Sunday, November 13, 2011

Quiche Lorraine

Have you ever eaten miniature quiche?  If you have, chances are you fell in love with them because they are absolutely phenomenal!  Anytime I perused around Costco or Sam's Club, I searched the demo stands for the miniature quiche and by-golly I succeeded about 75% of the time.

Considering that I have the world of cuisine at my fingertips and a heart for attempting new tricks, I have decided to attempt to make my very own recipe of Quiche Lorraine...Or as Brian likes to call it to push my button (Kee-che Loren). This is one French dish that gets my stamp of approval for being fun, easy and positively delicious!

So grab your aprons and oven mitts, because I'm heading back into my kitchen and today we're headed toward France. Bon Voyage! Al vida zein!  Sianara! Ok sorry, I got carried away...

So here's what you'll need!
-4 eggs
-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
-3 green onions
-1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
-8 slices cooked bacon
-1 pre-made pie crust (let's keep this easy people)
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1/2 tsp  nutmeg

1. Follow the instructions on the pre-made pie crust.  If for they're not available and the crust is froze, your best bet is to let it thaw for 10 minutes then poke it evenly with a fork and bake it in the oven for 8 minutes on 350 degrees (Poking the pie crust evenly allows the crust to bake evenly without air bubbles)
2. While the pie crust is in the oven, shred the Swiss cheese with a cheese shredder.  I will be very surprised if you found pre-shredded Swiss cheese...and if you did, please tell me where you found it!

 3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
4. Cook 8 strips of bacon on medium heat and once finished, place them on a plate covered with paper towel (The paper towel absorbs the excess grease from the bacon)
5. Chop the bacon coarsely 
6. Place the bacon and cheese atop the pie crust

7. Finely chop the green onion
8. Whisk all the remaining ingredients together and place it over the cheese and bacon
9. Bake the quiche for 15 minutes on 375 then lower the temperature to 350 for another twenty minutes or until golden brown

Serve warm and enjoy!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kinneret Cafe

Let me ask you, why is it that all the best restaurants are the smallest ones? Don't use that last statement as factual data, but I have a running record that the best places (i.e. best service, best food, best deals) are in all the small places.

Our once-a-week date night has continued to be a great success! I'm happy to say that Brian and I have officially found a fool-proof date idea that leaves us feeling full and warm inside (who doesn't like that feeling?).  The second week we visited the Kinneret Cafe located on Plainfield Rd. It is an interestingly diverse restaurant.  Combining a few categories such as vegetarian, Israeli, and Middle-Eastern cuisine, Kinneret Cafe gets an "A+" for attracting a pallet that is open-minded and curious.

It is a small restaurant with a big heart.  The service was impeccable! Never did we have an empty glass of water (in my eyes, that is one of a few staples of good service), and never did we have to look around to see where the waitress/waiter was.  We were well-served yet not annoyed with a constant-appearing third party.

Don't let the vegetarian description shoo you away, you meat loving savages.  Everything was absolutely delicious!  The food is so hearty that I'm sure even Brian forgot there wasn't any meat at the table.  They have an interesting array of panini's and a wonderful assortment entrees.  For starters, we had the mazzo ball soup.  This is a must try. The only complaint I have about the soup is that the cup wasn't big enough! Don't get me wrong, it was plenty, but I wanted more. We continued with a delicious Mediterranean Plate and finally a Tuna and Avocado Panini.  Yes, I said tuna and avocado.  Don't knock it till ya try it.  The bread was perfectly toasted and there was just enough avocado on the sandwich. We ended the evening with a perfectly sized dessert called rugelach.  It was basically a croissant baked with chocolate, yum.  Let me specify that Brian and I entered the doors absolutely starving, split everything we ate and still left feeling satisfied.

If you're curious about where to find this lovely eatery, read the information below and follow the website!

Happy dining and  bon appetit!

The Kinneret Cafe

8316 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Phone: 513-791-1777

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jean Paul's Paradiso

Brian and I have started a new tradition and a fabulous one at that.  We have date night once a week and go to different restaurants to surprise our pallet.  I'm not talking your usual chain restaurants that are located within a mile radius of each other. I'm talking authentic, heart-warming, delicious foods and experiences.  I've just now decided that I am going to include a post about each experience from here on out, so brace yourself--Christina's Kitchen is going out for dinner (only once a week of course).

The quaint restaurant is called Jean Paul's Paradiso (hence the title of the post).  This place is so small that we almost passed it twice while on the hunt.  It is located in the heart of Anderson Township, probably quite a drive for some of you and even plane ride for a majority of you.  I apologize, my restaurant choices will be biased towards the Cincinnati area for the time being,  Anyway, I looked up the menu online, and it looked magnificent! This menu was beautifully worded with ingredients such as portobello mushrooms, fresh Parmesan cheese and "the best pizza in the universe!".  It caught my attention and considering it was my turn to pick the place, it was a done deal. The menu has a wide array of salads, soups, pastas and most importantly...pizzas. I highly recommend the 

The restaurant is attached to a gas station and has only a few spots reserved for their customers, but those lucky few will be in for a treat.  Everything is made fresh and you can smell the aromas as you enter the class doors.  Jean Paul is a charming man who puts all into his food.  His side kick, (whom I shamefully forgot her name but I believe it's Jeanie), is very welcoming and goes out of her way to ensure you are comfortable and satisfied.

I could go on all day about this little Italian eatery. Take it from me, you MUST try this place to understand why I recommend this to anyone who is looking for something fun, NEW and positively delicious!

Not a risk taker when it comes to food? Check it out before visiting...