Friday, February 13, 2009


When I first met my husband in 2000, I was a vegetarian and he a meat lover. One would think that this match with such disparate tastes in food would be difficult (I now eat meat so I guess he had some influence over me :). He was skeptical at first about all the veggie dishes that I made at that time; however, since he grew up with a large garden he was also eager to see what I could cook. One of the first meals I made for him (and one of the dinners that won his heart - the other is Black Bean Burritos) is Molly Katzen's Cauliflower-Cheese Pie, from the 1992 Moosewood Cookbook. It's such a simple recipe and yet I don't make it that often. The hubby practically begged me for it last week, so I purchased a head of organic cauliflower and set out to making this yummy vegetarian dinner (the hubby made the crust, as I'm really NOT a baker at all).

As I type, the smells of whole wheat crust, cauliflower, thyme and cheddar are emanating from our oven. The smells evoke all sorts of memories for me - living in NC in my 1920s apartment (the first really cool apartment that I could afford - it was $700 a month, all utilities included!), love on the horizon and my hippie and wild 20s.

I hope you all will try this simple yet lovely pie! Thanks for the memories Molly Katzen and Happy Valentines Day!

* image is the book jacket from Molly Katzen's website

1 comment:

Renee said...

This is a perfect valentine's day post to bring back memories for me, too. This was the first cookbook I purchased in college, when Pete & I were dating and started to get into cooking. (I wasnt vegetarian, but he grew up as one, and his mom was a big Moosewood fan). I have lots of memories of us trying to make these recipes in the confining dorm kitchens!