good eats

It's a foodie kind of day. Going through my photos, I realized I've been taking pics of food here and there to share with y'all but then have forgotten to post them.

I've been making this heavenly salad for years. It's scrumptious and kind of girlie...perfect for bridal and baby showers. I say girlie because my husband is never quite fully satisfied after I serve this for a meal. He's back in the kitchen looking for more soon afterwards. But don't let that deter you! It's SOOOO good. You serve the chicken warm over top of the cold greens with the crunch of toasted almonds and the creamy, tangy lemon dressing. Oh, yeah.

Here's the recipe from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks. Hope you can read it OK.  Note:  I used a panko coating instead of flour.
We only have two hens that are laying eggs right now but, man alive, we always seem to have a couple dozen eggs in the fridge. The kids aren't huge fans of scrambled eggs (although they and my husband do eat them) and I don't like eggs on their own at all, so I'm always looking for ways to use up those lovely eggs. For us, quiche and overnight casserole are great egg-user-uppers.

See that quiche below?  It was gone within 10 minutes.  In our bellies.  It was a partially-baked crust with balsamic-drizzled grape tomatoes, feta, swiss (i know, sounds weird, right?), & fresh spinach topped with a mixture of 4 eggs, cream, sea salt and fresh herbs (chives, oregano, basil). I'm thinking we should have it again this week!
And then the overnight casserole is basically the same egg mixture that's soaked overnight into thick bread layered with ham, roasted red peppers, and swiss.

Have you ever cooked with garlic scapes before? They're the green shoot of the hard-neck garlic bulb and gardeners/farmers cut them off so the plant's energy goes to the bulb. The market guy said they're only available 3 weeks a year. I'd seen them there every year but had never tried them. Well, this was the year. I'm so glad I snatched some up at the Saturday market (they were flying out of there like hot cakes!) You can use them like a chive/green onion but they taste like garlic. I've been chopping them up into everything.....my bruschetta, my veggie pasta, my garlic bread. Besides being yummy, they're just adorable....all curly and pretzel-shaped.
The eggs also go into many a dough around these parts.  And, YES, I allow my children the pure pleasure in life of eating RAW cookie dough.  Gasp!  Dough was one of the highlights of my childhood and I certainly wasn't going to deny them that out of raw-egg-fear.  (They're coming from our backyard anyways!)  Who am I kidding, cookie dough is STILL one of life's highlights for me!  Anyhoo, Ina Garten's Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk cookies are our family's fav.  Recipe here* and found in this lovely cookbook.  *A couple of notes about the recipe:  it calls for 1/2lb of unsalted butter which is TWO sticks.  I'm clarifying that because someone had posted the recipe online saying that 1/2lb was one stick....fail.  I always double the recipe because I make them big and they don't last long.  I don't ever flatten them with a fork.  And it is absolutely imperative that you bake them for exactly 17 minutes and not a moment longer.  They will actually look under-baked but cool to perfection.  Sorry I don't have a photo of the finished cookies! (The photo below is of energy balls NOT the cookies.)
Eli helped me make energy balls recently.  I looked over a ton of recipes for them on Pinterest and ended up tweaking them to make up my own.  This was so long ago that I don't completely remember what was in there but here is sweet Elise's recipe if you're a recipe-needing kind of person.  I do remember using ground flax, oats, peanut butter, wheat germ, cinnamon, honey, sea salt and chocolate chips.

And, finally, as long as we're on the subject of food, you'll want to know about this rad bakery in Savannah. My mom bought their cookbook for me before I left so it was much fun to see it in real life. And taste it, too. :) Us girls agreed that the best treats were the lavender sandwich cookies and the moist fresh strawberry cupcakes.




If I had a bakery, it would look like this!

OK, I must go eat!
Have a lovely day!
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  1. thank you SO much for the yummy recipes! i am always drooling over your yummy food! i cannot wait to begin harvesting from our gardens to use the fresh goodness! :)
    that overnight casserole looks amazing...well, it all does!

    we LOVE those energy balls, too!

  2. Oh my dear goodness! This post makes me soooooo happy! Can we please have a meal together! :) Your dishes always look so drool worthy! And I love that you let them eat raw cookie dough. Everyone should do this! I made some cookies like Ina's for our farmer's market. Nice and big and perfectly chewy! They flew off my table FAST!
    God bless you and your blog Megan. It is such beautiful piece of space that you have created.
    And that bakery! Don't even get me started! :)

  3. i want to go to that bakery.

  4. But wait- no recipe for the quiche? (Or was it in that same cookbook you linked to?)

    It all looks scrumptious! We've got 9 laying hens and I am *all about* using up eggs whenever we can.

    Regular reader but rare commenter,

  5. And if you had a bakery, I would visit everyday!

  6. Would love the quiche recipe- looks awesome!!


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