I love when I get a little history lesson along with a recipe. It’s like two treats in one! Found along with this recipe my Mom clipped from The San Antonio Express-News in 1970 the article tells an interesting story about this recipe’s creator, Ester MacMillan.
Ester helped introduce quiche to foodies near and far after it arrived at the 1968 World’s Fair dubbed “HemisFair” that was held in San Antonio. What a sight that must have been when the Tower of the Americas – an observation tower more than 600 feet tall complete with a spinning 360° top – debuted at the expo! You can read more about Ester and her story about the origin of quiche via the original recipe scan I scored from my Mom’s cookbook below.
As a child I remember my Mom, “Betty,” talking about Quiche Lorraine and a few decades later (ahem, just a few) this was the first time I made it. I absolutely loved it! I found the recipe extremely forgiving, meaning you can adapt it to your liking by adjusting the ingredients you introduce into the custard.
Perfect for a brunch-time gathering or a couch-side treat this recipe scored a well-deserved spot in “The Best Of The Best Recipes” category (at right) … as well as my heart.
I’ve discovered more than one quiche recipe in Mom’s cookbook so I’ll be trying other versions soon and will share them here at Betty’s Cook Nook.
❤ “Blind baking.” I had never heard of it before until my friend and colleague Suzanne told me about it when I commented that I longed for a crispier quiche crust. Essentially all you do is pre-bake the crust a few minutes before filling it; doing so will help give it more “fluff.” I’ll give blind baking a try on the next making of this dish. And there will be a next time.
❤ I may have “accidentally” used a teeny bit more meat than the recipe suggests. In fact, Ester called for bacon or ham. A lover of both, I used bacon and ham. #Carnivore. This recipe presumes you will follow suit and use both. I scored some peppered ham at my local HEB and I loved the extra peppery kick.
❤ After reading the recipe below if you want to learn more about NIOSA and score some of the festival’s recipes, click this link and enjoy!
9 inch | pie crust
¼ pound | bacon or ham (or both)
1 ½ cup | gruyere or aged cheddar, grated (I used gruyere)
5 | cage free eggs
1 cup | cream, half and half or undiluted evaporated milk
½ teaspoon | salt
dash | white pepper
dash | nutmeg, grated
1 teaspoon | dried onion
dash | cayenne pepper
ii. what to do
0. Preheat your oven to 400°F. That was easy, right?
1. Line a 9-inch pie pan or fluted quiche pan with pie crust. If you choose, blind bake the doughy crust (per above) and set aside.
3. Place your grated cheese (yum, cheese!) in the bottom of your pastry-lined pie pan. Over that, sprinkle your meats.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden and custard is set. Remove from oven and cool a bit to lukewarm and serve.
Yield: About 8 servings. Enjoy!
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Watch this interesting video series about HemisFair 1968! I learned much about my hometown city!
A Great Side Or Main Dish
How can you create anything but success with a recipe that calls for an entire pound of cheese?
This is a tasty dish that’s easy to prepare and even easier to eat. It’s great as an entrée or main dish depending on the size of the helping and what time of day you’re eating it.
This Casserole? Olé! Olé!
2 4 ounce cans | whole green chilies
½ pound | cheddar cheese, grated
2 | cage free eggs
1 tablespoon | flour
12 ounce can | evaporated milk
½ pound | monterrey jack cheese, grated
8 ounce can | tomato sauce
to garnish | tortilla chips, crumbled
0. Preheat oven to 400°F.
1. Split the green chilies and remove the seeds (if any).
2. Butter the bottom of a 9″ x 9″ casserole dish and layer the chilies in the bottom. Cover the chilies with the cheddar cheese and set aside.
3. In a medium-sized bowl beat the eggs, flour and evaporated milk. Pour the mixture over the chilies and cheese and place the casserole in the oven for 30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and set aside for a few minutes to rest. Cut, plate and enjoy!
foodie tips ~
♥ Although the original recipe didn’t call for it, after my first helping I decided that a little crunch would be a nice contrast. So I crumbled some tortilla chips onto my plate before serving.
♥ Something tells me a dollop of sour cream would be good on top of a slice of this casserole. That “something” is my belly talking to me and I’ll try it when I heat-up the leftovers. (Simmer down, belly).
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Who is “Mary Stephenson?”
We Kikers lived at 2927 Trailend Drive and Mary was the mother of the family living next door to us.
Mary was a fabulous foodie friend of ours and you’ll find a few recipes from Mary’s kitchen here at Betty’s Cook Nook. Click here for more of Mary’s recipes.
Our two families spent many shared dinners and laughs together so I was happy to find some of Mary’s recipes tucked in Mom’s cookbook since the Stephensons were a magnificent and memorable part of my wonder years.
Rum balls are a nostalgic favorite.
This no-bake recipe will surprise you with its super-amazing taste; a nutty, chocolatey mouth-watering sweet that tickles your tongue with the delightful dismount from a pleasing punch of rum. Yeah. Makes me want to “scarf” a dozen.
1/2 cup | evaporated milk
1 cup | semi-sweet chocolate morsels
3 tablespoons | corn syrup
1/3 cup | light rum
1/2 cup | powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup | finely cut nuts (I used Texas pecans)
2 1/2 cups | vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup | powdered sugar (for coating)
ii. what to do
1. Stir evaporated milk, chocolate morsels and corn syrup in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat until the chocolate melts.
2. Remove from heat and mix in the rum and 1/2 cup powdered sugar until smooth.
3. Stir in the nuts.
5. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
6. Shape with wet hands into 1-1/2 inch balls.
7. Roll balls, one at a time in 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar.
8. Chill at least 1 hour.
Yields about 3 dozen rum balls and up to 3 dozen fans, depending on how generous you are with their serving size.
Enjoy these yum balls! Er, rum balls!
Foodie Tips ~
♥ Don’t be stingy with the rum. If you feel the need to add a bit more, I won’t tell.
♥ To make the wafer crumbs, I put the whole cookies in a ziploc bag and used a rolling pin. Don’t pulverize the wafers into powder; small chunks add texture to these tasty treats.
♥ Make sure and keep your hands wet (like the recipe calls for). I left the kitchen sink water running and wet my left hand before rolling each ball.
♥ After rolling the balls, they may be a little deformed. No worries. I popped them in the fridge for about 10 minutes and they firmed-up. Then I rolled them in the sugar and was able to get them shaped perfectly round. If they still aren’t to your liking, you can put them in the fridge to chill again, then roll and coat with more sugar.
♥ Use plenty of powdered sugar for the coating; I used 1 cup (vs. 1/2 cup).