Chicken Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomatoes Quiche (by Shannon Miller: Flour Power Nashville, TN)
Hello! My name is Shannon Mock Miller. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana but due to my father's job in the corporate world, we moved every 3-4 years. I graduated from LSU in 1995 and moved to L.A. to chase my dream of becoming a professional singer. After 5 years on the west coast, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee where I have resided for the last almost 19 years. As my 30's were coming to an end I realized I had spent so much time chasing one dream, I was running out of time for my other dream. So, in 2011 I became a proud mama to my amazing Stella Blue. While the marriage crashed and burned, my girl was, and is, more than I dreamed, hoped and prayed for. I can't believe she will be 8 years old in a few short weeks!!!
I have spent the past 30 years in the restaurant and bar business working in positions ranging from hostess to manager and everything in between. I have thoroughly enjoyed the business but it is not for a single mama. One night I went down the rabbit hole of franchise ownership and when I came to Flour Power it literally jumped off the page. I immediately called my father to get his opinion. Much to my surprise, he did not think it was a crazy idea, In fact, he thought it was a great idea for me and Stella Blue. Flour Power encompasses all the things I am passionate about: children, parties, cooking, organizing, and having fun. My excitement level is just below Stella's! She is so looking forward to "working" with me and helping to build this business. I am beyond grateful to Susan and her team for allowing me this opportunity. I look forward to Flour Power Nashville being a huge success and it making a big difference in my quality of life and the time I am able to spend with my child. Everything I do is for her and I want to show her how much hard work pays off. I am anticipating needing lots of advice and guidance from the other owners as we work together to build this company and I look forward to meeting you all. I am including a recipe of my own. It is one of my go to items when I have guests, especially out of town visitors, because it can be made the day before and then all you have to do is bake it in the morning. I have friends who pay me to make this for them to serve their own guests! LOL
I hope you enjoy! Shannon (and Stella Blue) -------------------------------------------------- Chicken Artichoke and Sun Dried Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Quiche I use a frozen pie shell and a rotisserie chicken...because that is quicker and easier. Pull the chicken off the bone and cut into bite size pieces. In a large skillet, saute about 1 cup of chopped yellow onion till caramelized, with 1 TBSP of butter and 1 TBSP of white wine. Add 1/4 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes and 1 can of artichoke hearts (drained) and slightly cook over medium heat. In a large mixing bowl, add 1 Cup of shredded Parmesan cheese, 1 Cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese and and 1/2 Cup of crumbled goat cheese. Add the chopped chicken and the vegetable mixture to the bowl and blend well. In a small mixing bowl, whip together 4 eggs, salt and pepper and 1 Cup Half and Half. Place the chicken mixture in the pie shell. I then use a chopstick to make pockets in the mixture and then SLOWLY pour the egg mixture over. Give it time to sink into the holes so it doesn't overflow. At this point you can cover it and place it in the fridge overnight or, if you are ready to eat, place it on the center rack at 400 for 15 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 and continue cooking for another 35 minutes. (Another variation is to cook 1 1/2 packages of bacon till crispy and then put in the food processor. Add 1/2 a bag of frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained). Cook the onion with the butter and wine. Leave out the artichokes and tomatoes. Substitute Feta cheese crumbles for the goat cheese.) Both are delicious.