I’m always trying to get my friends to run with me to cure cancer.  (I typically train with Team in Training, and in doing so raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.)

But as soon as I start saying things like, “You could just do the half marathon!”  they look at me like I have six heads and back away slowly as quickly as possible.  Apparently 13.1 miles of running doesn’t sound quite as appealing to them as it does to me.

Eating to cure cancer, on the other hand?  That they can handle.


A few weeks ago, Eggland’s Best contacted me about their involvement with Susan G. Komen For the Cure and asked me if I would get involved as well by hosting a Pink Party for a bunch of my closest friends.  In exchange, they’d make a contribution to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in my honor, as well as provide me with some coupons to share with my friends and additional funds for extra ingredients.

Given that (a) I already use and love Eggland’s Best eggs and think they are a great and healthy product, and (b) will take any opportunity to hang out with my favorite ladies and eat good food, especially if it’s in the name of a great cause.  I answered with a resounding yes.


Before we get to the food, can we discuss eggs for a second and how Eggland’s Best ended up joining forces with the SGK foundation to begin with?

Eggs get a bad rep but actually, they can be part of a healthy diet.  Especially Eggland’s Best eggs which, in addition to being a great lean protein source, also provide TWICE the vitamin D and omega-3’s, as well as TEN TIMES the vitamin E, with less saturated fat and cholesterol, as compared with other eggs.  Given that being overweight has been linked to an increased risk of cancer while eating a healthy diet filled with nutrient-dense foods such as fruit, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains has been shown to be the one of the best defenses against it…I’d say it’s a no-brainer.

While I don’t have any direct connection to breast cancer myself, cancer does run in my family and so I’ll do anything and everything I can to prevent it from pervading future generations.  This is why I exercise and eat a diet that is based around fruits and veggies.  These are the two things I can do that I know for sure will help me stave off a whole slew of diseases.  And in a world full of uncertainty…I like “for sure”.  It’s not a given that these will absolutely prevent me from getting sick, but every little bit helps.

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So here’s what went down.

Yesterday, at approximately 1pm, five of my favorite ladies came over for one egg-cellent brunch! (Sorry, had to do it.  At least once.)  From left to right, we have Victoria, Lauren, Sophie, Amma, and my other roommate Anu was also present…but she somehow managed to evade my camera.

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We gossiped.  Among other things, we discussed Tom Cruise’s sexual orientation, which season of Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker was pregnant during, whether hiring a surrogate to carry and have your baby just so you can keep your figure is absolutely disgusting (unanimous yes, by the way), etc.  It was awesome.  I really love gossip.

And we ate.

A lot.

Roasted pumpkin quiche with caramelized onions, gorgonzola and sage.  Pumpkin biscuits with cranberry curd.  Spinach and dried cranberry salad. Pink lady cupcakes.

You would have had to roll me home.  Except…I was already home.  Score.

It was really an awesome meal and I just want to thank Eggland’s Best for giving me this opportunity to hang out with my favorite ladies and eat delicious food…and also for allowing me to share the love with you guys…with a GIVEAWAY!  One lucky reader will receive an awesome prize package with: 2 free EB dozen coupons, 1 free EB hard cooked and peeled variety coupon, 4 EB ramekins, 1 EB apron, 1 EB whisk, 1 EB spatula, 1 EB egg timer, 1 EB eco bag, and 1 EB plush egg.  All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me either what you do to raise awareness about/combat cancer or how you incorporate healthy living in your life to prevent cancer. The winner will be chosen on Friday.


Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Sage
Serves 6-8, adapted from Closet Cooking


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups onion, sliced
  • water, as needed
  • 2 cups pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough, thawed according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 oz gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp sage, thinly sliced


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute until the onions are tender, about 10-15 minutes.  Reduce the heat to just a bit below medium.  Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook until the onions turn a deep golden brown, about 50 minutes.  You will need to stir every 10 minutes for the first 30 minutes and every 5 minutes for the remaining time.  Add a bit more water if the pan starts to get dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.  Place butternut squash or pumpkin on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Spray with cooking spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast until tender, about 30-40 minutes.  Set aside.
  3. Lower oven to 375.
  4. Brush a sheet of phyllo pastry with the olive oil and fit it into the bottom of a greased 9-inch springform pan with the ends hanging over the side of the pan and repeat with the remaining sheets, placing them on top.
  5. Mix the onions, pumpkin, eggs, milk, gorgonzola and sage. Pour into the crust.
  6. Bake until golden brown and set in the center, 25-45 minutes.

