Saturday, October 25, 2008

'AUTUMN JOY' ~ CHICKEN PECAN QUICHE / SPINACH, BASIL and PLUM SALAD

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. "
~Stanley Horowitz
~ Autumn joy
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CHICKEN PECAN QUICHE
~ Delicious blend of flavors, perfect for an autumn brunch
(adapted from Jan. 1999 Southern Living)
1 cup flour
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1/4 tsp. Hungarian paprika
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup organic chicken broth
1/4 cup good mayonnaise
3 large lightly beaten organic eggs
2 - 2 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
1/2 - 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup minced onion
3 drops Tabasco sauce
1/4-1/2 cup pecan halves
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Combine flour, cheese, pecans, salt, and paprika. Add oil and stir well. Press mixture firmly in bottom and up sides of 9-inch deep dish quiche or pie plate. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool completely.
  • Combine sour cream, chicken broth, mayonnaise, and eggs. Stir in chicken, cheese, onion, and Tabasco. Pour chicken mixture over prepared crust. Arrange pecan halves over chicken mixture. Bake at 350-degrees for 55 minutes or until set. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. (8 servings)
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SPINACH, BASIL and PLUM SALAD
~ Memorable salad from June 2007 Food & Wine
2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. grated orange juice
1 tsp. grated lime zest
coarse sea salt (preferabley red)
freshly ground black pepper
2 5-oz. bags baby spinach
2 cups torn fresh basil leaves
2 halved, pitted and thinly sliced black or red plums
  • In small bowl whisk olive oil with lemon & orange juices, vinegar, and orange and lime zest. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • In large bowl, toss spinach, basil and plums. Add dressing and toss well. Sprinkle with sea salt & black pepper and serve immediately.

9 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That mosaic, what can I say. "stunning"!!!!

Your photos are truly some of the best on the blogs I have ever seen.

And those recipes, yum.

Jen

garden girl said...

Beautiful fall photos Joey.

The quiche and salad sound scrumtious!

nancybond said...

Yum, yum, yum! That spinach and plum salad sounds extraordinary. Your mosaic is lovely -- the quote is perfect.

Di DeCaire said...

The foods of fall are all so stimulating to the appetite. Enjoying your fall scenes. Thanks for dropping by.

marmee said...

oh this sounds right up my alley quiche with pecans. yum-mo!
your images of trees and fall are beautiful! this is a special time of year with all the colours.

Connie said...

I will have to try that quiche recipe...sounds very good.
I almost used that same quote about fall on my last post, but opted for another instead.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

What a wonderful quote. Hadn't heard that one. Fall season with the luscious leaves falling and trees slowly baring are always so nostalgic to experience.
Brenda

Cindy said...

Love that quote, Joey! and your mosaic of pictures that illustrate it perfectly.

joey said...

Dear Jen ~ from your gifted eye, I appreciate your compliment. You also are tops with the camera, sharing precious segments of life both behind the lens and in heartfelt posts. For this, I am thankful to share your friendship ;)

Thanks G.G. ~ fall & autumnal food are 'as good as it gets'!

Hi Nancy ~ you and I often follow the same paths. Thank you for time shared.

Thanks Di ~ so glad to see you back with much to share.

Dear Marmee ~ thanks for sharing kind thoughts. We both so love these special days!

Hi Connie ~ indeed each forkful of the quiche is yummy. Let me know if you enjoy it as much as I do ;)

Brenda ~ I'm with you loving this quote. Bittersweet autumn is hard to describe ... artists paint, poets write, photographers shoot ... and these words seem to make sense of it all.

Hello Cindy ~ it's always a challenge to race out on a waning autumn day, hoping to catch the essense of what hides in our heads.