Cauliflower is my favorite vegetable. There’s simply no contest. I am amazed at its versatility. It is so much more than just a bunch of boiled white florets. Cauliflower puree is nothing short of luxurious and is the perfect bed for a perfectly grilled steak. Roasted cauliflower tossed in parmesan cheese and herbs is a snack-able treat. Pureed cauliflower serves as a perfect and healthy base to any cream soup. Pizza crust. Breadsticks. Cauliflower rice. The possibilities are endless.
My family loves the winter, but living in the Northeast sometimes means cold and occasionally bone chilling temperatures. My husband works outside nearly all day. When he arrives home, thoroughly chilled to the core, there is little that hits the spot better than a hearty, piping hot bowl of soup.
I’ve never been a big fan of desserts. I do love, I mean love, cookies, but desserts such as cakes, pies, and pastries, really do little for me.
However, (isn’t there almost always ‘however’), I do have a weakness for cheesecake bars. If you’ve never tried any one of the gazillion variations on cheesecake bars, well, you must. The base crust is topped with a simple cheesecake filling, then finished with crumbs….huge, sweet, delicious crumbs. Everything is baked to perfection, then chilled. For me, these are the perfect dessert.
Cookies are by far my favorite dessert to make. The possibilities of shape, flavor, and texture are endless. Cookies can be a casual, rustic treat like the classic chocolate chip cookie or can be formal and refined like the Macaron or Palmier. Any way you cut them, I just love homemade cookies.
As a cook, I find my happy place while preparing homestyle, comfort food. Soups from scratch, sauces that simmer all day, and homemade Salisbury Steak with real gravy just about make me swoon. You won’t find much fancy flair in my humble kitchen. You won’t have to question which piece of cutlery you should use while dining in my home. You won’t be left looking at your meal and asking, “What is that, and how do I go about eating it?” I find comfort in the simplicity of food.