Spinach Feta Quiche

With tangy feta, savory shallots and creamy spinach, this Spinach Feta Quiche is a tasty and versatile entrée. Top with Tzatziki sauce for extra flavor!  And check out lots more great recipes below inspired by all the wonderful farmers market wares out now.

Spinach Feta Quiche

I have a confession.  In the spirit of full disclosure… I created this quiche to use up some things that were laying around my kitchen.  Or more precisely my refrigerator.  Yes, come August I’ve been known to go a little crazy at the farmers markets.  So with spinach, dill, eggs and even homemade feta taking up far too much space, I settled on a quiche with a Greek flair. 

Happily, the quiche turned out beautifully, loaded with creamy feta and egg custard, all swirled around tender spinach and highlighted with dill and shallots.  Pretty yummy for leftovers!

And if that’s not enough, I eventually topped it with (an optional) Tzatziki (yogurt & cucumber) sauce which completely put it over the top.  Yup, better keep that sun hat handy!  Read more

Dill Pickle Slices

Tart, briny and flavorful, home-canned dill pickle slices will enhance your sandwiches, burgers and more all year.   A perfect option for using up larger cucumbers.   Dill Pickle Slices, canned

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When people think of homemade pickles, they often think whole pickles—or sometimes spears.  But my favorite variety to can is Dill Pickle Slices (aka Dill Pickle Chips or Hamburger Pickles). 

While whole pickles are fun and tasty, pickle chips are the real workhorse of the pickle world.  Adding a big flavor boost, they shine topping sandwiches or burgers.   And don’t forget that they’re a key ingredient in dishes like egg salad and tartar sauce.  

Yes, pickles are a staple! Read more

Award Winning Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

With whole grains and less oil, these award-winning Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins are healthy and even beat conventional muffins! Turn your excess zucchini into a win! 

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

When I first started blogging, I decided to try my hand at the baking contest at the Wisconsin State Fair.  And since I try to be a healthier cook, I simply entered my healthy recipes.  One of the categories was zucchini muffins.

On the day of competition, not knowing what to expect, I sat down to watch the judging.  And I quickly grew concerned.  The judges kept talking about perfect domes and light crumb.   My whole grain Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins were totally flat and, well, just slightly dense.

In the end, however, I needn’t have worried. All my recipes placed and these muffins came in second—even after deducting for their “flaws”.  Yes, the judges agreed, the flavor really was over the top!  

I felt the thrill of victory, but not even for myself. I considered it proof that healthy could go head to head with even the best conventional cooking!  Read more

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad

With a creamy, rich umami flavor, this Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad is delicious, versatile and loaded with nutrition. Quick and easy with pre-cut veggies or chopped in a food processor. 

Kale used to be an outcast in our house. It would arrive in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box and sit in the refrigerator until it turned yellow and wrinkled.  Then it was composted.   

And so, I was excited when I discovered this Kale and Brussels Sprout salad at a potluck. Yes, I enjoyed it so much, I went back for seconds (okay thirds) and then unabashedly poured the entire bowl of remaining salad onto my plate. 

At least I was obsessed with something healthy and seasonal!   Read more