Looking for more recipes with eggs:
Corn Quiche in a Teff Crust
Muhammara-Style Shakshouka
Mexican Torta
Sweet Potato Tortilla
Lazy Chile Rellenos
Fried Eggs on Toast with Cheddar and Avocado

I am submitting this to Meatless Mondays hosted by Chaya of My Sweet and Savory!


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98 Responses to Roasted Pumpkin Quiche with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Sage…and My Eggland’s Best "Pink Party"! (GIVEAWAY)

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never had quiche in phyllo dough but I definitely need to try it. And I love anything pumpkin/sage

  2. Simply Life says:

    oh what a fun time! your friends are lucky to have you cook for them!

    I try to eat lots of plant-based, unprocessed foods and exercise regularly…I also try to get my family and community to do the same!

  3. Fabulous flavor combination in this dish! Mmmmm…
    My family has been affected by cancer, and over the years I have run races to support cancer foundations and I donate $ as well. I try to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle by exercising regularly and staying passionate about eating a healthy diet!

  4. Jeanette says:

    What a beautiful quiche for such a worthwhile cause. I am all about helping people eat healthily in hopes of preventing cancer and other diseases.

  5. Lovely quiche, Joanne.. Sounds like quite the Part-ay! I just saw Forks over Knives yesterday and feel a whole lot better about my whole foods vegan diet.. although still a biased documentary. 😛

  6. I want that quiche! I thought she hired the surrogate b/c she couldn’t have the baby…

  7. Look at that crust I tell you- seriously joanne- look at that crust- do you realize just how flaky and buttery and beautiful it is- I want to eat that and that alone but I might as well enjoy the crust with the most amazing pumpkin filling- YOU ARE ON A ROLL!

  8. A very innovative and tasty quiche! Phyllo crust must give a lovely crunch. Have I ever mentionned that oven-roasted pumpkin was my new addiction?

  9. Candace says:

    What is not to love about this quiche?! You have incorporated all the best flavors together and put them in a phyllo crust no less. You are my hero!

  10. What a fabulous brunch menu and perfect conversation:-) I exercise and eat (mostly) healthy to try to keep my body happy.

  11. WOW, that looks amazing!!! A party with dear friends, yummy food and lots of gossip? I’m totally in!

    Camila Faria

  12. Foodycat says:

    That quiche sounds divine – I love the filo case and those are such good flavours together!

  13. bellini says:

    What a fuin way to spend an afternoon, eating with friends and raising money for a good cause.

  14. Ben says:

    I want to eat to cure cancer too! I love the quiche with the delicious roasted pumpkin. I just love pumpkin!

  15. That looks so good, I think I’ll make that for breakfast today! Thanks for sharing and I am completely behind you to help find a cure for Cancer!

  16. gwen says:

    Wow! That quiche looks incredible. I love the idea of using phyllo for the crust. Much prettier than regular ol’ crust.

    For the past eight months or so, I’ve upped my veggie intake and stopped cooking meat at home (well, almost stopped). I’ve read about all the veggie-health links and decided that was an easy step to take.

  17. I just love that you used phyllo dough here instead of regular pie crust. It really makes a statement!

  18. Beth says:

    You didn’t say anything about international entries. I’m assuming I’m not eligible, but I’ll answer your question anyhow! I’m much likelier to prepare super-healthy entrees because of blogs like yours that post fantastic recipes!

  19. Mo 'Betta says:

    pumpkin biscuits with cranberry curd? Yes, please! I’m involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well, but participate in their annual Light the Night Walk (b/c I can’t run more than a couple of miles without feeling like I’m going into cardiac arrest). Cancer is so prevalent in my family it’s scary.

  20. Omg, I need this in my life right now! Pumpkin and sage is my favorite combo but I’ve never considered putting it in a quiche! YUM!

    We eat very little processed food in my house in an attempt to be healthy. 🙂

  21. Oh wow, this looks good! I enjoyed the egglands best eggs too!

  22. Kristen says:

    That quiche is the bomb, Joanne. What a gorgeous combination.

    We eat meatless, exercise, and try to eat as many colors as possible at our meals.

  23. Big Dude says:

    It’s always fun to cook for your good friends. Your quiche looks excellent and I especially like how you did the phyllo dough.

  24. idnibbler says:

    Dude – three things

    1. I cook from your blog about once a week (this week I made caramel crumb bars and burnt the caramel but am still eating them because the crust … takes me to where I want to be)

    2. I raised a sig. amount with LLS last year when I ran the hampton half. I also tried to eat my veggies with our late/beloved CSA

    3. This recipe looks yummy…if I only I weren’t allergic to sage 🙂

  25. MM says:

    I’m loving that phyllo crust. The fall flavors on your menu–not too shabby either! You have lucky friends.

