Crustless Chorizo Quiche

I like easy-to-make breakfasts on the weekend, and quiche is definitely something that is super easy to make. Pick a protein, some veggies, and eggs, and you’ve got a quick breakfast.

I had some chorizo in the refrigerator and some leftover pico de gallo (onions, peppers, and tomatoes) from when I made enchiladas for dinner, so I had the basics for a spicy-style quiche. I’ve made lots of different quiches over the years, usually with a ham or traditional breakfast sausage as a base, so I was ready to try something a little different and use up some leftovers.

It turned out to be very tasty and was on the table in 30 minutes – that’s a perfect, quick weekend breakfast in my book.

Crustless Chorizo Quiche

1 package of chorizo

1/2 cup pico de gallo (can also use 1 diced tomato, 1/2 a green pepper that has been finely diced, and about 1/4 cup diced onion)

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

10 eggs


Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Liberally grease a pie pan, and set aside.

In a skillet, brown the chorizo. When browned, add the pico de gallo, and cook for a few minutes until the veggies begin to soften. When the veggies are softened, evenly spread the meat and veggie mixture in the prepared pie pan. Sprinkle 1 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese over the meat mixture.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs with a splash of milk. Season with salt and black pepper to taste, and pour the eggs over the meat and cheese in the pie pan. Top the eggs with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely browned, and the eggs are done when you test it with a knife. Let set for about 5 minutes before cutting, and serve warm.

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Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins

I’m always looking to modify favorite recipes to a more Paleo-friendly or at least gluten-free version. My kids love it when I bake, but I admit I haven’t baked as much since switching to a Paleo-type diet. I will still occasionally bake, as I did for Thanksgiving, but I either can’t partake in what I’ve made, or if I do I pay for it later with horrid GI symptoms.

I’ve save a ton of recipes on my Pinterest site, so if you’re looking for a starting place with gluten-free and/or Paleo recipes, be sure to check out the link at the end of this post. Let’s be honest. I collect recipes, and I’ve done so my entire life. Pinterest is a huge enabler for this hobby, and I love the fact that I can find gluten-free and Paleo recipes for just about anything on Pinterest. There are some talented cooks and bakers out there who have graciously shared their creations with the world, and I for one am extremely grateful for it. I found this delicious and easy recipe on the Bakerita blog, and it has tons of terrific Paleo and gluten-free recipes. Whenever I make a Paleo or gluten-free recipe, I usually don’t tell my sons that I’ve made a modified recipe until after they’ve eaten it, so when they kept going back for more of these muffins, I knew I’d found a keeper 🙂

You could make these into mini muffins, and the recipe says it will make 36, but I made regular-sized muffins and ended up with 15 yummy treats.




Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins


4 ripe bananas, mashed

4 eggs

1/2 cup almond butter

4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 cups blueberries


Line a muffin tin with muffin liners, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl or mixer, combine the mashed banana, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, and nut butter until thoroughly combined.

Add the coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, and fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full.

Bake in the preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes (11 to 13 minutes if making mini muffins), or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, and allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.

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Bacon and Potato Quiche

I needed something quick and easy to fix one weekend morning after Cody’s surgery, but I didn’t have time to run to the grocery store for any special ingredients. I stumbled across this quiche recipe on Simply Stacie’s website, and it’s definitely a keeper. I had all the ingredients on hand, so throwing it all together was a snap. It has everything in it that makes a great weekend breakfast: potatoes, bacon, cheese, and eggs.  The original recipe called for an entire package of bacon, but I only used half, and there was plenty of bacon in my opinion. My sons, of course, said next time to use the entire package. 🙂


You could probably make this crustless if you wanted, but since I had a couple store-bought pie crusts in the freezer, this was one way to get rid of them and make some room in the freezer. Feel free to add different ingredients to what is listed in the recipe (mushrooms and/or spinach would be awesome) or change up the spices if you don’t care for thyme. Since it’s almost Thanksgiving and my outdoor chives are dormant, I omitted the chives that the recipes calls for, but once they’re up in the spring, I plan to make this with fresh chives, which should add another layer of onion-y flavor that will be delicious. Enjoy!






