It’s been a week since school’s been out and we are finally settling into a slower pace around my house. During those last few weeks of school and all of the hectic-ness, we weren’t planning our menus very well (okay, honestly we weren’t planning any menu… at all!). We fell into a sort of food rut and we were depending heavily on our gas grill. We consumed all kinds of foods that are considered quick : pre-made burgers, store-bought, marinated chicken breasts or fajitas, sandwiches, spaghetti… anyhoo, you get the idea.
Nothing wrong with any of that, I know, but with no time to make dishes with a bit more detail and flavor, dinnertime can get a bit boring and repetitive. I know it’s true for me, anyway, I get bored of certain foods. My hubs is content to eat a plateful of grilled meat, all day, everyday (seriously, no side dishes required for that complete carnivore!), but I’m just not happy with that. I like my veggies.
So, with yesterday being the first true day off for me,(no errands to run and no more cookie orders going out for a few weeks!) I cooked and I baked…. a lot. I was so happy to have time to stock us up on a variety of our favorite comfort foods and healthy dishes that are more flavorful than a big, ol’ hunk of meat!
I was literally in the kitchen all day and I was pretty darn ecstatic about it too. I made a pot of my kid’s favorite chicken noodle soup, chickpea salad, broccoli salad, a peanut butter sheet cake, a batch of waffles for the freezer and two of these tasty leek, mushroom and bacon tarts!
We are good for a couple of days, y’all!
Today is Father’s Day and because our refrigerator is stocked there is (thankfully) no need to fire up that grill! We are going to get out and have some fun as family instead, bellies and hearts full …and no big hunks of meat in sight!
I hope all the dads out there are able to spend today with friends and family!
Leek, Mushroom & Bacon Tart printable recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: one 9-inch tart
- 1 pie pastry (9-inch), homemade or store-bought
- 4 slices bacon, crispy cooked, and crumbled. Drippings reserved.
- 1 large leek (white part only) well-rinsed, quartered and thinly sliced
- 4 oz. button mushrooms, rinsed and thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 4 oz Neuchaftel cheese, room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 4 oz very sharp New York cheddar cheese, shredded
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