Smoked Gouda Cauliflower Casserole for #SundaySupper

 

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How many times do you think you will hear, “Happy Fall, ya’ll!” from people this week (Fall begins Tuesday, 9/22/14, in case you didn’t know. You are welcome.)? I’ll be one of those people, because this time of year is truly one of my favorites!

So when the Sunday Supper crew announced today’s theme was all about Fall (ya’ll), I knew I’d have to participate. Mainly, because I have an awesome recipe to share, but also to remind myself to check out everyone else’s festive recipes for Fall [last year I shared a classic chili recipe]!

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It took me a long, long time to enjoy cauliflower. It’s lower in carbs, so I made myself start eating it years ago when I tried to do a low-carb diet. Since that time [and because of Pinterest] you can find like a gazillion different cauliflower recipes out there to convert just about anyone into a true fan.

I have since learned to really love cauliflower. Do you know how I started to enjoy it? With faux mashed potatoes,  but I like to think my grown up palette has changed and I swapped cheddar for smoked gouda. I also replaced the heavy cream, with cream cheese. Okay, so maybe my palette isn’t quite that refined after all. Whatev.

This cauliflower dish is so comforting and a perfect in season vegetable; roast them, mash them, bake them (and then smother them in cheese. duh.) and pair this with a roast of some sort for the perfect Fall dish. Because this is now a casserole with chunks of cauliflower, you could even pair it was a salad, or maybe add ham when you bake it.

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If I am being completely honest, when I made this dish, Jason was grilling steaks, and pork chops for the week (not very Fall-like in Florida, yet) and we ate this as a side to charcoal grilled pork chops, and it was perfection, you guys.

Smoked Gouda Cauliflower Casserole for #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower, trimmed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz smoked Gouda cheese, rind removed and grated
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chives, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Steam or microwave until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the butter, or olive oil in a medium skillet and cook the onion until caramelized.
  4. Put the cauliflower in a greased baking dish, and break up the florets just slightly, with a fork. Stir in the cream cheese; blend well then stir in the onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add half the Gouda cheese to this mixture. Sprinkle the remaining Gouda over the top and bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly and brown on the top.
  5. Top with chives, optional. Enjoy!
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Eat at EATS American Grill #FoodieFriday

Happy Friday, friends! I’m be-yond ready for the weekend, as I am sure you all are too, yes?

If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you probably saw several drool-worthy photos of a media event I attended this week. If you’re in Tampa, I strongly recommend you check out EATS American Grill.

#foodiefriday @casadecrewsI have been to the South Dale Mabry location several times, but this week I dined at their newest location in Riverview at the Winthrop Town Centre (formerly The Green Iguana). The Riverview location is not close to me at all, but I knew I’d get to see a few friends (Jennifer, and Crystal. Special thanks to Tracy for inviting me!), if I attended this special event.

The icing on this pie (a glorious piece of peanut butter pie was served post food coma; more on that later) was that our dinner featuring new menu items at Eats were to be paired with brews from Two Henry’s Brewing Company I had just been to Keel and Curley for the first time last month, and have been itching to try a few local craft beers from this new brewery!

Friends, food, and brews? I mean really driving all the way to Riverview was a no brainer to break up the week.

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Jennifer and I arrived early, and so to kill time we did what we do best together, tried a new drink at the bar. The High West Palmer screams Fall even if it doesn’t quite feel like it here in Florida. This drink was festive, crisp, and so delish! Peach Vodka, muddled peach, mint, and I am sure something else I am missing, I am hoping to try and recreate it at home. Or maybe that’s just the excuse I’ll need to make another trip to this locale.

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While we sipped our cocktails, we made sure to ask for a basket of chips to share. Had we known the amount of food we’d be trying later, I think we both would have opted to wait on those chips. Also, we ordered a basket of fried pickle chips. That was all Jennifer, I swear it, but I totally helped her eat them. #whoops.

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Keep up with me, ya’ll. You’re about to go into a food coma with me.

To start [intro], we had a basket of their famous homemade chips (fact: I don’t know if they’re actually famous, but really they should be.) with house made ranch dip.

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And because chips and dip weren’t enough, we also had a basket of pretzel chips with unique dips to start our feast. These chips were paired with a Two Henry’s Gilded Aged Lager (shown above).

In all honesty, I didn’t care about the pretzel crisps, as I feel like the house-made chips are that good, that I don’t even want to think about wasting room on pretzel crisps! If you’re just there for a beer or three, than maybe that basket is for you.

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Part I: I only have one photo. I was too busy eating and/or attempting to find room in an already full tummy and lost track of all the eats. But I can tell you I at least tried a bite of e’rything; Mini pizzas consisting of cheeseburger, chicken and feta, and BBQ pulled pork [scratch that, I never made it to the pulled pork], and two quesadillas [Philly Cheesesteak, and Cajun Chicken. If you have to choose, order the Philly!]. These were paired with Two Henry’s Fletcher’s Drool American Wheat, which happened to be my favorite of the night!

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Part II: THREE (that is not a typo) types of sliders to try. My favorite was the Vjack [inspired by Tampa Bay Buccaneer, Vincent Jackson, this monster burger consists of pulled pork sandwiched between an Angus burger and topped with Pepper Jack, peppered bacon and BBQ sauce], and a Two Henry’s 7 Mile IPA. Sadly, I’m not a huge IPA fan. I did have a few sips and found it more tolerable than most IPAs, so I guess that’s a plus, right?

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 …are you still with me? Chips, quesadillas, pizza, and sliders.

