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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Mustard


A few weeks ago, I ran across a great deal on cauliflower.  It was on sale for $.85 per head.  Yes, 85 cents per head!  Wow, what a sale!  I've been paying up to $2.39 a head.  So I went a little cauliflower crazy.  I like cauliflower, it's one of the few veggies that Jeff will eat (besides corn) and Jacob likes it, too.  So it was a no brainer to go cauliflower crazy.  Except I already had a head of cauliflower in the refrigerator and Jeff had just left for training in California.  So that meant three huge heads of cauliflower in my refrigerator and only two people eating it!  After eating raw cauliflower, broccoli and cauliflower salad, cauliflower soup and cauliflower casserole, I found a recipe on the Tasty Kitchen website for roasted cauliflower that I tweaked a bit.  I thought it was very good and I can't wait to make this again.  I still have cauliflower in the refrigerator, so this will be on the menu this week.

Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon and Mustard
  • Half of a head cauliflower, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter.  Stir in the olive oil, add the mustards, the lemon juice and salt and pepper,   Stir until combined.  Place the prepared cauliflower into a large bowl.  Pour the mustard mixture over the cauliflower.  Stir to combine. 

Spread the cauliflower into a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Roast in the oven for about 45-50 minutes.  Stir every 15 minutes. 


Sunday, February 12, 2012

I'm Back!

It has been a very long time since I've blogged last.  But guess what???  I'm BACK!  At the end of last summer, I decided to stop blogging...or at least postpone blogging until I was done with my dissertation.  Well, you know what?  I'm not done with my dissertation but I like blogging.  I've missed blogging.  I like cooking and writing about my adventures in the kitchen.  I like sharing my recipes, triumphs and tribulations in the kitchen.  I've missed taking pictures of food and I've missed writing in this arena.  So here I am...I am BACK!

Since I haven't written since July (yes, it's been that long!) I thought I'd update you on what's been going on in my kitchen (and life) for the past several months.  Jeff and I have made a few major decisions in regards to our life...
  • The biggest decision is that after 20 years of Active Duty, Jeff is retiring from the Army in September 2012.  Due to built up vacation time, he'll stop working at the end of May.  That's right around the corner!  
I grew up in the house in the upper left hand corner.  West Point, Maine
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  • For years and years, we've talked about where we would retire...I'm from Maine, he's from Iowa, and we've lived everywhere in between.  So we've decided to stay here in Kansas.  This was a hard decision for me to make.  I never thought I'd live in Kansas longer than the Army said.  The first few years we were here, I couldn't wait to move.  And now, Kansas has really grown on me.  I actually like it!  
  • I have a new kitchen to cook in and I love my new kitchen!  Since we've decided to stay in Kansas, we bought a new house and sold our old house!  Our new house is more us.  It's bigger, it's open, it's comfortable, it's home.  There are kids for Jacob to play with in our neighborhood, we have friendly neighbors and we finally have space for a garden!  We're here to stay for a while.

So I look forward to being back in the blogging world.  I look forward to writing, cooking and sharing what goes on in my kitchen!  And I hope you'll join me for this continued adventure! 

Thanks for sticking with me and reading my blog!  :)