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The 6-Inch Quiche: Endless Change-Ups!

The 6-Inch Quiche: Endless Change-Ups!

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Today’s post is another favorite use for the 6-inch tart crust.  This time we’re going savory with an easy quiche recipe to which you can add any fillings you like.  The one I made this morning was ham and parmesan, because that’s what I had handy, but you could do any combination of meat/ cheese/ veg that sounds good to you.  My personal favorite is baby spinach and artichoke hearts, followed closely by bacon and caramelized onion– too bad I didn’t have any of those in my fridge today…

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My Favorite (Quick!) Tart Crust

My Favorite (Quick!) Tart Crust

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I admit that I love cute little pans, and I have many of them.  But, oh, what you can do with a 6-inch tart pan!  If you only have a 6-inch cake or pie pan, this will still work, it just won’t have the cute tart shape.  In any case, tart pans are not expensive (Sur La Table), so I would encourage you to get one if you are inclined.

This crust is easy, quick, cholesterol free, and can be used for a million fillings– from sweet to savory and back again; from baked to fresh to chilled to frozen– this is your baby! (Or at least it’s my baby, haha.)  Just think of the possibilities!  But you have to start somewhere, and today we start with the crust.

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Secret of Summer Cheese Burger

Secret of Summer Cheese Burger

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It’s time.  Maybe past time.  The Secret of Summer Cheeseburger is smoking on my (little) grill, and the fireflies are out here at the Small Table.  Perfect summer nights require perfect summer food, and this burger is #1 on that list.  A few years ago, I was watching my favorite guy-who-wears-a-bowtie, Chris Kimball (formerly of America’s Test Kitchen on PBS).  He was talking about how you may not want to grill a burger that is not all the way cooked through for a child.  I had to agree.  His answer to this was simple and awesome, and even though I like a good medium-burger sometimes, I have found the Chris Kimball method rocks the taste and texture, as well as the moisture content of a well-grilled burger.

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Breakfast Frittata in the 8-inch Skillet

Breakfast Frittata in the 8-inch Skillet

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I love my 8-inch skillet, and this recipe is one big reason.  Breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for dinner– whatever you fancy, this frittata will fit the bill.  I use a couple of ‘convenience products’ so that it comes together quickly:  evaporated milk and frozen shredded hash browns.  I also switch out the mix-ins to match my mood.  Ham can be bacon or sausage.  Green onion can be red or white onion or artichokes or spinach or mushrooms or peppers.  Mozzarella cheese can be ricotta or cheddar or Monterrey Jack.  Today, we’ll stick with the basics.

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Marinara #1: Simple & Smooth

Marinara #1: Simple & Smooth

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This is my fastest, simplest marinara– and so much better than store-bought.  It is a real treasure, because it is luscious and slow-simmered, but can still be on the table in half an hour.  I know that sounds like a contradiction, but the truth is that “slow” doesn’t have to mean “all day.”  Generally, flavors can meld with a good 20-25 minute simmer after bringing the sauce to a full boil.  I had the chance to test this theory several months ago when I suddenly got a call that friends were coming to dinner– and would be at the Small Table in 45 minutes.  Yikes!!

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Potato and Greens with Maple-Pecan Vinaigrette

Potato and Greens with Maple-Pecan Vinaigrette

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Throw together this fantastic salad before asparagus season ends.  It has been a favorite at the Small Table for several years; even Little S. will eat it!  The inspiration for this dish came from a photo I once saw in a library book.  I have no idea how that book-salad tasted, but the idea of nuts in a dressing left me with a crazy desire to re-create.  The result is this potato/asparagus/spinach combination topped with my fantasy-version of the dressing I saw.  Delicious and nutritious.  Read on.

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The Chilean Ave Palta: Simple Sandwich Perfection

The Chilean Ave Palta: Simple Sandwich Perfection

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The first time I lived in Chile was as a student.  Chile is as long as the U.S. is wide, so I traveled as much as I could and saw an astounding array of climates, architecture, imposing mountains, extraordinary beaches, and all sorts of other amazements– even penguins!  In a town in the south, right about the point where the islands start to break off, a friend and I were eating in a little restaurant.  As soon as my eyeballs spotted ‘ave palta’ on the menu, I knew my choice was made.  Chileans have their own cherished words for common things– words that differ from the rest of the Spanish-speaking world.  They are very proud of this, and I found it endlessly charming.  Where most would say ‘pollo,’ many Chileans artfully style their chicken ‘ave’ (or ‘bird.’)  Similarly, avocado in Chile is ‘palta,’ and is used in a much simpler preparation than in Mexican guacamole.

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Roasted Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Lemon Zest

Roasted Asparagus Flatbread with Goat Cheese & Lemon Zest

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I am so excited when I see the first asparagus coming into the markets in the spring!  The sight of those little stalks is a current of freshness that takes hold in my brain and moves me to buy lemons, strawberries, green onions, and practically any other little fresh green thing I see.  Today’s small luxury also has the benefit of being simple and quick to make:  you can think of it, make it, and eat it in half an hour with almost no effort and almost no clean-up.  Don’t we all have days when that hits the mark?

