Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Princess's Quiche

 My early memories are ones of living in the country, but not on a farm. I found out later we were pretty poor but I didn't know it at the time. One of my most favorite memories happened when I was around 9 or 10 years old. My mom announced one day that a cousin was getting married and we were going to the wedding. It was an exciting time-we all (both little sisters and I) got a new handmade dress and store bought shoes. Not just any shoes, these had a heel on them! As time went on, we learned that the cousin was a niece of my grandpa which meant she lived in a different state. So not only were we going to a wedding, we were going on a trip! After a week of "mind your manners" speeches from mom, we set off. There were 8 of us crowded into that little sedan headed for the hills of Tennessee. Man, what a great time we had. Grandpa scared thrilled us all by zipping that car up and down the backroads on the mountain. Family I had never met before stuffed us with down-home, southern-style goodies. And last but not least, we went to the wedding.
 I don't think I had a chance to meet the bride on this trip but I will never forget the awe I felt when I saw her at the ceremony. She was so beautiful and I was at just the right age to see the whole experience as a fairy tale. So whenever anyone spoke her name, in my mind there was always the word "princess" before it.
 I have had the chance to visit with her as a grown-up (but I've never told her about the high place she had in my little girl imagination so many years ago.)  A few weeks ago she sent me a recipe for Ham and Cheese Quiche and I am making it right now. I'm doubling it because DH will be here this weekend and if he reads my blog before he comes home....
Here is the recipe:


one 9" deep dish pie shell
2 cups shredded sharp cheese
1 cup chopped ham
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Toss together cheese,
ham, and onion.  Spoon into pie shell. 
Wisk together remaining ingredients until well blended.  Pour over ham and cheese mixture.  Bake 45 minutes or until golden.
This is yummy, and easy.


  1. What an awesome story! I feel like I went with you. Isn't it amazing how events and people can shape our young minds and we carry it with us always?

  2. That is a great story! Are you ever going to tell the "Princess" about it? :)

  3. From the "Princess": Tammi, you made me cry. The awesome thing is that I know just how you felt. I felt that way about your mother when I was about that same age. She was so beautiful. She had the same dark hair that I did, and I hoped I could be as pretty as she was some day. She wore these fantastic cat-eye shaped glasses. When I found out in the sixth grade that I needed glasses, I wanted some just like hers, and I didn't feel self-conscious about wearing glasses because now I was more like Rita! Now I find out that Rita's daughter felt somewhat the same about me. Funny how life goes around. And, your mom had no idea of the way I felt until I told her a year or so ago. You have made my year! Love ya! BTW, the quiche turned out beautifully. Hope it was tasty!

  4. The quiche was very tasty! And now I'm a blubbering mess. This turned out to be one teary blog!

  5. Yes, indeed, and a very special one. The quiche does look delicious. Thanks for sharing such a special memory with us all.

  6. Looks fabulous, and I love the story. Isn't it amazing how you can grow up without a lot of money and not even know it? I know people now who will sit down and tell their kids how poor they the kids can do anything about it. When I was growing up, I had no clue how poor we were - my parents made us feel like we were so normal, we didn't know any different. I had to smile when you talked about getting shoes with a heel on them...I still remember my first pair of those, too! This recipe would be perfect to use up extra eggs from the coop - perhaps I'll put it on the menu for tonight! :)

  7. Awww! So sweet! And awesome recipe. I love quiche's of all kinds.


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