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Her father, Felix, worked as a fire lookout in the tall north tower of the Cathedrale Saint-Etienne (St. Stephen's Cathedral) as a young married man. Her mother (my own "Nana") used to carry lunch to him up the almost 400 stairs each day. If that is not true love, I am not sure what is - regardless of how gorgeous the view is. Our families have visited the Cathedral and it is truly lovely. Most "French Fridays" make us want to go back to Paris, but this time we were nostalgic for the Alsace region and hope to plan a visit soon.
We probably would have loved this versatile and tasty dish if we had hailed from elsewhere in the world....but having this as part of our heritage warms our heart all the more. That doesn't mean, however, that the pate brisee always cooperates with us......
Per Nana ~
This week's recipe, spinach and bacon quiche,
was very easy and tasty.
We enjoyed a lovely cup of chicken broth first, and then the quiche.
Since it is not a heavy meal, I think it would be a wonderful
summertime meal with a delicious tomato and basil salad.
I made the regular tart crust from Dorie's book and
pre-cooked it as directed. I think that is one of the best
crusts I have used and I look forward to using it
for my fruit tarts in the coming months.
The rest of the ingredients were simple to assemble,
and cooking time is not too long.
I will say that when it is cold it is just delightful
cut into small pieces for a snack or even with a glass of wine.
Per Tricia ~
I followed the recipe with two tweaks.
One took the high road and the other, the low.
The "high road" involved my using this lovely bacon
that I pick up when we go to Vermont.
They have a great website (www.vtsmokeandcure.com),
but we are lucky enough to have the products stocked in
our local grocery store up there.
My second "tweak" took the lower road.....and it involved
substituting Green Giant chopped frozen spinach for the fresh.
I had a box in the freezer and it just happened to be
the requisite 10 ounces.
Worked like a charm and I plan to use it again.
Trust me, you'll thank me later ~ and even Nana approved.
No surprise there.
The only surprise was why I have not
been making these more frequently.
And that is about to change :)