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Baked Cauliflower & Farro with Cheese

I adapted this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It was the perfect warm meal to make for my family on a recent trip to the mountains. I served it with a green salad and some fresh fruit for dessert. It was just perfect!

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Baked Cauliflower & Farro with Cheese
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This recipe comes together really fast with a little bit of prep. You can have it on the table in less than an hour, start to finish. You can spend even less time if you prep ahead of time. You can prep up to 2 days in advance
Servings
6
Servings
6
Baked Cauliflower & Farro with Cheese
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This recipe comes together really fast with a little bit of prep. You can have it on the table in less than an hour, start to finish. You can spend even less time if you prep ahead of time. You can prep up to 2 days in advance
Servings
6
Servings
6
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425° Cook Farro according to the directions, using the broth. Drain and put in a large bowl. Toss cauliflower with olive oil and some kosher salt. Put on a baking sheet brushed with olive oil and roast for 20 minutes until starting to brown and just soft. Turn out in to the bowl with Farro. Reduce oven temperature to 400°
  2. Start assembling the casserole: Add sage, garlic, lemon zest and red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper to cauliflower/farro mix and stir to combine. Stir in fontina cheese.
  3. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread half the mixture in the pan and dollop with the ricotta cheese, all over. Spread remaining cauliflower mix in the pan.
  4. In a small dish combine panko, Romano cheese and 1 Tbs. olive oil, until evenly mixed. Sprinkle evenly over cauliflower and Farro. Bake for 20 minutes, until browned and crusty.
Recipe Notes

You can add rotisserie or grilled chicken to up the protein.

If you were able to save a few whole sage leaves, let's fry them up. It's really simple. Pour 1/4 cup of olive oil in a small, shallow fry pan and heat it up until it moves and listens. The best way to test is to put a few drops of water in. If they sizzle and dance, your oil is ready. From there, simply put your dry sage leaves (no more water) in and cook them for just a few minutes on each side. Watch them. You don't want them to burn. Once they are done, place on a paper towel to drain and cool slightly. Arrange on your cooked cauliflower bake and serve. Yum!

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I’m Going to Julia’s!

There’s that icebreaker question, “If you could invite any 3 people, dead or alive, for dinner; who would it be?” My answer is simple. Julia Child, Julia Child and Julia Child. I even know what I’d make, my Osso Bucco and Parmesan Ricotta Gnocchi.

You may think that Julia is the obvious choice for a chef but there is more to my choice than just that. Cooking is a lifetime sport, you never stop learning or playing with your food. There is always room for improvement or a new technique. Julia herself was well into her forties before she enrolled in the Cordon bleu. Which is why she is one of my biggest inspirations.

I am often asked how long I’ve been cooking. I can honestly say I’ve been cooking since I was 2 years old. I finally formalized my education when I was 23. The last few years of writing this blog, with your support and feedback has really fueled my desire to continue my education and to educate you.

Recently, I was given an incredible opportunity to travel to La Pitchoune, Julia and Paul Child’s home in the south of France. I will be going with a small group of women writers and an amazing mentor, for a 10-day retreat. I can’t wait! I feel like a kid anticipating Disneyland. I know when I come back I will have so much more to share with you.

I want to share those recipes with you that I would have cooked for Julia, had I been given the chance. I hope I am posting often from France too, but this should keep you day dreaming while I’m away. As Julia would say “Bon Appétit”!

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Osso Buco

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6

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Osso Buco

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6

Servings
6

Ingredients
Osso Buco

Gnocchi Verde


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Instructions
Osso Bucco
  1. Rub veal shanks lightly with olive oil , season with salt & pepper and chopped herbs.

  2. Dust each shank shank with seasoned flour and set aside.

  3. Put 1 tablespoon of oil in a large heavy skillet and heat. Do not let the oil smoke. Brown shanks on all sides. You may add small amounts of oil if needed, be careful not to overdo it.

  4. Add the wine, tomatoes and chicken broth. Stir to combine.

  5. Cover pan and reduce heat. Simmer for 45 minutes.

  6. Test for tenderness. Fork should pierce meat easily.

  7. Sauce should be thick. If not , remove meat and hold, let sauce reduce uncovered over low heat.

Gnocchi Verde
  1. Remove stems and veins of spinach and wash thoroughly.
    Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch spinach for 1 minute and then drop in ice water to stop cooking.
    Squeeze ALL moisture out and let air dry. You want spinach to be bone dry.
    Chop spinach fine.

  2. Saute onion and pancetta in butter. Add spinach and saute until dry. Cool until cool to touch.

  3. Mix together remaining ingredients and fold all together.

  4. Flour your hands and form 1" - 2" balls. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with a damp towel. You can hold here for up to 6 hours.

  5. When you are ready to cook: Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil oil and salt the water.
    Add the gnocchi a few at a time and cook until puffed and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes. They should rise to the surface. Use a strainer or slotted spoon to remove, GENTLY, from water.

  6. Place in a buttered dish in a single layer. Drizzle with melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan.

  7. Broil for 5 minutes until just browned. They are great served as is or with your favorite tomato sauce.

Recipe Notes
  • You can chop and slice the fresh vegetables by hand. I use a food processor and the chopping and slicing blades. This save a lot of time.

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Baked Kale and Rice

Baked Kale and Rice
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This is a great Vegetarian main course. You can add chicken if you are not a vegetarian or use it as a side dish.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Baked Kale and Rice
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This is a great Vegetarian main course. You can add chicken if you are not a vegetarian or use it as a side dish.
Servings
6 people
Servings
6 people
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Cook the kale in a large pot of salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Then immediately drop in ice water.
  2. Squeeze dry and chop. Make sure all moisture is removed before you bake.
  3. Using the same cooking water, for flavor, boil the rice for 10 minutes. Drain and spread out to let cool. I use a baking sheet lined with paper towels. When cool, transfer to large a bowl.
  4. Preheat over to 375° and butter a baking dish. Dust baking dish with 2 Tbs. of parmesan.
  5. Melt 2 Tbs. of butter in a small sauce pan and add almonds. stir until golden and add to rice bowl. Season with Salt and pepper lightly.
  6. Add remaining parmesan, ricotta, jarlsberg, nutmeg, lemon zest, thyme an sage to rice. Add chopped kale and toss well. I use my hands to get every thing mixed in well.
  7. Transfer to baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes until browned.
  8. Serve immediately.
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