Bacon-Loaded Quiche

Did I have you at bacon?

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That’s what I thought ;)

Bacon, bacon, and more bacon… what else do you need in a recipe?

According to Kyle’s brunch preferences, nothing more than the simple, sought-after ingredient of bacon is required for a recipe so good it will knock your socks off… and increase your risk for cardiac arrest, but those are the small details we don’t discuss over mimosas at brunch ;)

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Do you remember that quiche I came home to last Saturday? The one prepared by Chef Kyle?

Today, I’m sharing this bacon-filled, decadent, brunch must-have with you!

It has bacon, and lots of it! {I never once claimed this post to be healthy…} It has eggs. It has Swiss cheese. And, my favorite ingredient by far, it has a buttery, flaky crust.

Perfection, my friends, perfection.

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Bacon-Loaded Quiche (Adapted from Betty Crocker)

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 prepared pie crust (or homemade crust if you’re so inclined)
  • 10 slices of bacon, cooked and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz Swiss cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over medium heat, saute onions in olive oil until soft but not brown. While onions are cooking, combine eggs and half and half, whisk until smooth, and then add in Swiss cheese. Stir in cooked onions and bacon, then pour entire mixture into crust and bake for 45-50 minutes, until eggs are set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!

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Now all you need is a man in the kitchen to cook up a little brunch action next weekend. Make sure to add that to your weekly grocery list… without that key ingredient, at least in my house – there wouldn’t be a Sunday brunch.

What is your favorite brunch recipe? Besides quiche, I love French toast or waffles! And mimosas, of course ;)

What is your preferred brunch time on the weekends? 11am or later – I prefer to be productive in the mornings before brunching for a few hours.

Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

Even though it is now fall and the leaves are starting to change, I am still seeing an abundance of summer squash and zucchini at my local farmers’ market and my grocery store.

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Now, I’m not complaining here – I just think it’s interesting that something with “summer” in its name always tends to push its way into fall. Maybe its abundance is because of the late summer we had or the fact that it is still in the 80’s (at least here in Chicago!) – whatever the reason, I have the perfect recipe for you to use up all of that leftover zucchini and summer squash that you’ve received in your CSA box or that you decided to pick up at your farmers’ market!

Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

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I first tried this recipe when Kyle’s mom brought us a quiche as a housewarming gift upon our arrival to Chicago. Since our apartment is tiny, we requested no gifts but how could I say no to a homemade quiche?

After my first bite, I immediately asked for the recipe from my mother-in-law. The quiche was more than just tasty, it was delightful and the perfect combination of eggs, veggies and cheese.

To my surprise, the recipe was much easier than I anticipated. With a short 20-minutes of prep time followed by 30 minutes of baking time, you can have a delicious, homemade and healthy brunch (or lunch or dinner, if you’re anything like me!) for your family in under an hour.

What adds bonus points to the ease of the recipe is that this quiche stores well in your fridge for up to 6 days, making it the perfect make-ahead meal or gift option for new parents or new neighbors!

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Zucchini-Summer Squash Quiche

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 4 cup zucchini and summer squash, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 TSP parsley flakes
  • 1 TSP garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 TSP basil
  • 1 9-inch pie crust
  • 2 TBSP mustard

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a large non-stick pan with cooking spray. Saute zucchini, squash and onions in pan over medium-high heat, until browned and soft, approximately 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, combine eggs, cheese, parsley, garlic and basil in a large bowl and mix. Brush mustard onto bottom and sides of pie crust. Stir cooked vegetables into egg mixture and pour into pie crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. If edges are browning too quickly, tent tin foil over quiche. Allow to sit 5 minutes before serving, enjoy!

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If you feel like being fancy, by all means make your own pie crust from scratch. I just took the easy route for this recipe ;)

Do you bake or cook for new neighbors or new mamas? What is your go-to dish?

Confessions + An Announcement

1. Confession – I joined the most expensive gym country club fitness club in Chicago yesterday. It’s like a country club but fitness style. #oops

Kyle wasn’t too keen on the monthly fee (especially since we have a gym in our apartment…) but I justified it since the monthly membership fee is only $40 more than the CorePower Yoga membership I was paying in Minneapolis AND it includes so much more than CorePower did! I have yoga + body pump + cycling + pilates + zumba + kickboxing + ropes training + core classes + barre + SO MUCH MORE. The gym even has 5 pools, a gigantic weight room, an even larger cardio room, a spa IN the locker room, a salon, 2 restaurants, a juice bar, free valet parking (I can walk so I won’t be using this…), a sun deck/fully stocked bar for the summer months, a golf driving range, tennis courts, basketball/soccer courts… I’m sure I’m forgetting something here… Anyways, it’s pretty much my piece of heaven here in Chicago and it is going to be worth every single penny!

