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Well, yesterday was National Astronomy Day (the date changes yearly) and I had my supper and stargazing party. I ended up with two quiche and I used Martha Stewart's recipe for the spinach and gruyere which you can see in this month's Living edition. I also found a recipe for a bacon and zucchini quiche that used gruyere so I didn't need to purchase two cheeses.

Recipe also available at

I learned a few valuable lessons.
1) Rotate quiche so one doesn't brown (didn't burn) too heavily in the back of the oven.
2) Rolling out quiche crust is hard. (I just used my fingers to push it in place.)
3) I have amazing friends.

Food Menu:
2 quiche: spinach and gruyere as well as turkey bacon, zucchini, and gruyere
1 large spring mix salad with a small amount of feta, walnuts, raspberries and blueberries with a raspberry walnut vinaigrette
fruit skewers with watermelon cut out into stars. (I called them shooting stars and comets)

Drink Menu:
3 various white wines
1 rose wine
unsweetened iced tea
water with lemon balm from my garden

Thank you all for your wonderful ideas from my previous post. I decided on a fruity salad with a little bit of feta and an acidic vinaigrette as suggested.

Stargazing Invite








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May. 11th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Looks like a great party ... good food, drink and great friends. :)

Quiche pastry shouldn't be that hard to roll out though. There are lots of great recipes out there. I used this one with great success.

PS: You can always make a 'crustless' quiche as well.

Edited at 2014-05-11 07:55 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2014 08:37 pm (UTC)
I followed the recipe for the crust exactly and I left it in the fridge overnight as suggested but it was so difficult to roll. My method of pinching it into place worked well enough and it tasted great.

I was thinking of doing a crustless quiche in muffin tins to see how that goes.
May. 11th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sometimes the crust needs to warm up a bit at room temperature before you roll it out, especially if the fridge is 'really' cold.

I've made pat-in crusts in the past when I was looking for an easy no-roll version. I remember my dad's reaction to the result, he ate it without comment but later on he said he really hadn't liked it. Individual quiches in muffin tins are a good idea especially as appetizers for parties or to pack in a lunch box for all ages.
May. 11th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
If I try to make my own crust again I may try the recipe you offered. Thanks!
May. 11th, 2014 09:51 pm (UTC)
I use a different pastry recipe for fruit and pot pies that you might want to give a try as well. I last used it for an apple pie.

Edited at 2014-05-11 09:53 pm (UTC)
May. 11th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
What a fun idea and I love the invitation! The food looks awesome, too.
May. 11th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
In case you want to follow my lead, check online because National Astronomy Day falls on a different day each year.

If I lived up north where it was cooler I would have waited until mid-summer for this party but that is imply torture in Florida.
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