Monday, July 13, 2015

Easy Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Hubby and I love quiche but with life being what it is I don't always have time to make crust, sautee and cool spinach and veggies, hand shred cheese then bake. So here is my throw together quiche. 
So I used store bought everything. I even used frozen roasted mushrooms! Make sure to defrost spinach and mushrooms and set to drain to get out as much water as possible. 
Next place refrigerated pie crust in a 9 inch pie plate and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. I use clean, dried beans instead of pie weights. 
In the meantime mix up the egg mixture and measure out the cheeses. Remove pie weights or play find the lucky bean. Layer spinach and mushrooms and top with cheese. Pour egg mixture over the top. 
Bake for 45 minutes or until middle is set and top is browned and delicious. 
So here is the recipe:
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 10 oz. box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 8oz. bag frozen roasted mushrooms, thawed and squeezed dry
1 cup shredded cheese of choice
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan 
1 cup whole milk or half and half
4 eggs
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbs. each garlic and onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Prebake pie crust 10 minutes while preparing other ingredients. 
Use microwave to defrost spinach and mushrooms. Drain in a fine sieve colander. Squeeze dry to remove all moisture. 
Whisk together milk, eggs, nutmeg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. 
Layer spinach and mushrooms on the bottom and top with cheeses. Pour egg mixture over cheese. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until middle is set. Allow quiche to rest for 5 minutes then slice and enjoy!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Walton's Southern Table

This new restaurant in the Former Ruby Tuesday at 4901 Whitesburg Drive is a down home cooking kind of place. The decor is cheery and the friendly staff makes it a joy. Highlights are the fried okra and fried chicken that both have a magnificent scald on them. I also had the broccoli salad, divine hashbrown casserole and spinach. It was delicious however I would skip the spinach. Not much flavor and seems thawed from frozen. Hubby loved the chicken and massages potatoes. We will for sure be regulars and recommend a trip there for an affordable and delicious southern dinner!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Whiskey Kitchen Again,,

Well it was time for a Whiskey Kitchen lunch. I haven't had a bad meal once! Fried green tomatoes, fried cheese curds and a huge bowl of salad. Salad is easy but with super fresh ingredients and homemade Maytag Blue Cheese dressing it's a great lunchtime choice. Seriously, if you are in Nashville you have to try it!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Slow Cooker Collard Greens

This is the easiest recipe you will ever make! I love slow cooked greens but life can get in the way so this easy plan has everything ready for when you walk I the door!
1 bag shredded collards
1 smoked ham hock
1 small potato sliced
1  32oz. box vegetable stock
4-5 cups water
1 1/2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoons salt
Pinch of sugar

Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the potato slices. Add half the bag of greens and season with salt, pepper and 1 tbs. red pepper flakes. Nestel ham hock in the middle. Add remaking greens and seasoning. You may have to press down a bit but it will fit. Add vegetable broth and water. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Hit with a splash of cider vinegar before serving. 


GrandMother's House

What can I say? I love good country cooking and GrandMother's House just went to the top of my list. It's located in Owens Crosss Roads in a little house that any Grandmother could call home. It's off the beaten path but easy to find. We were greeted by a kind, older gentleman and were sat in the front dining room. Our lovely waitress was welcoming and just what you would expect. Service here is nothing but down home friendly.  I had Country Fried Steak with Speckeled Butter Beans, Creamed Potatoes and Fried Okra. I couldn't smack my momma so I smacked my husband! The steak had a perfect scald on it and the creamed potatoes reminded me of my grandmother's cooking. The okra was breaded perfectly and the beans were delicious. Hubby had Chicken n' Dupplins with Fried Okra, Lima Beans and Cucumber Salad. He was in heaven. We hardly spoke during our meal except to tell each other how good the food was. I can't wait to go back!! You have to try this restaurant. 

GrandMother's House
3980 Old HWY 431 S
Owens Cross Roads, Al 35763
www.grandmothershouse.biz
Lunch: Wednesday- Sunday 11-2
Dinner: Friday- Saturday 5-8:30


Monday, April 14, 2014

1892 East: Huntsville Al

1892 is located in the historic Five Points area if Huntsville. Some of you may remember the location as "the Zesto". You won't find a dip dog here. We started with the fried green tomatoes and while they were good they were nothing to write home about. I'm Southern and I think tomatoes should only be coated with corn meal and fried in an iron skillet!! They did serve some delicious bread with butter and a tasty bean paste. I ordered the Louisianna drum fish with roasted fingerling potatoes and a chipotle vinagrette. It was very good. The fish was cooked perfectly and the vinagrette added the right amount of bite. I did decide on desert. I went for the Creme Brûlée. I fancy myself an expert when it comes to Creme Brûlée so I have a very high standard. I was disappointed. The base was not a custard it was heavy on the heavy whipping cream and didn't have any flavor at all. It had a good sugar crust but I didn't taste anything other than whipping cream. I plan on trying it again because you always should give a place at least 2 chances but I was underwhelmed.
1892 East
720 Pratt Avenue
Huntsville, Al 35801

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Holland House Bar and Refuge

If you are in the Nashville area this has to be one of your stops. It's completely off the beaten path in a neighborhood on the east side of the city. Locally sourced ingredients and meticulously hand crafted cocktails are the calling cards of this lovely restaurant and bar. A great place for cocktails with the girls or date night. My two favorite cocktails were the Vanilla Sky and the Tom Waites For No Man. The mixologist make all their ingredients from simple syrups to extacts in beautiful blue glass bottles and it's entertaining to watch them at their craft. I also enjoyed and double bone in "hog chop" stuffed with a bacon jam and served over white beans and roasted brussel sprouts. Delicious!!! I also sampled the braised short ribs and roasted goat pasta. It was all fantastic and who knew I liked goat! 
Make sure to check them out. 
Holland House Bar and Refuge
935 W. Eastland Avenue
Nashville, Tn


Hog Chop

 Braised short ribs
Roasted goat pasta