At the center of trust, we find surrender.
Pierro Ferrucci - The Power of Kindness
Hello December! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year we spent Thanksgiving with friends out at the Murdoch's, in Valley Ford Washington. My friend Jill, who I've mentioned here before, created the most amazing "Nordic Thanksgiving Tablescape" which you can take a peek at on my Instagram Feed -if you are curious. Antlers, a woolly grey runner, antique dishes, and candles aglow...adorned the rustic wood table. Sheepskin was placed over her modern chairs, and somehow it all came together brilliantly. This would be a fun way to decorate your table for Christmas.
Creamy Cauliflower Gratin is a luscious side dish that can be coupled with almost any main course. In catering we pair it with grilled beef tri-tip, roasted chicken, braised beef short-ribs and even salmon. Think of this as a substitute for your starch, like potatoes or rice. At home, I often serve it as our "main", alongside a big salad and call it dinner. For a more rustic, family style dinner it can be made and baked in a cast-iron skillet. Or for a more formal affair, elevate it by serving it in individual ramekins like we often do when catering. It's a simple dish to make, full of hearty flavors - and will convert even the most die hard cauliflower skeptics. I've seen it happen with my own eyes! Also, this recipe can easily be made ahead, and can be made vegetarian and gluten free.