Basic Quiche Recipe

To make a good quiche you need to start with a good pie crust you can make your own or a good quality store bought is fine also.

Par-bake the crust or brush with egg white prior to filling.

Now about the quiche.  Once you learn the basics you can make any type you like.  I like a mix of vegetable and protein, the goal is to end up with about 4 cups of liquid if using a standard 9″ pie pan.

The basic list of ingredients are;

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups choice of  cheese; cheddar, feta, Monterey jack, Parmesan, mozzarella, even cottage cheese but if you choose a soft cheese cut down on the milk and simply increase cheese.
  • 1/2 – 1  cup Choice of vegetable;  spinach, asparagus, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, par cooked broccoli, etc
  • 1/2 – 1  cup Choice of protein; shrimp, crab meat, ham, cooked and crumbled bacon…
  • 1/2  Milk, half and half or heavy cream.
  • Seasonings to suit the combination.  Some of my favorites to use are dill, black or red pepper, hot sauce and parsley.
  • 1 T Flour

First off I start mixing the milk,  eggs and seasonings  in a large 8 cup glass mixing bowl, if you do not have one with measurements consider getting one they are rather handy.  Sprinkle flour over shredded cheese and toss. Add cheese, vegetables and protein to mix.  I try to make sure that I am measuring about 4 cups.  So I will add a little more cheese, vegetable or protein to make up the difference.

Pour into par-baked pie crust (homemade or store bought) Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes.  Use a knife in center to see if it comes out clean.  Allow to set for a few minutes before cutting.  Serve with a garden salad, fresh cut fruits or with some croissants.

Some of my favorite combinations are:

Feta, spinach, mushroom  and bacon – dill and pepper are the only seasonings.

Crab, shrimp and cheddar / jack mix, onion, garlic,  a tsp of Old Bay® , dash of hot sauce and parsley in this one!

Asparagus spears arranged in bottom of pan then on top again are pretty and Monterey

Another asparagus version is to use cottage cheese or ricotta, delete milk and 1/2 cup of mozzarella





Minimum Cooking Temperature for safe meat.

Cooking food to proper minimum internal temperature helps to reduce certain harmful bacteria to acceptable levels.  The following temperatures for meats and seafood are those recommended by the FDA for restaurants but you can use the same temperatures at home for safe cooking.


145 ° – Whole pieces of meat including;  beef, pork, lamb.  *

145 ° – Seafood including; shellfish, fish and crustaceans.

155 ° – Ground Meat or  Ground Seafood.  Also meats that have been injected with flavor or tenderized.

165 ° – All poultry

Maryland Soft Crab Sandwich

Sue's Soft Crab SandwichWhat is better for a summer time Sunday dinner than a Maryland style soft crab sandwich.   After a day out on the water we were looking for a quick and easy dinner.   The first idea tossed about was soft crabs.  So, off to Vince’s Crab House in Middle River we went.  We opted for the $5 size, a perfect fit on a sandwich and a pound of in store made cold slaw.  Brenda the owner, took time to clean them for me at no additional charge.    A quick  stop at the grocery and back home.

A lite dredge in my special seasoning blend, lots of butter in my favorite cast iron fry pan on a medium high heat and sizzle, sizzle cook till brown on both sides and make sure it is 145° internal temperature.  While they were cooking I grilled two large Portabella mushrooms.

The only items missing from this delicious meal was fresh Maryland tomato, but I guess we will have to wait a few more weeks for that.



We are celebrating our 2nd Year in Business!

SMF Training Happy 2nd Anniversary to SMF Training Solutions. I can not believe that it has been two years since we started out. I have enjoyed teaching so many amazing students. Here is looking forward to many more years of ServSafe® Manager Trainings, writing HACCP Plans and sharing all that I know about the hospitality business with wonderful clients.