Bake All Our Blues Away

Friends will attest to my tendency to bake after losing elections. Years ago, a good pal lost a shot at becoming state senator. I kneaded my way through the loss producing 27 loaves of poppy seed challah. The way I've been baking the last few days, you'd think we lost everything last Tuesday.

I texted that thought to an ally this morning and she immediately wrote back, "Well, we did lose a lot." Democrats, and it's no secret that I'm a Democrat, experienced sea change. Some of us saw it coming, helpless against that tide, stayed home to save ourselves. For us in Massachusetts, we had to work hard, harder than we have in a long time, to hold our fort. And we did ... but the reverb from the national landscape affected me more than I thought. Not that I'm whining. The thing about elections is there's always another one.

The good news? I've come up with a fabulous new quiche filling and savory butter crust recipe.

1 9 inch savory pie crust (recipe below)
1/2 cup shredded Virginia ham
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup whole milk
Dash salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs (I used parsley and thyme, but any combo including dill, rosemary, oregano or chives tastes great).

Roll chilled dough to fit an 8 inch fluted pan. Trim any excess dough. Freeze pan with dough for one hour, then place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes. Set the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Lower oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl whisk remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour into cooled crust, return pan to the baking sheet and bake. Rotate quiche about halfway through the 25 minute cook time for even baking. the quiche is done when a toothpick inserted into the middle of the filling comes out clean. Remove from oven when done, set on a wire rack to cool 5 minutes before slicing to serve. Add a side salad for lunch or fruit cup for a yummy breakfast or brunch. Feeds six.

1 cup all-purpose flour
Dash salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2-3 tablespoons very cold tap water

Using a food processor, pulse together flour, butter salt and pepper until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water until dough comes together into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface and form into a flattened disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days in the refrigerator, up to 3 weeks in the freezer. (Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before use.) Follow instructions above for quiche.


  1. Yum! That could help anyone beat the blues. :)

  2. i love the idea of "doing something" to change the mood. (even if we can't change the situation.)

    politics is hard. in other area being number 2 would be a silver metal. not so in this arena.

  3. I baked applie pies over the for a 2011 planning meeting for tonight Monday and one for Sunday night dinner. I am baking one more now for the week. I know the feeling.


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