Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dana R. Lynn, Visiting Chef, Serves up Quiche


Broccoli and Cheese Quiche

            I am so happy to be here at the Yankee Belle Café again. Thanks Cate for inviting me.
            I am especially excited right now as my fourth Love Inspired Suspense just released yesterday. Plain Retribution is out in digital format now, and will be released in print on August 8th.  I had so much fun writing this book. It’s the second book in my Amish Country Justice series, and it delves into the relationship of Rebecca Miller, a young woman who grew up Amish, and Miles Olsen, the cop she falls in love with. Rebecca is a very special heroine. She’s smart, strong, and a talented artist. She’s also completely deaf and relies entirely on ASL, or American Sign Language. Miles is the one officer able to fluently communicate with her. It was fun getting into her head and trying to see the world as Rebecca might have.
            As I mentioned, the print edition of Plain Retribution releases on August 8th, which is a date very close to my heart. It’s the date I became a mother, an event which changed and enriched my life. And as we added two more children, sometimes contributed to a few gray hairs on my head. But I wouldn’t change it for anything.
            Now, raising a family has presented many challenges for my husband and myself. We are busy with our jobs, sports, scouts, horse shows, and church activities. In the past year and a half, another challenge was added to our lives.
            My daughter became a vegetarian. This might not sound like a difficult thing, but it can be tricky. We bought a small crockpot. So now when I fix chili, I also fix a smaller meatless version. Same thing with lasagna. Or burgers. Or, well, you get the drift. Even going to restaurants takes a bit more thought than before. The important thing is to make sure she is still getting enough protein.
            One thing I did was start a board on Pinterest for vegetarian recipes. One recipe we found that my daughter loves is for a Broccoli and Cheese Quiche. Here’s the recipe:

Preheat the heat the oven to 375 degrees. Have a cookie sheet in there while it’s preheating. When it’s done, bake a nine-inch pie crust for nine to eleven minutes until it’s lightly browned. While it’s cooking, cut two cups of broccoli florets into small pieces and sauté a medium onion until it’s translucent. Place the onion, broccoli and 6 ounces of white cheddar cheese in the bottom of the crust. (I can’t always find white cheddar, so I use what’s on hand.)
            In a separate bowl, whisk together three large eggs and two egg white, one cup of half and half and ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Pour the mixture over the broccoli and cheese. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Wait fifteen minutes before eating.

That’s it! Easy Peasy. My daughter divides the pie into four and eats it over the course of two days. 






Dana grew up in Illinois, but now resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and enough animals to start her own petting zoo. She is a teacher for the Deaf and hard of hearing during the day, and an author of romantic suspense by night. She has been on the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller list for religious fiction, and was a finalist in the 2017 New England Readers’ Choice contest. Her friends know to beware...anything they say may someday show up in a story.



Thanks, Dana, for joining us today. Congratulations on your new release!

 

26 comments:

  1. I love quiche. I am the only one in my family who loves quiche, so you know that means I never make it because who wants to eat a whole quiche???

    I might eat a whole CREAM PIE...

    But then, that's different. :)

    Dana! I'm so happy to have you here! Thank you for guesting with us, and I'm laughing at your vegetarian story... it does make things different. And a vegan makes my head spin.

    But I'm also snarky enough that if folks go too far... it's Bring Your Own Food, Schnookums time.

    Eliminating meat is fairly simple.

    Eliminating anything that has anything to do with a "face" is a whole other kettle of fish.

    Oops.

    I SAID FISH!!! :)

    Congratulations on your new release, I'm sure it's marvelous!

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    1. She doesn't want to go vegan, thank goodness. She says she couldn't get by without cheese. She just doesn't want anything to die for her.

      I see nothing weird about being able to eat a whole cream pie. Just sayin'...

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    2. Thank goodness indeed. My daughter went from vegetarian to vegan and it was another whole ballgame. She's great about cooking her own food (she was already in college when she made the choice), but eating out and getting enough calories are a big struggle. She lost half her body weight.

