Hi everyone. I just read an excellent NY Times article by Jan Hoffman in the Styles section of this Sunday’s paper.
It is the article right next to the one about how everyone keeps slamming Park Slope folks because they are jealous of them.
In the Hoffman article, she discussed the appropriate things to say when someone has been laid off, a situation that is pretty prevalent these days. We may be well meaning, but our words may embarrass the person on the receiving end. A simple question like, ” What are you doing home today?” or “I’m so sorry”, may be humiliating. A better thing to say may be, “Maybe I can hook you up with a friend of mine at a similar company,” etc.
You know I am going to bring this back to cooking so here I go: This article made me think of my non-cooking friends and how so many of us ask if their cake is homemade when we should just say, “This cake is awesome”. If they offer up that they bought it or it is from a mix, a polite thing to say may be,”What mix is it? I’ve got to get it.” as opposed to an awkward silence making many a novice or non-cook feel lousy about not cooking it from scratch.
Perhaps not you, but many people, women especially, feel very self conscious about buying prepared quiche crusts instead of making them from scratch. I say screw the whole crust thing and make it a crustless quiche or savory pie. Our, I mean my, love handles appreciate it.
This delicious savory pie called for a potato but I substituted a celery root to save on carbs and because it was leftover from my organic vegetable coop delivery and what else was I going to do with one celery root?????
White Cheddar and Celery Root Pie:
1 3″ in diameter celery root
2 cups chopped onion
2 TBS Butter or Earth Balance Spread or olive oil
3 Large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream or whole milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
a bit more than a cup of Good quality White Sharp cheddar about 2 1/2 cups grated
Peel, dice and steam celery root until tender. Treat it just like a potato. Let cool
Chop onions and saute in whatever fat you are using and let cool
Beat eggs and add in milk, salt, pepper celery root, onions and then stir in the cheese. Bake in an 8″X8″ baking dish lined with parchment at 375 degrees for about 1/2 hour or until knife come out clean. Delicious!