Food for Friday

Wow, we had a real gully-washer in town today, right at lunch time – we were taking off our shoes to run to the car, it was coming down so hard and rushing so deep.  Roof gutters filled up and overflowed right over the door, natch.  Anyone driving too close to the sidewalk came in for some abuse, too!  It has been so dry around here ~ though nowhere near California-drought-dry ~ that no one is complaining – what a lovely sound rain makes, beating down on a dry landscape, and how refreshing to see some of the dust of early summer washed away……………..oh, for cryin’ out loud, this means I will have to mow again in the near future, doesn’t it?!  Rats rats rats.  There goes my silver lining……………..

A fellow elf remarked that rain like this is good for staying in bed under the covers ~ perhaps with a bowl of warm gruel?  Here’s a recipe for a great summer soup which I enjoyed courtesy of Mom on the Fourth of July.  Scrumptiously flavorful!

Golden Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

Courtesy of

1 medium head califlower, separated into florets
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery and leaves, finely chopped
4 C chicken stock
2 C light cream (ah ha!)
1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
1 C grated cheddar cheese
Salt, pepper to taste
Chopped chives to garnish

Put cauliflower, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken stock in cooker (crock pot).  Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours.  Force the mixture through a sieve or puree in blender (or food processor – this is from an older cookbook).  Return to cooker.  Blend in cream, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to mix well.  Turn control to High and heat through.  Garnish each serving with chopped chives.  Makes 8 servings.
Note:  for a thicker soup, use less liquid.

The Crockery Cookbook, by Marie Roberson Hamm, ©1975

(Remember, C = Cup, t = teaspoon)

The soup has a lovely golden color and the richest and smoothest taste going down.  You will not be disappointed ~ and I haven’t even had it with the onion, yet.

Okay, and just found a website entirely for cauliflower –!  What a wonderful world.  Unlike some people (you know who you are), I am unafraid of cauliflower – in any form.

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Sadly, I could not find a cauliflower ornament in the store.

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