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Bake 52 Week 1: Quiche

January 4, 2012

Welcome to week 1 of Bake 52!  I’ve been so excited to get started with this!  This week’s host is Clare and she chose a quiche recipe to start off our year.

Having never made a quiche, or eaten a quiche, I was a little intimidated initially.  However, a quick glance at the recipe showed that it’s really quite simple.  My recent success with making a pie crust made me excited to try again for the quiche.  I decided to stick with the basic recipe, but America’s Test Kitchen includes several variations.  For the recipe and more detailed instructions, visit Clare’s blog.

Aside from the time it took to make the crust (which really isn’t much), the quiche whipped together in no time.  I decided to substitute parsley for the chives because I had it on-hand.  The only thing I failed to read was that it should cool for at least 1 hour before serving….and I planned to have it out of the oven just in time for dinner.  Needless to say, dinner was a little late that night!

And what did the troops think?  Two thumbs up from Joseph and Emmy, one thumb up from Owen, and two thumbs in the middle for Ryan.  And you guessed it….I didn’t eat any.  Sorry…the weird texture is just too much for this palate to handle.

The only thing I’d do different next time is add some more veggies.  This was just the basic recipe with eggs and cheese and Joseph said it was a little boring.



Chicken Parmesan Bake

November 23, 2011

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and pinned it….twice.  I guess that means it looked really good to me.  I was at a loss for what to make for dinner one night and went to my handy dandy recipe board there to find a quick and easy idea.  Chicken Paremsan Bake stood out to me.  I called Joseph and asked him to stop on his way home from work to pick up a couple of ingredients we didn’t have, and set out making preparations.  I didn’t take pictures along the way, but this recipe is EASY.  And quick.  My two favorite things.  Even better, EVERYONE in the family loved it!  This is one that will definitely go into our regular rotation!

Chicken Parmesan Bake (via Food Wishes, where a nice video tutorial is also posted)

2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Hot red pepper flakes, to taste
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used tenderloins and just covered the bottom of the baking dish)
2 cups marinara sauce
1/4 cup chopped basil
8 oz mozzarella, shredded
4 oz Parmesan, grated
1 (5-oz) package garlic croutons

Coat the bottom of your baking dish with the olive oil and sprinkle the garlic and  red pepper flakes on top.  Place chicken breast in the dish, covering the entire bottom.  Pour 2 cups of marinara sauce over the chicken.  Sprinkle the basil and half of your mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top.  Spread the croutons over the top of that, and then sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.