Rainy Day Recipes…

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Hi Everyone, 

I don’t know if any of you are like me and have joined various “food groups” on Facebook. I love chatting with members of these groups, sharing recipes and finding new ones.

I received numerous requests for two recipes that I recently posted on one of my Facebook food groups; so I thought that I would share the recipes with all of my members.

I call them “Rainy Day Recipes” because they are comfort food to me when the weather outside is cold and nasty and you just want to stay in and be warm.

The recipes are for Spinach Quiche and Sausage, Bean and Spinach  Soup.

Enjoy!

Sausage, Bean and Spinach Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. sausage (casings removed)
  • 2- 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 10 oz. pkg. of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and wrung free of water)
  • 1 medium onion- fine dice
  • 2 carrots – fine dice
  • 1 celery stalk – fine dice
  • 1 potato – fine dice
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 spring of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cans cannellini beans- drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups broth – chicken or vegetable
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • (piece of parmesan rind – optional)

Directions:

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat, add sausage and brown – approx… 10 minutes
  • Add ¼ cup red wine to scrape up all the sausage bits
  • Add diced onion, carrots, celery, potato and tomato paste- cook until the vegetables get soft
  • Add garlic, beans, and diced tomatoes, mix well. 2-3 minutes
  • Add broth, spinach, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf and parmesan rind if using. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes.
  • The soup tastes better the more it sits.

Cooks Note: I served this soup with melted Dubliner cheese on toasted ciabatta bread. 

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Spinach Quiche

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Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • ½ cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 1/3 cup minced onions or shallots
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 8 ounces shredded, sharp or mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and wrung free of water)
  • (1) 9-inch unbaked frozen “deep Dish” pie shell

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Hand whip eggs, half-and-half, mayonnaise, and flour in a medium-mixing bowl.

Add the remaining ingredients.Pour into an unbaked 9-inch, deep-dish piecrust.

Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until top is golden brown.

6-8 servings

Cooks note: this basic recipe can also be used to make chopped broccoli quiche too – use  Dubliner, Swiss or cheddar cheese. Mix whatever combination you like.

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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