Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hump Day, again…

So, it was Wednesday, with yet another threat of severe thunderstorms. And, Michigan can’t seem to catch a break! The same forecast is now for every day through Monday.

But, the sun was shining when I drove into work and when I took my morning walk.

It was getting hot by lunchtime. I stopped into Time Out again and got a hot turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. It was the first time they ever offered it, so I had to try it. It was great! Although I think I could hear my arteries clogging…

From there I went to the 24-hour grocery store. I picked up a bag of frozen peas (for this weekend), a bag of frozen broccoli pieces and two deep-dish pie crusts (for tonight). I went back to work and stuck them in the freezer in the shop (the little fridge the IT department has would never accommodate all that).

I finished the last two sections of this year’s revised Disaster Recovery Plan. This year is different for the past 7 or 8 years, as they wanted “actual” recovery steps. Before, the Director only wanted a “high level” approach. I suspect one or more clients asked to see it and laughed. We are nothing if not customer-driven!

So, I walked them over to the building next door and gave them to the Project Manager. She said, “Great! Now I have to read them, I suppose.” I assured her that she wouldn’t understand any of it, anyway.

It was sprinkling when I left work and drove home. But by the time I got there, the sun was back out. I checked the rain gauge and we got less than a quarter inch of rain from yesterday’s rain (and today’s brief sprinkle).

I started the Wednesday night wash. Then I vacuumed up the abundant cat hair all over the house. I had to empty the vacuum twice!

In case you were wondering, tonight’s dinner is something I have been jonesing about for a while: Broccoli-Cheddar Quiche. I’m using the Martha Stewart recipe, BTW, (unlike a lot of home cooks, she uses heavy cream. LOL!)

I got out the camera to document dinner and then realized I never took pictures of my motorcycle glasses, so I did that first.

Anyway, I thawed one of the pie crusts for 20 minutes. She uses homemade pie crust, of course – I could, too (I now have a Kitchenaid stand mixer) but it was weekday and I was lazy.  Then I pricked it on the bottom with a fork, lined it with parchment paper and dumped in a bag of dried pinto beans (I don’t have pie weights).

Sidebar: Why dried pinto beans? BECAUSE I HATE THE SMELL OF THEM COOKING! It’s a long story that goes back to an apartment Fran and I had, with Hispanic neighbors, when Amy was a baby. That smell (cooked every damn day) permeated everything!

Second Sidebar: Why pre-bake the crust? So it doesn’t get soggy when you add the filling.

When the pie crust was done, I threw away the parchment paper and the beans (you’re not supposed to reuse the beans, as baking gives them a funky smell – not that pinto beans don’t already have a funky smell!)

Anyway, I steamed the frozen broccoli in my Tupperware steamer for 11 minutes and then let them cool.

Next I diced up medium-sized onion. I sautéed that in olive oil and butter.  When they were golden and soft, that was when Martha and I parted company. She doesn’t call for it, but every other recipe I saw mentioned a clove of minced garlic. I like garlic, so I added that for the last minute or so.

I pulled that and let it cool while I whisked six (yes, six) large eggs. To that I added 3/4 cup of heavy cream and whisked some more. I added the onion/garlic pan, two cups of the steamed broccoli and one cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. I mixed that together and seasoned it with salt and fresh ground pepper. I combined that and added it to the pie crust (note: I think I put in too much broccoli, as it overflowed. Thankfully, I had it on a half sheet pan).

I put the rest of the steamed broccoli into a container for a side dish another time. I stuck the quiche in the oven and set the timer for 40 minutes (the “tell” is that the center is set).

The dryer buzzed so I hung up and/or folded the clothes. Not that I wanted to, it was already after 8:00 p.m. and I was tired.

The timer went off, so I checked on my quiche. Perfect! So, I took it out to rest. 

The phone rang and it was my brother Carl. Which was funny, as I wrote a note to myself at work to call him tonight (but he won’t believe that). He’s doing fine and we caught each other up. When we hung up, I cut the quiche into quarters (it was late and I was hungry), plated a piece and dug in.

It was delicious! Maybe it was a little under-seasoned (I tend to do that with dishes that have cheese in them – I am always afraid the cheese will make it too salty), but a sprinkle of salt fixed that.

By then it was after 9:00 p.m., so I let the rest cool and read my book. When the quiche was cool, I covered it with cling wrap and put it in the fridge. It’s supposed to last up to three days. To reheat, you are supposed to cover it with aluminum foil and put it in a 325 degree oven until warm (about 15 minutes). But, I’ll probably be lazy and just nuke it…

Then I went to bed.


  1. Dinner looks fantastic!

  2. Thank God you didn't burn it, I'm sure it would have been my fault!

  3. @ Jake & Carla: Thanks, it really was.
    @ GPF: Never! I wouldn't blame my own mistakes on my brother. Too bad you weren't here. You would have enjoyed it and I wouldn't have to face clogged arteries on my own. You could make it yourself, of course, but I know how your family rolls. You would have just used egg whites, low fat milk and 2% cheddar cheese and then bitched that it didn't taste that good! Sigh...

  4. You are a hater! 1st 'how your family rolls' and 2nd - pinto beans - simmered with smoked ham hocks(or if I am rolling smoked turkey wings or drums) over rice is the bomb. Just sayin'

  5. @ Anon: LOL! I'm not saying the end product doesn't taste good, its the smell of them cooking that bothers me!