A few weeks ago, the city of Ashland officially welcomed Dave Kanner to the position of City Administrator. Dave most recently worked as the County Administrator in Deschutes County. Mayor Stromberg said this about Dave,“His collaborative management style, years of experience in public administration, and technical expertise, will benefit our community for years to come.”
Dave is in a new community and his family is still back home where he used to live. When I thought about that, I imagined that he might feel a bit out of his element… and that a pie of some kind might make him feel more at home.
Today I brought a Spinach, Pepper, Onion, and Cheddar Quiche to Dave Kanner to welcome him to our fair city. I hope that he feels that he is exactly where he should be. I don’t expect his job to be easy, and I can’t imagine what it must be like to tackle it, but I do want him to know how much we appreciate his effort and dedication on our behalf.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Mushroom, Spinach and Pepper Quiche
Quiche. It is such a fun word to say. And I love the company name “Love and Quiches” for it seems to say it all. Today I decided again to make a quiche. As I drove up the street, I thought about who might appreciate a quiche. As I passed Ellie’s house, I knew immediately who I wanted to surprise with a savory pie. And as luck would have it, as I was entering the grocery store (to buy ingredients for the quiche), Ellie was exiting. I tried to casually ask if she ate dairy products – for that is a pretty large component of quiche. When she said “yes” I knew I was on the right track.
Once I got home I began prepping the ingredients – cutting the mushrooms, sautéing the vegetables, grating the cheese, rolling out the crust. I thought you might like to catch a glimpse of the process:
Late this afternoon, I made my way to Ellie’s house and delivered the quiche to her and her family. It was a tangible way to thank and acknowledge her – for her gentle, caring spirit, for her willingness to share her music, and for her support of our community. We are so lucky to have her in our midst.