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Crustless Asparagus Quiche


By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

When I started to write this, it was a beautiful day at the end of February…one of the few above zero with no wind or snow!! I decided to dust off my X-country skis and try out the snowmobile trail in the ditch, made especially for me. As I’m sailing down the ditch, (sure I am) my neighbor opened the window and shouted out that my skiing looked like a gold (it was right during the Olympics)…at least I stayed upright! This was the winter we savored any nice day because the next day a blizzard could blow in...and it did!

Now we’re nearing the end of March…the Vernal Equinox has come and gone and the skyscraper tall snow drifts along the roadside have melted down so we can see over them once again! Winter is finally letting go. When we step out the door a warm wind blows, we hear the happy sounds of spring and also the smell of spring is in the air. The seasons are changing, which is one of the best parts of living here. (I sure hope the robins don’t need three snows on their tails for spring to actually come.)

With the new flower and seed catalogs arriving daily, it’s a perfect time to sit down with a cup of coffee and page through them, dreaming of the first day that we will actually be able to get out and dig in the dirt.

But first things first…we have to take inventory of what is left in the freezer from last summer….my husband is a firm believer in depleting all of last years frozen produce before the new garden starts to grow. Since asparagus is the first to peak out of the ground and give us the first taste of spring, the frozen asparagus will be the first to go. I have the perfect recipe in which to use asparagus….a crustless asparagus quiche. It is perfect for a brunch…easy and soooo delicious.

Crustless Asparagus Quiche

2 C shredded Swiss cheese

salt, pepper,

½ C half & half

½ C mayonnaise

3 eggs

2 T flour

½ tsp. seasoned salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/8 C dried onion

1 C diced ham

1 C diced asparagus – fresh or frozen (thawed)



Mix eggs, half & half, mayo, flour and onion with mixer. Stir in cheese, asparagus and ham. Spray 9-inch pie plate to prevent sticking and pour mix into pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until knife comes out clean when tested.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Let’s call it spring

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
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As the Winter That Drove us Nuts began to wind down, I found myself ecstatic at the first March day to attain 40 degrees. I put on my gardening overalls and a sweatshirt, with no jacket or hat, just to get in the mood. I was about to uncover a bi ..... 
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Bubble and Squeak

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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“St. Patrick’s Day”. It’s the day one and all claim to have a touch of the IRISH so they can celebrate with the shamrocks and the music of the harps, parades, dances, parties, singing the Irish ditties, stories and, of course, the “drinkin ..... 
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The grand exodus

By Sue Ommen

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
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It is winter in Minnesota and the grand exodus has begun. Temperatures have been frigid, freezing our spirits and tempers. We should be used to our northern clime by now, but after balmy summer breezes and breathless fall landscapes, we fool ourselv ..... 
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Waiting for Something to Happen

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
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This is the time of year in which we are all waiting for something to happen. That ‘something’ is of course, spring. We’re all eagerly awaiting signs that the arctic landscape has not become a permanent fixture in our lives. Here is what I ..... 
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Bacon Rice Bake

By Kathy Little

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
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Move over Arnold S., “The Baconator” has replaced “The Terminator” in American pop culture! The pulse of the nation is on bacon, and it’s not just for breakfast anymore. Bacon frying is one of my favorite smells.....right up there with b ..... 
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Heath Bar Brownie Trifle

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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February may be the shortest month of the year, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of special days to celebrate. Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl started the month out on February 2 ... both worthy of celebrating ... at least right up until ..... 
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Your Digital Health

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
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In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks ..... 
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A perfect winter day

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
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I rose early to make scones and prepare an egg bake. Our company was coming at midmorning and our brunch must be ready to serve. It pleased me to realize that the eggs came from the neighbors, the uncured ham from over near Rushford, the milk from C ..... 
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