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Archives: March 2019

Bacon and Spinach Quiche

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spinach quiche

Spinach Quiche

Winter and early spring months do not provide many fresh fruits or vegetables that are made into yummy breakfast dishes.  But who doesn’t like a warm piece of quiche on a cold morning filled with delicious bacon, melty cheese and good for you spinach?  We serve this dish as a spinach quiche or as a frittata (without the pie crust–which makes it ideal for our gluten-free guests at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.)  And we have served this dish as a lunch or dinner entré along side a fresh fruit or green salad. Check out the hints below to see how this dish can be a very flexible alternative to those picky eaters in your family by adding or deleting ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach, packed tightly
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 9-inch refrigerated pie crust, fitted into a 9-inch glass pie plate

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender.
  3. Layer the spinach, bacon and cheese into the bottom of the pie crust.
  4. Pour the egg mixture on top of the spinach mixture.
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes until the egg mixture is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cut into 8 wedges and enjoy!

Helpful Hints:

  • We have made this into a frittata.  Just eliminate the pie crust.  It takes less time to cook as a frittata, watch it carefully.
  • We have added artichokes, sliced cherry or grape tomatoes, Parmesan cheese or sausage bits to the egg mixture, either in addition to the ingredients listed above or in place of.
  • Making a spinach quiche or frittata gives you the opportunity to go through your refrigerator and get rid of some of those vegetables before you have to throw them out.
  • Here is the BEST TIP.  When we make this as a frittata, we make them in silicone muffin cups. They are super easy to remove and if you have someone who can’t eat cheese you can leave it out of their fritatta. Likewise if you have a vegetarian leave out he meat in their breakfast. It is an easy answer when you are dealing with multiple dietary restrictions. 

 

 

Small Batch- -Damn Good Barbecue

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Small Batch

Small Batch, a new barbeque restaurant, has opened on Bedford Avenue, an up and coming scene?  After all, Blue Marlin Seafood and Restaurant and the Dahlia are just a block away.  Now we are lucky, there’s a good source for barbecue just around the corner too!

Located at 2302 Bedford Avenue this restaurant’s tag line is BBQ, Bourbon and Beer.  Serving smoked and barbecue sandwiches or plates you can choose from pulled pork, smoked chicken or brisket, cooked in their two twin smokers.  Add to this wings with a variety of sauces, ribs, yummy sides, a selection of salads and of course desserts.  Do you need to feed a crowd during a game or get together?  Then you’re in luck!  You can choose from their Feed a Crowd or Family Packs.  These include your choice of meat or meats, sides and extras, buns or cornbread, salads and sauces.  And don’t forget key lime pie, brownies or cookies as a sweet touch.  Mike and I have tried the Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side.  The sandwich was moist and piled high with the pork and just the right amount of sauce.  I tried the Mac & Cheese, Mike tried the Potato Salad.  Both were good and a great side with the sandwich.

The restaurant interior features a bar, high-top tables and booths plus an outside eating area for our upcoming warm months.

The bar offers more than 25 bourbons and whiskeys.  A nice selection of beers are available along with some “high proof lemonades” and teas plus a choice of cocktails.  Have you heard of an Apple Pie Bourbon Sweet Tea?  What about a Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade?  Both sound great, especially on a hot summer night.

The dining room and bar are located in an old garage/gas station.  There are tables, booths and stools at the bar.  In warmer weather, there are tables on the patio.  Small Batch offers dining in or out- -they do a great take-out business.  There is plenty of parking around the building.

Open Monday through Thursday 11 until 10, Friday 11 until 11 and Saturday 11 until 9.  They can be reached at 434.439.2807 or www.smallbatchlyh.com.  We think you’ll like it!