A Quiche a Day Keeps the Curse Away

The baseball playoffs are heating up and the World Series is just around the corner. Therfore it’s only a matter of time before the announcers start talking about curses. Sure athletes are a very superstitious bunch, but curses? You know, that power that’s out of everybody’s control and prevents your team from winning a World Series. Really?  It’s not the lack of clutch hitting, or an unreliable bullpen, or maybe, just maybe, their opponent was better. Nope. That’s too rational of an explanation. Die-hards will have none of that. So all those “wait-till-next-year” fans turn to something they can’t explain to explain their team’s shortcomings. A curse. It’s true. It works.  Just ask the Boston Red Sox fans. Oh, wait, their team has won two World Series in recent years. Proof the Curse of the Bambino was no match for a dominating pitching performance and Big Papi.

This year, Cubs fans hope their north-side heroes follow suit and expel the Curse of the Billy Goat. You know, Chicago’s own mythological jinx that has, ahem, prevented them from winning a World Series since 1945.

In a nutshell, Billy (owner of the Billy Goat Tavern located near the ball park) and his goat were in attendance during a 1945 World Series game against the Detroit Tigers (don’t ask me, I wasn’t working the gate that day). Billy’s goat stunk. The crowd grew tired of that farm-fresh funk. Billy and his goat were escorted out of Wrigley Field. Billy, upset, allegedly uttered the (black) magic words: “Them Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.” Well, “them Cubs” have won thousands of games since 1945, just not a World Series.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention they weren’t winning World Series for the 37 years before Billy Sianis and his goat were asked to leave the cozy confines of Wrigley Field. But I digress.

Maybe it was The Not Having a Curse to Blame Curse. See how easy it is to place blame on anything else but the root cause?

To each their own.

Curses don’t exist. But talented pitchers and great young hitters do. So there’s hope, and a lot of exciting moments left this season.

If you believe a goat-loving tavern owner can easily cast a curse, it only seems logical that any average Joe could remove a curse as just as easily.  So I’m here to help. Invite a goat to your home. Go to a petting zoo and feed a goat. There are “Bark in the Park” days at stadiums that allow fans to bring their dogs to the game, so why not ask ownership for a “Baa in the Park” day? Goats would be welcomed in once again to watch a game; and afterward they can run the bases and trim the outfield grass.

But there is a game tonight, Cubs fans need a quick fix. Here it is: eat goat cheese. It’s delicious. It’s from goats. Get rid of that curse bite by delicious bite.

Try this soon to be famous, sure-fire curse-be-gone quiche recipe. It’s sure to be a hit all around baseball (except in New York, Kansas City and Toronto).

Goat Cheese and Spinach Quiche

Refrigerated pie crusts, cut into 12 2 ½” rounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup onion, diced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup baby spinach
6 oz crumbled goat cheese
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp nutmeg
Salt
Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray two 6-cup muffin tins with cooking spray. Spread mini crust rounds in tins. Score the bottoms of the crusts.
In a skillet, heat oil on medium heat. Sauté onions for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and spinach. Sautee for 7-8 minutes until mushrooms are dark brown and spinach has reduced. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread vegetable mix evenly over the bottom of the unbaked pie crusts. Sprinkle the goat cheese on top of the vegetables.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste. Distribute evenly into muffin tins.
Bake until the center is set, about 35 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

PJ Butland