No Stress Basic Quiche (and a Pillsbury gift basket giveaway!)

I know a lot of people who are stressing out about all they need to do before Christmas arrives. I have never been one to get too worked up about things. I plan ahead, but admittedly am a last minute doer. Still, I try not to let things like hosting big dinner parties or having the family Christmas celebration at my house stress me out. Maybe that is because I know that the people I invite will love me no matter what. There is no need to get all worked up worrying about everything being “just right”.

A lot of people won’t even host get togethers at their house because the thought of having people over, judging their hosting abilities, stresses them to pieces. I hate hearing that because I know that I get so much joy out of sharing my home with others. I am happiest when we have a house full of people, a big meal to share, and lots of wine to drink ;)

When I host parties, which I do quite often, I normally get all of the guests involved. That really helps to take 100% of the pressure off of me. I let people know what is going to be on the menu and ask them to bring sides or desserts or appetizers that will complement the menu. Many times, the people I invite are thrilled to be asked to contribute and are happy to help out.

Another thing I do when hosting parties is to make sure I have a good mix of shortcut options available. If my kitchen is going to be full and a lot of things will be going on, I try not to do too many complicated things at once. Use your crock pot, have on hand some Boxed Chicken Stock… just think of things that might make your day go by a bit easier. One huge lifesaver when I am hosting parties are Pillsbury ready made crusts. I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with pie crusts, so why would I add what I consider to be a stressful task onto my plate when Pillsbury pie crusts make the job simple.

Remember, when you are starting to stress out this holiday season that the people you are hosting are not judging you, your food, or your home. If they are truly your friends, their focus will be on spending the holiday’s with you and building special memories. Make your life a little easier by remembering that not everything has to be done the hard way. Give yourself the permission to sleep in a little longer and use some of the handy shortcuts that are available to us on the market today!

The lovely team at Pillsbury recently sent me a basket full of goodies… 2 glass pie plates, an adorable Crate and Barrel tin of pie crust shape cut out tools, an Oneida pie server and a CD full of photos and recipes to use with their ready made Pie Crusts. Being the generous people they are, the team decided that one of my readers deserved a basket too – so I’m giving one away! To sweeten the deal, I am throwing in a copy of Cooking Light’s Essential Recipe Collection of Desserts cookbook. To enter the giveaway, in the comment section of this post simply tell me one shortcut that you use in the kitchen that helps you to stay sane. All comments must be made by midnight on Wednesday, December 24th. The winner will be chosen through the Random Number Generator and will be announced sometime after Christmas day!

PS – having overnight guests? Try this wonderful quiche recipe… easy, versitile and sure to help your guests wake up happy!

Basic Quiche (from Recipezaar)

1 hour | 10 min prep

SERVES 2 -4 , 1 quiche

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add filling and milk and mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into frozen pie crust.
  5. Place quiche on cookie sheet and bake on the middle oven rack for 45-50 minutes, or until top is browned and a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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Comments

  1. says

    Okay, my comment disappeared into an error page…I’ll try again. I just said that I will prepare the meat as much as possible the day I go grocery shopping. I will brown hamburger and freeze it, cut up my flank steak into strips, and my favorite: rotisserie chicken for any dish I need cut up chicken for. Take it off the bone that night and freeze in a large baggie until I need it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    daisys last blog post..it’s snot much

  2. Stacy says

    I make a bunch of different cookies for Christmas but (don’t tell anyone) my secret ingrediant for my cut-out cookie dough is GFS, I buy my dough from then..shh! Pre cut and they make wonderful plump cookies which tend to be people’s favorite!

  3. says

    To answer your question would imply I am sane–which I am definitely not feeling so much right now! In general I use canned beans and boxed stock when necessary or when it makes my life easier. I also like to take something storebought, like a curry paste, and beef it up with extra aromatics and spices.

    Lauras last blog post..Baked Pasta With Chicken Sausage

  4. mellisa says

    Foil. I line everything for easy cleanup. I love the new non-stick. I also line small bowls with foil and pour leftover grease into them and when it is cool and hard it is easy to throw away.

  5. says

    I absolutely cannot wait until our house is finished enough to start hosting the big holiday celebrations and dinner parties! We’ve started small but it’s hard to hold a big gathering when you haven’t got furniture or floors or walls or ceilings or… well, you know.

    Probably my most often-used kitchen shortcut is pre-washed and packaged salads; I get the large containers of organic mixed greens and, since I keep bits and pieces of fruit, veggies, nuts, cheeses, etc. around, I can always throw together a fairly interesting salad at a moment’s notice. And I like salad. A lot. :)

    jamailas last blog post..tis the season, or something

  6. Melinda says

    Refrigerated crescent rolls – you can use them so many ways! For a quick dinner roll, throw taco meat and cheese in them and dip in salsa. Sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar and drizzle on a powdered sugar glaze and you have a quick dessert.
    Thanks for the quiche recipe.

  7. says

    I always have several sides and main dishes in the freezer. If I am having company over, I will make things that have very little last minute work involved. I also keep an inventory of what I have in my pantry so I’m not running to the grocery store at the last minute.

  8. Heather vB says

    I use a pre-made piecrust from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. It saves me so much time as I usually have problems rolling out the piecrust dough.

  9. says

    That’s how I entertain as well! Everyone seems to enjoy contributing something to the meal. I like to prep as much as possible before guests arrive… even to the point of having side dishes cooked and waiting in the warming drawer of my oven.

    Patsyks last blog post..Happy Hanukkah and a Fun Recipe

  10. Alice says

    I use my microwave for anything that needs to be steamed or parboiled (hello broccoli and sweet potatoes!) Just cut, lay in a bowl with a little water in the bottom and cook until done or ready for the next step. Also great for reheating leftovers and defrosting meats that you forgot to take out that morning.

  11. Annalise says

    First of all, I love making pie crusts from scratch! But still use refrigerated pie crusts in a pinch.

    My short cut:
    1. I shop the salad bars for the chopped veggies I need for a recipe
    2. I try to plan my week of meals around a couple of big cook items for example: I need a ham bone for New years, so I am cooking a ham for christmas, and plan to use the part of the hame that wont fit in the crock pot for a breakfast casserole, and then friday a ham frittata. or when I make meatloaf I make a double batch and make half the meat into meat balls.
    3. I keep four packs of small wine bottles for cooking (both red and white)

  12. DeLynn says

    Like everybody else doing as much as possible before hand. Cookies, pie crusts, egg bakes, etc. done ahead of time and frozen. Setting the table a few days ahead if you are eating somewhere other than where you eat every day.
    I even measure out ingredients for things that need to be made that day. Save lots of time and less room for error if you are in a hurry! :o)

    Merry Christmas, D.

  13. Elizabeth says

    One thing that really keeps me sane is keeping a clean kitchen sink. It’s not really a shortcut, unless you’ve lived for so long (like I did) with dishes always piled up in the sink.

  14. says

    Nice basket! I love Pillsbury pie crusts too. I use them all the time because i just can’t make pie crust. My other short cut is premade pizza dough. You can even buy it from a pizza place.

    Lisas last blog post..Saltine Toffee

  15. Liz says

    I use so many kitchen shortcuts that it’s kind of embarrassing, but the biggest is probably buying pre-cut vegetables. I’ve had so much produce go off because I wasn’t using it fast enough; at least when it’s already cut, I can treat it as a snack as well as an ingredient.

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