Tomorrow it is official, summer is over. The Fall equinox has arrived to mark the end of Summer. Oh no! Say it isn’t so. I am not ready. I want to paddle board. I want to hang out at the beach. Dip my toes in the water and lay on the beach with friends. Listening to the waves roll in, talking and laughing with friends. An icy beer in my hand.
Waste Not Want Not Series
Leftover Item: Dirty Rice
After a couple of days of cooking for company, I was running through the staples at the farm house. My ever faithful peeps, always keep me and mine in the prettiest eggs. Farm fresh eggs are the best. It is a good staple to keep on hand whether you have chicks or not.
A quiche or egg pie is a simple breakfast or brunch item to serve. They are great to cook when you have the ingredients and time on your hands. With 1 cup of dirty rice left over and basic ingredients, this pie is a breeze.
Cook pie, cool and then wrap properly and place in the freezer. If your house is like mine, you have house guests coming and going. It helps to have a couple of items in the freezer. Especially as we head into a busy time of year.
Shout out to Alexa for Mumford & Sons.
Dirty Rice Quiche
1 Pie Shell, room temperature
1 cup Dirty Rice*
3/4 cup parmesan cheese (use cheddar, Monterey jack, gouda etc)
2 Tablespoons Green Peppers, chopped
2 Tablespoons Onion, chopped
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
7 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a glass pie dish, unroll pie shell and place in middle. Center shell as needed. With fingertips press down on crust in dish. Using your fingertips, pinch the dough and press down on the side to form crust edge. Using a fork, place many holes into the sides and bottom of crust.
Evenly place dirty rice on bottom. Sprinkle grated cheese, green peppers and onions. Add salt to beaten eggs and stir well. Pour over the layered pie ingredients. A fork may be used to level the eggs. Sprinkle on top with cayenne. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before cutting and serving.
Lagniappe: Serve with a heated salsa on the side. Sprinkle green onions for extra color and flavor.
Lunch Suggestion: Serve with a small salad and its an easy hot meal.
*Dirty rice is a Cajun and Creole dish. Typically white rice cooked with the trinity, chicken livers and heavy on the spice. Due to the lack of fondness for liver, it is usually replaced with ground beef or pork.
This was an expression that was drilled into our heads from my Mother and Grandmother Theda Faye. It is an expression that I can’t imagine that I would ever forget. It has served me well over the years. I am grateful for the lesson that I was taught, to value money and preserve.
In this category on my site, I want to cover the question that we all may ask. How may I use these leftovers? I find it easier sometimes to re-purpose items than to try eating or serving again to “the man”.
In my childhood, I was surrounded by great food choices in New Orleans. Not that my parents allowed us to choose. Nor will we discuss the “juicing” phase that my parents forced us to participate in during the 70’s. My mom went through an entire health craze long before it was popular.
Our snack choices were apple, banana, plum or grapes. No bunny white bread at our house. No sodas. No fun cereal with prizes. Life was hard.
I am sure that everyone has a special “food memory”. You know the one from your childhood. The one item that you long for or maybe dream about. Or is it just me? In my case, it is more than one food item.
My favorite moments have been spent with my friends. It really doesn’t matter what the activity is or where it’s located. Sharing laughter with those that know you the most, is priceless. Sharing secrets with people who you know will place them in “the vault”. People that know your flaws, but love you anyway.
Outside the back door, we have a beautiful collection of herbs. They provide greenery that I am able to harvest for a long time throughout the year. It is a healthy and easy way to improve the flavor of food. The cost of the herb plant is very inexpensive compared to buying herbs in the grocery store. Although, someone will have to water the plants when it doesn’t rain. This is a great chore for little ones or teenagers or “the partner”. This herb will grow well indoors or outdoors.
I was fortunate to be invited to join Van on a business trip to Sweden. Sweden is a beautiful country and should be added to any travel wish list. The people were very gracious everywhere on our trip. Everyone that I encountered, understood my Southern. This was important because my Swedish is so good. Nej! (no)
By this time, all of the babes have started back to school. Whether you have little ones or teenagers, life has started to move at a different pace. Merging everyone’s activities along with school obligations may be a challenge. I vaguely remember feeling like a taxi driver for my daughter, but without the tips.
I am so excited to cook for you this weekend! On the way to the grocery, I suffered through the Heat wave that I found outside. I am to blame. I jinxed us yesterday by commenting on how the heat had moved on. I even went as far as commenting on how pleasant the weather was going to be for September. Sorry!
The grocery store was packed with all sorts of cooking opportunities. I have settled on a few for my next posts.
Jacked Up Mac N Cheese
Creamy Crawfish on a Bed of Pasta
Check back for the details!