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I attended a “Buff Yoga” class yesterday and I’m fairly certain my inner thighs are going to be sore for the rest of my life.

2. Confession – I kinda fell off the marathon training bandwagon. I doubt any of you are surprised to be reading this. I haven’t provided a weekly training recap in, well, weeks and I have mentioned that my stress levels were not very conducive to running. Kyle and I still have our plane tickets to California and I am still running every week just not as far as I need to be for the whole 26.2 miles thing. I’m  planning on running at least the 13.1 miles and then running/walking every other mile after that. We’ll see how it goes but the last thing I want to do at this time is put physical stress on my body and have more hair fall out. I’d rather have hair than be a marathoner ;)

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3. Confession – I freakin’ love Chicago. Minneapolis never really felt like home the 4ish years Kyle and I lived there. Maybe it was because we knew it wasn’t going to be our forever home or because we didn’t have any family there or because we moved there without knowing a single person in the city but regardless, I am so happy to finally be somewhere that I feel like I belong. Plus Chicagoans are SO much nicer than Minnesotans (sorry friends but it’s true!). I’ve already met more people in the 1.5 weeks I’ve been in Chicago than I did in Minneapolis all 4 years. And they’re all nice and actually invite you to do things. Amazing.

4. Confession – Kyle’s mom brought us a “housewarming” quiche since we don’t have room for a gift in our tiny apartment and it is seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. It is cheesy and egg-y and is FULL of summer squash. I may have had it for every meal since breakfast yesterday. Remind me to get the recipe from her…

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5. Confession – I love summer but I am ready for the hot weather to be gone and for cooler, fall days to arrive. I am over being coated in sweat the minute I walk outside and I want to be able to take Mitchell for a walk without worrying that he is going to get heat stroke. I’m also kinda over the pool… I know… Ask me how I feel about this confession come January but I honestly get kind of bored just lying by the pool. I think this means I need to work on my relaxation techniques ;)

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6. Confession – I’m addicted to Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s happened y’all and it ain’t pretty. I was anticipating some delicious coffee here in Chicago but Dunkin’ has taken it to the next level.

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Thankfully, I drink my coffee black or I’d also need to be buying some new pants considering how much coffee I drink every day! I’m also addicted to lululemon and may have ridden my bike 10 miles in 100+ degree heat to get the last Sand to Savasana Duffel bag in the Chicago area yesterday. I needed it, obviously ;) I also got a new top to reward my biking efforts!

lulu Collage

And now for the announcement! I promise this will be my last announcement for a long, long time – I’ve just had so much change happening in my life that I have needed to have a life-changing announcement every other week ;)

Drum roll, please…………..

I was offered and accepted a new job in Chicago! (insert big, proud smile right here)

Although I’d do a great job playing the part, it isn’t to be part of the next Real Housewives of Chicago series ;)

I will be working for a large retailer (I’m not sure how they feel about blogs so I’m keeping the company private for now.) here in the Chicago area and will be doing something similar to what I was doing for Target. I’ll be between a few of their offices but when I am at their downtown office, I will be able to walk to work. YES – my downtown office is about the same distance as my old condo was to my Target office in Minneapolis – I am so freakin’ excited!

The company actually called me about 30 minutes before I was getting ready to board my one-way flight to Chicago. Talk about perfect timing! I was able to negotiate a later start date (and more vacation time – details on interview/negotiation tactics will be in a future post…) so I will be starting on September 23rd.

I am so excited to have a job and to have a little bit of time off to allow myself to learn my new city and to relax before jumping right back onto the 9-5 bandwagon.

I took my drug test last Thursday and as long as I pass it (I’ve never done a drug in my life so if I don’t pass, someone laced my pee!), I will be good to go :)

Mini-Confession – I actually felt guilty for a few seconds after receiving a job offer. (Ridiculous, right?) I know of SO many people my age (and other ages) that cannot find a job and there I was – just sorta looking and a perfect job falls into my lap. I quickly realized that I worked my tail off at Target and my resume reflected that. I also rocked my interviews and allowed myself to be relaxed about the entire situation so the guilt went away and I allowed myself to be happy and proud.

So, take this as a life lesson my fellow ladies – Do NOT feel guilty about your great accomplishments! YOU deserve them and you deserve to be happy about them.

Tell me one of your confessions. 

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