oven roasted curried cauliflower

Today was such a long day.  It has been hot here in cold, rainy Washington…  hot and muggy.  Ok, warm and muggy, but we’re wimpy and all this mugginess just makes us grumpy.

So, of course all I want to do all day is run my a/c with all the doors and windows shut, which is glorious and refreshing and consequently makes me want to bake.  Not sure what the correlation is, but hey…  I’ll go with it!

Yesterday it was classic, perfectly chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Today, roasted curried cauliflower.


We did our weekly Costco run today and I just about squealed when I saw bags of fresh cauliflower florets in the produce section.

I have been bemoaning the fact that they haven’t sold cauliflower because I pretty much only shop at Costco, and I have been seeing so many fun recipes around the web lately with cauliflower!  (Cauliflower ‘rice’, cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower tortillas, etc. etc.)

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oven roasted cabbage

Oh my word.  How have I not had this deliciousness in my life before now??

I adore cabbage.  Always have.

My mom used to make me big bowls of steamed cabbage with butter and salt for lunch when I was little, and I have loved it that way ever since.

So, I guess I never thought about trying something new…

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right??

Well, I wish I had tried this years ago, because I am absolutely hooked on this new version of my beloved cabbage!

Unfortunately my sweet little nursling was not as fond of this treat as I was, so it will be a while before I will be able to make this again, but I will enjoy it oh so much when I can!

And if you think you don’t like cabbage…  try this, k?  You just might become a convert!!

oven roasted cabbage


  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste


Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and discard. Cut the cabbage straight down into several thick slices.

Lay the slices out on the baking sheet, and then drizzle generously with olive oil and salt & pepper.

Roast for about 30 minutes, until the cabbage is starting to brown. Serve immediately, with more salt & pepper to taste!


old-fashioned bacon fried potatoes

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, smoky, salty and fragrant of bacon…  These fried potatoes are comfort food at its finest!

My grandma made these potatoes just about every week when we were growing up.

They are a perfect use for leftover potatoes and in my very norwegian Grandma’s kitchen, there were always potatoes around!

This is one of those incredibly memory-rich foods for me…

Just smelling them cooking in the pan brings back floods of memories and feelings.

If I close my eyes, I can almost feel the warmth and bright chaos of my Grandma’s kitchen, and sometimes I can even hear her orchestrating everybody’s moves in the cozy space.

The real beauty of this dish is that you can use any potato, in almost any form.

Raw, leftover baked, boiled, even mashed…  the most important part is the bacon grease used for frying.  It makes all the difference.

If you don’t keep bacon grease in your fridge like I do, (but you should! It’s amazing in soups, especially!), then just plan on serving bacon with these potatoes and fry it up first so you have the grease to use for the potatoes.



old-fashioned bacon fried potatoes


  • 3-4 potatoes
  • 2-3 tablespoons bacon grease
  • Johnny's seasoning salt, to taste


Heat the bacon grease in a large pan over medium heat.

Cut up the potatoes into bite-sized pieces and dump into the hot pan.

Fry, seasoning to taste and stirring gently but not too often so that the potatoes get all golden and crispy on the outside... while soft and tender on the inside!


*In case you noticed, or were wondering…  yes, that is my new range from Kenmore!  I will be telling you guys all about our new appliances soon!