Our little venture is in it's 2nd year already! We are finally starting to get the hang of things.
Like how it feels to always be adjusting and never really have the hang of things.
Anywho, I've written a lot about small business startup and grocery stuff already, so I thought it might be time to switch it up and talk about what people are really interested in: food.
Specifically, yummy and nutritious seasonal food.
What is the quintessential spring meal?
I'm not talking Easter dinner, I'm talking about something that fits the entire season.
In Montana, spring is the craziest 3 months of the year. A mixture of bittersweet and exciting emotions, crazy temperature fluctuations, and mud and sun and rain and snow. And the season is a wild-card for appropriate recipes. It's fun to fire up the grill at the first taste of sunlight. Light salads get you in the mood for warmer weather. Even a hearty stew is appropriate for the brisk evenings. In zone 4, it's still a bit early for spinach, peas, and radishes, so showcasing a dish around seasonal local produce is trickier.
Quiche is versatile, relatively simple to make, and my kids eat it, so it is a no-brainer for me. It's a good combo of warm comfort food with many fresh ingredient options. And eggs are so... springy. We have 4 hens and I just have to give them a quick shout-out for surviving our record-breaking winter temps this year. They look a little beat up, but they made it through. Stella, Elvis (yes, it's a guy's name), Ruth, and Goldie give us eggs in exchange for our kitchen scraps and I'm incredibly grateful for them.
The store's eggs come from Lucht Red Angus farm in Manhattan Montana. They are delicious, cage-free, and available at the drive-thru. I know. It's incredible. We also have pre-made pie crusts, or all ingredients for homemade pie crust, and most of the other add-in ingredients, depending on what direction you go with your quiche.
Oh look, I've become one of those bloggers that takes forever to get to the recipe...
OK, the following is a great base recipe for your quiche, with some ingredient variations to choose from. There are some quiche basics to remember:
Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese
Spinach and Bacon
Mushroom and Gruyère
Bacon and Cheese
This recipe is a great weekend breakfast or brunch option to kick off the spring season. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and your children's palates. And once you make a quiche the first time, you've probably mastered it. Enjoy it with a mimosa and then get out there and clean up that dog poo! Happy Spring!