Spinach & Feta Quiche ♥

I just love it when the gods of serendipity strike: (1) supper needs deciding, (2) a perfectly appealing something shows up online from a favorite source and (3) aha! all the ingredients are already on hand ... including a disk of pastry, to boot.

So all of two minutes passed between seeing this quiche recipe on Albion Cooks (whose inspiration you'll see more of, I predict, given our similar sensibilities to food) and heading to the kitchen.

It was delicious! This is a keeper!

FOR THE RECORD ... I started making pastry when I was 16 and for a lot of years, made one tender crust after another. Then a couple of years ago, I lost the knack and turned out one TOUGH crust after another. (And no, those weren't the boxed crusts. The boxed crusts started to taste pretty good!) Whew! I'm finally creating good pastry again, thanks in part to re-incorporating Crisco or lard and adopting a few Alton Brown techniques. This pastry was tender and flavorful and hard to resist! It includes a …

Kitchen Parade Extra: Holy Slaw! ♥

Summer salads with crunch and spark: there's no getting enough of them this time of year here in the northern hemisphere! Holy Slaw! is a personal favorite and friends who've made it for church potlucks report not a bite left over to haul home!

Holy Slaw! is featured in this week's Kitchen Parade column and is perfect for Father's Day gatherings inside and out.

Already fixed for salads? Kitchen Parade has other ideas for Father's Day celebrations, both breakfasts and family gatherings. If I were lucky enough to be cooking for my father, I'd make baby-back ribs with a salador two on the side, then, depending on the berries to be found at the farmers market tomorrow, finish with strawberry shortcake or a beautiful berry tart. Happy Father's Day, Dad! This is a "pie in the sky" (but good news, the no-carb) Father's Day feast!

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Asparagus & Edamame Salad ♥

Today's vegetable recipe: A quick, colorful throw-together salad. Crunch and sweetness from fennel. Crunch and a little heat from radishes. Lovely little lengths of asparagus and creamy edamame. Love this salad!
~recipe & photo updated & republished 2012~
~more recently updated recipes~
2006 Original Post: This recipe from She Spills the Beans caught my eye during May's Asparagus Aspirations at Seriously Good. But it just didn't get made. But here it is, June. But it was worth the wait. Low cal. Low carb. High in fiber and protein. Filling. Pretty! What more could you want?

2012 Update: What a fun salad to just throw together using whatever vegetables are on hand. But if you're inclined to follow the ingredient list pretty much as is? You'll be treated to a bowlful of color and texture and flavor contrast.

Mashed Parsley Root & Sweet Potato

Another new-to-me vegetable -- parsley root!

These knobby roots (see the picture below) are full of parsley fragrance.

A recipe scan showed that root parsley (both names are used) is most often used in soups and stews with parsnips, turnips and other root vegetables. Twasn't the season for such, so I paired a sweet potato and the parsley root in a simple mash alongside grilled chicken.

These parsley roots, however, were very fibrous. So even though a knife slipped easily into both the sweet potato and the parsley root after 15 minutes of cooking, the parsley root just wouldn't mash, even with an electric hand mixer.

Maybe if it cooked longer? I don't know, it was pretty woody.

The good news is that the combination has so much flavor that no fat is needed -- it's rich and flavorful even without butter.

FOR THE RECORD ... This is my contribution to Weekend Herb Blogging at Kalyn's Kitchen.

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Foolproof Oven-Baked Brown Rice ♥

If you've ever wondered how to bake brown rice in the oven, or how to cook brown rice so that it always – always – turns out nutty and fluffy and perfect, this is your recipe. I like the technique so much, I asked Cook's Illustrated for permission to publish their recipe and lo and behold, they said, "Yes!" So here's their recipe, followed by my own tips and the ways I've adapted the recipe for my own kitchen over the years.

Year-Round Kitchen Staple. Budget Friendly. Low Fat. Weeknight Easy, Weekend Special. Weight Watchers Friendly. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.

Tomato Bread Pudding V ♥

Ah, quixotic adventures ... yes this is the latest in my quest to find the perfect savory tomato bread pudding. (I'm not without companionship: StephenCooks' is back to bread puddings too, with exotic combinations like papaya, ginger and lime.)

Along the journey, the creations are delicious. And yet ... so far ... none yet matches the pudding-desination-in-my-mind with its pockets of creamy custard barely sweetened with tomato.

Version V is heavy on eggs and so more quiche-like than bread pudding-like. It's time to switch gears with a whole new approach.

Will Tomato Bread Pudding VI be the one ... or just one more windmill?

KITCHEN NOTES ... The primary differences between IV and V are:
Less bread
More eggs, extra egg whites vs egg yolksMustard flavoring vs basil (both good, basil especially fresh, mustard creates a nice tang)
"Just baked" vs using hot water bath
Bread cubes vs lining pan to create a crust
Just custard and tomato
FOR THE RECORD ... It was toma…

Kitchen Parade Extra: Tropical Supper Salad ♥

Last week's Tropical Pork Tenderloin in Kitchen Parade was sooo good that it called out for something special underneath. Voila! it's the accompanying Tropical Supper Salad.

The combination of meat and a creamy salad makes for an easy summer supper, a bit of heat, a bit of sweet and bright with citrus and tropical fruit. Enjoy!

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