Saturday Morning Three Cheese Spinach Quiche

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Looking for a breakfast dish for Saturday morning brunch? Check out my take on the classic Quiche Lorraine, complete with shredded cheddar, gouda, mozzarella, asparagus, ham, onions, green peppers and more. When I lived in France, I would venture to different cafes weekly for the search of the best quiche lorraine. In my search for flaky egg,ham,and fromage goodness, I was able to pick up some killer tips during my stay and travels in and around Tours, France. Scroll below for the recipe that will make you want to get up just a little extra early on Saturday mornings. Enjoy readers!

 

Peace + Love,

V

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • half of a white onion, diced
  • 3 bunches flat-leaf spinach, thick stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
  • Cheddar cheese for topping
  • Healthy pinch of oregano
  • Healthy pinch of chili powder
  • healthy pinch of rosemary
  • 1 recipe Basic Pie Dough for Spinach and Gruyere Quiches, fitted into two 9-inch pie plates
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 green pepper
  • Diced ham 2 Packages of 8 OZ.  
  • 5 stalks of asparagus
  • 5 pieces of smoked maple bacon
  • 3 cups half-and-half
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

For the crust // – 1 recipe Basic Pie Dough for Spinach and Gruyere Quiches, fitted into two 9-inch pie plates

For the Filling //

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks set in upper and lower thirds. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium. Add shallots and the white diced onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, oregano, and to spinach to skillet as will fit;  and toss, adding more spinach in the skillet as room becomes available. 
  2. Transfer spinach mixture to a colander. Press firmly with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Take the cooked bacon, pat dry with a paper towel, chop and also set aside.  Now time to prep each crust for the filling, place the baked crusts on a separate rimmed baking sheet. 
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together eggs, chopped bacon, spinach, the cheeses, ,half-and-half, nutmeg, oregano, rosemary, salt ,pepper and chili powder to taste. Dividing evenly, pour egg mixture into crusts.
  4. Arrange baking sheets on racks, and bake until center of each quiche is just set, 55 to 60 minutes, rotating sheets from top to bottom halfway through. With five minutes remaining, add cheddar, gouda, mozzarella topping.  Let quiches stand 15 minutes before serving.

Travel Guide // Day Trippers in Yellow Springs, Ohio

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Travel Guide / Yellow Springs, Ohio / Part One

This past weekend we decided  to explore small town America. I have traveled  around most of Europe, but I still have a lot of America to explore and see. So, we packed up the car and drove to a town called Yellow Springs, Ohio. Yellow Springs is located only about an hour and 20 minutes away from Cincinnati, Ohio; which is perfect for a day trip or two. This love town is known to host local and global artisans, the best tacos, a gorgeous waterfall, festivals, music, the oldest tavern in Ohio, coffee houses, Sunflower fields, amazing local breweries, and more importantly, Yellow Springs, Ohio radiates happy vibes.

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If you are looking for a little Summer staycation to boost your creativity, head to Yellow Springs, Ohio to reconnect to yourself, earth, and relax.

Walking around this town I couldn’t help but feel a sense of hope. The charm of the city has everything to do with the love it exudes to everyone, including and especially mother Earth.

Love, Culinary expression, Hard Work, Recycling and upcyling are definitely a focus not to be missed, and one of which other small towns and even larger cities should take note. As if this town wasn’t trippy enough, as soon as we turned onto Xenia Avenue, I had a flash back of my Grandmother taking me to this little lovely town when I was little, visiting some of the same stores. It was a completely full circle moment, one that made my Grandmother a bit cooler than I thought. The Summer and Fall are the most amazing times to come to this town, and with the foot traffic I can see why, everyone is smiling! We arrived in Yellow Springs during the start of Pride 2019 weekend at the end of June, and the energy of the town was absolutely amazing.  The amount of creativity hidden in its shops and culinary arts, is refreshing. This town bounces out stereotypical ideals of what small town America is, and redirects the brain to show you what it should be and what Yellow Springs continues to be, filled with love for all, which is another reason why I love Yellow Springs. When arriving to this town, you need to make sure to expect the unexpected.

