Our Best Quiche Recipes

With so many ways to reinvent this classic dish, it’s no wonder quiche is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Egg-ceptionally Delicious Ideas

Family breakfasts, weekend brunch, holiday get-togethers and more: when you’re looking for an easy-yet-impressive egg recipe to add to your menu, try quiche. It’s incredibly versatile and can be adapted to just about any ingredients that you have on hand. And, it’s just as enjoyable fresh from the oven as it is at room temperature, so it’s a great make-ahead option, too. One of our favorite flavor combinations? Turkey, Cheddar and fresh herbs. You’ll be surprised how a few fronds of fresh dill totally transform this dish, infusing it with lots of fresh, herbaceous flavor.

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, diced and kept very cold

4 teaspoons cider or white vinegar

1/3 cup ice water, plus more if needed

Filling:

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1/2 cup shredded roasted turkey

1 cup shredded Cheddar

Custard:

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

3 large eggs

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Directions

  1. Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add about a third of the chilled butter cubes and process until the butter is absorbed. Add the remaining butter and pulse until the butter is the size of peas, 5 or 6 pulses. Add the vinegar. Then, pulsing quickly a few times as you do it, add the ice water through the tube. Squeeze some dough between your fingers, it should just hold its shape without feeling wet. If it is crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time. Pulse quickly and take care not to overwork or the dough will be tough. Wrap the dough loosely in a large piece of plastic wrap, then firmly press and flatten the dough into a thin round. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Lightly flour a work surface, then roll the dough into an 11- to 12-inch round, about 1/8 inch thick. Center the dough in a 9-inch pie plate, with an even overhang all around. Fold the edges and flute or crimp. Chill for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  4. Press a piece of foil over the chilled crust, then fill with pie weights, raw beans or rice. Bake to set the crust, about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake until the crust is light brown, 5 to 10 minutes more. Let cool slightly before adding the filling.

For the filling:

  1. Sprinkle the scallions evenly into the crust. Combine the turkey with the Cheddar and sprinkle it in an even layer over the scallions.

For the custard:

  1. Whisk together the heavy cream, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Stir in the dill.
  2. Pour the custard over the filling. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake until set, 35 to 50 minutes. Let cool at least 30 minutes before serving warm or at room temperature
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Source: Turkey and Cheddar Quiche Recipe | Food Network Kitchen | Food Network

Early Spring Blooming Perennials

Several perennials that bloom in early spring are often forgotten about among flowers like crocuses and daffodils. Learn how pig squeak, heartleaf brunnera, Lenten rose, candytuft, crested iris, Virginia bluebells, moss phlox, lungwort or Bethlehem sage, pasque flower, and bloodroot could enhance your garden.

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5 Sneaky Signs You Might Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

As far as vitamins and nutrients go, vitamin D has been pretty on-trend recently. This could be in part to the robust research behind all of its potential health benefits, from supporting healthy bones and reducing inflammation, to lowering risk of depression. Some recent studies have even found that it might help protect people from COVID-19 complications. But what actually is vitamin D? And how do you know if you’re falling short on your needs? Here we dive into the science behind how much vitamin D you actually need, plus five sneaky signs you might be deficient. 

How much vitamin D do you need each day?

Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, which is important for healthy bones and muscles. It also can help reduce inflammation, support a healthy immune system and more. It is recommended that adults between age 19 and age 70 get 600 IUs (or 15 mcg) of vitamin D per day. One of the main ways we get this vitamin is through sun exposure. Our skin can create sufficient vitamin D from approximately 5 to 30 minutes of sun exposure to our face, arms, hands and legs daily (or at least twice per week), but this can vary significantly based on where you live. 

There are also several food sources of vitamin D, including eggs, salmon, sardines, yogurt, milk, tuna, UV-exposed mushrooms and fortified foods, like orange juice and breakfast cereal. Additionally, vitamin D supplements from reliable brands, like NatureMade and Garden of Life, can help you meet your needs.

5 signs you might have a vitamin D deficiency 

1. You’re feeling depressed

One exciting new area of research is focused on how vitamin D levels can affect mental health, specifically depression. In a large review of 61 studies, researchers concluded that serum vitamin D levels inversely correlated with clinical depression, meaning the lower your vitamin D levels, the more likely you were to be depressed. If you are feeling down more often than usual, especially during the winter months (looking at you, seasonal affective disorder), vitamin D deficiency might be a factor. The good news is, upping your intake might help improve some symptoms.

Another recent study found that vitamin D supplementation favorably impacted self-reported depression ratings in participants. However, other reviews of research have had inconclusive results, so more research is needed to clarify vitamin D’s relationship with mental health. As always, talk with your doctor before starting any new supplement. Your doctor might also be able to check your serum vitamin D levels to see if you’re deficient.  

2. You live in a cold-weather climate 

As mentioned, our bodies can make vitamin D from exposure to the sun. However, the sun has to have a high enough UV index (about 3 or above) in order for our bodies to be able to do this. We also have to have enough skin exposed—which doesn’t often happen in the winter. In places with a long, cold winter, say, Vermont, there are only a few months of the year where making enough vitamin D from the sun is viable. If you are curious about this, the app Dminder can help you track the specific amount of vitamin D you are getting from the sun based on the UV index, time of day, amount of sun exposure and more. 

3. You have weak bones

This could be the most obvious sign that you might not be meeting your vitamin D needs. The vitamin is crucial for healthy, strong bone formation. If you routinely experience bone breaks or stress fractures, you could be vitamin D deficient. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor to see the best course of treatment and to learn if a vitamin D supplement could be right for you. 

