helen corbitt’s quiche lorraine

Helen Corbitt's Quiche LorraineChampagne & Lorraine

When I first met this recipe’s name I presumed Helen Corbitt was one of my Mom’s dear friends. Like many of the old recipes that found their way into my Mom’s cookbook they were often penned with a name giving a clue linking us back to the the recipe’s origin.Joskes Department Store PostcardA few curious clicks later I stumbled upon this Texas Monthly article from December 1999 (the turn of our century) that revealed who Helen was – her connection to Texas and to food. With culinary ties to the University of Texas, the Houston Country Club, Joske’s Department Store, the Driskill Hotel, and Neiman Marcus, Helen’s craft touched the hearts of many. While she may not have loved Texas from the start, the people of our great state eventually won her heart. So we can tip our hat to her for staying here and pioneering the way for better days. Helen earned the title “Tastemaker of the Century,” undoubtedly an honor for any foodie who loves cuisine and sharing it with others.

I know my Mom “Betty” loved quiche because I’ve found a handful of eggy recipes in her cookbook. I love how simple quiche is to prepare and share… and how changing 1 or 2 ingredients can magically transform the taste.

Let’s enjoy a slice of the good life and raise a toast to our “forefoodies”
~ Cling Cling / Cheers!¬† ūüćĺ ūüćĺ ūüćĺ ūüćĺ ūüćĺ

Helen Corbitt's Quiche Lorraine
Foodie Tips

‚̧¬† “Light cream” always trips me up. I look for it at the grocery store and often shake my fist at the sky when I cannot find it. Sometimes called “coffee cream” or “table cream,” light cream is a tad bit higher in fat than half-and-half. So what. Who cares?

‚̧¬† While I slightly overbaked the crust, the quiche itself turned out great! Try using a silicon pie crust shield to help prevent your dough from burning. I shudder to think what my quiche would have looked like without it. #charcoal? :)

Helen Corbitt's Quiche Lorraine

‚̧ ¬†I hope to become an “aficionado” at the meat counter soon. When I read “thin sliced” ham I guessed it was a thickness of 2. On the next go of this recipe I’ll try a 1.

‚̧¬† My Mom loved quiche. And if you’re still reading this post I’m guessing you do, too! Check out this recipe where I wax on about the origins of quiche and its relationship to my hometown, San Antonio.

Helen Corbitt's Quiche Lorraine Swiss Cheese

i. Time

Total prep: About 40 minutes.

ii. Ingredients

8 inch | pie crust
4 slices | bacon, crisped and chopped
4 | thin slices of onion, sautéed
8 | paper thin slices of ham, shredded
8 | paper thin slices of swiss cheese, sliced
3 | cage free eggs
¬ľ teaspoon | dry mustard
1 cup | light cream, heated
a dash | nutmeg
Helen Corbitt's Quiche Lorraine Onions

iii. What to do

1. Prepare the pie crust according to the instructions. Mom wrote hers was baked at 450¬įF for about 10 minutes.

2. Sprinkle the bacon and onion over the pie crust. Add ¬Ĺ of the ham then top with 4 slices of the cheese. Wait – we’re not done! This is Texas! Repeat the layering again – add the rest of the ham and the last 4 slices of cheese.

3. Beat the egg and mustard. Add the heated light cream and continue beating. Pour the egg mixture over the layers of ham and cheese. Let things “stand” for 10 minutes. Is your stomach growling yet?

4. Sprinkle a tiny bit of nutmeg on top of the quiche then bake it at 350¬įF until this custard is set (about 15-20 minutes).

Helen Corbitt's Quiche Lorraine

Serves: One to a few, depending on your ability to resist deliciousness.

~ Patrick

Betty’s Son
Founder and¬†‚ÄúNostalgic Food Blogger‚ÄĚ of Betty‚Äôs Cook Nook

In Case You Missed It…

Honored in 1999 as “Tastemaker of the Century” by Texas Monthly Magazine, Helen Corbitt may have not have loved Texas as much as those who were born here but she became enchanted with the unique blend of Texans and their love for food. If the stories I’ve read are true (and I bet they are), Helen had a lot to do with the culinary cultivation of our state introducing our fore-parents to artichokes, raspberries, souffl√©s, Texas Caviar, and surprising creations limited only by the stars.

I don’t know if my Mom, Betty, knew Helen. But I know they shared the love of great food… so Helen is as much a family member as one can wish for.

