Kathe and I had another frenzied cooking date gearing up for the Election Day Bake Sale. Mini ham and egg quiches were the item of the day, but of course we had to squeeze some other foods in as well — a few quick breads, buttermilk biscuits and meat loaf for dinner that night. We worked incredibly fast together. With her hands literally elbow deep in 4 pounds of freezing cold ground meat, she mixed while I seasoned; she painstakingly cut and rolled out puff pastry to fit our muffin tins while I sautéed ham and onions for the filling; and she somehow managed to make 4 mini loaves of bread while I beat an egg mixture for the quiches.
We popped foods in and out of my one standard-sized oven every twenty minutes or so, while remarking that we really should be cooking in bulk at her house, where she’s lucky enough to have a double oven and a lot more elbow room. If success is measured in quantity, then 42 personal quiches, 4 loaves of bread, 18 buttermilk biscuits and three meatloaves is a fine measure.
Make sure you vote tomorrow and support those school bake sales, run by parent volunteers like myself trying to raise a little cash for their kid’s school.