  26. Danielle says:

    This looks so good I love quiche and the idea of putting it in a phyllo sounds great.

  27. Nicole, RD says:

    I went from satisfied to starving during the time it took me to read your post which was about 3 minutes. Heavens that looks amazing! I have some vegetarian friends in town this weekend and I want to wow them…this is the way!

    As for cancer…I, too, believe that working our and loading up with 5-9 fruits and veggies a day (of various colors, of course!) will help me escape cancer. Cancer runs in my family, too…but I think that’s more often the case than not 🙁

  28. Amy says:

    I get that same look when a friend asks for suggestions on losing weight and I recommend Insanity. They decided they’d rather be overweight. Lol. That’s some giveaway, Joanne! Who doesn’t love eggs? Crazy people.

  29. Tricia says:

    looks delicious!
    as for personal cancer prevention, i’ve been a vegetarian since high school, almost 10 years (yikes i’m getting old). i’m also a marathoner/triathlete. my close friends and family are used to being battered with vegetables because i of course want to reduce their risk as well. on a larger scale, i work in the world of public health research, mainly for colorectal cancer prevention (through diet/lifestyle changes). so, i’m trying to do my part 🙂

  30. i support friends that participate in Komen and similar walks

  31. Anonymous says:

    I try to eat lots of veggies and other good foods, not much processed stuff. I would love to win.
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  32. sally says:

    Looks like a great quiche and I like the idea of using phyllo dough as the crust.

  33. Kari says:

    We try to eat as healthy as possible and avoid processed foods. It helps that I love to cook.

  34. betty says:

    I’ve never made something with phyllo pastry and I need to try it, it looks perfectly crunchy on the edge and the combination of the pumpkin with cheese sounds like heaven to me

  35. Faith says:

    That quiche looks outstanding, Joanne! Such lucky girls to get to sample your food…I’m green with envy, lol!

    What a great cause too…I do my best to prevent cancer by eating as many raw fruits/veggies as I can. The deeper the color, the better!

  36. Julie says:

    That’s one beautiful quiche!

  37. Claire says:

    Does it count that I’m working on a report about antifungal use in conjunction with chemo? Probably not! Last year I walked in our local fundraiser for our children’s cancer clinic…hope to be able to do it again this year, the “Jingle Bell Jog.” 🙂 FUn!

    That quiche looks simply FANTASTIC! Finally made the poppyseed chicken I’ve been wanting for a while. Now, I need to make quiche that I’ve also been craving! 🙂

  38. Shannon says:

    sounds like a fabulous quiche, as well as a fabulous brunch 🙂

  39. Mary says:

    Your entire menu sounds delicious! I love the phyllo crust for a quiche. I’ve never tried that. Thanks!

  40. Jenna says:

    Your ‘I didn’t have to roll home ’cause I was already home’ bit cracked me up.
    And though I don’t run marathons myself (yes, I’d look at you as if you had 6 heads too), I contribute $$ to those running for cancer and other things.

  41. Sarah says:

    this sounds great! to prevent cancer, i try to eat tons of fruits and veggie everyday.

  42. LOL! I see the crutches made an appearance in the photos too!
    LOve all of Kevin’s recipes–he’s a genius.

  43. Ranjani says:

    This quiche looks AWESOME! I always struggle to use up a whole bunch of sage when I buy it, and this looks like a great way to use some!

  44. Miriam says:

    That is one of the most beautiful quiche I have ever seen and I have never thought to make a quiche with phyllo dough before. Love it!
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  45. Nice score from the company that produces vegetarian fed eggs! I have never seen this written anywhere. Vegetarian eggs for vegetarians and vegetarian chicken and cattle for carnivores:) I did some project with a poultry farm and was shocked to discover that chicken feathers, bones etc can be minced, added to feed and fed to the chickens.

  46. Stefanie says:

    That looks so delicious!
    At my gym, we are having a whole Breast Cancer awareness month. We post tips on facebook, and we’re selling t-shirts and tanks that have a pink ribbon and the slogan “I used my strength to help others regain theirs” and donating the proceeds

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  48. Geni says:

    A pumpkin quiche in phllyo dough? What’ next? This looks so creative, breathtaking and truly a very happy homey comfort food. YUM!

  49. OohLookBel says:

    Sounds like a wonderful girly lunch! And the perfect dish to go with it; I love eggs and filo, so where’s my invitation to your next do? =)

  50. Nicole says:

    This looks amazing! Pumpkin + gorgonzola cheese + phyllo? Can’t go wrong there!

