Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Quiche ~ Savory Simple ~ www.savorysimple.net

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Cheesy Broccoli Bacon Quiche

My recipe project is starting to wind down and I’m so relieved. Relieved and exhausted. I have been cooking for fun a bit more and have some great recipes lined up (hint: I’ve been on a homemade pasta kick). In the meantime, I have just a few more guest posts for you to enjoy while I continue to get caught up on life. Please give a warm welcome to Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas! She’s brought us a fabulous cheesy broccoli bacon quiche. Joanne and I are online friends who will soon be “real world” friends once we attend Eat Write Retreat in May. I can’t wait! 

Hi friends! I’m Joanne from Fifteen Spatulas, and it’s my job today to tempt you with something delicious and show you how to make it. One dish everyone should know how to make is a simple quiche-style tart. The best part about a quiche or tart is that it’s a good way to use up leftovers in your fridge and turn it into something new and exciting.

I find my fridge often loaded with too many vegetables. You see, I go to the grocery store trying to be good and healthy by buying tons of fresh produce, but sometimes I end up with too much of something. This week for me it was too much broccoli, but by all means, you could make this tart with asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, kale, and so on. Use your leftover veggies in a tart and serve it with a little salad for a great lunch.

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Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup - @SavorySimple


I never considered Valentine’s Day to be the most romantic of holidays when I was younger.  You see, February 14th happens to be both my mother and my brother’s birthday.  Now that I’m no longer living with my parents and am, you know, married, I like to do something small to celebrate the holiday aside from calling my family.  Maybe it’s a romantic dinner for two at home, maybe we go out, maybe Jeff (cough cough) brings me some flowers.

This year we’re dining in and I’ve compiled a Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup with over 60 options for your entire meal.  Enjoy!

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Orange Meringue Tarts with Grand Marnier ~ Savory Simple

A few weeks ago it suddenly dawned on me: the end of the world was approaching and I had no plans! This didn’t seem right so I decided to throw a small party on December 21, 2012 to perish in style with my best friends.  Before I could utter the word “apocalypse” this small party evolved into a large shindig with over 20 of my nearest and dearest crammed into the downstairs of our modest townhouse.  And of course I went completely overboard with the food.  One of the many desserts I prepared was my spiced candied orange peel.  Since this recipe only uses the peels and I didn’t want to waste the fruit, I also made orange curd tarts.

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Strawberry Tart ~ Savory Simple

I love preparing desserts.  There’s something so methodical about the process of baking that I find very soothing.  Planning, measuring, creaming, layering, decorating…  and beautiful vibrant colors to inspire me!  I certainly love cooking as well, but I don’t find it nearly as relaxing.  I feel as though I achieve almost a meditative state of focus and calm while baking, even when the dough misbehaves or an ingredient responds in an unexpected way.  This is why I also like more complex desserts.  Maybe that sounds backwards, but allow me to explain. At first glance, a recipe such as the one below might appear time consuming and overwhelming.  But it’s actually just two smaller recipes prepared back to back.  Most of the steps are relatively simple and you can work in phases.  When a recipe takes 4-5 hours, it can usually be broken down into 2 days.  This is especially true with tarts.  The dough almost always requires several chill/rest periods.  And for a no-bake tart such as this one, the cooked shell also needs to cool completely before adding the filling.  You can certainly do this in one day, but I find separating the days to be more enjoyable.

If you’ve never made a tart before, rolling and distributing the dough can take a bit of practice. Don’t let it worry you, though.  Anyone can do it!  I recommend watching a few YouTube video tutorials that demonstrate technique.  And then just go for it.  You can practice multiple times with the dough before baking it.  This dough is especially forgiving.  Just allow it to rest and chill between attempts.  It’s much easier to work with cold dough. Feel free to contact me with any questions!

This strawberries and cream tart is spectacular.  The filling is reminiscent of panna cotta and the sweet cream flavor is perfect with strawberries.  The dough, Pate Sucree, tastes like a cookie.  Since strawberries are in season right now I didn’t feel the need to glaze them, but if you make this in the off season, brushing some melted apricot jam on top will give the tart a beautiful shine and add flavor.

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