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I highly recommend finding an Airbnb in the area,  (or outside of Yellow Springs, if the town is booked – CLICK HERE for a highly recommended Airbnb,only 18 mintues outside of YS ) and stay the night. Head to Yellow Springs early in the day, before your hike, to check into your Airbnb – or if you’re more on the traditional lodging side, check out The Mills Park Hotel.

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Some of our favorites from Yellow Springs are Yellow Springs Brewery, Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe ,  Miguel’s Tacos ( (behind Asanda Imports ), @wildflowerboutiqueys 🛍)   Spirited Goat Coffee House,   HaHa’s pizza, and more.

 

(Make sure to check the blog back soon for part 2 of Yellow Springs Travel Guide –  jam packed with even more eats, trails, waterfalls, shops, and breweries from this perfect little town).

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We knew we wanted to check out the Yellow Springs Brewery when searching where to stop in this town on our way up, so we headed there for our first stop. Walking up to the Yellow Springs Brewery, I couldn’t wait to go inside. The excitement built up as we passed a dope food truck, called Hunger Paynes, serving up croquettes – parked right outside the Yellow Springs Brewery doors. As I went through the doors, I was able to  sneak a peek into the brewery, on our way to see what creations were going on in the tap room. We also were lucky enough to meet up with Yellow Springs Brewery brewers, Jon Vanderglas and Rebekah Little / cellar. Being able to talk with them about their process, and receive a behind the scenes look inside the brewery, was more than gracious, inspiring, and bad ass of their team to do.

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I love writing about this industry, but I love the people behind the creativity even more.  Being able to actually walk back and see new brews in front of our eyes was a great introduction to this welcoming city full of flavor and continued revival of love.

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Miguel’s Tacos // Yellow Springs, Ohio

FOOD! This town has some amazing options for vegetarians, vegans, and even the carnivores in your life. My top picks for part one of the Yellow Springs Travel Guide are  Miguel’s Tacos ( (behind Asanda Imports ), Ye Olde Trail Tavern, Emporium Wines & Underdog Cafe + HaHa’s pizza. 

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SHOPS! My favorite shops in Yellow Springs, Ohio for part one of this Travel Guide are  Wild Flower Boutique, where you will find some of my favorite festival looks in all of Yellow Springs, Asanda Imports, The Epic Bookshop, and  The Tibet Bazaar, where you will find amazing Napalese shoes, tapestries, handmade books, paper and more.

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 Wild Flower Boutique

We plan on going back to this love town very soon to hike, and explore even more.  Stay tuned for interviews from new breweries, Chefs + Restaurants making a difference,  trails, and shops, for part 2 of our Yellow Springs Travel Guide on the blog very soon.

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Peace, Love, and Happy Travels,

V

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Local Spotlight // Riverside Korean Restaurant

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Insta pot good👘 🍜So many amazing eats at Riverside Korean Restaurant, located across the river in Covington, Kentucky 🔥🔥🥟🥢 I loved everything about this experience and definitely can’t wait to go back again. Make sure to prepare to take off your shoes and definitely dine in one of their fantastic tatami rooms. You’ll feel like a queen. I started with the Goon Man Du 군만두 Pan fried dumplings (7pcs) filled with vegetables and tofu. We then decided to dive into the Bul Go Gi Jun Gol 불고기전골 a
Beef soup with bulgogi, dumpling, tofu, daikon radish, zucchini, mushroom, hot pepper, onion, green onion and sweet potato noodle – the experience, amazing flavors, and team, make this restaurant one of my new favorite places to eat in Kentucky and Ohio🍜

HOURS //

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2:00pm

Dinner: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 5:00 – 9:00pm

Dinner: Friday-Saturday 5:00 – 10:00pm

 

LOCATION

512 Madison Ave

Covington KY 41011-1506

Click here for Website 

CALL 859-291-1484

 

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Recipe Roundup // Perfect Picnic Eats

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EGGPLANT, PROSCIUTTO, & PESTO PRESSED PICNIC SANDWICHES

One of my favorite things to do during the Spring and Summer months is picnic. If you are like me, you love to be innovative and try new recipes, even if the picnic is in your own backyard. Below are some of my favorite recipes for salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks and more. I have also included a couple vegan and vegetarian recipes, as I consider myself a flexatarian, and always like to supply options for those looking to try something new – or those learning to live a greener lifestyle. Enjoy!

