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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on October 16 at 9:48 AM

Mavericky: McCain calls Hillary Clinton for economic advice; gets decidedly cool reception.

Confused: Palin calls New Hampshire “part of the Great Northwest.”

No Dice: Nickels can’t ban guns in parks, state AG says.

It Could Be Worse: Median home price in Detroit down 57 percent, to $9,250 (!!!!).

Too Thin?*: Nancy Reagan breaks her pelvis.

Can’t Get a Break: Jon Bon Jovi becomes at least the sixth artist to protest McCain campaign’s use of his music.

War Is Peace: Palin claims “no abuse of power at all” found by report that found “abuse of power.”

Tanking: Lousy economy hurts car sales.

*An office poll says that no one remembers what this is a reference to, but I’m including it anyway.

Recipe of the Day: Leek, Tomato, and Blue Cheese Mini Quiches (Recipe and photo via La Tartine Gourmande)


(For 2 to 3 mini quiches, molds measuring 3.5″ at the bottom, and 1 1/4″ high)

If you want to make this as a big quiche, or 4 individual quiches, double the quantities.

Pastry crust (she uses a gluten free crust; good alternatives include this foolproof pie crust from Cook’s Illustrated—just reduce the sugar—or Julia Child’s pate brisee.)
3 small leeks, chopped (about 3.5 oz)
2 small Zebra tomatoes, sliced (can substitute any ripe tomato)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 garlic clove, chopped
A few coriander seeds
1 thyme twig
1 oz blue cheese, crumbled
2 organic farm eggs, beaten lightly
2 Tbsp whole milk
2 Tbsp crème fraiche
Nutmeg, freshly grated
Fresh parsley
Salt and pepper

Roll your pastry and place in molds; place to wait in the fridge, covered.

Preheat your oven at 400 F.

In a frying pan, or sautee pan, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Add the thyme and coriander seeds, then the leek, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, without browning, for 7 to 8 minutes, until the vegetables are soft; set aside.

In a bowl, combine the eggs, cream and milk. Season with salt and pepper and add a touch of freshly grated nutmeg. Add the parsley.

Arrange the vegetables in the tart shells (make small holes with a fork first) and cover with the batter.

Add the crumbled cheese and slices of tomatoes. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before eating, so that the batter sets. The quiches can easily be reheated the next day.

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Actually, if anyone has been up that way check out Burlington, Vermont. It has a tower (needle) and ferries. It really looks and feels like a Seattle with different chirality.

Posted by John Bailo | October 16, 2008 9:49 AM

Leeks?!! You monster!

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 16, 2008 9:55 AM

Sarah looked tired, probably from jetlag, so it's silly to read too much into this verbal typo.

Posted by raindrop | October 16, 2008 9:55 AM

Detroit is awesome.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 16, 2008 9:58 AM

this morning news is very bold.

Posted by jameyb | October 16, 2008 9:59 AM

that recipe looks good. i wonder if you can add chiles poblanos to these quiches?

erica- i know you loathe sports, but the Phillies are going to the world series and manny was denied. come on now.

Posted by SeMe | October 16, 2008 10:02 AM

No meat?

Posted by w7ngman | October 16, 2008 10:03 AM

it was the duchess of windsor who said 'you can never be too rich or too thin'.

Posted by scary tyler moore | October 16, 2008 10:15 AM

But Spy Magazine made it a catch phrase, along with "short-fingered vulgarian", aka Donald Trump, but also John McCain if you notice.

Posted by Fnarf | October 16, 2008 10:25 AM

Leeks give me "the wind." Please post more recipes with beer in them.

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 16, 2008 10:27 AM

where's the link for the detroit article??

Posted by brandon | October 16, 2008 10:29 AM

MURDERERS! Clearly Slog is not the place for me!

Posted by leek | October 16, 2008 10:56 AM

Is that recipe right? Only 4 tablespoons and the eggs for how many little quiches? It doesn't seem like enough to cover 3 leeks and an onion.

Posted by idaho | October 16, 2008 11:00 AM

Sorry - didn't read close enough. And that was 4 tbs "of liquid". Still.

Posted by idaho | October 16, 2008 11:02 AM

"Clinton likes McCain enough to keeps [sic] his photo on the wall of her Senate office"!!!!

Posted by Trevor | October 16, 2008 11:02 AM

@ 2,7,10,12

The first day it was funny. Second day, not funny. Now, it's just sad. Find a new joke, please.

Posted by i have a medium penis | October 16, 2008 11:07 AM

Hey now, medium penis, don't include me in your contempt. I have a personal interest in the matter, as you'll see from my nickname.

Posted by leek | October 16, 2008 11:09 AM

I was sticking up for my pal, leek.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | October 16, 2008 11:18 AM

Why is JB @1 talking about where my dad lives?

If you like it so much, move there, John.

And then my dad can laugh at you.

Oh, and can we use hatchets and scalpels in the parks too?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 16, 2008 11:26 AM

@3 - Palin IS a walking "verbal typo."

Posted by Sad Comment | October 16, 2008 11:37 AM

As Herb Caen said about Nancy Reagan, Pat Buckley and their stylish, social X-ray ilk:
Arthritic with chic, wan with poise...

Credit to Tom Wolfe for "social X-ray"

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | October 16, 2008 12:50 PM

I can't find any info to back up that insane Detroit home price. I did find this:

Which, if you're lazy and don't wanna click, says "2008 YTD August Average Residential Home Price: $18,822" with a -55.72% change from last year.

Posted by apoptosis | October 16, 2008 7:04 PM

Happy birthday to Oscar Wilde.

Posted by Vince | October 17, 2008 7:07 AM

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