With the love of food, all things are possible. ###

 


pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread Recipe From Betty's Cook NookThe Best Of Fall

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when wearing flannel and smelling like patchouli is top of mind. Also top of mind? PUMPKINS!¬†¬†ūüéɬ†There’s no better way to ring in fall’s greatness other than watching the fall favorite “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”¬†

The Peanuts gang were probably my best friends growing up. In a time before you could record TV I never missed a show. I remember sketching Snoopy on top of his doghouse… and funny, I never thought it was odd that Snoopy slept *on top* of his doghouse rather than in it. Childhood innocence.

While your pumpkin bread is baking, come back and watch the movie below – share it with your family and friends and celebrate the way we were… and the way we are with the best of fall!

Foodie Tips

‚̧¬† I halved this recipe and made 2 medium-sized loaves. If you’re gift-giving or a lover of loaves, go all the way!

‚̧¬† One small can pumpkin? I presumed it was a 15 ounce can.

‚̧¬† The recipe didn’t note it but I greased my loaf pans before adding the batter.

‚̧¬† This bread is most great served sliced and toasted with a schmear of Phildelphia Whipped Cream Cheese.

i. Time

Total prep: About 75 minutes (minus resting)

ii. Ingredients

3-‚Öď cups¬†|¬†flour
3 cups | sugar
1 teaspoon | cinnamon
2 teaspoons | nutmeg
2 teaspoons | baking soda
1 teaspoon | salt
4 | cage free eggs, beaten
1 cup | oil
‚ÖĒ cup¬†|¬†water
15 ounces | canned pumpkin
¬ĺ cup (2 small boxes)¬†|¬†raisins
¬ĺ cup |¬†chopped nuts (a.k.a. “pecans,” here in Texas)
to top | more pecans (optional)

Pumpkin Bread In The Works

iii. What to do

1. Measure the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

2. Add the eggs, oil, water, and pumpkin. Mix everything well.

3. Fold in the raisins and the pecans.

4. Pour the batter into two large or four small loaf pans at 325¬įF until the bread tests done.

ENJOY

~ Patrick

Betty’s Son
Founder and¬†‚ÄúNostalgic Food Blogger‚ÄĚ of Betty‚Äôs Cook Nook

Pumpkin Bread Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

Peanuts Cook Book Circa 1970One of my most cherished childhood items is this Peanuts cookbook. Originally printed in 1970 it still remains in my kitchen today, almost 50 years later!

This cookbook was not mine, originally… but at the magical age of 10 I was such a fanatic about The Peanuts Gang I was able to smooth talk this cookbook out of my neighborhood friend’s kitchen and into mine!

Pumpkin Bread

A Scan Of Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Sous Chef Note: While acquainting myself with this recipe I noticed a credit to “Barbara Harris” and took to the internet to see if I could find out who she was. Turns out Barbara was a San Antonio restauranteur who ran some popular food establishments in San Antonio and Dallas.

I found reference to Barbara’s Pecan Pie Muffins in Karen Haram’s 50 Favorite “Good Taste” Recipes – these muffins are surely a culinary cousin to the Pumpkin Bread recipe above. Karen was a food author for the San Antonio Express-News for more than 30 years so you know these recipes have gotta be tasty… I have Karen’s Good Taste cookbook printed out for my culinary archives and you can score a digital copy of her fifty favorites here >¬†Karen Haram’s 50 Favorite Recipes.


quiche lorraine

A Quiche Lorraine Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook
Quiche Masterpiece

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¬į 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.¬†A postcard from HemisFair 1968, San Antonio, Texas

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.

foodie tips

‚̧¬† “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!

Quiche Lorraine Ingredients

i. ingredients

9 inch | pie crust
¬ľ pound¬†|¬†bacon or ham (or both)
1 ¬Ĺ cup¬†|¬†gruyere or aged cheddar, grated¬†(I used gruyere)
5 | cage free eggs
1 cup | cream, half and half or undiluted evaporated milk
¬Ĺ 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¬įF. 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.

2. Cook until crisp the bacon – and or – lightly brown the ham. Set the dynamic duo aside to cool off a bit.A Quiche Lorraine Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

3. Place your grated cheese (yum, cheese!) in the bottom of your pastry-lined pie pan. Over that, sprinkle your meats.

4. In a medium-sized bowl beat the eggs. Add the cream and the four seasonings and beat a little longer until everything is well-mingled. Pour this egg mixture over the cheese-meat medley.A Quiche Lorraine Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

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!