Part III: A Two Henry’s Big Boy Brown Ale served with not one, but two salads [Caesar, and a Sonoma], a side of pasta, and a choice of entree. I opted for a medium sirloin, and mashed ‘taters. I had a bite of each salad, a bite of pasta, and a bite of dinner. I couldn’t handle more, but I can tell you I ate that steak for dinner the following night, and I will absolutely order it again when I dine at EATS!

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The last course [Sweet Ending]: So full, ready for some sweatpants ala the Friends Thanksgiving episode, to make room, out comes a giant slice of Peanut Butter Pie.

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It was glorious, ya’ll. This was paired with a glass of Bourbon Barrel Chocolate Stout. Crystal suggested a sip of stout, a bite of pie, a sip, a bite…that was a genius idea.

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With full hearts, and very full bellies, it was time to throw in the towel, and call it a night. The service was wonderful, and I cannot wait to go back!

 
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**This was technically a sponsored post, since I received a free meal, but was not required to review said dinner. I chose to because really I want you to experience EATS, and Two Henry’s Brewing. All opinions are very much my own.**
Cheers!

 

 

 

Stuff and Things 9.18.14

It has been a while since I shared anything house related. That’s mainly because life keeps going on, and I haven’t had as much time as I expected to get what I want done. We have done some painting, and most boxes are unpacked. But that is [sadly] about it, right now.

We have purchased some new items for the home though, and I thought that was worth sharing for today’s random Stuff + Things,

 

1. Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker

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Remember last year when we bought a Kuerig and I was soooo excited? Well, I was sadly unimpressed. I missed grinding my own coffee. My new Keurig also made some weird weezing sound, and I thought the coffee was sort of weak tasting. So once we moved, I wanted something different. I didn’t even know you could get a coffeemaker that offered a regular way to brew [the 'old fashioned' way? lol], and a k-cup option! I found this gem on Amazon, and haven’t looked back! Our first quality coffeemaker was a Hamilton Beach, and I should have stuck with their brand, since we had great luck with that one. And to be honest, I end up making a single cup more often from this machine, and the coffee is much better.

2. Shark Navigator Lift-Away Deluxe

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I purchased this vacuum after Steph’s glowing review. This thing is seriously ah-mazing [am I getting old? I'm legit stoked about a vacuum, you guys]. The most I have ever spent on such a thing, and it has been worth every cent! I read the rave reviews on Amazon for the Shark Navigator Lift-Away DLX , but ended up getting it at Target, because it’s less than a mile from my home and I saved 5% with my REDcard. But the retail prices were the same, either way.

I love this vacuum! It does every single thing it says it will. I’d give you a more detailed review, but seriously just read Steph’s post, because that is the entire reason I bought it. If you have both wood/tile floors, and carpet…and a pet, spend the money and buy this. I promise, you’ll love it!

3. Bona Hardwood Floor Mop Express

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I love my vacuum, but we still need a mop for our wood floors! The previous owners said they just misted water and a dry mop. That works just fine, but Nikki likes when everything has a “tool”. I was initially using the Bona cleaning solution and a dry mop, but then I stumbled upon the Bona Hardwood Mop at Wal-mart [the bane of my existence, but I had to get a few things while out one day. le sigh], and it was only $30.00. Done, and done! I love this thing! It is like a Swiffer in the way it works, but the mop head it comes with is much better.

I think my next Stuff and Things will be wish board related to our new [still slightly empty] house, since that list is much longer than this one.

 

What are some household products you can’t live without?

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Meals ideas to bring new parents


Meals ideas to bring new parents

There is something in the water lately! Several of my friends have become new parents within the last few weeks. I’ve made many the meal to bring my new parent friends. Bringing a meal is something simple I can do as a friend so that no one has to worry what to make when they’ve been taking care of their new baby all day. Plus, it makes my heart so happy to do something nice.

Some of the recipes I’m sharing today are my own, and some are ones that I have brought in the past. I think any of these dishes are great for any situation where someone doesn’t have time to cook. Enjoy!

1. Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs

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While I wouldn’t recommend a side of “zoodles”, you can double up a batch of these meatballs; half for dinner/leftovers, and half to be frozen for a future meal. Bring a box of pasta, and sauce, and the new parents have quite a meal!

2. Greek Orzo Salad

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I love this recipe! A bit of orzo goes a lonnnng way, ya’ll. Sometimes I take the Chicken and Zucchini Meatballs and add feta for a few to add as a side to this orzo.

3. Baked Ziti [The Pioneer Woman]

I made this for Kari last week. Oh my lawd….this smelled so ah-mazing, you guys. This recipe serves twelve. Make the entire recipe and let the new mom and dad, freeze the rest. Or enjoy leftovers all week. Whatev.

4. White Garlic Stuffed Shells [Supper for a Steal]

Lane is a new momma who shared this recipe before her little one arrived. I couldn’t wait to make this one for a friend.

5. Shredded Buffalo Chicken

This is such an easy recipe to make. And again, more than half can be frozen for future meals. Throw this chicken over a salad, pizza, wraps, etc. Oooh, as I type this, maybe even a pasta dish? Really, the possibilities are endless!

6. Pasta e Fagioli [Can You Stay For Dinner]

This is so comforting, and so good.

6. Egg Muffins

As much as everyone always talks about bringing dinner, don’t forget breakfast! All you have to do is google, or pin “egg muffins” to find approximately 3,245,333 varieties.

8. Breakfast Sandwiches [North Carolina Charm]

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A few weeks back, I also asked on my Facebook page what others brought to new parents, and I received a ton of great suggestions!

  • Pre-cooked, individual chicken breasts to be frozen
  • A variety of frozen meals from Trader Joe’s
  • French toast casserole
  • Chili
  • Taco makings

I have another group of friends due Spring 2015, and am always looking for new ideas. What are your favorite meals that you make for friends who have babies or are going through hard times?