Every family has it's own holiday traditions. It's such a beautiful thing, really. We're all celebrating the same holidays, but we all have our own family traditions to supplement our cultural traditions. Sometimes our family traditions are what we celebrate the holiday for all together, not even the cultural or religious practices that holidays are often created for. Or, if you're like me, a holiday is both created and celebrated by the simple harmony of family and food.

One of our family holiday traditions is to make a quiche on Christmas morning. When I hear the word "quiche," I always think of "Christmas." Christmas quiche. Doesn't that just sound nice? And when you wake up (or are woken up by excited children who can't contain their eagerness to open gifts...) to the smell of sizzling cheese melted over baked eggs in a butter crust and the sound of christmas music and laughter ringing through the house, it's clear that Christmas is really here.

Last Christmas we celebrated at my grandparents house and I noticed that our quiche recipe was typed using a typewriter. I asked, doubting even as the words left my mouth, if they still happened to have the typewriter. But they did! I couldn't help but type the recipe up so that I had my own typewriter-typed copy and add a little more traditional charm to the day! Let me tell you... typewriting takes a lot more effort than you'd think! It was fun to type the recipe but I was happy to return to my nice little MacBook to upload the pictures:)

christmas quiche

pie crust
4 eggs
1 cup Half & Half
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Desired fillings (suggestions: cheese, broccoli, ham, peppers, spinach, herbs etc.)

Combine all ingredients by using a whisk or putting the mixture into a blender and blending on high for two minutes until smooth and frothy. Place your desired fillings (honestly... you have to put some cheese in there!) in the pie crust and then pour the egg mixture over the fillings. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until light brown. Cool 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving warm.

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