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Hash Brown Quiche

I came across a recipe for quiche with a hash brown crust. I was intrigued. I knew this would work well with the Paleo lifestyle. I made it on Friday and I have been enjoying a piece every morning for breakfast. I know you would be able to change this up by substituting bacon or sausage for the diced ham, and onions or spinach for the diced green peppers.

Hash Brown Quiche

3 cups frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 cup diced, fully cooked ham (available at your local meat market)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (available at your local butcher shop)
1 1/4 cup diced green pepper
4 jumbo eggs
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. salt

Press hash browns between paper towel to remove excess moisture. Press into the bottom and up the sides of an ungreased 9″ pie plate. Drizzle with the melted butter. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. While this is cooking, blend the eggs in a large bowl and add salt and pepper to the eggs. Combine ham, cheese and green pepper in a separate bowl. Remove the crust from the oven. Decrease the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Put the ham, green pepper and cheese over the top of the hash brown crust. Pour the eggs over the top of the ham mixture. return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. You will know the quiche is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

You can individually freeze the quiche and use for a dinner or breakfast entree. That’s all for today. Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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Barbecue Chicken

Sometimes, you have to go back to the basics.  Ask any ball player.  You have to have the fundamentals before you can go to the next level.  How about Barbecue 101?  It doesn’t get any easier–or better than this! IMG_8114r

 

Barbecue Chicken

3 whole bone-in chicken breasts (cut in half) Your local butcher shop will be glad to do this
2 Tablespoons Chicken Barbecue Rub (You may need more–I like to put this on pretty heavy)
Walnut Creek Applebutter Barbecue sauce

First you light the grill. I am a charcoal girl so I got my Weber Rapid Fire Charcoal Starter.  I just got one this year and I am hooked.  If you click Chicken on the Grillon the highlighted link you will get detailed instructions on how to use this marvel.  I let my coals burn for 20 to 25 minutes.  I dump the coals in the grill and put the grill grate on top of the hot coals.  I put a heavy rub of the Chicken Barbecue on the skin side of the chicken breast and put the chicken breast skin down on the grill.  I shake a heavy amount of the Chicken Barbecue rub on the underside of the chicken breast.  I let the breasts cook for 15 minutes and then I flip the breasts.  I cook for an additional 15 minutes.  I then flip the chicken breasts again.  They are once again skin side down on the grill.  I put the lid on the grill with the vents open and cook for an additional 35 minutes.

I remove the chicken from the grill and serve with barbecue sauce.  You are going to enjoy some great tasting barbecue.

Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table–or grill as the case may be.

 

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Saving a Blowfish

As most of you know, the Butcher and I just returned form a respite in Mexico.  If you notice, there were no pictures sent while we were in Mauri-1Mexico.  There are 2 reasons for this.  First, I have an insurance background, you don’t advertise that you are out-of-town, and  you don’t rub it in when you are basking in 85 degree temperatures and your friends are barely surviving in sub-zero temperatures.  That said, we had a wonderful time and are back rested and raring to go.

The last night we were in Puerto Vallarta the Butcher and I were on the beach waiting for sunset.  We saw a young couple looking at something on the sand near the ocean.  I told the Butcher we needed to go investigate.  As we got closer we saw this young couple looking at a blowfish on the beach.  The blowfish was barely breathing.  Apparently, the young man had picked up the blowfish by the tail  and thrown him back in the ocean.  The blowfish was carried back to shore.  The young man said he didn’t want to pick up the fish because of the spines sticking out.  I didn’t blame him; However, I was determined that this blowfish was not dying on my watch, the last night we were in Mexico.  I went into action.  First I looked for a way to pick up the fish without touching the spines.  The only way I could see to do this was by scooping sand under the fish.  I did this and walked into the ocean.  I think I need to explain at this point that my idea of going into the ocean is to barely get my toes wet.  I will occasionally go ankle-deep to get a seashell I can see underwater.  I walked up to my thighs and threw the fish out.  I came back and waited.   I blowfishsaw the blowfish coming back into shore.  I again scooped and threw.  This happened 3 times.  As I was waiting for the blowfish to return to shore again I saw a young couple walking towards the water.  I stopped them and asked if they were going into the water.  They said they were.  I told them about the dilemma with the little blowfish.  The man looked a little skeptical.  By this time the blowfish was back on land, laboring for breath.  The man asked if there was a bucket.  He wasn’t comfortable touching the fish.  I told him there wasn’t time to get a bucket.  I scooped up the little blowfish with sand under him and held him out to the man.  I asked if he was comfortable with this.  He took the little blowfish.  I told him he had to take the blowfish out past all of the waves.  He bravely did this and threw the little blowfish out into the ocean.  The man got an ovation from everyone who had gathered.  The little blowfish didn’t return to shore and I walked the beach early the next morning and no sighting of the little blowfish.  It may not seem like much to save a little fish, but it certainly made my night.  We all have the opportunity to do something good for our fellow-man.  Maybe you will be like that blowfish and need a helping hand.  Maybe you will be the hand that helps that little blowfish.

Until next time…See who you can help on your watch.

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Foolproof Baked Ham

I want to go on record as saying this is the easiest, best ham you will ever eat.  Start with a good ham.  At the local meat market your ham will be Mauri-1smoked on premises and will be table ready; However even if you get the ham from the butcher shop you will want to heat it up for that special Christmas dinner.

This works for bone-in hams as well as boneless hams.  This also works if you are only cooking half of a ham.  Take honey ham glaze seasoning, (available at your local meat market) Sprinkle on the outside of the ham.  If you are doing half of a ham, put the cut side down in a roasting pan and sprinkle the outside of the ham.  I like to put sliced pineapple at the base of the ham during the baking.  After you sprinkle the ham put a lid on the pan or cover with foil.  Bake the ham in a 300 degree oven for 15 minutes per pound.  For instance if you have a 10 pound ham you will cook it for 150 minutes.  It will be juicy and delicious.  Serve it with the sliced pineapple and enjoy.Baked Ham 2

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  Until next time…From our Butcher Block to your Table.

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