Monday, May 19, 2014

April 2014 Quiche/ Green Salad/ Fresh Chive Butter Baguette/ Parfaits

Our meeting last month was at Nancy's. Thank you for hosting and providing a wonderful lunch, too. We started with a guest speaker, Anna Hasting from Stitch N Snip in Garden Valley, Idaho. She spoke about using minky and cuddle fabrics. She showed these pillow cases and taggy blankets. She also brought a great handout for the care of minky, cutting and sewing with minky.

Several of us were able to purchase a Taggy Blanket kit to get experience working with Minky.

Anna showed several examples of quilt top and blankets using minky. Minky can be mixed with cottons and flannels. To manage the minky, she strongly advised the use of clips or pins.

Show and Tell
Corrie's camping quilt. She used Seaside fabric line.

Corrie made these vinyl bags

Jeanie made this table quilt using a baby quilt pattern.

Jeanie also made this quilt top called "Books on a Shelf". She found the pattern in a magazine and used all scraps.

Maurene made this from a layer cake, a gift from her son for Mother's Day. There is purple minky on the back.

Maurene's quilt

Monica made this Christmas quilt. Her mother found the squares at a garage sale. They were old and yellowed. Monica cleaned the blocks and stabilized the embroidery with interfacing.

Sherry brought a blast from the past. This is her snowman quilt which several members of the group also made some years back.

Back of snowman quilt.
Caren made these applique wall hangings and submitted them in the fair.

Darla made some more flannel quilts to donate to Good Sam. She used the Serpentine stitch to quilt the whole cloth baby quilts.

Darla also made these cute hats to donate. These are made with the round hoops and soft yarn.

Jeri made this tied quilt (her husband likes tied quilts best) She also made the matching pillow cases.

Nancy showed this completed quilt, which was started a long time ago. She made the blocks 12 years ago and added sashing to make a table topper.

This is Nancy's daughter's wedding quilt using 30's reproduction fabrics. It's the Churn Dash block.

Emily's mom, Julia Farmer, made this baby quilt for a new granddaughter.

Julia also made this quilt as a thank you gift for cousins when she attended a funeral in Florida and stayed at their house.


Southwestern Quiche
3 partially baked 9 inch pie crusts

1 onion, chopped, sautéed till golden
Two 4 oz cans diced green chiles

3 C diced ham
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar
8 oz shredded pepper jack
4 C  milk
2 C cream
6 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½  tsp chili powder

Spread onions and chiles in baked pie shell.  Layer on diced ham and shredded cheeses.   Combine milk, cream, eggs, yolks, salt, and chili powder.  Set shells in preheated 375 degree oven.  Pour liquid mixture equally in pie shells, stopping ½ inch before top of crust. 
Bake 32-38 minutes, until middle is soft, but set.  Serve quiche at room temperature.

Trifle Parfaits

Layer berries, angel food (or pound) cake, custard.  Repeat.  Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted almonds.
Homemade Custard
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream 

1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise and scraped 

6 egg yolks 

6 ounces granulated sugar (by weight, almost a cup by volume) 
2 tablespoons cornstarch 


Place milk, cream and vanilla pod/seeds into a saucepan and bring to a boil. 

In a large bowl, whisk the yolks with the sugar and cornstarch until smooth and pale. 

Pour the boiled cream/milk/vanilla mixture over the egg yolks, trickling at first, whisking all the time to temper the eggs. 

Return the mix to the saucepan (some people think you should rinse it first), then cook over a gentle heat, whisking or stirring with a wooden spoon until it thickens sufficiently to coat the back of a spoon. Do not boil your custard – it will split. If it looks suspiciously curdle-y, lift it off the heat and whisk firmly. 

Pass through a fine sieve and cool thoroughly in the fridge. Make sure to cover with wax paper or plastic wrap right on top of custard.


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