Question: A yen for adventure took us to Livingston, Mont., and Bear Paw Outfitters. Our days of exploration on horseback always ended with an excellent meal, and one meal consisted of the best ham and broccoli quiche ever! To prove that real men do eat quiche, my husband has requested the recipe.

- Dee Ross, Lancaster, Pa.

Answer: For fourth-generation Montanans Tim and Cindy Bowers, guiding people on high-country and backcountry horseback adventures is not a sideline; it's a business. Operating in Yellowstone National Park and Gallatin National Forest adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the Bowers' horseback trips include exploration of some of the most pristine and out-of-the-way places in the Absaroka mountains and Yellowstone Paradise Valley (the Bowers are residents of Livingston, near Bozeman).

There's plenty of sightseeing as well as opportunities for fly-fishing, photography and rock-houn-ding during the pack trips that run from mid-July to mid-September, when shortening days, cooler temperatures and snow in the high country signal the onset of autumn - and the start of the elk mating season.

Bear Paw Outfitters doesn't consider roughing it in the wilderness as a prerequisite for enjoying the scenic wonders of majestic Montana. When the horses are tethered, hungry riders enjoy a home-style meal such as quiche - Cindy Bowers' ham and broccoli quiche is easily made and develops its own light crust during baking - salad, fruit and homemade pie before relaxing in the warm glow of the campfire under the stars in Big Sky Country.




1 cup diced ham

1 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 cup chopped broccoli

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup Bisquick

1 1/2 cups milk

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon paprika

Sprinkle ham, cheese, broccoli, onion and green bell pepper over bottom of greased 10-inch quiche dish. Set aside. Place Bisquick in large mixing bowl. Whisk in milk, eggs, salt and pepper. Pour Bisquick mixture over ingredients in quiche dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in preheated 375-degree oven 30 to 35 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of quiche comes out clean. Yields 4 to 6 servings.