Here are some nice easy-to-make recipes for the weekend with family and/or friends. Most of the recipes may be made the day before for easy preparation and entertaining. The quiches are 98 percent failsafe and may be enjoyed hot or cold.

Here are some nice easy-to-make recipes for the weekend with family and/or friends. Most of the recipes may be made the day before for easy preparation and entertaining. The quiches are 98 percent failsafe and may be enjoyed hot or cold.

The bananas and carrots in honey are delicious sides for almost any main dish. The Honey Sesame chicken is a favorite of mine and tastes good the next day also as leftovers.

The blueberry cookies are crumbly and crunchy on the outside, and chewy in the center where the blueberry filling is.

Enjoy!

 

Spinach Quiche

1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach or broccoli florets

3 eggs

½ cup Bisquick

1 cup sour cream

½ cup milk

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ medium sweet onion, chopped and sautéed

1 tablespoon dried dill

Microwave spinach for 5 minutes, remove and let cool. Press all the liquid out of spinach and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a 9 or 10-inch pie plate.

Spread chopped spinach evenly on bottom of pie plate, top with sauteed onion, cheddar cheese, then mozzarella cheese.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, milk, sour cream, Bisquick, salt and pepper, to taste, mix well. Pour into pie plate. Place quiche on a baking sheet to catch any drippings.

Bake in a 350 degree oven about 50 to 55 minutes or until golden and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Refrigerate any leftovers.

 

Bacon Quiche

Serves 6-8.

8 slices smoked bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled

1 cup Three Mexican Cheeses, shredded

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

½ medium sweet onion, chopped and sautéed

2 cups half-and-half or milk

½ cup Bisquick baking mix

4 eggs

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. lightly butter a 9 or 10-inch pie plate.

Sprinkle crumbled bacon, Mexican cheese, topped with mozzarella cheese, and sautéed onion evenly over bottom of pie plate.

In a bowl with a whisk blend together milk, Bisquick, eggs, salt and pepper, to taste, mix well. Pour into pie plate. Place quiche on a baking sheet to catch any drippings.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 50-55 minutes until a golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Refrigerate any leftover quiche.

 

Easy Roasted Carrots with Honey

1 16-ounce package frozen crinkly cut carrots, thawed

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoons maple syrup

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon ground thyme

Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes (Optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly vegetable spray a baking sheet.

In a cup whisk together olive oil, honey, maple syrup, garlic powder, onion powder, and thyme. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Place carrots in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Drizzle carrots with honey mixture and gently toss to combine evenly.

Place in 400 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately, sprinkled with parsley leaves, if desired.

 

Skillet Honey Sesame Chicken

After chicken is seared it may be placed in an oven baking dish and drizzled with honey mixture, if desired.

2 tablespoons butter

8 bone in, skin on chicken thighs

½ teaspoon sesame seeds

2 scallions, thinly sliced

Sauce:

¼ cup honey

¼ cup low sodium soy sauce

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar or white vinegar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make the sauce, in a small bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and cornstarch.; set aside.

In a large oven-proof skillet melt butter over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin side down, and sear both sides until a golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side. Stir in honey mixture.

Place skillet in oven and roast until completely cooked through, about 25-30 minutes until thermometer registers 175 degrees. Broil for 2-3 minutes, until caramelized and just slightly charred.

Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and sliced scallions.

 

Fried Bananas with Honey

2 bananas, sliced

3 tablespoon honey

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Olive oil or coconut oil

Water

Lightly drizzle oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Arrange banana slices in skillet in a single layer and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

In a cup whisk together honey and 2- tablespoons of water.

Remove pan from heat and pour honey mixture over bananas.

Allow bananas to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.

 

Blueberry-Cinnamon Cookies

2 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour or regular flour

¼ teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup coconut oil or canola oil

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

½ cup fresh blueberries

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, blend well. Add oil, honey, and vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly.

Using your hands or a cookie scoop, shape dough into balls, then flatten slightly and make an indentation in top of each cookie. Position on prepared cookie sheets.

In a bowl mash the blueberries to a pulp with a fork , add sugar and stir. Place one teaspoon of mixture into the indentation in each cookie.

In a 350 degree oven bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until cookies are firm but not burned on the underside. Allow to cool, dust with cinnamon powder if desired. Store in an airtight container, they turn soft and dense like Fig Newtons.

 

Hope Cusick has won awards at the North Carolina Strawberry Festival in 2012; The North Carolina Blueberry Festival, winning first place for her Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastry in 2012, and placing on her blueberry spinach salad and dressing, and second place for her Sweet Blueberry Pepper Jelly in 2015; and has won various other contest awards for her blueberry cheesecake, breads, cookies, brownies and jams. She resides in Hampstead.