Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta

Before the topping goes on...all soupy and lovely. Waiting to be even more gorgeous.

Before the topping goes on…all soupy and lovely. Waiting to be even more gorgeous.

Things happen in kitchens. Beautiful lovely things. This is one of those things. I unabashedly love food and I think most of that is born from the making of it. I’d rather make dinner at home than go out to the best of restaurants. And this blog exists because I love sharing the things I make with people. With you. All of you. Those of you I know and those of you I don’t. We’re all connected through good recipes. This is one of those good recipes. Now you should go over to the Vegetarian Times website and check out the recipe there too. Their pictures are beautiful. They have great photographers. That said, you should also put this on your dinner menu sometime this week. We first made it as an excuse to use up the last of our capers, but we’ll be making it more often in the future. It doesn’t hurt that feta, once baked, turns into this amazing crusty brown awesomeness in our mouths. The first time we baked feta I almost cried when I tasted it.

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta
1 lb. medium-sized cauliflower florets
2 tsp. olive oil
¾ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1 14.5-oz. can low-sodium chopped tomatoes
2 Tbs. drained capers
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (1 ½ oz.
1 ½ Tbs. chopped fresh dill

1. Steam cauliflower 4 to 6 minutes until tender.
2. Preheat the broiler.
3. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat and add the onion and garlic. Sauté till tender.
4. Add the dill, tomatoes and capers and increase the heat to medium-high. Cook 7 minutes.
5. Spread tomato mixture into a large pie pan, layer the cauliflower on top, and sprinkle with feta cheese.
6. Broil the gratin 5 to 6 minutes, or until feta is browned.

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes, Capers and Feta

So my friend Trista over at A Life Less Ordinary was groovy enough to give me a Liebster Nomination, which is this cool blog-tree madness that attempts to connect people and introduce them to new blogs and new stories they may love. The catch is that you have to answer some questions. Some of these were hard for me to answer, but here it goes….

1. What was the first outfit you remember putting together?
I’m pretty sure I remember trying to put together a rad pair of Hawaiian print shorts with a t-shirt covered in hearts when I was a very small kid. Normally mom would roll with it, but that day I had to change as we were going out in public and mom couldn’t handle my chosen madness.

2. One service you wish someone would do as business (i.e., beer delivery)?
Beer delivery is a great idea Trista! Actually in China Pizza Hut would deliver bottles of wine if you were within its delivery range. I wonder if they’re still doing that? Let’s see…I keep wishing someone would pay me for being awesome, but that might put too much pressure on me. Okay, I’ve got it. I wish someone would do coffee delivery. Maybe this already happens, I should check around, but I have a job where I can rarely leave to grab a cup of coffee. I have to either suffer without it or make some on my own in the break room. And dang it…sometimes I want a lazy latte!

3. What’s one smell that reminds you of something else, every time?
Here’s a gross one…whenever I smell cow pies I think of the county fair. It was one of my favorite weeks every year when I was a kid and those smells leave imprints. Ditto for buttered popcorn.

4. What book could you read over and over?
I have WAY a lot of these. I was an English/Creative Writing major. The one I’m currently obsessed with would be Aimee Bender’s “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.” Aimee Bender has a few great short story collections out as well. Make her your author to check out this year.

5. What’s your favourite holiday?
Christmas. I unabashedly adore Christmas. I don’t decorate much right now because we rent and because we’ve been moving the past few years and unwilling to collect a bunch of decorations we’ll have to cart around with us. But I love to go home and put up the tree at my parents’ house and force them to listen to old Christmas tunes and the like.

6. What meal do you cook to impress people?
I don’t know what we cook to impress people. We like to cook things we know people will really love. So I guess we cook the things we love, whether they impress or not. Jake has a big grill and we usually use dinner guests as an excuse to fire that up since we don’t often do it on our own. So if you come to dinner it’s a safe bet we’ll be grilling a ton of stuff and that I’ll have some crafty sides up my sleeves and maybe even a little dessert. And drinks. Always.

7. You have $5000 and two months off. What are you going to do with it?
Easy. Drink coffee and work on my book. And probably throw a few camping trips into the mix as well. Maybe go to Asia, if we feel like traveling. And if the government shutdown ever ends so I can get my passport renewed.

8. You can make one cartoon character come to life. Who do you chose?
There are lots of good answers to this, but I’m gonna have to go with: Felix the Cat! I mean how can you not love him? I’d also be cool with going out to play pool with Small Fry. Or maybe hanging out with Owl Jolson.

————————- And now that I’ve answered MY questions————————-

It’s time for some other folks to answer questions (hopefully).
I’d like to highlight for you all to some pretty cool food blogs. Some of my favorites…

Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide for the folks who love a good cocktail and sexy garden pictures. Haha!

Alaska from Scratch for Trista, who lives in Fairbanks

Eat, Play, Love for all my good friends out there who have kiddos. Plus I figured the kids might have fun answering these questions

Allergy Free Alaska another Alaska pick for Trista

Cupcakes & Cashmere fashion and food…I know a few folks who’re going to love this

Running to the Kitchen this is one of my new favorites

Now, if these folks are game hopefully they’ll take a chance and answer my questions (most of them are food related):
1. Name one item you never leave your house without? (Minus the obvious things like keys and wallet)
2. What’s your favorite drink, alcoholic or non?
3. What’s your comfort food?
4. If you had to paint your entire house a non-white color, what would it be and why?
5. What’s your favorite “easy” meal?
6. What recipe have you always meant to try but never have? And what’s stopping you?
7. Unrelated to #6, what thing have you always meant to do but never done? And what’s stopping you?
8. Write a haiku. Do it.

I hope you all will answer the questions and have a little fun with this! 🙂


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