Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stop in, we do lunch around here.

Yesterday Tracey was out and about over in Star picking up some much needed clay to get herself back to work. She has many projects coming up this year, it is exciting to see how things have taken off for her.
While she was just 10 minutes away she asked if she could stop in.
I said yes and come for lunch.
Mark and I are like old farmers in that we go to work rather early and like to stop for lunch at noon.
I know that many folks don't have lunch at high noon but this has been going on here since we opened. We have found that if we start lunch it a. brings a customer or two and b. if we wait and it still brings a customer or two than it could be 1 or 2 before you have lunch.
We like to take our hour...sometimes hour and 1/2.... and then get back in the studio for the afternoon.
Neither one of us is that late night owl potter. We prefer to get out and get it done and then have some non-pottery time for other things.
I had made a feta and spinach quiche,bread, fruit ,add in pimento cheese, rice chips,pumpkin bread from Tracey and we had a great lunch.
Mark ate with us and then went back to work while Tracey and I opted to make hot tea and just chat away.
And if your ears were burning it was because we talked about you!
 Well nothing bad.... we both are fascinated by some of the wonderful,bright, talented and sharing bloggers out there.
We still feel that this diary of sharing is vital to ourselves and others.

I think we could have talked all day, but we both had lives to get back to.
As Tracey left I thought how important it has been to me to take many of the on-line relationships past the reading stage to another place.
I know it has opened up my world and made it bigger and better.

Then today a good friend stopped in to share some good news with us.
"Tea", I asked and she said yes if you have time.
Well I have learned that you have to make time and not give up some time with friends just because there is work waiting.
The work will always be there.
So to the house and the next thing you know we are pulling out all the leftovers from yesterday, heating quiche, slicing bread, pimento cheese, rice crackers, and having lunch and chat all over again.
I love January.... just for these reasons.
So we will feed you lunch and talk just tell me when.

Feta and Spinach Quiche:
slice up some onion and red pepper and as many mushrooms as you like- saute in oil and butter,add salt and pepper-set aside.
Cook spinach fresh or frozen, I used frozen, squeeze dry -set aside.
Beat 6 eggs with 1/2 cup milk and 1/4 cup flour, if you don't use flour use whatever works for you.
To the eggs add sauteed veggies, spinach, about 6-8 ounces feta cheese, about 1/2 cup cottage cheese and about 1/4 th cup Parmesan cheese.
Pour into a baking pan that has been buttered and bake at 325 for about 30-40 minutes or until brownish and cook through.
let set and serve room temp.
Or goggle up Spinach quiche....
This will serve 6 as proven by 2 lunches times 3 people per lunch.
And pots- are being made but with no camera you will just have to take my word for it.
and this picture- 2 winters ago- can you see why I am digging this winter?
This is a winter that I need, a winter that still brings sunshine and warm days.
19 tonight- so what----60 degrees is right behind this....ahhhhh.


Linda Starr said...

yeah for good home cooked food, your cooking is the best and tea in one of your pots is sure to be welcome. If you're too cold up there, stop in here, cold at night but 61 during the day today and there's local food fare adjacent my studio.

cookingwithgas said...

Hi Linda! We sure had some good food and good wine when you and gary were here---one day I am going to take you up on that visit!

Tracey Broome said...

hey there! Thanks you sooooo much for that amazing lunch! You are the best cook, everyone says so! Very happy you put the recipe up, I was going to email you and ask for it. Thanks for the therapy session, it's always good to unload your burdens and you are very helpful with that :)
xoxo lunch is on me next time

cookingwithgas said...

It was a great break for Jan- and for sure we will do it again! I think i remembered all I put in the quiche!
You listen as well- thanks!
and the pimento cheese......

Kenneth Gibbons L.L.C. said...

Started pottery as a hobby. Love it. Like your blog. Thanks, Kenneth Gibbons LLC

gz said...

Farmers' hours are good!
I like the stopping for a real (second)breakfast by nine!

I don't like working late hours either..pots made or decorated by artificial light are so often not quite right.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I know, early bird myself indeed!

Joe Troncale said...

The quiche-talk has me drooling and hungry!

cookingwithgas said...

here we are the early birds... and welcome Joe and kennth- thanks for reading and leaving a comment, makes me know that there are folks out there reading.
Quiche- such a perfect food! said...

mmm feta and spinach sounds lovely! I'm a fan of quiche but Im off the cheese since now Christmas is over I'm back on the diet (boo). Happy New Year!

cookingwithgas said...

littlewren- boo is right I would have a hard time coming off cheese!

Laurie said...

I've gotta admit, I've been hoping for a bit of snow. I agree with Tracey... goood cook!

Cynthia said...

Happy New Year! I so wish I could pop by and see what you're up to.... Maybe someday when time & money magically appear. :D
I agree with you, I think the online clay community is terrific - I really have learned so much over the years, not even really about technique or style - but really getting a better understanding of the person behind the clay.

cookingwithgas said...

Laurie- no snow girl- no! but thanks about the cook!
Cynthia- I hope to see you back in clay one day soon!

Anonymous said...

hi meredith,
i've always got time for lunch, even when i don't have time for lunch. maybe one of these days i'll just be passin' through and take you up on some quiche and tea.

smartcat said...

Food with friends....who could ask for more?

I've only been blogging a few months; it's so joyful to find so many wonderful potters and others out in the world.

Cold over for a few days...up in the 50's for the next few days. I got my fill of snow last year. Talking to my brother in N.H. last night....they are hurting for are being cancelled all over the state.

I haven't made quiche in ages....good idea!

cookingwithgas said...

you all need to come for lunch- come on over!