A Writing Assignment

A Writing Assignment

She learned in her writers’ group there would be a homework assignment. She was told to choose a story she had previously written and rewrite it. If it had been written in first person, it must be changed to third person. Or vice-versa. 

She felt this could prove to be a difficult task. She is not a fiction writer. But then she realized she writes her own thoughts which are first person. She writes about others in third person. Fiction or nonfiction. First person or third person. It may not be as difficult as she thought.

Then she came up with the idea of writing a recipe in third person. This would fulfill her assignment plus offer a chance to share a recipe worth sharing.  

She opened her refrigerator to find she’d already purchased the items she would need to make an egg and cheese quiche.

She removed the half-brick of cream cheese from the refrigerator to soften and be brought to room temperature.

A dozen eggs were also removed from the refrigerator and set upon the countertop.

She shredded a brick of her favorite cheddar cheese until she had acquired one cup.

As she melted the 12 tablespoons of butter, she thought to herself how incredibly easy this dish is. Her friends were going to be so thankful. So impressed. She will have to remember to take a picture of the quiche.

She found a favorite baking dish and greased it with some butter. She learned from experience the contents of the dish could start to drip over the sides of the pan during the last five minutes of baking. She should tell her friends to put some thought into what size baking dish they should use. Or maybe put a pan under the food so the oven doesn’t need to be cleaned from the spill.

She turned the oven on to 325 degrees to preheat it.

It was time for the half-cup of the shredded cheese to be sprinkled evenly into the greased dish. She reserved the other half-cup to sprinkle on top before it would be placed in the oven. 

The recipe called for the eggs and cream cheese to be blended together. She used a mixing bowl and hand mixer instead of a blender. After she finished mixing, she slowly poured the melted butter into the mixture and continued to blend. 

She could choose to add some salt and pepper.

The blended egg, cream cheese, and butter mixture was poured into the baking dish. She sprinkled the remaining shredded cheese on the top.

The oven door was opened, and the quiche was placed upon the rack. The timer was set for 45 minutes. She thinks it should be watched carefully and removed from the oven when it’s determined the outside is set and the middle just a little jiggly.

After she peered into the oven and saw the quiche had reached a pretty golden-brown color on top, she used her favorite oven mittens to remove it from the oven. It took just a few minutes before the quiche was cooled enough to slice and serve it.

The guests were amazed at the wonderful flavor. They commented that it reminded them of buttery scrambled eggs. They even discussed how the cook could choose to add meat, veggies, or mushrooms. But indeed, a larger baking dish should be used.  

She thought a quiche would make a popular Sunday morning dish, so she has included the recipe below.  

Egg and Cheese Quiche

8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded and divided

10 to 12 eggs

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

12 T. butter, melted

Salt and pepper

Grease a 9 ½” (or larger) pie plate.

Grate the cheese and scatter ½ cup evenly in the pie plate – reserving ½ cup for the topping.

Add eggs and cream cheese to a food processor or blender.  (I used a hand mixer.)

Process slowly while pouring in melted butter.

Pour egg mixture over cheese in the pie pan.  Sprinkle the reserved grated cheese over the top.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes until outside is set and middle is only a little jiggly. Cool on rack for a few minutes before slicing.

This dish reminded me of buttery scrambled eggs.

The butter started to drip over the sides during the last 5 minutes of baking – so you could choose a larger dish.

Adding meat, veggies, mushrooms, etc. is an option which means you may want to choose an even larger dish.

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