Helloooo???? Did anyone see where 2011 went?
Because it appears to have disappeared as quickly as a dish full of cauliflower gratin fresh out of the oven...
I don't know what it was like in your world, but this was one whirlwind of a year in our house.
Dotted with joys & sorrows. Highs & lows.
Loved ones were lost and new "loves" entered the world with a wail - serving as a potent reminder that life goes on.
It was a year in which nature flexed it's muscles; but in the midst of devastation, the kindness of the human spirit cast a bright ray of hope.
|Lardons from my homemade bacon stash|
|The Karate Kid turned Culinary student has become quite the sous chef...|
Personally, I am looking forward to the start of a new year and the sense of promise that each day brings. I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone over the past year and can't wait to see what happens next...
|Yes, there really is a whole head of cauliflower hiding in there.|
This is not the first time that this gratin has shown up at our dinner table. Somewhere around last-mid-winter we found ourselves potato-gratined-out. I decided to try out the cauliflower gratin just to see how well it would fly... It flew. And has landed on the table several times since.
Frankly, I think you could put cheese, cream and eggs on top of just about anything. Throw in some bacon as an insurance policy (I used some of this). Bake it up. And people would eat it. Or scarf it up. Perhaps even mainline it. Seriously.
I wonder if this treatment would get the peeps to eat Salmon in a Jar? (Uh, maybe not so much - I don't think hurricane force winds could get that one back on the table and onto their dinner plates. Just sayin')
Anyhoo, the link for Dorie's cauliflower bacon gratin can be found here on NPR's website. Remember: cream, cheese, eggs, bacon. You can't lose with such a combination - oh, and if you eat too much of this, you won't lose any weight either. So, you may want to take this one in moderation...or plan a healthy bout of exercise before indulging. Consider that my public service announcement for the day... Just because I care.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie.
I hope everyone has a safe New Year and a prosperous 2012 - wherever life may take you.