Archive for October, 2011

October 6, 2011

Crustless Spinach, Onion, Sausage and Feta Quiche

I came across this recipe when I was craving quiche for dinner – yes, I evidently crave quiche. Google is your friend. I found this recipe for a crustless quiche on Spark Recipes.com. It’s easy and tasty. We added Italian sausage to the mix and it really kicked it up a bit. But, if you’re not feeling the meat, leave it out, and it’s a vegetarian dish.

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

1 medium onion, diced
6-oz fresh baby spinach

Italian Sausage, casings removed and browned (optional)

2 large eggs
1/2 cup egg beaters (liquid substitute)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 1/3 cups non fat milk
1/2 cup feta cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F and lightly grease a 10-inch quiche/tart pan (or a pie plate).

In a medium frying pan, cook diced onion with a bit of vegetable oil (or cooking spray) over medium-high heat until translucent and tender. Add in fresh spinach and cook until just wilted. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a separate pan, brown the Italian sausage and set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk in milk, then stir in spinach-onion mixture.
Pour quiche base into prepared pan. Top with feta cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until center is set and the outside edge is golden brown. Let set for 5 minutes, then slice and serve. (We had to bake an extra 15 minutes!)

Number of Servings: 6

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October 4, 2011

Denver: Lucile’s Creole Cafe

Right before we left Denver to head up to Ft. Collins for a couple of days, we decided to stop in a Lucile’s Creole Cafe for a little brunch. Even though Lucile’s does have a Ft. Collins location, we decided that getting up early enough after a night of brewery hopping to drive back to Denver to catch out flight home wasn’t going to happen.

photo: /www.luciles.com

Lucile’s is on South Logan Street in Denver’s Platt Park which is lined with charming, renovated homes from the 1920’s. Their porch is charming and surrounded by the leaves hanging off the trees that line the street.

Lucile's Beignets

Time to get down on some true Creole grub. I knew, first off, that I had to have 2 things: a bloody and beignets. My mom, from Lafayette, Louisiana, (locals pronounce it “LAFE-i-yet no “la-fay-yet”), 2 hours west of New Orleans, used to make beignets at home from scratch. I had not had beignets in so long and was waiting all week for this pit stop. A tip: don’t inhale.

Lucile's Bloddy Mary

The bloody was the perfect morning cocktail that’s completely acceptable to drink before 9am. Lined with Lucile’s Original Seasonings on the rim, a huge stalk of celery acts as the carrier of an olive and creole seasoned shrimp. You can get Lucile’s Cajun Bloody Mary Mix online here.

Lucile's Biscut

Before our brunch came, we both got these huge biscuits. These things were like 5×5″. No joke. They were fluffy and light with a lot of little nooks and crannies to sop up the sauce on our to-come platters.

The portions were huge when we had already stuffed ourselves with biscuts and beignets. My other half got the Creole Omelet. Am omelet filled with spicy creole sausage and diced ham in creole sauce. Served with cajun potatoes and grits.

I had the Eggs Sardou, a local favorite. It came with a couple of piles of creamed spinach, topped with Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Served with cajun potoates and optional melted cheese.

Lucile’s was a perfect brunch spot that felt like being back at home near the Gulf Coast, eating some traditional Creole food. If you are ever in Denver, Ft. Collins or Boulder, this is a must eat place.

Lucile’s Creole Cafe

275 South Logan Street, Denver, CO
(303) 282-6258
7am-2pm Monday through Friday
8am-2pm Saturday and Sunday
http://www.luciles.com/
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