We invited friends over for a simple luncheon and I wanted to share these favorite recipes with you–one new favorite and one old!

Spinach Bacon Mushroom Quiche

1 deep dish pie crust

4 strips bacon

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1 cup baby spinach

1 cup shredded cheese; monterey jack, cheddar, or any combination you like!

kosher salt to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp)

black pepper (I used about 1/4 tsp)

8 eggs

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375.

Fry bacon and set aside, reserving drippings.  Saute mushrooms in drippings.
Lay spinach in bottom of pie crust. Add cheese, mushrooms, and bacon (crumbled).  Add salt and pepper.
Beat eggs in a seperate bowl together with milk, then pour mixture over the other ingredients already in the crust.

spinachbaconmushroomquiche

That’s it!  Now place in oven to bake for around 35 minutes.  It’s done when no longer jiggly; I’ve also read a recommendation for an inner temp of 165 to indicate doneness!

Next up: 2 versions of Christmas Salads!

This is a family favorite, which came from my Grandma Flo’s recipe collection.

Christmas Eve Salad

Combine 1/4 cp chopped almonds with 1 Tbs plus 1 tsp sugar, toast together in skillet.

In large bowl combine 1 Gala apple, thinly sliced, with 1 kiwi, thinly sliced.  Add 3 c torn iceburg lettuce, 1 small head romaine,2 stalks thinly sliced celery.  Add 1 11 oz can drained mandarin oranges and 1 cup sliced strawberries.

Whisk together 1/4 cp vegetable oil, 2 Tbs white vinegar, 1 Tbs chopped parsley, 2 Tbs sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and pour over. Top with croutons if desired.

I couldn’t locate my grandmother’s recipe yesterday so I made a simpler, similar version:

Holiday Salad

Combine in a large bowl:

6-8 cups baby spinach (add red-leaf lettuce for more color!)

1 quart strawberries, sliced

4 or 5 clementine oranges, peeled and segmented (or use a can of mandarins!)

1/2 cup sliced green onion

1 cup candied pecans

Combine and whisk dressing:  1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2 Tb sugar, 1 tsp. grated orange peel

Christmas Salad

 

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