New Orleans Homicide Detective Jordan Baron tossed the new book, A Shooting at Auke Bay, aside. The book was a good read. A great read! But he wasn’t happy. He called Darcey Anderson.
“You need help, Darcey,” he pointed out. “You have two California cops joining you in Alaska and some old retired state trooper up there who none of us even know. I don’t get why you don’t want me with you.”
“Because I need you at the Pines, Jordan,” Darcey Anderson replied. “I need you backing up the sheriff to protect my mother, Ivy, and Kelli.”
Darcey’s mother, Betty, Trent’s surrogate mother, Ivy, and Kelli, Trent and Darcey’s three year old daughter, had been sent back to Louisiana after the shooting. Darcey thought they would be safe there.
Jordan still wasn’t happy. He plopped himself down on the large, comfortable couch in the sitting room of the old house and found a movie about the Allies saving a companile during World War II. He didn’t know why the Nazis wanted to destroy a centuries old bell in an Italian church. Pure meanness, he thought. The why didn’t matter. The plot fit his mood.
Betty and Ivy thought serving Jordan a good dinner would make him less disagreeable.
“What’s your favorite meal for dinner, Jordan?” Betty asked.
“Breakfast,” was Jordan’s sarcastic reply.
Betty and Ivy gave each other a knowing look. They had this.
Spinach from Betty’s garden with ham, cheese, and eggs made a sort of faux quiche that was satisfying. Comfort food.
An hour later, Jordan’s belly was full.
He had two motherly women fussing over him.
He was feeling better.
Jordan Baron’s Ham & Spinach Faux Quiche
1/2 onion, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 ounces fresh baby spinach
1/2 pound ham, minced
4 cloves roasted garlic, minced
4 – 6 slices bread, or enough to cover the bottom of a casserole dish
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 pound grated Cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 350.
In a heavy skillet, saute the onions and green onions in the combined butter and olive oil.
When the onions have softened and begun to take on a little color, toss in some of the spinach. A couple of handfuls will probably fill the skillet. Fold the spinach into the onions as it cooks. It will reduce dramatically in size. When the first batch has reduced, add more spinach. It’ll probably take about three batches before all the spinach is cooked down.
Add the ham and roasted garlic. Stir to combine.
Lay slices of bread on the bottom of a casserole dish. Tear one piece of bead into pieces if necessary to cover the entire bottom of the dish.
Spread the spinach and ham mixture evenly over the bread slices.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, milk, and dry mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste. Beat vigorously. Pour the liquid over the spinach and ham mixture.
Cover generously with the grated cheese.
Bake for about half an hour, or until the cheese is melted and golden.
Jordan wants to know what your favorite breakfast for dinner meal is.
As he would say, “Bon temps”