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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

19 Degrees! ~ Tabouli & Egg ~ Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole

Do the date backwards with the year first... 2011-12-13 !

Good 19º frozen solid morning. Pretty, but freeking cold!

Since Brian gave me an oil filled electric radiator I have slept warm and snuggy. That back bedroom is now comfortable at 68º all the time, instead of being 50º! The oil heats up and then it radiates through the room and into the back porch and up the stairs and even into my bathroom across the hall. Amazing.

For the last couple of mornings I have made breakfast... leftover tabouli in a bowl, two eggs broken into a well, microwaved with a paper towel on top for 3 minutes on high, then sprinkled with cheese. Mmmmmm mmmm mmm!

Historically this date....(I got the right haps on the right date today!)
1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard.

2000 – The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas and go on a robbery spree, during which police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot and killed.

2003 – Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured near his home town of Tikrit (see Operation Red Dawn).

And births this date include....

1910Van Heflin, American actor (d. 1971)

1925Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian

1929Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor

1945Herman Cain, American businessman, radio host, and politician

1989 – Taylor Swift, American singer

Today is also the 34th birthday of Steve Voors (Jerry's radio car partner) and Barb's pretty Allison. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALLISON!

Last night I made a super yummm casserole with broccoli and cauliflower.
4 cups broccoli florets - 4 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups whole milk - 1/4 c + 1 T. butter divided
1/3 c all purpose flour - 2 t. dry mustard
salt, pepper, cayenne or... Slap Ya Mama Cajun seasoning
2 cups shredded Swiss or Gruyére cheese
1/2 cup panko

Heat oven to 425º. Spray a 9x9 casserole with Pam.

Break up about 4 cups each of broccoli and cauliflower and cook them in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes. Drain and put into large bowl with ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry off.

Microwave milk 2-3 minutes, until hot but not boiling. Melt 1/2 c. butter in large pan, whisk in flour, cooking and whisking 30 seconds. Remove from heat and whisk in the milk. Return pan to heat and bring to boil, whisking continually. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thick. Remove from heat and whisk in dry mustard, 3/4 t. salt, 1/4 t. pepper, and a dash of cayenne. I used "Slap Ya Mama" Cajun seasoning instead of cayenne. Microwave remaining butter until melted and mix in panko.

Sprinkle cauliflower and broccoli with 1 cup of the cheese

Top with sauce and sprinkle on remaining cheese and top with panko mixture.

Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes until golden brown and bubbly....

This is so good, I couldn't stop eating it.... served with some cut up chicken and tomatoes. If you don't like either the cauliflower or broccoli, just make it with the one vegetable you like!

All I know. Nuff said. Ciao.
xo Sue-Mom-Bobo
December 13th
A lot of discussion on this date... it's violin day and then it's not, until June. It's ice cream day and then it's not, until July. I proclaim it to be

Frozen Grass Day