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Creamy Mac & Cheese for One

Creamy Mac & Cheese for One

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My favorite sign at the farmers market where I used to sell belonged to the cheesemonger:  Sweet dreams are made of cheese– Who am I to diss a brie?  Wahaha!  I know it probably originated elsewhere.  But I love Annie Lennox, and I love cheese, so I totally laughed out loud. This single-serve mac & cheese is a combination of three cheeses plus some heavy cream. So don’t eat it every day.  But when you’re really in the mood for cheesy goodness that is also quick and easy to make, you’ve got it right here.

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Meatball Tortellini Spring Soup for One

Meatball Tortellini Spring Soup for One

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I saw this soup on the cover of a magazine at the grocery store last year, and it was just screaming “Spring!” to me.  Simple enough to re-create, I thought, and I was definitely not disappointed.  This soup is fast, fast, fast and easy.  Perfect for a busy weeknight when you wish the weather weren’t so chilly.  I rely on pre-made chicken broth, tortellini and organic turkey meatballs to speed things up, but if you love to make any of those items from scratch, I will certainly not stand in your way.  A homemade meatball would be a stellar addition to this soup.

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Cheddar & Garlic Biscuit for One

Cheddar & Garlic Biscuit for One

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Wondering what to eat today?  This quick, delicious, adaptable biscuit is the answer you’ve been searching for.  Well, at least it was the answer I was searching for this morning.  The virtues of this biscuit are many, but let’s start with the fact that you don’t cut in any cold butter– an especial pet peeve of mine.  Next, it is a drop biscuit, so no flour on your counter top, or dirty rolling pin to clean up.  Last, you can change up the flavor in so many ways, depending on the meal and whatever you fancy today.  I have the utmost respect for the perfect Southern buttermilk biscuit, which this is not.  But sometimes I have even more respect for something lightning-quick and totally delicious, which this is.

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Silky Alfredo Sauce with Chicken & Broccoli

Silky Alfredo Sauce with Chicken & Broccoli

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The beauty, or rather, the luxury of a great small recipe is that you can use judicious amounts of luscious ingredients–precisely because it is small. Eat it; savor it; it’s gone.   Then it’s back to eating mostly healthy food.  You may have heard this referred to as the 80/20 rule:  80% healthy food, 20% indulgence.  It has totally worked for me long-term, which is why I love some good heavy cream and egg yolks when a great recipe is begging for them!

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Biggest Surprise: The Tuna Burger

Biggest Surprise: The Tuna Burger

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When I was in college, a friend of mine suggested we make tuna burgers for dinner.  I’m a little abashed to say that I actually laughed out loud at the suggestion.   Whoa, what?  That sounded–well, I don’t know–I guess it just sounded like something I didn’t want to have for dinner.  But I am here to tell you, many many tuna burgers later, that this is my total burger thing when I’m not yet ready to pull out my grill and flame-up an actual beef burger.  By Memorial Day, I will want that.  But right now is the right time for a surprisingly tasty alternative.

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Springtime Creamy Tomato Soup for One

Springtime Creamy Tomato Soup for One

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For some reason my nostalgic memories of the tomato soup brand I ate when I was growing up do not match the actual taste of it when I eat it now.  How can this be? I think it’s akin to when I finally went back as an adult to see the house where I lived as a child. It had seemed so spacious to me then:  full of nooks and play places, room to crash around, build forts, dress up, and generally be mildly mischievous.  But oh how tiny it was when I finally saw it again!  Maybe this has happened to you.  Anyway, {X}-brand tomato soup just doesn’t do it for me anymore.  I need something luscious and creamy, a little spicy, and yep–quick to make.

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Black Bean Soup for One

Black Bean Soup for One

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Spring evenings are possibly my favorite times to eat soup.  You can feel the warm weather knocking at your door, but by dinner there’s still a little chill in the air.  Too cold for salad or a burger, there’s nothing better at this dinner-moment than cozying up to a warm bowl of soup.  This Black Bean Soup for One can support all of your favorite Mexican-style toppings– and for that reason alone it has earned my love!  It’s also delicious plain, so use what you have.  The other huge bonus to this recipe is that it’s so very convenient and quick to put together.

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Chana Masala (Indian-Spiced Chickpeas) for One

Chana Masala (Indian-Spiced Chickpeas) for One

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This is a “my evening plans got cancelled” meal that will make you glad you stayed home!  I love Indian food, and I love it made fresh.  This meal comes together in just over half an hour, and is just as good as going out.  If you enjoy a no-meat meal every so often, fire up your oven, turn on your stove, and in no time you’ll have your own bit of spicy luxury.

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Pasta Night Upgrade: The Tortellini-Sausage Skillet

Pasta Night Upgrade: The Tortellini-Sausage Skillet

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Pasta and sauce has long been the choice in-a-rush meal here at the Small Table.  There are three long-simmer sauces that I like to make when I have time (recipes to come), but in a pinch a good jar-sauce can be a wonderful thing.  Upgrade your standard pasta-and-sauce dinner with some sausage, parmesan, mozzarella, and tortellini.  This makes enough to have a little for lunch the next day, which can be just what you need when you’re short on time.

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No-Fail Oven-Baked Rice for One

No-Fail Oven-Baked Rice for One

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After spending a couple of years living in a country where white rice is served on most days, I came home having had my true fill of it.   I was totally out of reasons to eat rice, and knew I needed a break!  However, rice is a delicious and totally versatile food.   How to rekindle the magic?  First, let a hefty amount of time pass.  Then, set yourself up with a totally fool-proof, endlessly adaptable new rice-cooking method:

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