~ Patrick

Betty’s Son
Founder and¬†‚ÄúNostalgic Food Blogger‚ÄĚ of Betty‚Äôs Cook Nook

 

A Quiche Lorraine Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

A Quiche Lorraine Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook

A scan of Mom’s recipe for Quiche Lorraine. Click to read the interesting story!

Watch this interesting video series about HemisFair 1968! I learned much about my hometown city!


baked swiss cauliflower

A Baked Swiss Cauliflower Recipe From Bettys Cook Nook
Move Over, Green Bean Casserole…

‚Ķthere’s a hot, new dish in town and it’s this Baked Swiss Cauliflower recipe!

Before reading the ingredients for this dish I had serious self doubt about how many spoonfuls of this stuff would make it past my proverbial piehole. One plate later and I was ready for a refill.

And  s t r e t c h  pants!

Beth Calkins of Nashville, Tennessee – I don’t know anything about¬†your life outside this recipe¬†but it must have been a kinder, gentler place where sweet, sweet swiss cauliflower rained from the heavens!

Lucky for me my Mom could read between the lines; she knew that anything with cheese and butter becomes a fast, fond feeding moment destined to be recreated.

Ding! Ding! Ding! This just in Рcome Thanksgiving 2014 this Baked Swiss Cauliflower recipe has secured a guaranteed place at our Thanksgiving table.

Foodie Tips ~

‚ô•¬†¬†New to Betty’s Cook Nook? “Butter” is shorthand for “Falfurrias Brand Butter.” It’s what my Grandmother “Nanny” loved near and dear, so it’s naturally the only butter¬†allowed past the threshold.

‚ô•¬†¬†Don’t discard the 3 egg whites (below)! I made an egg white omelette the morning after I made this dish and I became a better person because of it. Whoops. Did I say better? I meant butterand cheese!¬†They both made¬†my egg white omelette their new¬†BFF, along with some chopped green onions. Just sayin’.

i. ingredients

1 | large head of cauliflower
¬Ĺ¬†cup¬†|¬†bread crumbs
2 ¬ĺ¬†cups¬†|¬†swiss cheese, shredded
1 ¬Ĺ¬†cups¬†|¬†half and half
3 | egg yolks, beaten
¬ľ teaspoon¬†|¬†ground nutmeg
¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†|¬†salt
¬ľ teaspoon¬†|¬†fresh cracked pepper
¬ľ cup¬†|¬†melted falfurrias brand butter

Baked Swiss Cauliflower Flowerets

ii. what to do

0. Preheat oven to 350¬įF.

1. Wash the cauliflower and discard the green leaves. Break cauliflower into flowerets and place in a medium-sized pot.

2. Cook, covered, 10 minutes in a small amount of boiling salted water. Drain.

Baked Swiss Cauliflower Cheese

3. Place the cooked cauliflower in a buttered 1 ¬Ĺ-quart shallow baking dish. Combine the remaining ingredients – except the butter – and pour over the cauliflower. Drizzle the melter butter over top.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Yields about 6 servings.

Here’s a scan of Mom’s original recipe!

A Baked Swiss Cauliflower Recipe


pecan rolls

Pecan Rolls - A Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook10 Out Of 10 Elves Agree . . . 

These Pecan Rolls rock! Actually they roll, too, because they are, er, pecan rolls.

Rock and roll aside, these¬†have a similar taste of Keebler Pecan Sandies which made regular appearances in our family’s pantry.
Ernie the Keebler Elf likes Pecan Rolls From Bettys Cook Nook

Growing up at 2927 Trailend we had a pecan tree in the back yard. It was a big tree and oddly I don’t remember picking up its pecans – probably because it was surrounded by bushes and a large bed of ivy that kinda creeped me out.

What I do remember are the mesquite trees we had Рone in the front yard and one in the back yard. The front mesquite tree was precisely decorated with white lights each Christmas and our house was known for its white light signature tree every year at holidaytime.

The mesquite trees. I love to tell the story about how I was “ripped off” by my parents as I was paid a mere 25 cents PER BOX for picking up the mesquite tree beans that would fall off into the grass. The lawn mower couldn’t pick the beans up very well but small children who didn’t know better could!

Beans aside, pecans were a family treat growing up so I hope you enjoy this recipe featuring our nutty fall nut favorite partnered with vanilla and nutmeg – perfect for the holidays!

foodie tips ~

♥ If you like consistency, form the dough into balls using a cookie scoop. Scoop the dough onto a flat surface and cut it in half, then roll by hand.