Bacon and Potato Quiche


1 refrigerated pie crust

Half a package of bacon, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1 onion, finely chopped

1 cup potatoes, cut into a small dice

1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)

1-1/2 cups half and half

4 eggs

Salt and pepper

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 9-inch pie plate with the refrigerated pie crust, pressing to fit. (Or use a premade frozen pastry shell like I did). Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake to 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Turn down the oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain bacon pieces on a paper towel and set aside. Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in the pan.

Add onions, potatoes, and thyme to the skillet, and cook for about 10 minutes on medium heat until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the half and half, eggs, and salt and pepper. Set aside.

Spread the shredded cheddar cheese on the bottom of the prebaked pie shell. Top with bacon pieces and the potato mixture. Pour the egg mixture over top, and sprinkle with chopped chives if using.

Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes or until the filling is set when you test it with a knife. Let the quiche stand for a few minutes before cutting and serving.

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Caramel Apple Braid

Cody’s girlfriend asked if she could commandeer my kitchen over Valentine’s weekend to make her caramel apple braid. Since I love homemade bread in any way, shape and form, I certainly wasn’t about to say no to such a gift. I’ve always wanted to try making a braided bread recipe, and while I didn’t actually make this one, Katrina was kind enough to share the site where she found the recipe.

The original post can be found on Completely Delicious, and the blog post shows step-by-step instructions on how to make and assemble this delicious recipe. The type of apples you use really makes or breaks this recipe, so go for ones that are full of flavor. Katrina used Granny Smith apples, and their tart flavor works perfectly with the sweet, gooey caramel. Be sure to bake this braid on some parchment paper, as the caramel will ooze out during baking. If that happens, just spoon that caramel over the top of the slices to serve – heaven forbid you waste perfectly good caramel! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did – and Katrina – you can commandeer my kitchen any time 🙂


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For the bread:

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) water
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3½ cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (100 grams) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2¼ teaspoon (1 envelope, 7 grams) active-dry yeast
  • 1 large egg
  • Egg wash (1 egg + 1 tablespoon water), for brushing
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (105 grams) brown sugar
  • ½ cup (120 ml) heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced

To make the dough:

  1. Combine the water, milk, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When butter is completely melted, remove from heat and cool for about 5 minutes (to 120-130 degrees F).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment (you may also use a large bowl and mix by hand with a wooden spoon), combine 1½ cups flour with the sugar, cinnamon, salt, and yeast. Add the liquids and mix until combined. Add the egg.
  3. Add the remaining flour ¼ cup (30 grams) at a time until dough clears the bowl and is still sticky to the touch without coming off on your hands. Continue kneading dough with either the dough hook or by hand until dough is smooth and elastic, about 7-10 minutes.
  4. Put dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Let rise until doubled, about 1-2 hours.

To make filling:

  1. While the bread is rising, combine the brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter is melted and mixture is smooth. Bring to a boil and let simmer until thickened, stirring frequently, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  2. Let cool to a spreadable consistency. If the caramel becomes too hard, return it to medium low heat to melt it a little before spreading it on the dough.

To prepare the braided loaf:

  1. Gently punch down dough to release gases and knead by hand a few times. Let sit for a few minutes.
  2. Roll dough out on a clean surface to about 15 x 10-inch rectangle. Transfer to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Divide dough in thirds lengthwise and cut 1-inch strips crosswise down the length of the outer thirds.
  3. Spread the cooled caramel in the center third. Top with the sliced apples. Fold the cut strips over the filling at a diagonal, alternating side to side.
  4. Brush the loaf with the egg wash. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise while oven preheats to 350 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. Some of the caramel may ooze out during baking. Let cool on pan for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack or serving plate. Dust with powdered sugar.


