Why Cauliflower?

Why Cauliflower?

For some unknown reason, I have been craving cauliflower over the past few days. What makes this really odd is that I don’t really like cauliflower and can’t remember the last time I ate it. Perhaps there is something healthy in the pretty white vegetable that my body needs? So now I’m left wondering, “Why cauliflower?” The truth is, I don’t know. I don’t even know why the thought of eating cauliflower popped into my head, but it did and it won’t leave. We shop at Sam’s Club (a membership store) and Publix (a typical grocery store similar to Kroger’s or Safeway) and when I went shopping this past weekend at Publix I looked in the freezer section to see if they had any frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce. I couldn’t believe that they didn’t. The only thing they had was frozen cauliflower with garlic and that didn’t sound tempting to me. I have no idea how to prepare fresh cauliflower so I think I’ll browse through my many recipe books and see if I can find a recipe that looks good. If I try one I’ll be sure to share which one and how it was. Hopefully I’ll be able to satisfy my craving...
Unusual Pizza Ideas

Unusual Pizza Ideas

Last night we had pizza. Two, in fact. One was sort of a Mediterranean pizza while the other was a typical mix of pepperoni and sausage. Nothing very interesting. This got me to wondering if there are unusual pizzas, so I did a bit of research. Turns out there are a ton of pizzas that don’t follow the norm of cheese, meats, and/or veggies! If you haven’t ever thought about unique pizzas, then you are in for a treat. People have put some serious thought into how to make unusual pizzas, and you may be surprised by a few of the creations. I know I was. It’s time to think outside the (pizza) box with unusual pizza toppings. This post is dedicated to bringing you unusual pizza topping ideas that you may not have considered before. Enjoy! Crab and Pineapple Pizza Talk about your unusual pizza toppings! I wouldn’t have ever thought of combining crab and pineapple, but this has gotten pretty good reviews. I suppose you need to like crab to consider making this. Click here to see the Crab and Pineapple Pizza recipe Chicken and Cranberry Pizza (with Brie and Almonds) This sounds delicious! Some people thought it was a little bland as instructed, so jazzed it up by swapping out the brie and using asiago or blue cheese instead. A sweet onion would also be a good addition. If you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you could substitute the chicken with turkey. Click here to see the Chicken and Cranberry Pizza recipe Chocolate Peanut Butter Pizza Oh, I think I would die and go to Heaven...
I’m Having Fun With My New Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

I’m Having Fun With My New Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Wow! I just realized that it has been a very long time since I last wrote a post. As much as I wish I could say that I have become  a fabulous cook during my absence, the truth is that I’m still struggling. The good news (for me, anyway) is that I’ve cooked more in the past few days than I typically cook in a month or two. The reason for this is because I bought a new toy, a pressure cooker. The pressure cooker is an Instant Pot brand, and is their most recent model, the IP-DUO60. As much as I would like to take credit for making this purchase, credit needs to go to my husband. He’s the one who suggested I get a pressure cooker. The funny thing is, I already have a pressure cooker, but rarely use it. I’ve had it for about seven years and have probably used it less than 10 times. It’s a really nice electric model but something about it held me back. The Instant Pot, on the other hand, is an awesome cooking machine! This has me wondering why I ignored one model and have embraced another. I’m not entirely sure yet of the reason why, but part of it is because the Instant Pot makes things super easy. If you look at the image above you will see a lot of buttons. Almost every one of those buttons is a preset function. [contextazon id=’1′] For example, last night I made steak chili and used the STEW / CHILI button to cook it. All I needed to do after that...
I’m Still Here (and I’m Still Struggling to Cook)

I’m Still Here (and I’m Still Struggling to Cook)

Wow!  It wasn’t my intention to take an extended vacation from this site, but that’s exactly what I ended up doing.  My sincere apologies for my absence.  It was caused by multiple visits from family members, and my husband was gone for 10 days this summer.  All of this resulted in me getting out of several routines, including cooking and posting on here. For those who are wondering how I did with cooking while I was quiet here on the site, well, to be honest, fairly horrid.  Yes, I am still struggling to cook. I made very few family meals.  On the plus side, while my husband was gone for 10 days, I fed our kids balanced meals each night.  Granted, I didn’t stray far from such staples as grilled cheese and spaghetti.  The good news is that I included good sides for the meals, such as yogurt, fresh fruit, and tomatoes. Since my husband’s return, he has been on a diet.  I’ve been good about making him spinach salads and cooking salmon that is pre-marinaded.  He loves the salmon (I get it at Sam’s Club – it’s the only place I can find it).  Unfortunately for me, I hate salads and salmon, so this is made just for him, and not for the family. I’ve been cooking the salmon on my George Foreman grill.  The more I use my indoor grill, the more I love it!  It’s amazing versatile.  I will probably create a video and post about my grill.  It has add-ons and isn’t a basic Foreman grill, which is why I will probably create a video....
Celery With Peanut Butter

Celery With Peanut Butter

The other night I was struggling with dinner, unable to come up with a vegetable to add to our meal. Fortunately for me, my eight-year-old came up with a solution to my dilemma. She said she wanted celery with peanut butter. At first, I thought this was a rather stupid suggestion, but since my youngest is a picky eater, I decided to humor her. As I carefully spread the peanut butter over the celery stick, I realized that I had not given this to her in many years. Nor had I tried this combination in even more years. As I stood there looking at the celery, I cut off a small piece for myself. I was careful to eat it without my daughter seeing me. And then I smiled. You know what? It was good! Something as simple as celery and peanut butter might seem like a rather childish thing to add to a meal, but give it a try. The coldness of the celery was refreshing, and the nuttiness of the peanut butter was the perfect compliment to this vegetable. And the best part is that the peanut butter is a great source of protein, which is something I know we all need.  After giving it a moment’s thought, I decided to add this simple side dish to all our plates. If you want to try cooking with kids, then this is something that you can let your children make.  Just give them a butter knife, a jar of peanut butter, and clean celery sticks.  Sure, it might be a bit messy (or a lot messy, as it is with...

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