Easy Quiche

Our oven is broken. I have no idea what's wrong, but the darn thing just won't heat up. Good thing we have a toaster oven! I've been forced to only cook things that can fit in the toaster oven or be cooked entirely on the stovetop.  Fortunately, my pie plates and cake pans fit in the toaster.

This is another of my Mom's secrets. Okay, most of my best recipes are hers. She really should be co-writing this blog with me. I always forget the exact measurements for the base, so I often look it up on  This is a great example, though I rarely make the ham and broccoli version.

In a large bowl start with:
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1/2c baking mix
  • 4tsp butter/margarine (softened, melted, or just in little bits) 
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 c cheese
  • 1 c meat
  • 1c veggies

 Bake at 375 for 30 minutes, check it. Coninue cooking if necessary until the eggs look cooked and the top has browned.
    My preferred version uses spinach, onion, bacon, and cheddar cheese. Those are ingredients I usally have on hand in the freezer. Of course, you could do all-veggie or whatever you like. Lately I just make the basic mix, pour it in the pan(s), then add veggies/cheese/meat until it looks good! Kind of like making a pizza. Of course, I always use onion and some kind of cheese. :)


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    Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

    Homemade Hummus
    • 1 can chickpeas, drained
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 2tbsp lemon juice
    • 1-2tbsp olive oil
    • salt & pepper 
    Blend all ingredients in a food processor, add salt & pepper to taste. I was loosely following a recipe that called for 1tbsp olive oil, I'd seen others that called for 3. I put in one and it was too thick so I drizzled in some more. I also added about a tbsp of the leftover juice from the chickpeas.  I even considered adding a jalepeno pepper, but changed my mind. Good thing, too, since just having it in contact with the ingredients briefly (and a tiny bit of chopping that only took out a tiny tiny piece) was enough to spice it up a bit! If I had any sundried tomatoes or roasted red peppers on hand, I would try adding those. Perhaps next time.

    Homemade Pita Chips
    • Pitas (stale ones work fine!)
    • olive oil
    • salt
    • seasonings, if you like
    Chop the pitas into triangles and split them.  Brush with olive oil (just the smooth side is fine), sprinkle with salt. You can also sprinkle with seasonings such as garlic or onion powder (or garlic/onion salt, if you omit the regular salt), chili powder, etc.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 5-10 minutes, but watch them closely. I baked mine in the toaster oven, it took just over 5 minutes at 350.

    Once the hummus is made, this is a quick and easy snack! You can even dip veggies in the hummus for a healthy snack. (And my kids love it!)

    Cost Breakdown:

    Chickpeas     $0.69
    Garlic/Lemon/oil    $.50

    Okay, so I'm totally guessing on the Garlic/Lemon/oil cost. It takes so little... Also, the hummus makes such a big batch you could freeze half of it. And the pita chips go a long way also, one pita easily makes enough chips for one person. The $1 packages I buy have 5 pitas,so that's 5 servings. And that won't even use half of the hummus. Of course, you can always serve the hummus with veggies, too. Or use it as a yummy spread. :)

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    Orange Caesar

    I've been on an OJ-bender lately. I can't get enough of it. We got a bunch of Oasis Premium OJ for only $1.25 each (normally $4.99, on sale for $2, used $.75 coupon).  Needless to say, it's all gone. I recently bought a new jug of Tropicana, since it was part of a store promotion (buy $20 in Pepsi/Quaker/Tropicana products, get $30 gift card for groceries). So very awesome.  Anyway, I love frozen orange juice. So much. I put a plastic cup of OJ in the freezer and later snacked on it like it was Italian ice. I know it's not as smooth, but I still loved it. :)

    Anyway, so I've been thinking about this drink. I don't want to get in trouble for sharing a recipe for something that is trademarked. I also can't think of any better name to call it - it's orangey, frothy, chilly, yummy deliciousness.  So I looked up recipe ideas and found one by Alton Brown. OMG I love that guy. So I watched his recipe (and another entire episode because man, I just can't stop).

    His recipe calls for fresh squeezed OJ and orange zest. I don't have this on hand, but I DO have OJ. So I substituted the juice and omitted the zest. It was still very awesome.

    Here's the basics. Blend together:
    •  about 8 frozen cubes of OJ
    • 1/2c milk
    • 1tbsp powdered sugar
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/4c liquid OJ (2oz)
    Check out his recipe on the Food Network's website.
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