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Fresh spinach crop flourishes in cool weather

Fresh green spinach is in season now, and due to the cool weather, the crop is flourishing. The best quality spinach has a bright green color and fresh-looking tender leaves.

It is very perishable, but stored in the crisper in plastic bags, spinach will keep for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Before storing, wash thoroughly in cold water, lifting leaves to let any sand settle, and then drain well.

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To cook spinach, wash and place in pan with only the water clinging to the leaves. Cover tightly and steam over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes only. Drain and serve immediately with butter and seasonings as desired. Spinach Quiche 9-inch pastry shell, baked 1 pound fresh spinach, cooked and drained, and chopped 2 cups light cream 1/3 cup each grated Swiss and Paremsan cheese 4 eggs Salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine cream, cheese, eggs, and seasonings together very thoroughly. Place spinach in pastry shell; pour egg mixture over spinach.

Bake in 350 degrees F. oven for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve hot.

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