Home Grown Cooking. . .Quiche

One of my anticipations this time of year is that of being able to do cooking with home grown herbs and veggies.

Nothing like a few fresh goodies from the garden to make a Spring and Summer time meal so luscious.

I’ve created a little vignette in my kitchen window of what’s yet to come.


My friend, Joyce gave me the pattern for the herb sampler years ago.  It was fun to make and I still love it!

This Rosemary has been in my window sill all winter.  I have enjoyed being able to snip from it.  Perfect in pot roast and Rosemary red potatoes.  Soon It will return to the garden.


Nothing quite like the fresh scents of Lavender or Sage from the garden.  This bundle of Lavender I gathered at a farm on my gal pal trip to OR last July.


On Sunday hubby and I were watching General Conference for our church. I decided to make a recipe from my Pinterest board, ‘Breakfast Anyone?’  Here’s where I got the original pin:http://www.zuhausathome.com/paula-deens-potato-crusted-ham-quiche/

Potato Crusted Ham Quiche


After looking over the recipe I was delighted to see that I was able to use something from the garden.

Our early Spring gardens are all that’s planted this time of year so there’s not much we can use yet. However some of my herbs are at the perfect stage.

The recipe called for chives.  Yes, I have plenty of those!

For some of you with your gardens in full bloom you may have had the red pepper, onion, and potatoes that it called for also.  Many of you have ‘your girls’ that would provide you with home grown, (or should I say laid) eggs.

This is what the herb garden looks like right now.


Pretty sparse and barren.

But, oh baby look at what’s to come!






Here’s the recipe for the quiche if you’d like to try it.  It was super yummy!  We served ours with salsa and I added a tad of sour cream to mine.  Delicious!


1 cup ham, fully cooked and chopped

2 cups of potatoes, raw and shredded

1/4 cup onion, minced

1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely diced

1 Tbsp. chives, finely chopped

3 eggs, separated

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

3/4 cup smoked Gouda cheese, grated (I used Smokey Muenster)

1 cup evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. salt (optional)

1/4 tsp. pepper


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray quiche pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl mix the potatoes, onion, pepper, chives, 1 beaten egg and salt and pepper to taste.

Press potato mixture evenly into crust, shape up the side and on the bottom of the pan and spray again.

Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned on edges.

In a mixing bowl, combine the two cheeses.

Remove crust from oven and layer the following: ham first, and then cheese mixture on top.

In a bowl, beat together evaporated milk, 2 eggs, paprika, salt and pepper.

Pour mixture on top of cheese and return to oven.

Bake about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the pie comes out clean.

Allow to cool at least five minutes.





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Christina Paul said...

How fun and fresh! That herb sampler is too adorable- wish I was better with a needle and thread

priscilla said...

Love your stitchery ! So nice to be able to garden again :)

NanaDiana said...

Jann- That sounds great. I love quiche AND your sampler is just beautiful- xo Diana

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Jann, I am so looking forward to seeing your herb garden come to fruition. Thanks for sharing such lovely photographs today...well all days!

Sue xo

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Wow, your herb garden looks amazing when it is in production mode! Soon enough it will look like that again :) I love cooking with herbs and I'm so glad things are starting to grow again. Your quiche sounds so good!

Gina said...

The quiche looks great and I love your sampler too!

Unknown said...

Beautiful sampler and gorgeous herb garden. Just looking at it makes me drool.

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful herb garden you have and I know that when you walk past it in the summer - the smell is heavenly!

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Your sampler is lovely, but Oh My Gosh all your herbs made my heart leap.

Michele said...

Wow- this was a very informative post.

I love your committment to make fresh foods more often, you rock.

Your quiche recipe is very different from ones I usually make- will have to try that sometime!

And I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your awesome herb garden - WOW!!!


Creations By Cindy said...

The quiche is making me hungry but I am inlove wth your herb garden! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

The quiche looks and sounds yummy.
I like using rosemary in a lot of dishes, but have never been able to keep a plant alive. Looks like your herb garden does great.
Hope you are having a great week.

Old Time Cindy said...

You have a great herb garden when it's at its peak. So pretty and full. I love having herbs in the garden.
Farmhouse hugs,

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I might have had chives ready to eat last year at this time, I think they are still snow covered this year. The quiche sounds good. I have to pin it so I remember to try it.

Sumaya at Evocative Vintage said...

Jann, your herb garden is lovely. So great to be able to use your home grown herbs in your cooking!:)


must love junk said...

Such great pictures! I love your little lavender bundle :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Jan this quiche sounds so good and fresh herbs from your garden make it even better! I love the photos and hope to make my garden a little bit prettier this year.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I am envious of your rosemary. I can never get mine to live. The quiche looks yummy. I had bought some fresh green beans and made stir fry with them tonight..fresh is best!

Kris said...

Oh Yum!!!! You have a lot growing already!!!
xo Kris

Maureen Wyatt said...

Samplers and herbs make a heavenly post to me! I'm down to the very last of the ones I preserved last fall and they are calling for snow on Friday. sigh

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I have a beautiful rosemary plant that I picked up last month. I plan on getting it out onto the porch once the weather warms up. I also have some lavender which I have on the porch already. I will get other herbs in a month or so. It's still too cold here for them to last very long outdoors. Your garden looks beautiful! It's inspired me.

The Farmers Daughter said...

Jann! You're inspiring me! I'm making a new garden out our back door and want to fill it with herbs and veggies. I'm waiting for a few pretty days to get started--but it won't be long!
Love your vignettes!
Spring Hugs,

Art and Sand said...

We only have a few herbs planted, but when I retire, I hope to have a veggie garden. I have a black thumb so I don't know how it will go.

Unknown said...

I grow tomatoes, onions, and usually some melon. I have tried several times to grow herbs with no luck. The problem is that I have a very small house & no natural light in the kitchen, & no space to grow indoor. Do you know any herbs that will be hardy outside? Lavender will, but I don't use it much. They are beautiful though! Love your post!

Micupoftea said...

I love herbs! Been growing them and attending Herb Fairs for years. Isn't rosemary with potatoes delicious? I use herbs in my Fairy Garden and like to plant herbs together in themes: Lemon Balm next to our Lemon Tree, etc.
Hugs :)

Krista said...

I absolutely love your stitchery! I am starting all my herbs right now and this would be so perfect! I love needlework. Thanks for a great post! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your herb garden is mush and it's like I can smell the different plnats from here. I used to have one that I had to give up, but I'm rebeginning a new one this year as soon as the weather turns to spring...

Debra at HOMESPUN: http://www.thehomespun.com said...

You are SO creative, all of the time! I love that sampler. That recipe looks great. I sent most leftovers home with my sons but I froze a small bag of Easter Ham for ME and this might be what I use it for! I have a co-worker that loves ham ; I think I shall show her this as well! :)

Anonymous said...

First off, I can't get over how well your rosemary does indoors. I can't for the life of me keep mine alive indoors, they seem to dry out within a few weeks. Your mature herb garden is so beautiful and makes my heart yearn for them. I gave mine up 12 years ago to satisfy the family with a swimming pool. (I, know, sad day). Don't be surprised to find me sitting in the middle of your garden with a book in hand just basking in the aroma and beauty. And thanks for the yummy recipe, I will be trying this for the next conference.

Unknown said...

I'm so envious of your herb garden!! I can't grow one....maybe it's just too darn hot in Texas or else my green thumb went brown! LOL!! Love the recipe...will definitely try it!~~Angela

Rose L said...

I make a great Quiche Lorraine! Mmmmmmmm!

Kathy said...

This looks delicious -would make it for dinner - tomorrow night - we're going out tonight! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,