I’m packing and getting organized to hit the road for a few days. Both my other half and I get a little squirrely when headed for the Bay Area because every time we make a visit something peculiar happens. As I mentioned in an earlier blog, our older cat jumped out the window in the middle of the road time before last. This, after a previous visit where we went to dinner at one of our favorite Bay Area restaurants famous for their prime rib. I ordered the lumberjack cut (not really, but it was at least a Mrs. Bunyun size), with a baked potato that would have made any Idahoan puff out his chest, and fresh lemon broccoli. OMG. I hadn’t eaten all day so that I could enjoy this sumptuous dinner guilt-free. Cutting a slice off the perfectly cooked rib, I dipped it in the au jus and placed it in my mouth. Mmmmm. Biting down I heard a snap, not a good snap mind you, and suddenly found my mouth full of meat and hardware. It seemed that I had a stress fracture in my partial plate that decided to relieve the stress at precisely that moment. Nothing else to do, I deposited all this in my napkin. I looked up to find the rest of the table staring at me, and people at adjacent tables foraging madly through their plates lest they find whatever I found on my plate in their’s as well. Without the molars and assorted teeth attached to my partial, chewing was not an option, and if I smiled I looked like the before pictures on the slide show in the dentist’s office. Sigh. A waiter boxed up my dinner and I sat politely insisting my tablemates enjoyed their meals and order something sweet to wash it down with. Thankfully I’m the only one that dabbles in a little mind reading or it might have turned nasty.
So, there I was out of town on a Saturday night with no way to use my teeth and no way to fix them. That Sunday we were going to have friends and family in for a barbecue and some fun. Now, I’m not overly vain but I do draw the line at showing up with 40% of my upper teeth missing. Call it what you will. Another of my angels must have been watching over me because after numerous tries I located a dentist, truly I would have kissed his feet washed or unwashed, that was kind enough to show up on a Sunday morning and I had my teeth and most of my dignity back before the crowd arrived later on in the day.
Teeth are an issue in our family. Definitely not one of our strengths. I have struggled with mine since I was a kid, as did my mother and grandmother before me. Unfortunately, my children are now dealing with the gift that keeps on giving. My son had a retainer by the time he was four that held his two upper front teeth. This, not because he inherited bad teeth genes, but because he inherited his father’s devilish good looks. From the time the child erupted from the womb women were drawn to him as if they were paper clips and he was a magnet. As he tells it it is both a blessing and a curse, but in his heart of hearts I believe he leans toward the latter.
At four he went to pre-school, as I worked full-time. There were several early bloomers of the female persuasion that pursued him relentlessly trying to hug and kiss him. Complaints were registered daily on the drive home. Being a four-year old boy playing with his army men got much more of his attention then some clingy female insisting on planting her wee lips on his. Later on down the line puberty naturally corrected this issue. One day after dropping him off and getting my usual air kiss, I arrived at work to receive a phone call from one of the day care directors apologetically informing me that one of the young ladies, apparently rebuffed once again by my son, picked up a metal swing and aimed it in direction of his mouth knocking out both his front teeth. As they were standing in a huge sandbox at the time, the teeth naturally blended in with the environment and were lost.
After consulting a dentist, it seemed that as these were his baby teeth a retainer would need to be purchased to keep his mouth in balance. Getting a four-year old boy to keep track of a dental appliance much less keep one in his mouth is nearly impossible. I would find it stuck between the couch cushions, on the floor under his Lego’s, in his mashed potatoes, you name in. Finally our cocker spaniel, Ginger, who considered everything a food source, found it and excitedly chewed the teeth off, recycling them in the yard a day later. We chose not to have them replaced.
Soooo, I just took my partial in once again to have it repaired. It seems I need a new one. They gave me an estimate and a Tylenol for my headache after I read it.
Still, I’m feeling merry. Making pumpkin bread today and chocolate chip cookies for my stepdad. Have a great day!
I made these in a 6 slot large muffin pan. If you wish to make a larger amount double the batch and increase the cooking time accordingly. These are really handy for the holidays. I sometimes make them the day before and store them wrapped in plastic to be heated up on Christmas morning. That way you can have a cup of coffee before you put on your apron. Yummy.
You can change and vary according to what you prefer as far as fillings. I’m including some of my favorites. The basic recipe will make 6 servings.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees – Cook approximately 60 mins. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Basic Quiche Recipe
6 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. paprika
Whisk all ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Place in over toppings in muffin tin in six 1/2 cup increments.
1 pkg. frozen creamed spinach
3 oz. or about 6 Tbsp. brie, Rondele garlic and herb cheese spread, Swiss cheese or gruyere or all of the above
6 pieces of crisp bacon, crumbled
Spray pan with cooking spray. Place 1 Tbsp. of spinach in the bottom of each slot. Top with 1 Tbsp. of cheese and 1 piece of crumbled bacon. Pour 1/2 cup of egg/half and half mixture over top of each.
South of the Border
6 breakfast sausages or li’l Smokies, sliced in 1/2″ slices
3 oz. or 6 generous Tbsp. of Mexican blend cheese or Monterey Jack
6 tsp. mild green chiles (canned and drained)
1 green onion, chopped fine and divided into six shares
Layer 1 sausage each in each slot, followed by 1 Tbsp. of cheese, 1 tsp. of chilies (you can substitute jalapeno if you prefer), and 1/6 of the chopped onion.
Top with 1/2 cup of egg/half and half mixture and bake as directed above. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole if desired.
1/4 lb. ground beef
1/3 cup onion, chopped finely
3 oz. or approximately 6 Tbsp. Monterey Jack cheese
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed
Brown beef and onion until beef is thoroughly cooked. Drain. Place 1/6 of meat in each slot. Top with 1 Tbsp. of spinach, and 1 Tbsp. of cheese. Pour 1/2 cup of eggs/half and half mixture over all. Cook as directed above.