for preparation could include– using brown sugar, a splash of vanilla, or any combination desired. Also, these apples could be served with a dot of whipped cream.

 

A summer frittata

For a Sunday breakfast or for a weekday dinner, this frittata is so easy and so delicious.  Personally, the topping of roasted cherry tomatoes puts this dish over the top for me.  Using Bobby Flay’s recipe as inspiration from his Brunch at Bobby’s cookbook, I made this one my own.

Gather these ingredients for the roasted cherry tomatoes and begin the cooking process.  One pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, 1-2 sliced garlic cloves, drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and parsley flakes.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Place the tomatoes, garlic, seasonings and oil on a small sheet pan.  Roast for 20-30 minutes until they are soft and able to be broken apart easily. Bobby also suggests using fresh basil and adding at the end after cooking. I broke up the tomatoes and made a sauce for the frittata topping.

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For the frittata, gather these ingredients:  2 tablespoons olive oil, red and yellow peppers, onion, salt, pepper, 8 eggs, Fontina cheese, oregano and parsley flakes.  I substituted half of the eggs with Egg Beaters.

Heat the oil in a very large non-stick skillet and add the peppers and onions.  Season and cook until the ingredients are soft but not browned.  Whisk the eggs and cheese in a bowl and pour into the hot skillet. Move the eggs around like would be done when making an omelet to insure all the eggs are cooked.  This step will take from 5-7 minutes.  Making sure that the frittata is cooked, slide out of the non-stick pan onto a firm surface. I used a pizza peel for presentation and cutting.  Slice and serve with the warm tomato sauce.

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For a great presentation, add chopped basil to finish or sprinkle with other fresh herbs. Serve with a salad, fresh fruit, or crusty bread. This recipe will provide six servings.

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Easter eggs

Just as many other households in America, I have always colored eggs for Easter.  Over the years I have tried many techniques, and this year was no different.  I found an idea and altered it some, based on what I had in my pantry.  The results were perfect.  Having years of experience in the kitchen helps to give one confidence in trying new things.

Here is the most cost effective and easy way to color hard boiled eggs.  Choose the number of eggs that will be colored and decide on the preferred colors for the project.  Any of these food products could be used for the eggs–jello, kool-aid mixes, or as I used Crystal Light drink mix.  Remember a basic fact, if the item will stain you or your clothing, it most likely will color an egg.

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I started with 2 cups of water and added 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar.  Bring it up to a boil and then add one small package of the Crystal Light drink mix. If using the other options, try 2-3 tablespoons at first.  Reduce the temperature to a simmer and heat for 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat and slightly cool.  Place in a glass bowl with a spoon to dissipate the heat.  Cool the hard cooked eggs slightly as well and place in the bowl with the colored dye.  Allow to absorb the color for 5-10 minutes or as long as needed for the desired shades.

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So fun and easy to prepare. Great to serve at a holiday Easter breakfast.

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