Peace + Love,
V

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Taco Dogs 

mason-jar-cheesecake-finished6-645x449.jpg No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecakes for Your Next Picnic

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Smoked Salmon Lavash Wrap

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Fried Chicken Sandwich 

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Black Bean Burger 

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Avocado Mango Brown Rice Sushi

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Blue Cheese, Bacon and Balsamic Onion Burger

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No Cook Nutella S’mores

 

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Vegan SMOKY TTLA SANDWICH

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Caprese Sandwiches with Parsley Pesto

 

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Chicken Burger with Chipotle mayo and Avocado 

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Strawberry Oats click  here.

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Pasta Salad – Recipe here.

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SPINACH & RICOTTA TARTS | FREEZER FRIENDLY

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Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

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Pesto Pasta 

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Fried Chicken Sandwich 

 

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Creamy Basil Potato Salad

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Hawaiian Hot Dog 

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Fried Green Tomatoes 

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Green Chile Cheeseburger 

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Mini Shrimp Rolls 

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Veggie Dog 

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Deviled Eggs 

 

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BBQ Brisket Sandwiches with Quick Slaw

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Vegan Bento Boxes 

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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice – veganheaven.org

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Southwest Salad Recipe: aberdeenskitchen.com

 

 

 

 

Local Spotlight // Orchids at Palm Court

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        Dry Aged Duck Breast, Salsify, Chestnuts, Black Mission Figs, Red Wine Duck Sauce
This weeks local spotlight is truly a diamond in this city. Glamour and decadence has been apart of the Netherland Plaza since it opened in 1931, and the glamour continues as the restaurant is Ohio’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Four Star rated restaurant. I can remember going to Orchids at Palm Court at a very young age for tea, transitioning to luncheons when I  had my first internship at 5th street Art Gallery when it was located in the same building at 19, and now in 2019 my palate continues to be challanged and delighted with Chef George Zappas and the incredible team taking the lead in fine dining.  I had not been to the Orchids at Palm Court since Todd Kelly was the Chef, so I had been anticipating diving into the culinary creativity of Chef George Zappas for a while. As soon as we arrived at the restaurant, our party was treated like royalty as we were absolutely accommodated. We had an amazing server named Chris, who delightfully guided us through the entire evening. His attention to detail as well as the entire staffs as a whole, really made the night a night we all would remember.

 

We started with the Blue Cheese Beignet, Pear, Arugula, Marcona Almonds, Red Wine Vinaigrette, which brought me back to NOLA. We also had the Smoked Salmon, “Tater Tots”, Horesradish, Egg Yolk, Shallot, Lemon, Caper. For the second course you must order the Glazed Veal Cheeks, Truffle Croquette, Soubise, Melrose Apples, easily one of my favorites on the menu. I also wanted to try a lot of the dishes that incorporated the restaurants fresh local honey, as the honey used is from the beehives on the fifth floor of the building. We also tried the Seared Foie Gras, with Concord Grape, and Hazelnut Granola. Another must for the second course right now, is the Maitake, Cappelletti, Thyme, with more Rooftop Honey, spinach, roasted garlic.

