I’ve thought a lot about this blog. Slow Cooker Quinoa has kind of had me stumped.
Quinoa was the subject of my first blog over two years ago. I didn’t want to go down that same research based path again. I’ve already told you about its origins and stellar nutritious powers. Also, I don’t do a whole lot of crock pot cooking anymore. Crock pots and slow cookers are a great appliance when preparing food for families and pot lucks. Cooking for one and crock pots don’t really go together.
I have a small 1.5 quart crock pot that is a pretty, bright yellow, so I pulled it out and set it on my kitchen counter hoping its cheery look would inspire me. It didn’t. So I left. It was a beautiful, sunny Saturday in October with temperatures hitting the low seventies, not a day to be inside making up recipes. Also it was a perfect day to work on my biggest project.
Let me start out by saying, this is NOT an egg bake. Granted, there are eggs in it, and you do bake it – but it won’t be tasting anything like an omelet. This French inspired dish screams brunch and tastes amazing with a smooth velvety texture. It’s pretty awesome, and won’t cost much to make. In fact, I saved a ton using all Food Club products and the taste still surpasses any quiche I’ve ever had.
Eichten’s cheesemakers and mother Mary saw the future in the category of spiced cheeses. Eichten’s was the first farm in the United States to produce an all-natural cheese direct from the farm in 1976.
Italian Seasonings were commonplace in large families in the 1980’s, and Eichten’s knew that this seasoning would be a amazing hit for cooking and eating by itself. Just slice on crackers or fresh baked crusty breads this cheese is sure to please!
Eichtens developed a true European style Gouda with tantalizing sun dried tomatoes and sweet basil that brings out the essence of Italy.
Produced in Shafer, Minnesota, this is one of our states outstanding flavored Goudas. And don’t forget about the other fine Goudas that Eichten’s produces, they are all wonderful!
A great pairing with a sweet white or red wine, light amber beers and or Italian dishes.