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...
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....
Almond Butter

Almond Butter

Yesterday I posted a peanut butter recipe.  This morning, while getting coffee ready for my husband and cereal for my children, I noticed that I have a bag of almonds that we have not yet eaten.  Inspired by the thought of making homemade peanut butter, I wondered how almond butter would taste, so I pulled out my Cuisinart food processor and the almonds. Initially, the almonds just got cut up, but did not look like they were turning into any type of butter.  About three minutes into the processing, they started to clump together, so I knew things were going well. A few times stopped the processing and used a spatula to scoop the almonds out of the corner of the bowl (it is round, so it is one continuous corner). All in all, it took about 7-10 minutes for the almonds to release their oil and turn to almond butter.  I was working in the kitchen while the Cuisinart did its thing, so I am not exactly sure how long it took. The metal blades were pretty warm when I turned the Cuisinart off, so I’m sure that the heat of the blades helped release the oil from the nuts.  I then scooped the contents into an airtight container and have it in the fridge.  On a sidenote, I previously mentioned that I rarely use my food processor.  That will soon be changing, since I am going to make my own peanut butter from now on – it’s too easy not to do. My kids were neutral on it (they don’t like almonds so I wasn’t surprised), but...
Welcome To The Struggling Cook!

Welcome To The Struggling Cook!

Hi!  My name is Rochelle, and I welcome you to my site.  If you have spent any time looking around, then you already know that I struggle in the kitchen with meals.  I decided to create this website to help get me on track, and keep me there.  Plus, I figured I am probably not alone in my struggles.  Maybe someone else will benefit from what I am going through. Cookbooks have long been a passion of mine (you can see my collection of them in the video below).  You would think I am a great cook if you simply look at the number of books I have on the subject, but, sadly, this just is not true. My mother-in-law has long tried to offer me tips to give me confidence in the kitchen, but it has not yet helped.  Ironically, a week or so ago she sent me a book called, “100 Recipes Every Woman Should Know.”  I say ironically because she had no idea I was creating this website.  I laughed when I opened the package, and thought, “How perfect!”  So, the very first recipe I try for this site will come from that book. My intention with this website is to share with you my struggles and triumphs, and I will video myself on occasion as I cook.  I will also share tips and tricks that I learn along the way, as well as any really helpful videos that I might find.  I will also discuss some of the tools that I use and why I like them.  Tools might be as simple as measuring cups,...

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