4. You have high blood pressure 

While the connection between vitamin D and bone health is well established, the connection between vitamin D and heart health is less clear. Some studies have found that vitamin D influences the same system (the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone axis) that controls your blood pressure. This might mean that inadequate vitamin D levels might lead to high blood pressure in some cases.

However, other studies have found inconclusive results about whether vitamin D supplementation can help lower high blood pressure. More research is needed to clarify the relationship of vitamin D and blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and think you might be deficient in vitamin D, talk to your doctor to see if testing your vitamin D levels is appropriate. 

5. You follow a vegan diet 

Unfortunately, most food sources of vitamin D come from animal products such as eggs, fish and dairy. Avoiding these foods can put you at a higher risk of deficiency. But it’s not impossible to meet your needs if you follow a vegan diet. It might take some extra planning, but there are plant-based ways to get your 600 IUs in per day. Include vegan-friendly food sources of vitamin D such as UV-exposed mushrooms, fortified orange juice and fortified breakfast cereals. Also, try to spend some time outdoors each day, especially if you live in a warmer climate. 

The bottom line 

Vitamin D is involved in a variety of important body functions, from bone health to brain health and more. But meeting your needs can be easier said than done, especially if you follow a vegan diet or live in a colder-weather climate. Feeling more depressed than usual or having high blood pressure might be symptoms of an underlying deficiency. If you are concerned about your vitamin D levels, talk to your doctor or a dietitian about a serum vitamin D test or to see if supplementation is right for you.

Article by Jessica Ball, M.S., RD for Eating Well©

Source: 5 Sneaky Signs You Might Have a Vitamin D Deficiency (msn.com)

Ash Wednesday Begins Lent

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Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance.

Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.

It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.

Priest applying ashes

It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.

Recently, movements have developed that involve pastors distributing ashes to passersby in public places. This isn’t considered taboo, but Catholics should know this practice is distinctly Protestant. Catholics should still receive ashes within the context of Mass.

In some cases, ashes may be delivered by a priest or a family member to those who are sick or shut-in.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

The Ashes

The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. His Divine mercy is of utmost importance during the season of Lent, and the Church calls on us to seek that mercy during the entire Lenten season with reflection, prayer and penance.

Article Source: Ash Wednesday – Easter / Lent – Catholic Online

If Today is Fat Tuesday, Tomorow must be Ash Wednesday

So, What Is Ash Wednesday, Anyway?

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Tomorow (sic), I’m sure you’ll notice people walking around with crosses smudged on their foreheads. Maybe you’ll think, “Oh, right. Ash Wednesday, which is…some kind of religious day.” And you’d be right—it is some kind of religious day, and if you want to know more, here are the what’s, whys, and wherefores of the Christian tradition of smearing ashes on your forehead.

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday has been around since at least the 11th century. It marks the beginning of the Lenten season in many Christian denominations and takes place 46 days before Easter. The concept behind Ash Wednesday is penance. It is a day to confess sins, ask forgiveness from God, and ponder the transitory nature of our physical bodies.

Ash Wednesday isn’t mentioned specifically in the Bible, but back in the early days of Christianity, egregious sinners were expected to spend the weeks preceding Easter in sackcloth and ashes, doing serious repenting so they’d be pure enough to take Easter communion. At some point, someone seems to have realized that we are all sinners, and everyone started getting ashes sprinkled or daubed on their heads.

How does Ash Wednesday work?

The specifics vary from church to church, but if you go to a Catholic mass on Ash Wednesday, the priest will usually give a sermon related to the theme of repentance, or Lent in general. Then you’ll line up to have ashes applied to your forehead. The priest will most likely say something like, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” before applying ash, typically in a cross shape, to your forehead. The ashes usually come from burned palm leaves left over from last year’s Palm Sunday observance.

Who celebrates Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is observed in all kinds of Christian denomination: Anglicans, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Nazarenes, and many more take part. It’s a popular day to go to mass—some priests report Ash Wednesday is the most heavily attended mass of the year, drawing more people than even Christmas or Easter.

As for why it’s so popular, your guess is as good as anyone’s. It’s not particularly vital as a religious holiday, but people like the ritual. “There’s something of a wonder about it because you’re marking yourself with the cross,” Father Anthony Arinello, a chaplain at Colorado School of Mine, opines. “Maybe it’s the humility of it; not just receiving the ashes, but receiving the little prayer we do as people receive ashes.”

Fasting on Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is also one of two days when Catholics are expected to fast for Lent. It’s not a hardcore fast, though: You can’t eat meat (fish is OK) but you are permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that “together are not equal to a full meal.” 

Ash Wednesday also marks the beginning of the Lenten season, where you are expected to abstain from some small pleasure or indulgence until Easter. What you sacrifice is up to you, but it’s not fair to give up something you don’t enjoy.

Article by Stephen Johnson for Lifehacker©

Source: What Even Is Ash Wednesday, Anyway? (msn.com)

Happy Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, March 1)

Why is it called Fat Tuesday?

The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Why do we celebrate Fat Tuesday? It’s called Fat Tuesday because it’s the last day that many people eat meat and fatty foods before Lent begins.

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Perhaps your familiar with its’ French derivation, Mardi Gras.

While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century.

The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions, such as the one in New Orleans, Louisiana, consider Mardi Gras to stretch the entire period from Twelfth Night (the last night of Christmas which begins Epiphany) to Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras.

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On Fat Tuesday it’s eat drink and be merry for the next day we fast! (If Catholic).