  51. Pam says:

    What a fantastic meal to share with your friends. I too love Egglands Best eggs – they are tasty and good for you. I try to incorporate as much cancer fighting foods into our diet because it runs rampant in my husband’s side of the family.

    Awesome giveaway lady!

  52. My Picadillo says:

    I understand how your friends feel. I’m WALKING a 5K for the American Heart Association this Saturday and I’m still trying to psyche myself up for it. This dish looks amazing…it’s a keeper!

  53. Juliana says:

    What a beautiful dish, I love how you use the phyllo dough…I yet still have to try. Absolutely gorgeous Joanne.
    Hope you have a great week ahead 🙂

  54. Really Really love the crispy phyllo crust that you used as a crust..soo innovative. Sage with squash is one of my fav combos..looks perfect as a brunch option!

  55. What a great cause! Your quiche looks delicious.

  56. Christina says:

    I really like the phyllo crust. Such a great idea! Caramelized onions is a favorite, and I bet it made the dish taste amazing.

    Usually when I fund raise, I try to join a group. It’s easier to spread the word in an organized setting where more people are helping out.

  57. ADORE the use of phyllo crust! i gotta go and buy some phyllo!

  58. Reeni says:

    Everything sounds incredibly delicious especially this gorgeous quiche! I am totally jealous – lucky friends! We love EB’s in our house – have some of them proetty pink stamped eggs hanging in our fridge right now.

  59. This just may be the prettiest quiche I’ve ever seen!

  60. Shirley says:

    Gosh thats some quiche! I appreciate your dedication to the cause!

  61. teresa says:

    oh i can only imagine how fun this event would have been! the quiche looks amazing, i especially love the gorgonzola!

  62. daphne says:

    fabulous! with the cheese and creamy pumpkin and sweet onion.. I’m in! and for a good cause too.

  63. heather says:

    I love this blog, the quiche looks amazing…but factory farmed eggs? really? you support factory farmed eggs? laid from caged chickens full of hormones and antibiotics? Please do not think I am judging you, I love what you have to say about eating healthy, and being vegetarian. I just really hate that chickens are still raised in cages in factory farms, and companies make you think they mean well by stating a vegetarian animal is fed vegetarian food.
    Rant over. LOVE THAT QUICHE!

  64. Joanne says:

    heather – Thanks so much for your comment! Eggland’s Best actually also sells cage free eggs, which are the kind that I normally buy (and the coupons in the prize pack are good for those as well!). I purchased a container of the non cage-free ones specifically for this post because they had breast cancer symbol on them, but otherwise my kitchen is normally entirely cage-free! I hate that chickens are still raised in cages in factories as well…totally with you on this one!

  65. I am afraid of phyllo but this looks so delicious, how do I pass it up?

  66. The phyllo quiche looks amazing and tempting!

  67. sophia says:

    JEALOUS!!!! Of all the people whom you invited. Where’s my invitation? But then, I think the plane back home has a weight limit and I’ll probably be rolling into the airport, too.

    guess what. I’m eating 4 whole eggs on brown rice right now!

  68. Such a great cause! Looove quiches! Totaly score that you only had to roll to the couch haha

  69. Veronica says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of pink parties! I love your menu-great choices!

  70. Interesting recipe! Wondrin how it tastes with all those ingredients mixed.

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  71. That Girl says:

    I feel bad because I just got a call about Race for the Cure since I usually run it every year and haven’t signed up. But at the same time, I’m technically running without medical consent until November 7 so I figured I’ll just run doubly hard next year.

  72. girlichef says:

    Sounds like a blast! And what a gorgeous fall-inspired quiche. YUM!

  73. Allison says:

    This could be my dream breakfast. Oh my.

  74. vianney says:

    How fun and love the gossip, lol…
    Whole grains, fruit and veggies

  75. I’ve always felt that no meal is ever complete without gossip! But even I must say, with or without the chitchat this dish is amazing. Fantastic photography, Joanne!!!
    I’ve always believed in are the health benefits of eggs, and I’m so glad you posted about that!
    A fabulous afternoon- next time count me in!! :))


  76. Lori says:

    Somehow I don’t think I’d have a problem getting my friends to eat for a cure either. This is outstanding, a work or art. Not to mention some tasty flavors going on.

  77. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, Absolutely a delicious looking quiche!! Wonderful. Blessings, Catherine ox

  78. Claudia says:

    Yes, I can do that. Eat to help cure cancer. Eating healthy, no junk food, is how. I love that quiche in phyllo crust, a nice touch.

