40 Days of Joy

Friendship Quiche

Yes, this recipe is more work than what I originally intended when deciding to do recipes but my readers are my friends. 

So from one friend to another…

Friendship Quiche

 Lori Comer,  NC

 This is a wonderful recipe given to me by a friend. The French fried onions really give it a fabulous flavor. I bake this quiche every Christmas and take it to our office…our maintenance man always seems to come by at just the right time for the last slice!

Ingredients

 1 refrigerated pie crust

1-1/3 c. French fried onions, divided

1-1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

 6 eggs, beaten

1 c. half-and-half or milk

1/2 c. bacon bits

Optional: 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped

Directions

Unfold pie crust and place in a 9″ pie plate. Sprinkle 3/4 cup onions evenly over bottom of crust; sprinkle with cheese. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half or milk, bacon bits and green pepper, if using. Pour mixture over cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until center tests done. Sprinkle remaining onions on top. Bake an additional 5 minutes, or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Makes 8 servings.

Patch, Gooseberry (2009-07-01). Christmas with Family & Friends Cookbook: Favorite recipes, homemade memories and little touches that make the holidays warm & cozy. (p. 22). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Michele’s Notes

Several months ago, I downloaded Kindle for PC.  In researching recipe’s for today’s post, this  cookbook was listed as “Cookbook of the Week” on Gooseberry Patch.com.  Also, it could be downloaded for free (on Friday 12/16/11).  Hey, I’m unemployed!  I’ll take free anyday.  Check out the site, not sure if you can still download it. 

This is very flavorful and delicious.  I love the addition of French-fried onions rings.    I see this as something different to take to someone who is having a tough holiday season besides the traditional Lasagna. 

Friendship Quiche
40 Days of Joy

Frozen Cherry Salad

I have a passion for cherries so when I found this recipe on page 87 of Gooseberry Patch’s “Quick & Easy Christmas”,  I knew I had to make it.

“Around the holidays, my Grandpa Don always asked my mom to make this salad.  It almost tastes like cherry ice cream…yummy!”  LaShelle Brown, KS

Ingredients

21-oz can cherry pie filling

14-oz can sweetened condensed milk

8-oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed.

Directions

In a medium serving bowl, mix together pie filling, and condensed milk.  Fold in whipped topping.  Cover and freeze.  Serves 10-12

Michele’s Notes

This does taste like cherry ice cream.  The picture was taken after the salad had been in the freezer for 6 hours. 

 

Frozen Cherry Salad

 

40 Days of Joy

Spiced Christmas Cashews

"Spiced Christmas Cashews"

These well –seasoned cashews are sweet, salty, and crunchy…and oh-so snackable!  Everybody raves about them.  I often make 10 -12 batches for gifts during the holiday season…maybe even more!

(Paula Marchesi, PA)

Spiced Christmas Cashews

From “Home for Christmas 2011” by Gooseberry Patch

Ingredients

1 egg white

1 T. water

2 9 ¾ oz. cans salted cashews

1/3 C sugar

1 T. chilli powder

2 t. salt

2 t. ground cumin

½ t. cayenne pepper

Directions

Whisk together egg white and water in a large bowl.  Add cashews; toss to coat.  Transfer to a colander; drain for 2 minutes.  In a separate bowl, combine sugar and spices; add cashews and toss to coat.  Arrange in a single layer on a greased 15” x 10” jelly-roll pan.  Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees for 1 ¼ hours, stirring once.  Cool on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 3 ½ cups.

Michele’s Notes:

These are delicious, spicy with a hint of sweet.   I was surprised the sugar flavor came through.  My recommendation is to make some and keep them on hand to chase away colds and flu.