Good morning. Wednesdays are always a little brighter for me because it’s usually the day Bon Appetit comes out with its newest podcast episode, so I can block out the world for a little while and listen to my favorite food people go deep on, say, Chicken Parm. It’s also the day I write about food over at Cup of Jo. This week, in honor of spring and the high-qual produce we have to look forward to, I wrote about a few rules I follow when making salads. I hope you’ll check it out. Speaking of high-qual produce, yesterday Phoebe and I planted a some seeds in our garden — green beans, snow peas, tomatoes, a few lettuce varieties. I am the world’s worst gardener, and I mess something up every year, but I’m hopeful for this season’s harvest — especially since Phoebe helped for the first time ever, sowing good, happy energy right into that soil with me. Here are two more things that I hope might add a little light to your day…
Pantry: Bring Back the Quiche
Why does no one make quiche anymore? (Or why do we make quiche but feel compelled to call it something else, like “tart” or “pie.”) I guess I sort of know the answer to that — when done correctly, it can be a cardiologist’s worst nightmare. But it can be such a great empty-the-fridge vegetarian vehicle, too, so I don’t want to write it off entirely. And there are a few ways to make it a little healthier…
My basic quiche template is: Pre-bake a store-bought pie crust (fork-pricked all over the bottom) for 8 minutes at 375°F. While it bakes, you can whisk your filling: 4 eggs, 1/2 cup whole milk, 1/2 cup cream (light cream is fine), and maybe 3 ounces of Parm. From there, it’s up to you and your pantry-refrigerator situation. I added some finely chopped artichoke hearts that had been sautéed with onion. You can add cooked greens (spinach, kale, chard), chopped tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli. Then top with a little more grated cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss) and bake for 30 more minutes. As soon as I took a bite I was like “why do I not make this more often?”
Purpose: Letter To My Students
More love for the class of 2020. (Forgive me, it’s all I think about now.) Last night, Random House hosted a virtual commencement featuring speeches from some of their best and brightest, including Anna Quindlen, Wes Moore, Reshma Saujani, and George Saunders (above). Anyone who’s spent even a minute on this blog knows about our enduring love for George Saunders (novelist, short story writer, and writing professor among many other things) and I was happy to see that his speech was taken right from this letter to his students in last week’s New Yorker. (Warning: You might hit a pay wall if you’re over the monthly limit.) Give it a read whether you have a graduate or not.
Stay safe. Stay home.
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