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Ham, Cheese and Spinach Quiche

I absolutely love breakfast and the variety of things you can make to eat. When we go out for breakfast, I typically order the same thing – an omelette loaded with as many goodies as they can stuff in there – but at home, I like to vary things up by making biscuits and gravy, quick muffins and even make-ahead French toast casseroles. One thing I’ve never tried, though, is a quiche, which is really odd when you think that everything I usually put in a breakfast casserole can be found in a typical quiche recipe. The only difference is the pie crust replaces the bread in the casserole.

I looked online at various ham and cheese quiche recipes, and since I already had some fresh spinach that needed to be used, I decided to make my own recipe by adding in additional veggies I had on hand. The inspiration for this quiche comes from What The Fork Food Blog, and then I just added the spinach and onions. You could change up the recipe to whatever leftovers you may have in your refrigerator – replace the ham with some cooked sausage. Change up the cheddar cheese to Swiss, which would pair nicely with ham and bacon. If it’s spring, throw in some fresh asparagus instead of spinach (I plan to try this when our asparagus patch is ready). Whatever combinations you try, you’ll end up with a tasty dish for breakfast or brunch. Or have this for an easy dinner. We paired it with French Onion Soup and some garlic bread – tasty way to eat quiche 🙂


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Ham, Cheese and Spinach Quiche

1 9-inch pie crust (already blind baked for about 10 minutes)

1 cup diced ham

4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

1/4 cup diced onion

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add the diced ham and bacon to the partially cooked pie crust, spreading evenly across the bottom. Add the diced onion and chopped fresh spinach on top of the meats.

In a small bowl, toss the cheese and flour together so the cheese is coated, and sprinkle this over everything in the pie crust.

In a large measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, the milk and the pepper. Pour mixture over the meat, cheese and veggies. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 minutes. When done, the middle will still be slightly jiggly, which will set up as it sits. Let the quiche sit for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


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Simplified Dinners for New Cooks

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Bites

In our house, bacon is its own food group. The boys will eat bacon on anything and everything, whether it’s fried in strips, crumbled on a wilted lettuce salad or used to top homemade baked beans. It’s often found on our breakfast table, but I wanted to take a short cut this morning and combine everything together.

These breakfast bites are really crustless quiches. All you need is a muffin cup and a large measuring cup to mix up the eggs, and 30 minutes later, breakfast is served. You can add ingredients of your choice. Use up any leftover ham or sausage links. Chop up some fresh broccoli and change up the type of shredded cheese if you like. This morning I added some hen of the woods mushrooms that we’d canned in late fall, but fresh mushrooms work equally as well. These make a quick breakfast that you can eat on the go, and they’re great for using up those small-quantity leftover veggies and meats that aren’t quite enough to stand on their own.

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Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Bites

12 slices of bacon

8 eggs

1 half-pint canned mushrooms

Shredded cheddar cheese


Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Spray a 12-cup muffin tin liberally with cooking spray. Line each muffin cup with 1 slice of bacon. Evenly distribute the canned mushrooms in each muffin cup (I used an entire half-pint). Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the mushrooms.

In a large measuring cup, combine the eggs, a splash of milk, salt and pepper, and whisk until scrambled. Pour egg mixture into the muffin cups.

Bake muffin cups at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cups comes out clean.

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bacon egg cups on plate


Makes 12

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Sausage, Egg and Cheese Muffin Cups

My family doesn’t do well with leftovers. We have good intentions, although the refrigerator often has lots of foil-covered containers that sit in there for way too long.

Last night I made Italian Sausage Roll-ups, and we only had two leftover rolls, which were quickly eaten sometime in the night (we have mystery nighttime eaters!). However, I had leftover sausage filling after I’d made the roll-ups. This morning I decided to wing it and make some baked egg and cheese cups to use up that leftover sausage filling. For the sausage filing recipe, click on the link above, and adjust amounts according to how many muffin cups you want to make.

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Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin Cups

Sausage filling (from Italian Sausage Roll-up recipe)

Shredded mozzarella cheese

7 eggs

1/4 cup milk (approximate)

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a regular-sized muffin tin with cooking spray, or use muffin cup liners.

