A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Quiche…

Funny things happen when you crack up...

Smiley Eggs

Yes, on the way to making a spinach, feta and tomato quiche this morning, I looked down into the bowl and what do you know?

Must’ve been those free-range eggs I used.

I’ve been gone for a loooong loooong time and really I have no excuse.  Ok that’s not true.  I have lots of ’em.  Most of them have something to do with the TWO bands I’m in now, and how busy they’ve been keeping me.  (In fact as I type this, concurrently baking a butternut squash to make a great crostini spread with goat cheese and cinnamon for New Years Eve), I am actually procrastinating from listening to the rough mixes of the new happy problem album.  Look out 2011 – big things are coming from the Punky!

And wait Punky, you say you have TWO bands now?

Oh yes, my little chefs, (I wanted to type “cheffies” but that just looks like some variety of blue cheese, so…), I am in TWO bands now, both very different from each other and both looking for bass players.


The newest band is called The Bashful and we are steps away from announcing that a song of our debut EP is about to be in a big movie – stay tuned for that news.  (And see below for ALL information and links about both bands and all things musical Shaber.)

The Bashful are radical dance rock, nicely complimenting the happy problem’s snarky indiepunk; the way a sprig of basil nicely compliments an heirloom tomato.

It always comes back to the food, eh?

The point is, I have two bands, one Brooklyn rehearsal studio, four weekly rehearsals, an album almost finished with the happy problem AND a really tiny New York City kitchen, all of which are NOT contributing to a successful cooking blogosphere in my life.  To make matters worse, the spinach, feta and tomato quiche I whipped up this morning from those smiling eggs has been devoured completely, so I don’t even have a PICTURE of it to show you.

But at least I can share the grinning yolks with you and tell you that, if you drizzle some olive oil in a pan and saute 2 cups of spinach until wilted, then plop it evenly over a 1/3 cup of crumbled feta in a room temp pie crust, adding on top a mixed bowl of 4 eggs, 2/3 of a cup creme fraiche or milk (you can guess which of those the unfancy Punky chose – and it’s not the creme fraiche), a teaspoon of dried garlic and some salt and pepper, and then top the whole thing with as-thin-as-you-can tomato slices, and bake it at 350 for 45 minutes, you too will have HAPPY HUMANE QUICHE!  HOORAY!

Not your usual cynical self, eh Punky?

Well, what can I say?  It’s been a crazy great year, a great holiday season filled with nephews;

Punky Nephew

Punky Nephew #1

Punky Nephew #2

Punky Nephew #2

and new spoons shaped like people complete with suction cup feet;

What, you thought I was kidding?

What, you thought I was kidding?

And Punky is just damn tired.  But I am currently making a butternut squash goat cheese dip to be enjoyed at a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night in Tenafly – because where else does a true punk rocker kick-off the new year but in New Jersey?

All bands can be found on iTunes and CD Baby!  Enjoy and Serve!


The Bashful debut EP, Venture

The best new dance rock band in the world.  Period.

Buy it at iTunes

Buy it at CD Baby

Visit us on YouTube, Facebook, Reverbnation, Last.fm, Labtones, Myspace and more.

The Bashful - Venture EP

the happy problem debut EP

Indiepunk for a new generation.  Songs heard on “Greek”, “Privileged”, “Stoked!”, “Teen Mom” and more.

Buy it at iTunes

Buy it at CD Baby

Visit us on YouTube, Facebook, Reverbnation, Last.fm, Pandora, Labtones, Myspace and more.

the happy problem EP

And all Sam Shaber albums are also available on iTunes and CD Baby.  Do you have them all?  Now’s the time to complete your collection and be cooler than everyone you know.

Sassy EP

Sassy EP – 2007

in my bones - live in Chicago

in my bones; live in Chicago – 2006

eighty numbered streets

eighty numbered streets – 2003

Sam*pler EP

Sam*pler EP – 2000


perfecT – 1999

In The Bunker

In The Bunker – 1997

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