  79. looks like a great brunch and event hugs your a great person with a bug heart

  80. jacqueline says:

    My mother got cancer when i was in fourth grade. At the time, i didn’t really understand what was going on, but now that I am older, I understand what my mom went through and how strong and amazing she is. In her honor, I was the captain of a Relay For Life team every year while in college. Now, we get together as often as possible and cook exciting new dishes together. My life would be so different if cancer had beaten my mom, and I am so grateful to her, her doctors, the researchers, and everyone else who made my happiness possible. We can’t wait to make this new dish, along with the caramel crumb bars! Thanks for being so awesome!

  81. Kevin says:

    Your quiche looks amazing! I am going to have to make this again soon!

  82. Alice says:

    Bravo to you!

    I try to do my yearly/monthly checks for any physical abnormalities, reduce stress levels, avoid alcohol (and, of course, smoking), and eat more whole/colorful/organic-ish foods. :o)

  83. Deborah says:

    I don’t think I could survive without eggs. And that is one of the most gorgeous quiches that I’ve seen!

  84. polwig says:

    I love EB that is actually the only product I use, especially the ones with 115mg of Omega 3 (for that growing toddler brain), now instead of spoon feeding my kids fish oil I can just make some pies and cookies

  85. Yum! I can’t wait to try your chickpea potpie recipe, it looks delicious!
    I am a breast cancer survivor! I love to try new recipes, limit my sugar, eat more veggies,fruit,protein(eggs)for breakfast, and legumes. I am starting a Health/ Wellness challenge at my workplace, hoping to inspire my colleagues and the physicians that I work with.

  86. You do so much to foster healthy eating, Joanne! Your quiche looks wonderful sounded by that beautiful phyllo dough crust.

    I am a breast cancer survivor myself. Since my husband and I are not vegetarians, I try to prepare fish for dinner several times a week – mostly salmon, trout and halibut, wild caught, if possible. Lots of veggies with every meal too. Fruits and nuts are my favorite snacks.

  87. Dana says:

    A) This is beautiful. I never thought of using filo for a crust for quiche. Need to use filo more. B) I have it on good authority, from a friend who is high up in Hollywood casting circles, that Tom Cruise is not straight.

  88. Becki Sue says:

    I’m committed to being active and eating a well-balanced diet.

  89. Chris says:

    Look at that flaky crust, beeeeeyotiful, Joanne!

  90. That quiche looks amazing. Love the crust and sage just makes me happy. It looks like a fabulous party–food & gossip works for me. 😉

  91. First of all, lovely dish! I really wish I could eat it =( I don’t have any direct link to cancer and it doesn’t run in my family, but my husband is exposed to countless carcinogens at his job. I try to serve us both tons of fresh fruits and veggies, we don’t smoke, keep drinking to a minimum, and eat healthy proteins like EGGS! Lol. I love Eggland’s Best too, they’re the only ones I buy and I’ve never had a bag egg. Awesome giveaway my friend =D

  92. grace says:

    phyllo! excellent! and here i thought it was only good for baklava. 🙂
    great post to raise awareness of a great cause, joanne–we should all be more proactive when it comes to cancer!

  93. Foodycat says:

    It’s in the oven right now! Smells wonderful. Thanks for the recipe!

  94. Rachel says:

    What a lovely party. And as for the gossip angle, I believe it was Alice Roosevelt Longworth who said: “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me!”.

    But less flippantly, eating less meat and more veg is definitely the way to keep cancer at bay and I always bring something healthy AND delicious to school functions, bake sales, parties and when I’m entertaining to serve as my healthy eating ambassadors.

  95. What a gorgeous quiche! Your friends were very lucky. 🙂

  96. M. says:

    I use lighter oils and whole grains when cooking, and eat meat sparingly. My boyfriend and I enjoy cooking together and going to our local organic co-op when we want to “eat out”.

  97. Victoria says:

    My lame (and apparently busy ie vacationing) ass finally got around to reading this post! I love your comments about the gossip… I can attest to the fact that it was all true! Thanks again so much for including me in this great event. It was so much fun and all the food was incredibly delicious 🙂

  98. lisa says:

    me & my friends always participate in all the komen walks to support cancer awareness…(not ready for any type of half marathon…yet!)
    sadly cancer took a friend of mine rather quickly & unexpectedly (he was only 29)…it made our whole softball community a lot tighter & more appreciative of each other
    thanks for much for the post….never thought about using phyllo as a crust, very interesting! ran into one for a spaghetti squash crust which is now 2nd to try after yours….thanks again!

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