Friday, February 25, 2011

food for the body, food for the soul

food for the body

Last night this pan of cheese-chile quiche was made. It's crustless and gluten-free although regular flour and baking powder can be substituted for the Pamela's Baking Mix that I used. During the seven years we were vegetarians (a long time ago), this was a mainstay. 

Cheese-Chile Crustless Quiche

1/2 cup butter
10 eggs
1/2 cup Pamela's Baking Mix (or regular flour and 1 tsp. baking powder)
Dash salt
1 7-oz. plus 1 4-oz. can diced green chiles (11 oz. total)
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/2 lb. Monterey Jack cheese with jalapenos, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Melt butter in a 13"x9" baking pan (I pop it in the oven as it heats up). Beat eggs slightly in large bowl. Add baking mix (or flour and baking powder) and salt and blend. Add melted butter, green chiles, cottage cheese, and all of the shredded cheese; mix until just blended. Pour into pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 35-40 minutes longer until the top is puffy and browned.

food for the soul

I hope to sink my hands into this pile of goodness and dreamily weave some cloth this weekend. I've used nearly all of my woven pieces so it's time to make more. Men's handkerchiefs are lovely to use as backings for stitching projects. They're the right size, lightweight cotton, and nicely hemmed. In a moment of blatant consumerism last Yuletime, I bought a package -- and how I love them. The other backing is a small linen napkin I found in my mother's stash, probably part of a set that she used for bridge parties. 

How will you feed your body and soul this weekend?

Also posted at Food Renegade.


  1. Thank you for the ideas. I am always looking for easy delicious recipes.
    I love the idea of using handkerchiefs, which gave me another grandmother recently passed away and I was given a box of her clothes (to make a quilt), and a few dishtowels...the dishtowels could become part of a quilt along with the clothes.
    : )

  2. Looking forward to see the piece. Yummy look pieces you have got there. Must look out for men hankies next time I'm at the thrift shop. Thanks for the quiche recipe it looks delicious - Hugs Nat

  3. Marie, your grandmother quilt will be a treasure -- oh, you are so lucky to have her clothes for it! You're right, the dishtowels could be part of it, too -- they will make great backings at the very least.

  4. Nat, I sat and looked at that pile until sort of late last night. As I started to weave, realized the strips needed ironing. So that ended that! Ha. A new day is here though . . . .

  5. OOOhhh the dreaded ironing I have a bunch of shot cotton calling my name, too. The quiche recipe reminds me of one from Linda McCartney's vegetarian cookbook.

  6. Helen, yes, the dreaded ironing! Ha. The good thing about this quiche recipe is that it makes so much and I don't have to cook!

  7. have you noticed on Jude's videos, that the pieces she uses are not ironed?

  8. Herm, I don't know, maybe I tear it wrong -- some don't need it and I don't iron those, but linen and linen blends are so curly -- and some of the cottons, too. I wonder if there's a trick to it?