Farm to Table on Father’s Day

We enjoyed the vegetables of our labor with Dad and Barbara Sunday. Everything came from our garden, except the chicken which we bought from Reeves Homeplace Farm in Little Sandy Mush and the cream style biscuits which I made from a recipe in Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food, one of my favorite cookbooks. I also used Alice’s guidelines for roasting the chicken which I stuffed with fresh herbs and garlic from the garden. I steamed broccoli with a hint of sea salt and roasted the cauliflower in olive oil and then served with a sage butter, and, of course, a bountiful freshly harvested salad. Tastebuds were rejoicing!
Here are a few recipes our farm families shared for favorite ways to enjoy cauliflower:
I prepare my cauliflower by cutting it up, drizzling it with olive oil and sprinkling it with fresh pepper and salt. Then roasting it on a baking sheet at 400 for 10-15 minutes. While it’s roasting, I brown butter in a pan and add fresh sage. I toss the cauliflower in the butter and add pasta and bits of ham. It’s a great quick summer dish. If you puree the finished product (sans ham) you have a lovely substitute for mashed potatoes.
~Leah

This is from John’s stepmother Betty:

Hardy, I don’t really have a recipe! I just go with the flow, so to speak.
I make a roux of melted butter and flour, guess-te-mating the amounts
!! Then I add milk until I get it to a pouring consistency, or what
looks like a cheese sauce. If it’s a little too stiff, I add some
water!! Then I use good old fashioned sliced cheddar cheese from
Publix, nothing fancy. I tear it into small pieces and add to the
sauce, stirring all the time. Again if it gets a little too thick, I
just add some hot water. Nothing fancy, but John senior seems to
enjoy it. I sometimes add a little nutmeg, but he isn’t too keen on
that! Sorry I can’t be more specific, I just make it until I think it is ok,
and pour it over steamed cauliflower florets!!

“Betty steamed the whole head of cauliflower when she cooked it for us
and then poured the sauce over the whole head. It was beautiful AND
delicious.” ~ Hardy
” We Loved our cauliflower. I roasted it with the baby beets and mixed
in the greens at the end. Yummy! ” ~Patricia

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