In my opinion, there is a list of words in the English language that are aurally despicable. I’m not sure why, because a lot of them don’t contain similar phonemes or end sounds – but I do know that if you utter any of these sinful bits of verbage while I’m in your remote proximity, I will cringe and probably judge you and all your descendants and ancestors, for time immemorial. So if you’re cool with that, make sure to say all of the following words around me. Bonus points if you get them in the same sentence, and really close to my unsuspecting ear. Among the ranks are words like “moist,” “poise(d),” “squelch,” “scrotum,” and “quiche.” I sincerely hope that I never hear the last two in the same sentence.
That brings us to the title of this blog post. I am (politely) refusing to spell the last word of the previous paragraph (because I refuse to do so much as even type it again, because that’ll make me say it in my head, and eww, yucky!) So, this article is henceforth spelled “Keesh.” The logicians in my readership will likely call bullshit on this avoidance tactic of mine, because clearly, Keesh and Qu*ch@ are homophones. But just seeing the word spelled my way, the correct way, makes me feel much more at ease and a lot less like there are big hairy word spiders crawling up and down my spine. Thank you for humoring me. Your poise *spiders crawl* and patience are much appreciated.
On May 27th I attended the bridal shower of a dear friend of mine, Ms. Danielle Hagin (soon to be Danielle Hart, how breathtakingly precious is that name?!?!)
For the party, I was in charge of two things: bagels and keeshes. Because why wouldn’t I be in charge of food? There were many other categories of festive, party-cohosting involvement I could have dipped a toe into, but alas, food appreciation has always been a strength of mine. (See how I did that? I twisted my love of eating into something that sounds much less gluttonous, and much more epicurean. Another thing I am pretty great at).
Bagels were easy. Hop on over to Frieda’s Bakery and buy a dozen, with some spreads and some impromptu brown sugared cinnamon rolls. Ya girl has that artisan shit. No Panera for these lucky guests.
Keeshes for 40 people were a different story. Luckily literally everyone else involved and their mother made some variation of a frittata or egg bake too, because at a brunch themed shower, that shit will fly off the table like hotcakes, or bats out of hell. Whichever one is faster with more inertia.
Here is a GREAT keesh recipe that was loved by all.. In actuality, I was really disappointed everyone loved it so much, because that meant there were no leftovers. With the following recipe, you can learn why! It is gluten free and full of tasty veggies. You could easily make it dairy free as well, by subbing in plain almond or soy milk and vegan cheese.
Splash skim milk
1/2 red pepper, 1/2 yellow pepper, and 1/2 green pepper, all diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cup fresh chopped spinach
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle
Salt, pepper and any other spices to taste
13 by 9 inch glass casserole dish
- In a large bowl, whisk together 18 whole eggs. Add a splash of milk. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, basil, chipotle or cajun seasoning, garlic powder, or paprika to taste.
- In a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in a sufficient amount of olive oil. Add in the spinach at the very end, just so that it will wilt. Pour the eggs into a 13 by 9 glass casserole dish, greased with a bit of olive oil. Add in the sauteed vegetables and chopped tomatoes. Stir to make all the ingredients meet and get friendly. Force that shit. Add the cheddar cheese, because what’s a meet and greet party without a little queso!?
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, until the eggs are golden on top. Like a sunset.
- Sprinkle casserole with parmesan cheese while it’s cooling, if you wish. Which you do.
Recipe Alteration Ideas:
If you want to make this a meat lover’s egg bake, you can definitely add things like sausage or bacon. Just sautee them beforehand – you can do it while you sautee the veggies. If you like meat but don’t eat meat, Field Roast has some great vegan sausage alternatives. Sometimes I prefer them to the real thing, they are just too good. You can also do chicken sausage, which is really tasty. Because I know people who think that “chicken is not meat.” You do you!