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    3. Cate, I hear you. I've watched so many young people (mostly women) who have done the same thing. :( Dana, I respect folks' thoughts and feelings on this. I don't mean to sound flippant. And I agree... cheese and cream are two of my faves!

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    4. Nah, you're fine Ruthy. I understand. Cate, we are very careful to watch our daughter's food intake and make sure she's getting enough. She's been pretty responsible with the whole thing.

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  2. I have a funny former vegetarian story from my eldest daughter. She had gone vegetarian in Middle School because one of her friend did also. We always teased her that it was kind of an odd choice for a girl who liked no vegetables other than green peppers and green beans.

    Her vegetarian stint ended one Easter. We'd just sat down to dinner when she asked if she could speak with me privately. We got up and went into another room. She confessed that the aroma of the Easter ham had undone her, but that she didn't want anyone to laugh at her for eating it.

    My husband had plenty of laughs later, but she happily ate her ham that day. She later confessed that she'd known it was a mistake for her from the start but that she didn't want to back out on her friend. We still joke about the power of the Easter ham!

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    1. Bwahahaha! That's funny!

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    2. That's a hoot! We always knew our daughter would become a vegetarian sooner or later.

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    3. For my sister, it was roasted turkey.... Thanksgiving was her nemesis. She too, hated that something should die.

      I have no such qualms, but I have a farm mentality about all of this. Full circle, ashes to ashes, and some delicious food in between.

      But I can totally see the smell of something amazing tempting the vegetarians to the omnivore side.

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    4. That farm mentality is interesting, Ruthy. I've had that conversation with people about Fenway. For us, he's a part of the family, lives in the house with us, etc. People who were raised with dogs as farm animals (outside dogs) often don't understand the money we've spent rather than just putting him down. My husband's answer is always my money, my dog. Not that there isn't a limit. Ssshhhh.

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  3. Welcome to the Cafe, Dana!

    I love quiche, and I can even get the family to eat it occasionally. So it's one of those meals I throw into the mix once in a while.

    I'll have to try your recipe...although I'm going to have to add bacon. My guys are the opposite of vegetarian. :)

    Congrats on your book release! Our books are birthday twins!

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    1. Same with my guys. That's why I make separate meals. Just so everyone will eat.

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  4. Wow, this is an easy recipe! I'm a vegetarian so I'll definitely give this a whirl. Love that it will give me multiple meals too. And broccoli is fresh right now. Yay!!!!!

    Congrats on the new release, Dana. Loved Plain Retribution.

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    1. Thanks Kav. It is an easy recipe. Which works for me because I don't do complicated.

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  5. You know, from the photo, I originally thought this had asparagus (rather than broccoli). I bet that would taste delicious also.

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    1. I have never considered asparagus. That might work. And fresh mushrooms, too.

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    2. I think all of those would be marvelous.

      With bacon and chicken. ;)

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  6. My husband was at a fancy party in Southampton when he was a hotshot young lawyer. He arrived and everyone was out on the lawn chatting. A waiter came along with a serving tray of mini-quiches that he thought were pies. He assumed he had missed dinner and arrived just in time for dessert! Oops.

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    1. LOL, Mary Cate! I bet he was surprised when it was savory. :)

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  7. Dana, this looks delicious!! Thanks so much for coming today and sharing with us. My sister is a vegetarian, and I'll have to make this next time she comes to visit.

    Isn't Pinterest amazing for finding recipes!

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    1. It is! Although I can get lost in Pinterest if I'm not careful.

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  8. Looks like I'm late to the party again.

    Hi, Dana! Congrats on the new release. And this quiche looks amazing. I know I'd love it, though I'd probably lose my guys at broccoli. At least hubby loves spinach, which is more than I can say for my boys who avoid most things green, save for olives, jalapeños and the occasional bell pepper. You know, like on top of a pizza.

    Still, I need to give this a try. Thanks for the recipe, Dana.

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  9. Hi Mindy! The fun thing about quiche is you can change it according to your own tastes. And it's easy. Gotta love easy.

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