The Flower Story and Crab Quiche

by Joanne on January 4, 2011

January 2nd is my mother’s birthday.  It’s pretty tough buying a gift for her after exhausting all the best ideas on December 25th.  But we try.  This year, she gave us no help what-so-ever in regards to what she would like for her birthday.  When in doubt, go for flowers.  1800Flowers.comI love that site!

This is what I ordered:

Birthday flower cake

and chocolates


The “cake” of flowers was delivered on time (Dec. 31st as requested) and Mum was absolutely thrilled. I asked if she got the chocolates.  She said “No. What chocolates?”  

8:15 am Monday morning I called 1800Flowers and told them the chocolate was never delivered.  This is what the representative said….

“We want you to be 100% satisfied with your experience so we are sending you a $25.00 coupon to use towards your next order PLUS we want to send your mother the order again WITH the chocolates.”  

I said “I’m sure she won’t want another birthday flower cake”.  The rep. told me to pick out another bouquet of equal value and they would send that to Mum. 

field flowers

My mother received another bouquet of flowers PLUS chocolates Monday (SAME DAY!) late afternoon.

Seriously, can you beat that kind of service?!  1800Flowers just earned my business for a lifetime.

But what about something we can REALLY EAT?!!!! 

Crab Quiche

I always check out the recipes posted in the Sunday Utica OD by Janet Chanatry. This week she featured a Crab Quiche and it really appealed to me.  If you’re not into crab, you might try tuna or shrimp.  If you just plain can’t eat anything from the water, use cooked chicken pieces and turn it into a “Chicken Quiche”.


Crab Quiche based on a recipe by Janet Chanatry (Serves 6 )


· 16 oz Premium Crab meat (don’t use that fake stuff!)

· 1/2 onion, chopped

· 1 tsp Promise Healthy Heart Margarine

· 3 large eggs

· 1 cup egg whites

· 2 TBS flour

· 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning

· 1 tsp baking powder

· pinch salt

· 8 oz Non-Fat Cottage Cheese

· 1/2 cup Grated Reduced fat Pepper Jack cheese

Preheat oven on 450 F.

Microwave the onion in the margarine for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave again for another 30 seconds.

Beat the whole eggs with the egg whites in a large bowl.

Add the onion/margarine, flour, Old Bay, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

Stir in the crab and cheese.

Pour into a 9 x 9 square baking dish sprayed with non – stick spray.

Bake at 450 F for 10 minutes, reduce heat to 350 F and continue to bake for 30 – 35 minutes.

Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.


I couldn’t resist adding a little salsa on top.  It was SO good!


This meal had a lot of healthy protein….the crab, the eggs, the non fat cottage cheese…and served with fresh green beans, a perfect way to end the day on a healthy note.

Calories approximately 101.  Total fat: 3 g.  108 mg Cholesterol. 5 g Carbohydrates. 13 g Protein.

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  • At 2011.01.04 07:30, Heather said:

    Wow, what great customer service!! You don’t see that so much anymore. And that flower cake is sweet! 🙂

    • At 2011.01.04 16:03, Joanne said:

      It was unique and very pretty.

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        • At 2011.01.04 12:51, Monet said:

          If only crabmeat wasn’t so expensive…I’d be making these every weekend. It looks HEAVENLY. I wish I had a slice right now. Happy Birthday to your mom! Isn’t it amazing how well some companies take care of you after they’ve made a mistake? Thank you for sharing!

          • At 2011.01.04 16:03, Joanne said:

            I know. I buy the “premium” crab so it’s $10. per 16 ox as opposed to $15.00 for 16 oz.

            • At 2011.01.04 14:48, Juliana said:

              Joanne, the pictures of the flowers arrangements are so pretty 🙂 The crab quiche sure looks fabulous and like you I just dislike the fake ones…so yucky! I’ll definitely try this quiche since I have a can of crab in my fridge…Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂

              • At 2011.01.04 16:04, Joanne said:

                I love quiche, omelets, egg dishes in general for an easy and healthy dinner.

                • At 2011.01.04 14:50, Lori (Finding Radiance) said:

                  I love 1800 flowers as well – they have awesome customer service. I have sent that flower cake before. It is adorable.

                  And crab! That is my favorite seafood. I could sit all day and eat crab legs 😀

                  • At 2011.01.04 16:04, Joanne said:

                    I’m with you on the fresh crab legs. I like it so much more than lobster.

                    • At 2011.01.04 15:14, Leslie said:

                      That flower cake is stunning! I’ll have to remember your great experience with 1800flowers the next time I need a floral arrangement!!

                      • At 2011.01.04 16:05, Joanne said:

                        They did a great job on the flower “cake”.

                        • At 2011.01.05 11:43, Amanda @bakingwithoutabox said:

                          That flower cake is so cute! Who wouldn’t want to get one of those. But to get the great customer service with another bouquet and the chocolates is just awesome. What better way to back up the money incentive they offered.
                          Mmmm, quiche. I haven’t met too many quiches my tummy didn’t like. Lol.

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