Recipe: Mashed Cauliflower with Rosemary & Garlic

I strongly dislike the ubiquitous cauliflower florets on store-prepared vegetable trays so I was happily surprised to find a cauliflower recipe that I like!

My husband and I have been trying to add more veggies to our diet and this rosemary garlic mashed cauliflower is an easy and delicious way to do so.

First, I cleaned and chopped the cauliflower.

I steamed the cauliflower in a medium saucepan, covered over medium heat.

While the cauliflower was steaming, I pressed one large clove of garlic and chopped a small spring of rosemary. When the cauliflower was soft I added some fresh ground pepper.

I put the cauliflower, garlic, and rosemary into a food processor. I mixed in about 1/8 cup buttermilk to thin the mash a bit.*  The final consistency was similar to smooth mashed potatoes.

That’s it. Enjoy!

I used powdered buttermilk reconstituted with water, but fresh buttermilk would also work.

Chicken and Sausage Paella Recipe

This chicken and sausage paella is a great dish.  My mother taught me how to make this.

Chicken & Sausage Paella

It is a little more time intensive than my usual weeknight dinners, but it certainly takes less time than cooking three of my usual dinners! This recipe makes enough for three dinners for my husband and me.  I like to make this paella Sunday evening and then have the leftovers for dinner on Monday and Tuesday. I even think that it tastes better after the first day!

Chicken & Sausage Paella

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Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken and Vegetables

I am sharing a recipe today, but if you are looking for more Christmas ornaments, don’t worry.  I’ll be back with more ornaments next week.  In the meantime, if you are looking for ornament ideas, check out my salt dough snowflake ornaments, my clothespin reindeer ornaments, and my twine ball ornaments.

Jaime and I have been trying to eat more vegetables lately and this sweet and sour chicken and vegetables is a tasty way to do so.

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Recipe: Baked Halibut with Cheese Sauce and Wilted Arugula

This has been one of my family’s favorite recipes for years.  We usually have halibut with cheese sauce on a bed of wilted spinach, but since we had some arugula in the fridge that was nearing its expiration date I used arugula in place of the spinach.  For this recipe, I prefer spinach, which has a mellower taste than arugula.

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Grilled Cedar Plank Salmon (Recipe) with Corn and Naan

Jaime and I have been trying to avoid using the oven this summer as it further heats up the house, which is already toasty enough due to the South Carolina summer heat.  As a result we have been trying to use the grill as much as possible.  Cedar plank grilled salmon has become one of our go-to recipes for a quick meal.  It requires a bit of advanced planning as the plank requires soaking, but on nights that we don’t have time to soak the plank, we just skip the plank and put the salmon on a grill pan.  Add grilled corn, grilled naan, and a salad and this is an easy weeknight meal that doesn’t require turning on the oven.

Cedar Plank Salmon

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