Place about a tablespoon of the sausage filling in the bottom of each muffin cup. Sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on top of the sausage.


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In a measuring cup, scramble the eggs and milk. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and cheese, filling each muffin cup.

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Bake for 30 minutes, or until the centers of each muffin test clean with a toothpick.

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Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins

I love making muffins for breakfast and brunch. There are so many ways to make them, both sweet and savory. I had a bunch of frozen mixed berries in my freezer, thinking I’d do something healthy for the New Year and make smoothies, but my craving for muffins got the best of me, so I decided to use some of the berries in these muffins.

I found this recipe on after doing a search on Pinterest. This sounded just like what I wanted to make, and since I had all the ingredients on hand, I decided to go for it. The recipe says it makes 18 muffins. I did get 18 cream cheese-filled muffins, but there was enough batter left to make an additional 6 muffins. This way my family can decide which way they like them best, although I’m always in favor of a little cream cheese filling. Pour yourself a glass of cold milk and enjoy!

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Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins

3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 1/2 good vanilla
2 cups mixed berries, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, don’t thaw)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Work in the softened butter with a pastry blender or fork until the butter is in tiny bits and the mixture resembles coarse sand.

Blend in the eggs, milk and vanilla until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, but do not overmix. Gently fold in the berries.

In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese and the 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar until smooth and blended.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the berry batter in the bottom of the muffin cups, adding just enough to cover the bottom. Add about 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture to the center of each muffin cup. Top the cream cheese with another tablespoon of the berry batter, evenly dividing the batter between the muffin cups.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins test done with a toothpick. Remove muffins from pans, and cook on a wire rack.

Yield: Approximately 18 muffins



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Eggs Benedict

Whenever we go out for breakfast, if I see Eggs Benedict on the menu, I’ll order that before anything else. I love traditional Eggs Benedict with that delicious Hollandaise sauce, but I also like the different varieties you can find in restaurants, such as country style with sausage gravy and Irish style that uses corned beef – yum!

When I was growing up, my mom didn’t make the usual Hollandaise sauce for her Eggs Benedict but made an easy cheese sauce instead. When I make this breakfast dish at home, I still use Mom’s recipe, and my sons enjoy it as much as I do. It’s easy to do, and you can vary the heat in the cheese sauce by adjusting the amount of mustard and horseradish, if using.

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Eggs Benedict – My Version

Ingredients per serving:

1 English muffin, split in half
2 eggs
2 slices Canadian bacon
Cheese sauce

Cheese Sauce:
1 can cheese soup
1/2 can milk
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard powder (adjust to taste)
1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish (optional)

In a small saucepan, combine the cheese soup and the milk. Heat over low to medium-low heat, and stir until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add the ground mustard and horseradish, if using, and combine well. Keep the sauce warm while you prepare the other ingredients.

Split and toast the English muffin to your desired doneness. It takes two cycles through my toaster to get them brown enough. Butter each muffin after toasting.

In a small skillet, brown the Canadian bacon slices until warmed through.

Poach eggs to desired doneness. I like a runny egg yolk in my Benedict, so I poach mine for about 5 to 6 minutes.

To assemble, on a dinner plate, place one Canadian bacon slice on each muffin half. Top each with a poached egg, and spoon cheese sauce over top of each egg.

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Buttermilk Pancakes

Nothing is better on a chilly fall weekend morning than pancakes. They’re one of my sons’ favorite things to eat, and they often make them when they’ve got time to cook on the weekend.

I’ve tried lots of different pancake recipes over the years, but this one is probably my favorite.

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon good vanilla
1/4 cup canola oil
Butter for griddle or skillet

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and canola oil, and stir to combine. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until just combined.

Heat the griddle or skillet over medium-low heat, and coat the griddle with butter. Pour 1/3 cup pancake batter onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form along the edge of the pancake, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove from the griddle and keep warm in a 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven until all the pancakes are made.

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