We spent an amazing day at This is the Place Heritage Park for the John Pack Family Reunion. His descendants must be in the thousands and we met just over 100 Saturday. This is the Place is turning into an incredible pioneer, early settler, and even Native American experience. Our kids thought boredom would overtake them at first, but once they saw the fun they could have, they soon forgot their woes.
Panning for gold (you can even trade in your "dust" for a sweet treat)
Place cauliflower in greased 1/2-quart glass casserole with 1 tablespoon water. Microwave, covered on High for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender; drain.
Combine and mix well:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. mustard
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
Pour over cauliflower and top with 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese.
Microwave for an additional minute or until cheese has melted. Let stand before serving.
I've been amazed at how much my children gobble this dish up. Cauliflower isn't usually the favorite around here, but when I fix this recipe it is a hit with everyone. Oh, and the best part is its easiness. It can doubled for bigger crowds too.
Ally thinks it is a must that I share her especially favorite recipe with you from Rachel Ray's 365: No Repeats.
Ingredients: 1 Baguette (day-old is fine) 2 tbs unsalted butter 1/2 lb. deli-sliced ham, smoked turkey, pastrami, or corned beef 8 large eggs A splash of milk 1 tsp hot sauce Salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 deli slices of Swiss cheese (halved lengthwise to fit bread), or 8 slices of Cheddar (2 squares per bread), or 6 slices of Provolone cheese (1 1/2 slices per bread, cut to fit) Chopped fresh chives or flat-leaf parsley, to garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Farenheit.
Crisp the bread in the low oven, split it lengthwise, and hollow it out. Cut each bread in half again, across, making 4 boats. Switch the broiler on.
Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add the meat and cook, separating the pieces, for 3 minutes, or until brown at the edges. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add to the meat and scramble, keeping the eggs a little soft. They will continue to cook in the oven.
Divide the eggs among the bread and cover with the cheese. Melt the cheese under the broiler. Take out as soon as cheese softens and melts. Do not brown or allow cheese to bubble. Garnish and serve.
I needed this today and probably everyday (especially when everybody is whining and vying for my attention). But I know despite all of my faults and the daily challenges, that it is a blessing to be a mother.