Cauliflower Gratin

One of my favorite vegetables is cauliflower.  I love it raw, grilled, steamed, sauté and au-gratin, which is my favorite way of preparing it and eating it!

But then anything that has cream, cheese and goes under the broiler will have me for life.

Just like I been craving corn for the past several weeks (and no, there is no baby in the oven) I started to crave cauliflower too.

So in no time, I made sure to include a nice cauliflower head during my weekly grocery stop.

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Hearts of Palms and Cherry Tomato Salad

I bet you some of you have never tasted Heart of Palms?  Or maybe I’m wrong, but if there is a single vegetable that I have encountered that give people a pause is hearts of palm.

Hearts of palms are the inner portion of the stem of the sabal Palmetto, or “swamp cabbage,” palm tree. They have a taste similar to artichokes but look like white asparagus without the tops. They are grown primarily in Florida, Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and are usually purchased canned and packed in water.

If you have never tried them, I urge you to do so because these little gems are delicious.

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