Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quiche

I thought that I had found most working farms within a hundred miles of home, but it looks like I missed one right under my nose. I saw this post on Serious Eats for fresh eggs in Howell, NJ, and of course I had to head out there as soon as possible. I know that NJ is often the butt of jokes, but it really is a beautiful state filled with lots of gorgeous farmland. The farm in the post is Iceberg Farms, which is only 6.2 miles away from my home but well off the beaten path. It may only be a few miles away, but it is worlds away from my suburban shore community. The farmer, Bill, was so nice and accommodating. He gathered my eggs while I waited with his three canine friends and watched chickens run about. The eggs were a mere $2.50 per dozen and fresh as can be. I am looking forward to trying some of Bill's honey, produce, and fresh berries as well.

It is still super busy at work, and weeknight dinners have been a challenge to pull off at a decent time. On Monday, in honor of “meatless Monday,” I made an asparagus and goat cheese quiche. I was armed with fresh eggs, asparagus, and scallions from my CSA box, goat cheese from Costco, and a frozen Trader Joe's pie crust. I put this together in minutes and popped it into the toaster oven since it was so hot and I didn't want to heat up the whole house. I served it with a side of sautéed kohlrabi greens - also from my CSA box. The meal was quick, healthy, and delicious. I am a fan of kohlrabi greens - who knew? That is what is great about the CSA- I get to try new things that I ordinarily would not have. Delicious!

Quiche Filling

3 eggs well beaten
3 thinly sliced green onions
1 & ½ cups whole milk
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
6 oz. fresh goat cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Add the asparagus to the pie crust and add dollops of the goat cheese.  Combine all other ingredients.  Pour the custard mixture over top and bake until set.


  1. I love finding a good farm in the area! I actually don't think I've ever tried kohlrabi, but I bet I would love it. This looks like it was a fantastic meal!

  2. The best idea ever! I adore the asparagus with the goat cheese and am always looking for ways to make quiches without the cream.

  3. I love finding a new farm in my area! Living in the Hudson Valley there are a lot of them around me. Some tucked away and some right out in the open.

    This tart looks awesome! Goat cheese is hands down one of my favorite foods. I have yet to find a recipe that involved goat cheese that I have not loved :) I can't wait to try it!

  4. That is one gorgeous pie! Don't you love the way CSA boxes make you expand your repertoire? We've been eating things I'd never have bought on my own. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary