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8.20.2009

When Chickens Give You Eggs

make quiche. We have so many eggs these days! I'm selling them, eating them, giving them away and still we have EGGS!! I love my chickens, love having them, watching them (hey don't knock it they are interesting!) and getting eggs from them but we never seem to reach the end of the carton. I use 4 and damn if there aren't 6 more in the nest! So this week I am getting rid of eggs!

I'm thinking of pickling some, although fresh eggs don't make good hard boiled eggs so that might waste them and that's worse than letting them rot! I made scrambled eggs, quiche and I'm making cookies tomorrow. I'm plugging away at them. I think I need more egg buyers though especially with all the new layers coming on soon. Thankfully!! the ducks and goose are NOT laying too because that would be just. too. damn. much. seriously.

I haven't made quiche in years, literally. I have convinced myself I don't care for eggs and while that's mostly true I forgot how good a quiche can be. I made 2 actually one a manly affair with cheese and bacon. The other a more veggie-centric version with kale, zucchini, onions, ham and cheese. I only ate the veggie one but I heard things, good things, about the bacon and cheese. And my 5 year old ate 2 1/2 pieces.


If you are going to make a quiche I highly recommend making your own crust. Why make a fabulous egg pie and wrap it in a garbage crust? If you have a food processor pull it out and give this pie crust recipe a whirl. Literally. Honor your quiche and yourself. Your family will thank you for it and the foodie street credentials will make you feel like you are walking on air. If you really wanna go over the top make it completely by hand but even I have my limits and kids.






Basic Quiche oven 400˚ then 325˚
pie dough for a 1 crust pie
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp pepper


roll pie dough flat and place in pan crimping edges as you like, DO NOT PRICK THE BOTTOM
cover with foil, bake 5 minutes remove foil and bake another 5 minute
reduce heat to 325˚
beat eggs and milk and spices together
sprinkle flour on cheese and then mix in to egg mixture
pour into hot crust and bake for 35 -45 minutes


add ins
#1 bacon cheese quiche--6 slices cooked bacon crumbled and 1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheese tossed with 1 TBSP flour
#2 veggie-centric--1 zucchini sliced, 4 leaves of kale, 1 small onion saute all until water has released then add to eggs, add in 1/2 cup chopped ham, mix in 1 cup of grated sharp cheese mixed with 1 TBSP of flour


6 comments :

  1. Love your crust, it looks so perfect! Quiche is one of my favorite dishes. The versatility is endless.

    Where are the pictures of the chickens? I love your photos, am missing them

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  2. I love quiche! And frittatas!

    Johnny's mom is having the same problem with eggs, although I don't think she chooses many people to sell too - more she tries to find unsuspecting people (teachers, church members) to give them too! haha She's also getting new layers this weekend. We went a few days ago and I saw the box and lamp and got all excited. I love the babies!!!

    I actually found a technique that makes peeling grocery store eggs sinfully easy, and is semi-feasible with the fresh eggs.

    Put salt, baking soda, and a little bit of olive oil in a pan. Fill it just above the eggs with COLD water. Without a lid, bring it to a boil. As soon as the boiling starts, remove from the heat, cover the pan and let sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse out the hot water with cold and chill with some ice cubes. As soon as they're cold, peel them!

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  3. I totally agree with you about making your own crust. I am so jealous of your fresh eggs. I'd take some off your hands if I were closer :-)

    Put an ad on Craigslist. People will buuy 'em. i have.

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  4. Wow! What a gorgeous quiche! It really looks delicious!

    What a lucky predicament to be in. I'm always running out of eggs! Think of all the ice cream and creme brulee you can make with them, too. ;)

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  5. Time to start selling them. I bought my eggs at a local farm market and appreciate that they didn't travel too far.

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