Category Archives: Vegetarian Dishes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Orange Cauliflower Developed at Cornell's Experiment Station is High in Vitamin AAnother beautiful cauliflower caught my eye at the Culver City Farmers Market. Orange Cauliflower! The grower said that this variety was a bit sweeter in flavor than it’s white cousin. So bright and cheerful, I had to bring her home :). Upon further investigation, I found that it was not only beautiful and tasty, it was a new variety developed at Cornell that has more vitamins as well.

The florets of the new cauliflower look like those of its white cousin, but are orange. More importantly, the vitamin content of orange cauliflower is higher because it contains 320 micrograms of beta-carotene per 100 grams, or approximately 25 times more vitamin A than white cauliflower. – John Zakour and Linda McCandless, Cornell University

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Roasted Asparagus & New Potatoes

Roasted Asparagus & New Potatoes w/New York SteakWe had an unexpected Sunday dinner date opportunity, and it was a debate whether we would stay in, or go out to a restaurant. We were leaning towards staying in to catch up on videos/tv, and the thought of steak and roasted vegetables sealed the deal!

We have been steaming our asparagus, but after our success with the Romanesco cauliflower, I am on a roasted vegetable kick! I never realized what a difference roasting makes in vegetables. They are tender inside but still firm on the outside. There’s a nice toasty flavor mixed with whatever spices are used.

Tonight we were free-wheelin’ and recipe-free. We were doing our own version of 30-minute meals. Ok, it took more like 45 minutes including defrosting the steaks, but still, it was a quick, no fuss meal.

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Heirloom Romanesco Cauliflower – A Two Way Road

Heirloom Romanesco Cauliflower

This may be just about the most amazing looking vegetable I have ever seen. We were roaming the Saturday morning farmers market in Santa Monica when we spotted a stand covered with these crazy vegetables. The friendly vendors told us about their heirloom cauliflower. Of course we had to take one home, along with a hand-full of red, yellow, and purple new potatoes. We had no idea what to do with the cauliflower. Did I have the heart to cook this out-of-this-world looking vegetable? Well, not before giving it a good photo shoot first!

This Italian heirloom hails from the coastal region between Rome and Naples. Romanesco cauliflower is noted for its large, white heads with groups of pointed spirals. Now comes a new color for this classic. ‘Veronica’ Romanesco cauliflower has the same growth habit but features lime green heads. The heads have a mild, nutty taste and are best harvested on the young side.

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