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Summer Squash Quiche

Summer Squash Quiche

Zucchini and yellow squash are flooding the summer markets so here’s another good light, summery dish to bake for a brunch or dinner.  Making a quiche is much easier than you think.  It’s really a savory tart but with a bit more custard which makes it good enough for an appetizer or main entrée.  Quiche is also great for summer because it can be made ahead and is best served totally cooled with a nice glass of your favorite chilled white wine. (more…)

Easter Brunch Idea: Sausage Stuffed Artichokes

Yeah I know, that's a sorry looking Hollandaise sauce but it still tasted good!

So I’m in the grocery store this week walking around looking for inspiration and I spy artichokes on sale.  Just like asparagus, artichokes are coming into season and are yet another sign of Spring’s arrival.  Artichokes can look scary and overwhelming to the home cook.  What do you do with them?  Supposedly they’re very difficult to pair with wine so it’s not just a problem for the home cook.  Truthfully, they’re not difficult.  In fact they’re pretty easy to work with.  The simplest preparation is to trim and boil them until tender and make some sort of aioli or sauce to dip the leaves in.  Great for kids, they get to use their fingers.  We’re adults here though, so a little more sophistication is needed! (more…)