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03/07/2020

~Five Fun Family-Friendly Weeknight Quiche Dinners~

IMG_9746When I lived alone in my apartment back in 1978, I made a quiche every Sunday.  I ate one slice, then took one slice to work with me every day for lunch. After a few weeks, my new boss and other co-workers started hinting, then expecting me to bring them quiche too.  For a period of time, I took an entire quiche to work with me almost every Monday.  Fun times, great memories.  I suppose, at the time, I could have referred to myself as the Happy Valley Quiche Queen!

6a0120a8551282970b0162fd6207eb970dIn the latter 1970's and into the 1980's, quiche became very trendy and I for one was "on the bandwagon". The quiche tsunami occurred in 1982 when a man by the name of Bruce Feirstein wrote the bestseller Real Men Don't Eat Quiche.  As you can see, I still have my copy.  It coined the phrases "quiche-eater" and "real man" and separated them into two groups.  There was a third category too: "Guys who think they're real men but really aren't".   A "real man" might enjoy a bacon-and-egg pie if his wife made it for him, while a "sensitive guy" would make it himself and clean up afterwards.  The book is hilarious.  It was written after a decade of feminist critiques ("The Women's Movement") on traditional male roles and beliefs.  I for one had a lot of fun during this time period, as serving quiche spawned spirited conversation each and every time.

Quiche originated in northeastern France, in the region of Alsace-Lorraine.  It consists of a pastry shell filled with a savory custard made of eggs, cream, seasonings and various other ingredients such as onions, mushrooms, porcine (ham, bacon or sausage), shellfish (lobster, shrimp or crabmeat) or herbs.  The most notable of these savory pies is the famous Quiche-Lorraine, which has crisp bacon bits and Gruyère cheese added to the custard filling.  Quiches can be served as a lunch, brunch or dinner entree, as well as a first course or an hors d'oeuvre.

~ Broccoli, Cauliflower & Cheddar Main-Dish Quiche ~

IMG_9524~ Creamy Chicken & Whole-Grain Mustard Quiche ~

IMG_9607~ Breakfast for Dinner Basic Bacon & Eggs Quiche ~

IMG_9768~ Mel's Cheeseburger Quiche w/Special Sauce Salad ~

IMG_9681~ An End of Winter Ricotta & Spinach Pizza Quiche ~

IMG_7837"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2020)

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