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Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese Bake

Being a fan of meat and carbs of any variety, I feel as if I can never get enough vegetables in my diet.

Let's do a simple vegetarian cheese bake that I found in Classic Vegetarian Recipes, which as the name implies features easy to make, classic vegetarian dishes that are wonderfully illustrated with step by step photos.

I decided to modify the cauliflower bake into a broccoli and cauliflower  bake.

You begin by sauteing shallots in butter. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli and cauliflower.

When the shallots are tender, add flour to the melted butter mixture to create a roux. Make sure you 'cook' the butter. Then add  a cup of milk and a cup of shredded cheese (cheddar or swiss).

Put the broccoli and cauliflower into a baking dish. Pour the cheese mixture over the vegetables.

Top with a couple slices of cheese (I used swiss) and bake in a  350 F oven for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Next Monday I'll show you the dish I paired with this...yes, it'…

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rescue pet.

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Henry and George
Enjoying the Snow
October 26, 2011
Evergreen, Colorado

Good Recipes Gone Bad

I haven't abandoned by cookbook project, just put it on hiatus for a while. I've been very busy, starting a couple new jobs, reviewing over at Reader Unboxed, adopting another dog (George), and then just general malaise.

I haven't stopped cooking. But not all my cooking experiences have been ready for prime time.

One of the more valuable lessons I've learned recently is that not all recipes will turn out well, not matter how well intentioned.

For instance, when I picked up Simone Beck's memoir/cookbook, FOOD AND FRIENDS, I decided to try her pork croquettes.

I substituted ground turkey for pork, but otherwise followed the recipe.

I'm usually a fan of anything fried, so I looked forward to the results. However, in this case all I ended up with was a crispy crust around a mealy center.

Despite what looks like a pretty dish, turned out to taste like sawdust. Perhaps the result would have been better with pork instead of turkey. In my experience, ground turkey is …

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Starting today you'll be able to read book reviews by avid readers (and writers) using their passion for books to find and review outstanding new reads just for you.

The new site is founded by Kathleen Bolton and Therese Walsh, the founders of the ground breaking WriterUnboxed, and our favorite Fairy Godmother of Debut Authors, Larramie of The Divining Wand. (That pedigree alone should give you an idea of the quality of this new venture.)

Why am I announcing Reader Unboxed here? Well, I'm honored to announce that I will be joining RU as a reviewer of historical fiction, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction. I was over the moon when I was asked to join some of my favorite writers and bloggers in the literary-sphere in sharing our love of books in this new forum.

So, please jump over to Reader Unboxed and help us to celebrate our launch. We look forward to hearing your comments on our first reviews and your suggestions on books you'd like reviewed in the future.

Henri, George, et Coco est la!

To introduce George, the newest member of our family, I thought we'd do a family portrait.

First we've got to get everyone sitting together.

Okay, George you just lay there and I'll get Henry and Coco situated.

Coco, could you please turn around and face the camera?

Henry, I need you to look up and stop watching Coco.

Coco, you look great. Thank you for facing the camera.

Henry, now you're looking at Grandma. Could you face this way?

Coco, Henry, you're both wonderful. Thank you.

But George. Could you just look this way for a moment?

Ummmmm George? Coco and Henry are holding their best smiles, could you work with us, too?


Oh never mind.

Grandma keeps fixing Henry's hair and has completely distracted him. And I have no idea what Coco's looking at, probably a chipmunk.

Let's try some close-ups. Coco's ready.

Henry's always got a smile ready to go.

Uh, George? Could you raise your head for your close-up?

Okay, maybe next time.

P.S. Just in…

First Snow of the Season: Oct. 8th 20011

I intended to share these pictures of the beautiful autumn colors that surround us. We've got mums in the flower boxes

Pumpkins and mums on the deck.

The aspen in our back yard turned a yellow so brilliant, it nearly appeared chartreuse.

And the groves of aspen that are tucked in amongst the pine that carpet the hills are arrayed like a patchwork quilt.

The temps were actually mild enough to sit outside.

So we kept the chairs out and planned to have at least one more evening sitting there, looking at the night sky.

And then yesterday, we woke to this.

And this.

And this.

And this.

Of course, it's all melted now. And the rest of the week will probably be back in the 60s and sunny. That's just the fun of living in Colorado.