"For finding your mother,
there's one certain test.
You must look for the
one who loves you the best."
~ David Kirk
Wishing all of you a happy Mother's Day spent with
those who love you the best.
When The Baker asked if I'd like to go out for dinner on Mother's Day I declined. Instead, I told him how I'd like to spend the day. I want to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the Chicago Tribune. I'd like to putter a bit in the garden before a brunch of bagels and lox with all the trimmings and more of the Trib. In the afternoon, perhaps an old movie or a nap or both. Dinner can be his choice as long as it includes a small steak, mushrooms simmered in wine, a few roasted potatoes and an excellent bottle of wine. I would, of course, be the happiest spending it with the children but they are far away.
If lox and bagels aren't your thing, perhaps this spinach pie might be the perfect alternative. Although the spinach didn't come from the White House's south lawn garden, it was still quite delicious. I did make a few changes to the recipe that appeared in the magazine section of the Tribune last Sunday.
White House Spinach Pie from Michelle Obama and slightly "tweaked" by me
1 9-inch unbaked pie crust
2 Tbsp olive oil
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 pound fresh spinach, washed and dried
Salt and Pepper to taste
a pinch of nutmeg (optional)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup 1 or 2% milk
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 tsp thyme (fresh if you have it)
6 ounces feta cheese, finely crumbled
8 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion for about five minutes (until transparent), add the garlic and saute another minute. Add the spinach, a little at a time, and cook until wilted down.
Pour off as much liquid in the pan as possible and season with the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Set aside to cool.
2. Whisk together the eggs, half and half and milk. Add the lemon zest and thyme. Stir in the spinach mixture, the feta cheese and half of the Swiss cheese and mix well.
3. Set the pie pan on a rimmed baking sheet and pour the spinach mixture in. Sprinkle the remainder of the Swiss cheese evenly over the top.
4. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes until the center of the pie is set. Cool for ten minutes.