This blog... a compilation of my favorite recipes. They have been collected over several years found in various places: the internet, magazines, and cookbooks to name a few. These recipes are meals that I consider to "feed more than your body". These are meals that I hope nurish the heart and soul of those who eat them. I hope that when you have cleaned your plate, you feel like you have taken part in more than just a meal-that you have taken part in something bigger than yourself and food. Whether it is culture, your local place of living, or the life of the plant or those who share this planet, I hope these meals help your family-and mine-to appreciate that we are more than just beings consuming food; we are all connected. And more than that, I hope that these meals help you remember how fortunate you are and that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.".

Monday, August 10, 2009

Cheesy Cauliflower and Broccoli Casserole

3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 lbs total of broccoli and cauliflower (or any combination of veggies that you like), steamed until tender
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup chicken (or veggie) stock
2 cups shredded cheese (Cheddar or Monterrey Jack blend)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 cups cooked rice

Oven at 425.
Grease a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. In a large pot, melt the butter. Cook onions, garlic, garlic powder, cayenne. Cook until onion is golden. Add flour and cook one minute. Add heavy cream and chicken stock. Cook until mixture starts to thicken, stirring to avoid lumps. Once thickened, take off heat and add one cup of the cheese to make a sauce. Combine sauce with rice and veggies and put in casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake about 20 minutes, until cheese is golden.

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