Camouflage and Cauliflower

In doing research for this blog post, I was not surprised to find that cauliflower is not America’s favorite vegetable*. And I can assure you that it wasn’t a big hit in my house while growing up either, only making the dinner table with other raw vegetables — carrot, celery, radishes, broccoli, etc. — alongside a bowl of Ranch Dip. Not the most appealing mealtime display.
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Hiding Cauliflower… In Mac and Cheese?

The idea of cauliflower to me just sounds awful. I didn’t grow up with cauliflower. It was just not a vegetable my very Filipino family used. And every time we get cauliflower in the basket, I sigh. But no more! I challenged myself to use an entire head of cauliflower and it worked!
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Just east of the dazzling Las Vegas strip is one of hubby’s and my favorite date spots. It’s one of those tiny, quiet, unassuming little places located in the middle of a neighborhood that has me clutch my pocketbook and cling to my honey’s arm just a little tighter (in my experience this is a recipe for a great place to eat). The outside is deceptively simple but every time we step through the door we are immediately transported to the exotic nation of India. As I enter I am drawn in by the impeccable decor, soft lighting, intoxicating smells, and absolutely flawless service from native waiters who are always willing to laugh at my attempt at their Indian language, and are often shocked by my request for the “hottest” level of food. While we order our stand-by favorites like Saag Paneer, Dal Makhani, and of course Chicken Tikka Masala, the servers are never slow to suggest more adventurous dishes and we take their suggestions whenever possible.
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A Most Versatile Vegetable

Can you name one vegetable that can be used in lasagna, banana bread, oatmeal, rice, potatoes, mac n cheese, icing, cake, pizza crust, “tater” tots (cauli-tots?), in curries, Alfredo sauce and more and never (or hardly) be noticed? Is there such a vegetable?

I’ll give you a hint– it was in last weeks’ and this week’s basket.

And it’s white.

And it can be crunchy, soft, or creamy.

It is also a nutritional powerhouse, being a low-fat, low-carb, high-fiber vegetable with Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium and Manganese, to just start!

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Sicilian Fried Cauliflower

This recipe is one of my favorite from family get togethers!  Just amazing.  If you let people snack as you pull the cauliflower out of the pan there will be nothing left.  it’s.that.good!

Sicilian Fried Cauliflower


  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 2 - 3 eggs
  • "green can" parmesan cheese
  • pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. beat eggs
  2. add about 1/4 of can of cheese
  3. add pepper
  4. Trim Cauliflower into florets
  5. Put about 1/2 inch of oil in pan on medium heat.
  6. Allow oil to get hot.
  7. Bread Cauliflower in the egg mixture
  8. Put in the frying pan in small batches and turn until all areas and gently browned and cauliflower is fork tender
  9. Set on paper towel on a plate to drain after removing from the pan
  10. DO NOT LET ANYONE TRY them off of the plate or none will be left for dinner!