Having Monday off really made this week fly by! I feel like we just got back from our mini-vacation and it is already Friday. Not that I’m complaining–this weekend will be filled with good food, fun, friends, and fireworks! All the important “fs.” I’m looking forward to kicking back and enjoying a relaxing weekend before continuing my book tour next weekend at Cherry Street Books in Alexandria, MN. Before I do that, here’s a list of my favorite things from this past week:
Of course our mini-vacation to Lake Tomahawk, Minocqua, and Duluth is on my list of favorites for the week! We arrived back home Monday night, and the whole week was transformed by just a little break. And I’m still dreaming of that ice cream! If you missed it, here are the pictures and stories from our magical weekend. I hope this weekend is just as good!
Local Foods: Mushroom & Lambs Quarters Quiche
When I picked up our CSA cooler this week, I scanned the list of produce and stopped in my tracks. Lamb Quarters? I knew the little organic farm raises chickens and cows, but I hadn’t heard anything about lambs. Is there seriously a quarter of a lamb in my cooler?
While I did receive spinach, spicy greens, lettuce greens, radishes, radish greens, a loaf of homemade onion bread, and honey, there was definitely no lamb. Turns out, Lambs Quarters are a wild plant that, when cooked, taste even better than and can replace spinach in dishes. Luckily, our farm newsletter included a drool-worthy recipe that I just had to try: quiche.
I’ve never made quiche before because they tend to be full of heavy cream and–to me, at least–pretty bland. Not this quiche! I share with you my adapted version of the Northern Lights Farm Lambs Quarters Quiche!
Mushroom & Lambs Quarters Quiche
2 cups regular rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup unrefined coconut oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Sucanat, or other granulated sweetener
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cups chopped Lambs Quarters (or spinach)
1 small onion, chopped
8 oz. chopped crimini mushrooms
1 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 cup milk
Enough shredded cheese to cover the bottom of the crust (the original recipe called for 2 cups. That was way too much for me, so I probably used about 1/2 cup shredded Gouda)
salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
1. Make the crust: put all ingredients for the crust in a blender or food processor and blend until the mixture turns into crumbly goodness.
2. Place a round of parchment paper in the bottom of a pie pan and press the crust into the pan and up the sides until all is covered. Note: this crust is very crumbly and delicious! You can use a regular flour crust for a firm pie, but the oatmeal soaks up the liquid from the quiche beautifully!
3. Make the filling: Sauté the onion in the olive oil until translucent. Add mushrooms and Lambs Quarters. Sauté until tender.
4. Add the flour, salt & pepper (to taste). Remove from heat.
5. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to Lambs Quarters mixture.
6. Sprinkle cheese onto the bottom of the pie crust. Then, add pour filling over the top of the cheese.
7. The original recipe says bake at 325 for 45 minutes. I’d say it took our quiche more like an hour to firm up. The key here is to check the quiche and wiggle it around. If the middle looks liquidy, it needs more time.
8. DEVOUR! 🙂
Evening Horse Ride!
I was lucky enough for one of my good friends to ask me if I wanted to join her for an evening ride this past Wednesday. I’ve ridden before, but sporadically and not for many years. Fortunately for me, Kori is basically the Horse Whisperer and her horses couldn’t be more sweet. I got to ride her horse, Firefly, through the beautiful woods of the state park at dusk. It was perfect. I felt all the stress of the day evaporate as we rode. Afterwards, also got to play with the barn cats and kittens (who were just balls of adorable fluff). The 12-year-old girl in me has never been more happy! I love summer! I hope there are many more rides to come!
Book of the Week: Enchantment Lake: A Northwoods Mystery by Margi Preus
A disturbing call from her great aunts Astrid and Jeannette sends seventeen-year-old Francie far from her new home in New York into a tangle of mysteries. Ditching an audition in a Manhattan theater, Francie travels to a remote lake in the northwoods where her aunts’ neighbors are “dropping like flies” from strange accidents. But are they accidents?
On the shores of Enchantment Lake in the woods of northern Minnesota, something ominous is afoot, and as Francie begins to investigate, the mysteries multiply: a poisoned hot dish, a puzzling confession, eerie noises in the bog, and a legendary treasure that is said to be under enchantment—or is that under Enchantment, as in under the lake? At the center of everything is a suddenly booming business in cabin sales and a road not everyone wants built.
This is the first of my Author Festival books that I’ve been waiting to dive into! I got to meet Margi Preus at Beagle & Wolf Books and Bindery’s Author Festival on June 20th, and just had to get this book. A fellow YA author, Margi was fantastic to chat with and her writing is incredibly engaging! Living in northern Minnesota makes this read even more enjoyable, as I recognize many of the ‘oddities’ that Francie does upon meeting the people of the small town she’s stuck in. It is a fun read that I plan on enjoying outside, curled up in a lawn chair, with an iced coffee by my side. 🙂
638. I had a feeling it was going to be low this week. That’s what I get for going on vacation. I played catch-up to get all the stuff done that I hadn’t been able to this weekend. Totally worth it, though. I do feel like what I wrote is “keeper worthy,” and I also spent a great deal of time hashing out details. But it’s July, people. Time to get the lead out. Goal for next week is staying at 3,000 words. I’m going to hit it one of these times!
Happy Friday! Safe travels for the 4th!