Kelley Metcalf-Hollinger
Kelley Metcalf-Hollinger

When you first meet Kelley, her warm smile and welcoming personality really shine through.  Within minutes, you realize that Kelley has probably never met a stranger- she seems like a friend from the very first meeting.

Kelley grew up in the Kennett Square area, and actually worked as a dining room server at Kendal-Crosslands while in high school.  Over 20 years later, she came back to Kendal-Crosslands Community to join the Sales and Marketing Department in 2012.

Previously, Kelley worked with ACTS Retirement Life Communities in the administrative department with a variety of responsibilities, and as a move-in coordinator with Granite Farms Estates. Her experiences mean that she understands every aspect of moving into a community, from considering options to the actual process of downsizing and moving in.

What Makes Kendal-Crosslands Stand Out

One of the best things about working for Kendal-Crosslands Communities is their deep commitment to Quaker principles and the assurances of inclusivity for everyone. “This is such a welcoming community, and people are really valued for who they are as individuals, at every stage of their lives. It’s part of what makes our community so special,” Kelley stated.

On weekends, Kelley loves to spend time with her husband and daughter, who is attending college at Loyola in Chicago. They have a dog, Zoey, and a rabbit named Charles Cadbury the Second, which gives you a sense of Kelley’s fun and playful personality. She likes decorating her home, and has a knack for interior design, and loves to take walks and travel- which she can’t wait to do again after the pandemic.

We asked our staff to share one of their favorite recipes with you, for the upcoming holiday season. 

Kelley’s Favorite Recipe

“I don’t like following recipes.  Over the years working full time and having to think of something to cook for dinner every night before I go home is always a challenge.  I usually will scan the internet for ideas.  Usually by the time I get home I end up having an “idea” from a recipe I saw but I do it by memory and adding my own special touch to it.  This recipe for Quiche is a basic recipe with my own personal touch.  If you try it, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do on Sunday mornings.” – Kelley

Good Morning Quiche

1 prepared 9 inch single pie crust  (I like the kind I can put in my own Dish, and those that make their own- you ROCK!!)

6 eggs

¼ cup of milk or light cream

1 tsp minced garlic

2 cups baby spinach chopped 

4-6 baby bella mushrooms sliced

1 cup Vidalia onion diced 

1 cup your favorite cheese, cheddar, swiss, gouda divided 

4-5 slices of bacon

4-5 thin slices of tomato​

1-2 tsp butter 

(feel free to add more or less of the above, it’s all about you and what you like)

Follow directions on preparing your pie crust.  It is important to cook the pie crust first before you put ingredients in.  Otherwise you will have a gooey bottom to your quiche. 

While crust is baking, pop bacon in microwave till cooked but not crispy. 

Then on medium heat in pan, melt 1 tsp of butter and sauté onion, until lightly cooked (not yet opaque).  Add mushrooms and garlic and additional tsp of butter cook for a minute or two then add the spinach until it is cooked down take off heat and set aside. 

Once bacon is done, dice and set aside.  (Don’t forget the pie crust!  By this time, it should be golden brown) When crust is done, make sure to set oven at 400 degrees. Whisk eggs and shred cheeses.  Once pie crust is done, start layering, half the mushroom/spinach mixture, bacon, some cheese then some egg, – Continue layering with eggs last.  You want to have enough egg to cover everything lightly.  If it looks like you might not have enough egg to do that, add a little of the milk/light cream to the egg and whisk then add it to the top. After that, lay your thin slices of tomato on top .

Bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) until lightly puffed and golden brown and no longer jiggly in center, about 45-50 minutes.  Insert toothpick and it should come out clean.  Let sit for a couple minutes for the puffiness to relax and enjoy with a mimosa or a bloody mary.