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Puff Pastry Quiche with Spinach and Cheese

February 27, 2017

There are many great things about this recipe. First, you get to use puff pastry, which is flaky and buttery. Then you get to make quiche that is portable and easily customized, which makes this perfect for brunch or households where tastes vary. You can always mix up the egg base and set out a “filling bar” so hungry diners can choose-their-own meal adventure.

This recipe will give you a dozen muffin-sized quiches and a dozen mini quiches. You will likely have some extra filling mixture at the end too, which is perfect for making a quick egg scramble!

You will need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 c fat-free half and half
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1/2 t paprika
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 c frozen chopped spinach, thawed with the extra water squeezed out
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 c shredded cheese (I used a cheddar-jack blend)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed according to the directions

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Set a regular and a mini-sized muffin tin on the counter to the side. Lightly grease the tins.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together with the half and half, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, salt, and red pepper flakes until light and airy.
  3. Stir in the spinach, onion and cheese (or whatever fillings you want…be creative!).
  4. Set aside.
  5. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry and cut into 9 pieces (3×3). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular sized muffin tin well.
  6. Unfold the second piece of puff pastry. Cut one-third of it into 3 pieces; these should be roughly equal in size to what you just cut. Gently stretch each piece slightly and press each piece into a regular muffin tin well.
  7. At this point you should have a dozen regular-sized muffin tin wells lined with puff pastry. The next step will line a dozen mini-sized muffin tin wells.
  8. Cut the remaining puff pastry into 12 pieces (3×4). Gently stretch each piece slightly and press into the mini muffin tin wells.
  9. Pour a little water into any unused mini muffin tin wells to protect them while baking.
  10. Gently spoon the egg mixture into each lined muffin tin well. The egg will rise a little, so you do not need to fill it to the top of the well. I recommend filling to about 2/3 full.
  11. Bake until the egg center is not wet/jiggly in the middle and the puff pastry is golden. It will take about 12-17 minutes for the mini quiches and another 5 or so for the regular muffin-sized ones. Check frequently near the end.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing. Finish cooling on a wire rack until they are cool enough to eat.

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread

February 13, 2017

This sweet treat is a crowd pleaser. I baked it as a thank you for some coworkers, and the whole loaf was almost gone in the first few minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the cream cheese and sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour just until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the cranberries.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before flipping out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

January 30, 2017

I made these for a new year’s brunch; they were quick to bake the day prior and tasted great. I love the pumpkin and warming spices. I am also a huge fan of tart cranberries. I had some leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving that I’d frozen. You could use them whole, but I decided to chop them up slightly in the food processor.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin tray with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and pumpkin puree, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the cloves, and the baking soda.
  5. Mix in the flour until just combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until each one is about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the 5 tablespoons room temperature butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the tablespoon of cinnamon, and the oats.
  9. Crumble the topping on each of the muffins. Gently press into the top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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Mushroom Hand Pies

October 4, 2016

We love portable dinner. It is perfect for the beach, a picnic, or for eating one-handed while entertaining a baby. These are hearty and full of earthy mushrooms. We loved adding crispy bacon, but you could leave it out for a vegetarian version.

You will need:

  • 4 oz bacon
  • 8 oz baby bella mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 t oregano
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 c white wine
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 4 oz shredded Gruyere or swiss
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 package puff pastry sheets
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T water

Then you will…

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until crispy, about 3-5 minutes per side.
  2. Remove the bacon and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Once cool, crumble the bacon. Set aside.
  4. Dispose of all but 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat.
  5. Saute the mushrooms in the rendered bacon fat until most of their liquid is cooked off.
  6. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the wine and saute until it is cooked off.
  8. Stir in the cream and allow to simmer until the sauce thickens. You want it to resemble a thick gravy.
  9. Stir in the shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  11. Roll out the puff pastry until each sheet is roughly square.
  12. Cut each sheet into 4 squares.
  13. Place a spoonful of mushroom filling a little to one side of the middle of each square. You will want roughly a 1/2 inch margin of dough on the edges.
  14. Sprinkle with some of the bacon.
  15. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash.
  16. Brush the edges of the dough lightly with the egg wash.
  17. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling, either in squares or triangles (or both).
  18. Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pastry shut.
  19. Place the pastries on the prepared baking sheets.
  20. Brush the tops with the egg wash.
  21. Lightly sprinkle with pepper.
  22. Cut three small slits in the top of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
  23. Bake 20-30 minutes or until the pastries are golden and baked through.
  24. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack at least 15 minutes before serving.

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Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oatmeal

June 20, 2016

If you’ve been reading my earlier recipes, you saw one for Banana Nut and another for Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal. To keep you inspired, check out this version with coconut milk.

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 c slow cooking oats
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) lite coconut milk
  • 4-5 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Divide into four portions in containers with lids.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Stir and enjoy!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oatmeal

June 14, 2016

Liked the Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal? Try this peanut butter and chocolate variation (note that this would also be scrumptious with mashed banana).

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 c slow cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 4-5 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 c peanut butter
  • 4 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 1 t vanilla extract

Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Divide into four portions in containers with lids.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Stir and enjoy!
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Banana Nut Overnight Oatmeal

June 10, 2016

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No cook, overnight oatmeal seems to be increasingly popular these days. You mix it together the night before, pop it in your fridge, and end up with an easy breakfast the next morning. It’s fun for two reasons: 1) you can mix up quite a few different flavor combinations and 2) who doesn’t like a cool breakfast in the spring and summer? This recipe makes about 4 portions.

You will need:

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 c slow cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 c milk
  • 4-5 oz vanilla yogurt
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 T pure maple syrup
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1/4 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. In a medium bowl, combine everything but the pecans.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Divide into four portions in containers with lids.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Stir in the pecans and enjoy! (Note: you could add the pecans the night before, but they will absorb some of the liquid. If you want them to stay crunchy, add them in the morning).
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