I couldn’t help myself yesterday…the sun was out, the air felt warm and the garden section at the grocery store was filled with blooming Hellebores! This one is Helleborus niger, or Hellebore Joseph Hemper. They typically flower in late January to February and the leaves are most often evergreen. This lovely lady will live happily in my little cottage garden.
Over the weekend, our neighbor Shirley, brought over the most delicious cauliflower casserole, with the most unusual name - Dish of Brains! Thanks so much, Shirley, we loved it! And it was so good that I asked her for the recipe and thought I would share it with you:
Dish Of Brains
1 cup Orzo pasta
1 head cauliflower, leaves and core discarded
2 cups grated (8 oz) medium Cheddar cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup chicken broth
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Heat oven to 375 F. Butter a 1 ½ to 2 qt. baking dish and set aside. In a skillet toast the Orzo over medium heat, stirring often until golden brown, about 4 mins. Transfer to prepared dish and spread evenly.
Cut cauliflower into small florets. Place in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave on high 10 mins. Add 1 ½ cups cheese, heavy cream, broth, thyme, salt and pepper; toss until combined well. Spread out over Orzo in baking dish and top with remaining ½ cup cheese. Bake until golden brown and bubbly and cauliflower is slightly caramelized, 40 to 45 mins. Makes 8-10 servings.
The original recipe called for couscous (Israeli large grain) instead of Orzo, but the Orzo really works! You can also use Gruyere or white cheddar cheese.