A quick Lunch fix: Smoked Ham, Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese

When I came home this past Tuesday during my lunch break, my whole family greeted with warmth but said: ” Cecile, can you please take us to the store, there is nothing to eat…” “Nothing to eat???, what do you mean, there is nothing to eat.”: I replied, and as I answered I went to see what i could find in my fridge to fix lunch.

I found a ton a things: cucumber, tomatoes, ham, cheese, and plenty more. So much so, in fact, that for lunch, we had cucumber salad, tomato caprese, quiche, lamb, grilled sausages and pasta.

Quiche is one of those wonderful things that you can fix quickly and use whatever you have in your fridge so long as you have cheese.

Ingredients: 1 pie crust ( pre-made), 5 eggs, 1 1/2 cup of heavy cream or milk ( if you use 2% milk, or non fat, you will need to add another egg because of the water content), 1 cup of shredded parmesan, 1 cup of sharp cheddar, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper.

Place the pie crust in the pie mold, and prick the bottom with the fork. Cut the ham in small strips and disperse them all over the pie, do the same with both cheese.

In a bowl, crack all 5 eggs, add 1 1/2 cream ( or other milk product you are using), the salt, the pepper and mix well. Pour the mixture over the ham and cheese. Place in the oven and cook at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until the center of the quiche is no longer wobbly.

Et voila,

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Quick Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese.

What have you been eating this past few days? left-overs? I did not have that privilege because I did not host Thanksgiving. So all I had left-overs where desserts. Moreover, I kept my nieces and nephews for the week-end and I did not think they would have appreciated my much adored fish recipes;-) So what to do after a day of shopping? Yes, I did venture the crowd late afternoon yesterday and came home with a few things( i did not think that those deals were that great…)

Anyway, after having spent my day in the kitchen the day before and having starving teenagers, I needed to find a quick meal that would fill up their stomach…Macaroni and cheese.  It is a quick fix-up that pleases most of everybody…

Ingredients: 4 cups of macaroni, 4 cups of water, 3 tbsp of butter, 2 cup of milk, 3 tbsp of flour, 3 cups of sharp cheddar, 2 cup of Mexican Blend, 1 lb of smoked ham diced. salt and pepper.

Materials: Small saucepan, Large Round Mold, Octogonal Silpat.

1. You can cook pastas acccording to the package directions or you can cook using the round mold and octogonal silpat. In the large round mold, place 4 cups of pastas, 4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp of salt. Microwave for 10 minutes. Stir and microwave for another 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile prepare the sauce for the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of butter, add 3 tbsp of flour and mix well to make a roux. When the flour is turning brown, add the warm milk and stir at medium temperature until it comes to boil. Cook for another 5 minutes until it thickens. Add 2 cups of sharp cheddar, 2 cups of Mexican blend cheese, and mix well. Add more salt and pepper if you deem it necessary ( i did not). Then add the diced smoked ham and mix well.

Drain the pasta of excess water. Place the pastas back into the round mold and add the sauce with the ham. Mix well. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheddar on top of the pastas. Cook in a warm oven for 15-20 minutes at 375. Et voila!

NB: The best part of using the Demarle Cookware… it does not stick to the sides, so easy clean-ups and no more dishes to soak overnight;-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!