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Spinach and Bacon Quiche

Quiche in baking pan

You've probably heard people ask, "What did she see in him?" Or "Why is he with her?" Some people cannot understand how a relationship works because they see only a few aspects of it. This recipe is a good metaphor for relationships. For example, what if I told you that today we are going to cook something made with bacon and heavy whipping cream? Those two ingredients together don't sound very appetizing? But once you know all the ingredients for this delicious quiche, it will be easy to understand how those two fit in together. The same is true with relationships. If you look at only one or two aspects of the relationship, it may seem strange. But once you consider all of the ingredients or aspects, you can understand why the people relish each other.

This quiche is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so it expands your opportunity to get together with a friend and talk about relationships. We hope you won't gossip about others, but that you will explore what makes relationships work. Explain to each other what makes your relationship work, what are the good things about it, and how you plan to make it better. After all, complaining about the shortcomings of your spouse or child won't do anything to improve the relationship. Instead, thinking of strategies you can do by changing yourself, by changing the way you behave toward your spouse or child can have a major impact on improving the relationship. And simply thinking about and talking deliberately about the good things in your relationship can by itself help to transform your attitude and behavior toward the other person.

Yes, language is powerful. As an example, for this recipe we describe it in two different ways, one an ordinary list of ingredients and preparation, and the other a somewhat embellished version. See what you think about accentuating the positive. If it works, try that when you think about your relationships.

Recipe: Ordinary
6 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 cups baby spinach, packed
3/4 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup Feta cheese, crumbled
1 9-inch refrigeraged pie crust, fitted into a 9-inch springform pan or glass pie plate

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine eggs, cream, salt, and pepper in a food processor and blend briefly.
Hold back a tablespoon or two of bacon and Feta cheese.
Layer the spinach, bacon, and Swiss  and Feta cheeses in the pan and then pour the egg mixture on top.
Sprinkle the held back bacon and Feta cheese on top of the mixture.
Bake for 40 minutes, until the ingredients set.

Let the dish sit out of the oven for five minutes, then open the springform ring and cut the quiche into slices.

That was easy, wasn't it? And it's really good, too. Now here is the enhanced and romanced version:

Recipe: Enhanced
Slice of Quiche

Take six large farm-fresh eggs, preferably from an early laying of free-range chickens, and whisk them to a uniform golden-yellow consistency. Next, slowly pour one and a  half cups of fresh, heavy whipping cream into the eggs. Add a sprinkle of sea salt crystals and a whisper of ground, imported pepper corns to the mixture. Pour the mixture into a food processor and pulse gently to blend.

Fry 12 ounces of hardwood-smoked, premium cut bacon strips until the sizzle indicates they are well done, just on the edge of crispy crunchy. Sharpen a medium cleaver with a honing rod and then, on an imported bamboo slicing board, cut the bacon into small crumbly, succulent tidbits.

Shred a block of well aged Swiss cheese until you have one and a half cups. (You can use a hand-held shredder or an electro-mechanical one--that is, a food processor.)

Place a pre-crafted, chef-quality 9-inch pie crust into the bottom of a non-stick springform pan of the same dimensions. Carefully place one pressed cup of garden fresh, tender baby spinach leaves in the bottom of the pan. Now sprinkle half the bacon tidbits onto the spinach leaves in an even pattern. Then sprinkle half the Swiss cheese shred  over the bacon.  Now sprinkle 1/6 of a cup of crumbled Feta cheese over the Swiss cheese.

Repeat the layering of baby spinach leaves, bacon tidbits, and Swiss and Feta cheeses, but withholding a tablespoon or so of bacon and Feta.
Pour the egg mixture over the final cheese layer. Sprinkle the remaining bacon and Feta over the top.

Bake for 40 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

What do you think? I imagine that if you read the enhanced recipe to someone you are sharing the quiche with, that someone will think it tastes amazingly great. (It is amazing without the puffery, but add an even more positive description and the taste will improve even further.)

So, the words we use to describe things, including other people and our relationship with them, can have a powerful effect on the way we feel about them and interact with them. That's why, for example, it's not a good idea to criticize someone with, "You never..." or "You always..."  That means that we have created a fixed expctation about that person, and expectation influences perception. In other words, what you expect to see, you do see, even when it's not the case.

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