 

For our entrees we devoured the Dry Aged Duck Breast, Salsify, Chestnuts, Black Mission Figs, Red Wine Duck Sauce,Prime NY Strip, Celery Root, Lardo Persillade, Black Truffles, Mustard Greens, Truffle Demi Glace, Scallops, Cauliflower, Marcona Almonds, Pork Belly, Lobster Nage, and the in season Halibut, English Pea, Oyster Mushroom, Pearl Onion, and lobster beurre Blanc. When presenting the dinners the Orchid staff revealed art, as the cloche dome plates were lifted with  perfect timing. I felt like I was in an episode of Downton Abbey with updated french culinary masterpieces, in an art deco environment. Needless to say I will be back, and I hope all of Cincinnati realizes the amount of stardom and power we have in our culinary scene especially with Chef Zappas continuing to make in- fashion again fine dining, along with powerhouse restaurant L. If you are looking to have an out of this world royal experience, please head to Orchids in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Make sure to also explore the hotel as notables as Elvis Presely, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, John and Jackie Kennedy, Winston Churchill, have graced the hallways. You will feel like a movie star during your whole experience at Orchids and you will be blown away with the expertise behind Chef George Zappas.

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LOCATION // Orchids at Palm Court
35 West Fifth Street/Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Cincinnati 45202
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(513) 421-9100
Follow Orchids at Palm Court on Instagram – CLICK HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Cookbook of the Month // ‘Love Brunch’

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Love Brunch? Me too! This months cookbook focuses on Fifty chefs/cooks whom are featured at home with their families, sharing recipes for brunch together. With recipes from Otto’s, Frida’s, Senate, L, Oriental Wok, and more! I am always looking for cookbooks to add to my collection and this one is most definitely one you and your family will use for generations to come. I know I love a good brunch on a Sunday with loved ones, and to have recipes from restaurants I frequent is even more amazing.

You can buy this amazing cookbook for $40 >>>  www.eatplaygive.net, You can also buy tickets to the Friends & Family SIDS Brunch,  that features many of the chefs from the cookbook.

Participating restaurants/producers this year:  Coffee Emporium, Daveed’s, Forno Osteria+Bar, French Crust Cafe, Happy Chicks Bakery, JR Table, Keystone Bar & Grill, Kroger, La Petite Pierre, Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbet, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, Maribelle’s eat + drink, Meatball Kitchen, Metropole, Oriental Wok, Otto’s, Red Feather Kitchen, The Rookwood, Taste of Belgium, and Vintner Select.

Now let’s cook and make a difference at the same time. Enjoy readers!

Peace + Love,

V

Empowering Wednesdays // Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck

 

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Welcome to my new favorite mobile garden in the city, Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck. I love to spotlight women business owners and those making a difference  in our tri-state and beyond,  and just had to tell my readers about this perfectly curated flower truck popping up all over the city. I found Daisy’s Flower Truck on instagram, and instantaneously fell in love with the business, the flowers, the truck, and I knew our city house needed a bit of floral accompaniment for Spring. When you visit Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck you’ll have the opportunity to pick out your own flowers no matter what variation and of course converse with the owner Megan Moore, who is  literally the nicest woman you will ever meet. I found the Daisy Jane’s flower truck nestled in Fountain Square in Downtown Cincinnati, and with concrete everywhere a bit of green in the midst of the city chaos is all I wanted for the morning; that and a cup of coffee. If you’re not feeling especially creative that day, the owner can gladly and artistically hand pick each bloom, so that you leave with a stupendous and unique bouquet for you or a loved one. Wanting to know where you can find the Daisy Jane Flower Truck?

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Monday: 8AM-12PM at Coffee Emporium on Central Parkway in OTR

 

Tuesday: 11AM-1:30PM “Market on the Square” on Fountain Square (starting April 2)

 

Wednesday: A Village Gift Shop at The Century House in Glendale

 

Thursday: 3-8PM Alley Boutique in Downtown Loveland 

 

Friday: 9AM-1PM Harvest Market in Old Milford

 

Friday: 4-7PM Country Fresh Farm Market & Wine Depot on Vine St. in Hartwell

 

Saturday & Sunday: TBA on social media –

Follow Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck  –

Want to rent the truck for your next party, wedding or event? Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck can help you have some fun building bouquets or flower crowns! Would you love for Daisy Jane to make a stop at your office to treat your employees to beautiful bouquets? Head on over to our events page and give us a shout!  

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