Another 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
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. – garden.org
We have been experimenting with our slow cooker that we received for our wedding. We’ve made a few stews and a yummy Cuban Pork dish so far, but we are still constantly searching for more “Fix-It and Forget About It” dishes. So when we went to a birthday party a couple weeks ago and our friend Leslie whipped up this amazing and healthy chili, I was instantly inspired! Her chili was so meaty you could stand a fork in it and it was such a great hearty meal it would satisfy any craving.
I set out to find a chili recipe that would be hearty, healthy, and versatile and that I could make in our All-Clad slow cooker. By versatile, I mean I wanted the recipe to not only be meaty when I used a ground beef, sausage, or steak, but I wanted it to be delicious even as a vegetarian dish. Continue reading →