‚ô•¬†If you like round bally things coated in powdered sugar, you have to give these rum balls a whirl. They’re outstanding. And they’re made *with rum*, yum rum yum.

i. ingredients

9 tablespoons | powdered sugar
¬Ĺ pound |¬†falfurrias brand butter (per my grandmother Nanny)
2 cups | flour, sifted
2 ¬Ĺ¬†cups¬†| ground pecans
1 ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoons¬†| vanilla
¬Ĺ teaspoon¬†| nutmeg
1 teaspoon | salt

ii. what to do

0.¬†Preheat oven to 325¬įF.

1. Mix sugar and butter. Gradually add sifted flour. Stir in pecans, vanilla, nutmeg and salt.

2. Shape dough into the size of pecans in the palm of your hands.

3. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 20 minutes and do not brown.

4. Remove from oven and cool. Then roll in powdered sugar.

Yields: 60 pecan balls. Yee Haw!

A scan of Mom's Pecan Rolls Recipe From Betty's Cook Nook


swedish meatballs

swedish meatballs : in the bowl and ready to rollA Swedish Dish

“A piece of¬†bread in your pocket is better than a¬†feather¬†in your hat.”

~ Swedish proverb

I’ll need larger pockets, as I’m a foodie through and through. And I do love my bread! Feathers aside, this dish is one of my Top 10 “mom favorites.”

One of my earliest experiences with international food came in the form of these meatballs and the Swedish Chef making special appearances on The Muppet Show (no kidding).

Thanks goodness mom was able to bring a bit of international tastebud travel to our tummies, compliments of this recipe and some of the Tex Mex favorites you’ll find here on “The Nook.” I can remember well mom’s electric skillet bursting with steam carrying the sensational and savory smells of swedish meatballs; where hearty meets happy. No wonder I wore Husky jeans growing up!

Yeah, I know… “more to love.”

Let’s Make a’ Meatballs
(said with an Italian-Swedish accent)

i. ingredients

2 | cage free eggs, slightly beatenswedish meatballs ~ browned and ready for the sauce
1 cup | milk
¬Ĺ cup¬†|¬†dry bread crumbs
3 tablespoons | falfurrias brand butter (per Nanny)
¬Ĺ cup¬†|¬†finely chopped onion
1 pound | ground chuck
¬ľ¬†pound¬†|¬†ground pork
1-¬ĺ¬†teaspoons |¬†salt
¬ĺ¬†teaspoon |¬†dill weed
¬ľ¬†teaspoon |¬†allspice
⅛ teaspoon | nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon | cardamom
3 tablespoons | flour
⅛ teaspoon | freshly ground black pepper
10-¬Ĺ ounce can | beef broth
¬Ĺ cup¬†|¬†light cream

ii. what to do

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk and dry bread crumbs.

2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the butter. Saut√© the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Lift the onions out of the skillet with a slotted spoon; add to the bread crumb mixture,¬†the ground chuck, ground pork, 1-¬Ĺ teaspoons salt,¬†¬ľ teaspoon dill weed, the allspice, nutmeg, and cardamom.

3. With a wooden spoon or your hands, mix well to combine.

4. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour.

5. Preheat oven to 325¬įF.

6. Take the meat mixture from the fridge and shape it into meatballs, each about 1″ in diameter.

7. In remaining hot butter, divide the meatballs into groups of 2 or 3 and sauté them until they are browned all over.

swedish meatballs ~ hot outta the oven8. Transfer the meatballs into a 2-quart casserole, after they are browned.

9. Remove the skillet from heat. Pour off the drippings, reserving 2 tablespoons (add more butter if necessary).

10. Pour the dripping back into the skillet and add flour, the remaining¬†¬ľ teaspoon salt and the pepper, stirring together to make a smooth slurry over medium heat.

11. Gradually stir-in the beef broth, bringing the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Add the cream and remaining¬†¬Ĺ teaspoon dill weed. Pour sauce over meatballs in casserole dish.

12. Bake, covered, 30 minutes. Garnish top of meatballs with fresh dill sprigs, if desired.

Makes: 6 servings.

Foodie Tips ~

♥ Serve the meatballs atop some wide, wavy egg noodles.

‚ô•¬†I love the sauce and will double it on my next “go” of this recipe.

‚ô• While a salt lover, I found this recipe a little salty for me so I’ll decrease the sodium shakes on my next Swedish adventure.

a scan of mom's original swedish meatball recipe