Monday, November 17, 2008

Pimp my Thanksgiving

Tattooedminivanmom is hosting a Thanksgiving recipe swap. Head on over there and check out all the yummy recipes.

My favorite Thanksgiving memories are the ones I made with my Dad & Mom in the kitchen. My dad would have me come over before the sun came up so he could teach me how to make the Yankee stuffing. We would have the best conversation as we ripped the bread apart and drank tea & coffee. I cherish those memories now more than ever; this is the 3rd Thanksgiving without him since he went to be with our Lord.

I'll never forget the time Mom & I put the turkey in the oven and put the timer on. 2 hours later we couldn't figure out why we weren't smelling that awesome bird cooking. Well, we forgot to turn the OVEN ON!!! Good laughs...good times.

Of course I have many more memories of my daughters and John. We usually take a family photo on this day and use it for the Christmas cards. One year John had blonde hair and the girls were going through their awkward stage and I just looked like crap. That photo needs to be burned!!!

On with the recipe....I have made this recipe for 20 years. It is a family favorite!

Cauliflower Casserole

1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets
1/2 cup butter, melted ( I prefer land o' lakes)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Steam your cauliflower until soft. Put cauliflower in big mixing bowl, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together butter, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, salt, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and 1/2 cup of cheese. Pour mixture over cauliflower, stir this until all florets are coated with mixture. Pour into baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Anonymous said...

YUMMMY! I have never had that! But it looks soo good! You are so gorgeous girl!! And your girls are equally as beautiful!! Oh my goodness!! I am trying to grow my hair long like theirs!! It's taking a LONG time!!

Aubrey said...

Ok. I know I have said this on your blog...but...OH MY YUM!
Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Toes said...

I usually try one new recipe...this is going to be it..thank you!!
-sandy toes

Jen said...

Oh, what a good way to get the kids to eat cauliflower. I am going to have to remember this one.

dddiva said...

Oh, yum, that casserole looks delicous. Loved reading about your memories, thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

Oh...I am going to try that this Thanksgiving! SOunds fantastic!

I wanna see the picture of John with blond hair, and the girls looking akward! Do show!!

heathersister said...

Ohhh, that sounds really good.

I am with Becky, I wanna see that picture too.

Be sure to check my blog tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

It's unanimous. You must post the picture. And I'm totally trying those cauliflowers...or is it singular?

Betty said...

This looks soooo delicious!! I am definately trying this. As soon as we get some decent caulifower in our produce dept.!!
Thanks for sharing that!
P.S. I would love to see that picture you mentioned...the one that needs to be burned :)

April said...

Love this recipe! Definitely going to give it a whirl! Sounds wonderful!!

Pamela said...

This casserole looks great! I'm definitly going to try it...maybe I 'll be able to get my children to eat more veggies! :)

mrsbear said...

I'm going to have to try that this year, it sounds delicious. And you've so got to post that old Thanksgiving photo, you can't just throw something like that out there and not expect us to be curious. ;-)

Live.Love.Eat said...

Hi there. I'm so glad you came by and said hello. I love the background of your blog, I feel like I am floating in the clouds. I have never had cauliflower casserole so it's gonna have to get done!!! Looks great!!!!!

Vanessa Rogers said...

That is so weird. I found this cauliflower casserole recipe on that looked so yummy but took so much time. I have never before in my life had a cauliflower casserole and was feeling a bit daunted since the recipe on the website was really long and complicated and here you are with a super duper easy one that probably tastes just as good! Yay for sharing recipes on blogs!

MarciaBrady said...

I also love Thanksgiving. My dad would go hunting, my mom would be cooking and me and my sisters would be helping. Then, my dad would come home and make the gravy. He is the best gravy maker ever!!

So, with this recipe swap, are we just supposed to post a recipe on our blog? How does this work?

BTW: Thanks for the crochet lesson. I haven't tried it out yet, but will. I have bought books before, but for some reason, I have such a hard time learning it from a book! ARGH!! I'm a learn by doing kinda gal I guess! But, thanks for the lesson! I so appreciate it! And, sorry it took me so long to get over here to thank you!! :)

I was talking to Heather about the shawls you made for her, her sister and friend. I'm wondering, do you sell them? Do you ever make any purple ones? haha I would be willing to buy one!! Cuz you know if Heather has one, I gotta get one!!

sassy stephanie said...

Oh yum. I think my kiddos would even eat this! I will have to give it a try. Your girls are BEAUTIFUL!

Thanks for sharing in my SITS day with me!

Veggie Mom said...

You would fit in so well at my place this week! Hey, I'm over from SITS, and I'm making the rounds. Gotta Great Giveaway Goin' On...please stop by when you can!

JANE said...

Oh yeah!! That looks great!
You have a beautiful and I can tell you're so proud of those gorgeous girls.
I really enjoyed the PB&J post. Our daughter is just 2 1/2 but their tradition is "Lowes" or "Home Pepo" on Sat mornings. He started this when our first child was born. And I can just see them yrs from now, troting off on a Saturday morning!

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Carrie said...

Holy Moses that looks scrumptious! I must make it!

Thanks for entering my giveaway and sporting my apple button!

p.s. luuuuuuuuuurve Journey...

DysFUNctional Mom said...


Tori said...

mmmm can't wait for this! & to be home for thanksgiving!

dinner was fun/amazingly delicious tonight!
thanks & lots of loves!