Showing posts with label quiche. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quiche. Show all posts

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Easy, Tasty French Quiche plus #bookgiveaway from guest author Kylie Logan



           

Today at Mystery Lovers' Kitchen we welcome our good friend and prolific writer, known today at Kylie Logan. That's because she's also well-known in the mystery world as Casey Daniels. She's sharing something French today because her newest book French Fried, has just been released. Thanks for joining us with this tasty recipe, Kylie!



Quiche is one of those rare dishes that’s appropriate for any meal.  Hot or room temperature, quiche is an easy breakfast treat.  Add a green or fruit salad and a glass of crisp Chardonnay, and it’s perfect for brunch or dinner.

            It’s also the ideal food for me to make to celebrate the publication of  French Fried, book #2 in my Ethnic Eats mystery series.

            Let me catch you up on the premise: Laurel Inwood, former chef to Hollywood stars, is now helping out her aunt at a greasy spoon diner located in an old train station in Hubbard, Ohio.  Business is pretty much as terminal as some of the murder victims in the series.  That is, until Laurel decides to add ethnic food specials to the menu.  The series started with Irish Stewed and now, in book #2, Laurel is featuring French food.  She’s being helped by Rocky Arnaud, a local farmer who was born in France.  When Rocky is found dead, Laurel knows she has to investigate and find justice for the woman who was her friend.

            There are a couple yummy recipes for French food in the book, but one I didn’t add was the one for quiche.  It’s easy and delicious.  Bon appetit!


            All you need is a few simple ingredients:

            a pie crust
            1 C cheese of your choice
            1 C sauteed veggies (either buy your favorites or use up left overs)
            1/3 C milk
            1/3 C whipping cream
            3 eggs



           
             Don’t let the pie crust intimidate you.  I use frozen and bake it myself.  If you’re trying to impress your friends, you can always pop the frozen crust out of the tin it comes in and put it in your own pie dish.  Bake according to package directions.

            While the crust is cooling, saute your vegetables.  I started with mushrooms and added a splash of May wine because we were given the bottle and it’s two sweet to drink.  This is a nice way to use some of it.   Then I added half of a small Vidalia onion, a little bit of ham, and the last four grape tomatoes I found in the fridge because they looked kind of sad and lonely.


         
          Once your crust cools, sprinkle half a cup of cheese on the bottom (note: you’ll see I didn’t do that.  That’s because, alas, I’m allergic to cheese.  The quiche is equally good without it).  Then spoon in your veggies.


            Now, whisk those three eggs along with the whipped cream and milk.  Pour that over the veggies, and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.  Bake at 350 for approx. 30 minutes, or until your eggy filling is set.


         
             That’s it!  Quiche is elegant.  Quiche is delicious.  And it’s magnifique, too!






Kylie Logan lives in Northeast Ohio and writes both the Ethnic Eats mysteries and the League of Literary Ladies mysteries.  She is not fond of cooking, but she’s quite the fan of eating, so she’s always on the lookout for recipes that are both easy and delicious.  She’s convinced this recipe for quiche fits the bill.  Kylie is currently working on the third book of the Ethnic Eats series, Italian Iced, and munching her way through any number of scrumptious pasta dishes.  As Casey Daniels, she also writes the Pepper Martin mysteries.  Book #10 in the series is Graveyard Shift and has nothing to do with food and everything to do with solving a mystery for the ghost of Eliot Ness. 



To help celebrate the publication of French Fried, Kylie will send a copy of the book to one of the people who comments on this post.  US only, please.  She hates standing in line at the post office almost as much as she hates to cook!

           

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE release week + book #giveaway from author @AveryAames


It's out! It's here!  The 7th Cheese Shop Mystery: 
FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE


It's release week for Sheila and me!  
I hope you've ordered, pre-ordered, or hope to get to a bookstore this week! 
Good reading for all.  Congrats, Sheila!


To celebrate, I have a give away below! 

FOR CHEDDAR OR WORSE is the 7th in the series. What's it about?


The whey to a woman’s heart is murder...

It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s Fromagerie is ripe with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest from the past—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation. 
Since any love for Lara curdled long ago, Charlotte isn’t surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one sticking to Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a gamey pall on the festival’s future.
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And, now, here's a delicious recipe that I created for For Cheddar Or Worse. You know there are recipes in all the books, right? And did you know that there has been a quiche recipe in every book since The Long Quiche Goodbye?
When I am in recipe-making mode for a book, which means I wrack my brain trying to figure out new and fun recipes to include, I try to imagine tasty items, but sometimes I have to force the issue. Now Charlotte, of course, is always thinking quiche since she offers those in the shop on a daily basis. So I, channeling Charlotte, decided upon quiche, too. I love when Charlotte and I are in synch. 
I love the texture of quiche. I love the combo of flavors. 
For this experiment...I had a ton of carrots in the refrigerator, just sitting there staring at me one day, and I knew that I needed to do someone with them. I'd recently made a carrot cake. I didn't need another.
Carrot quiche, I thought. Hmm. What would pair well with carrots? This time I scoured my cupboards and found pine nuts and thought, yes! Nice texture with toasty flavor. Perfect!


 Pine Nut Carrot Quiche

(serves 6)


1 frozen 9-inch ready-made pie shell (regular or gluten-free)
1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups shredded carrots
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. dried sage or 1 Tbs. fresh sage, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup milk
2 large eggs



Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Remove pie shell from the freezer and thaw for ten minutes. Prick the bottom with a fork and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove crust from the oven to cool.
 [Of course you can make your own pie shell if you wish...this was just the easy way!]

Chop the carrots. I used my Cuisinart to shred really small. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan on medium-high. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic powder (or garlic cloves, chopped), carrots, salt, white pepper, and sage. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Stir in pine nuts.


In a small bowl, mix Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses. In another bowl, whisk milk and eggs together.

Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture on the cooled piecrust.  Top with half of the carrot-pine nut mixture. 
Add 1/2 cup cheese mixture and then remaining carrot mixture. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese mixture.








Don’t worry – I didn’t forget the milk mixture. First, place the pie pan on a sheet pan. 


Carefully pour in the milk mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes. Check. If necessary, cook another 5-10 minutes, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before cutting.




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Now I have to knuckle down for recipes to include in my next Cookbook Nook Mystery, GRILLING THE SUBJECT.  Barbecue is the theme. I think I'm going to have fun! Don't you love the festive cover? 


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