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Baked Eggs: the final 2012 dark days challenge

baked eggs in bacon cups

Baked eggs in bacon cups: Eggs Benedict/Florentine without the poaching!

It’s amazing to think back to November when I signed on for the dark days challenge; I had no idea then how much I would get out of this simple challenge to cook one completely SOLE meal a week. I thought it would be hard, and it wasn’t really. I’m fortunate to live in an area that produces a variety of whole foods year round. I didn’t realize how much it would open my eyes though! I have learned so much about what grows seasonally in Virginia, and have really started  thinking more consciously about where all of my food originates…and what it means for me to eat it.

DDC meal 13: pork cutlet and pasta

pork cutlet stuffed with smoked cheddar, mushrooms and shallots

A gourmet dinner for 1: stuffed pork cutlet, pasta and a salad from the garden

Rick went hunting last night, so I was on my own for dinner. It’s been a while since I’ve made myself a gourmet dinner—I’m usually at least feeding Rick too when I pull out all the stops. But I wanted something good last night after a very hard and stressful week at work, and I wanted an interested Dark Days Challenge meal this week.

Dark Days Meal 11: Duck Egg Crustless Quiche

duck egg quiches

Duck eggs quiche...the richest, silkest, most amazing quiche I've ever had.

Spoiler Alert: these were the best egg-based savory dishes I’ve ever eaten.

Phew. Got that off my chest. I wish the photo did it justice. Learning something…anything…about photography is one of my 2012 goals. But I’m not there yet. For now, I’m really still more interested in making delicious food that makes my husband’s toes curl.

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