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It is the 24th of March and we are waiting for Virgil to arrive. Virgil is the name of the snow storm that we should be expecting any minute now. March 24 + snow storm. Seriously?

At the risk of sounding ignorant, which I am not, I think they need to find a new name for the term Global Warming. It confuses people.

Okay. Now. Let’s talk Creamy Cauliflower with Toasted Walnuts. AND a GIVEAWAY! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of those, huh? More will come… just stick around and you shall see. icon wink Creamy Cauliflower with Toasted Walnuts {Giveaway}

But, first we’re going to cover this delicious side dish.

Cauliflower always reminds me of my maternal grandmother. Allow me to share… It’s a funny story, really.

Years ago, while we were discussing modern times versus her times, she mentioned that eating cauliflower was one of those modern-times-things that really blew her away.

Cauliflower?! Out of all the things that have changed, eating cauliflower was most surprising to her?!

Now, of course, I wanted to know why. What else do you do with cauliflower? Put it in a vase and call it, well, a flower?

No, thilly!! Cauliflower was donkey food! Donkey food?! Yes, donkey food.

Cauliflower was what they fed the donkeys with back in the day. Did you know that!? Maybe it was something that they only did in Macedonia, but for that reason, my grandma would not come near cauliflower. It didn’t matter how creamy or cheesy it was. She was glad to have someone else prepare it and eat it.

And that is my food history lesson for you. Hope you enjoyed it! I also hope I didn’t spoil your love for cauliflower.

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Some of you already know my love for creamy and cheesy food – just recently I covered this beautiful recipe for creamy Cheesy Chicken Orzo. Helllloooo yumminess!

I prepared this cauliflower side dish with a creamy sauce made of cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and heavy cream. For added texture, I threw some toasted walnuts on top and called it a day. I mean dinner! Flavored with a spoonful of basil and some fresh ground peppercorns, this dish will have everyone licking their forks down to the last speck of food. It’s that good!

ENJOY!

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Creamy Cauliflower with Toasted Walnuts {Giveaway}

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

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Creamy cauliflower side dish, topped with toasted walnuts.

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, separated into florets
  • 1 package (8-ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried basil, or fresh basil
  • freshly ground peppercorns, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Coat a 2.5 quart round casserole dish with butter and arrange cauliflower in dish. Set aside.
  • Stir together cream cheese, garlic, parmesan cheese, heavy cream, basil, and grated peppercorns; stir until smooth.
  • Taste for salt. Parmesan cheese is salty so you might not want to add any more salt.
  • Pour the cream mixture over cauliflower.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is browned and sauce is bubbling.
  • Let cool 10 minutes.
  • Toast the chopped walnuts in a frying pan over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Toss the toasted walnuts over the cauliflower and serve.
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  1. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 21, 2013 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    I can eat cauliflower like nobody’s business! Love it!

  2. Tierney March 31, 2013 at 5:41 PM - Reply

    I would put the money toward new sheets!

  3. Jamie March 31, 2013 at 4:16 AM - Reply

    We just love cauliflower and my husband makes a wild cauliflower gratin. Yours has such different ingredients and the flavors are wonderful! I love the addition of crunchy walnuts.

  4. michelle blakie March 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM - Reply

    I cant wait to make this recipe and it woukd look so perfect in the dish set i would buy at target.

  5. Tracy March 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM - Reply

    I’d use it for some new spring clothes

  6. Liz Blunt March 27, 2013 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    I’d use the gift card for new towels & washcloths!

  7. Rachel March 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM - Reply

    I would love to buy some new kitchenware! Browsing those aisles is obe of my favorite things to do in Target.

  8. PolaM March 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM - Reply

    Looks delicious!

  9. Susan Christy March 25, 2013 at 6:53 PM - Reply

    Curtain rods, towels, stuff for my house

  10. Galina V March 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM - Reply

    I have never seen a cauliflower so pretty and elegant. Love your recipe. (not entering a giveaway as I’m not a US resident).

  11. Danielle March 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    I’d use it to buy groceries. It feels like I’m at Target every day buying another ingredient for a recipe I want to try out.

  12. Amanda March 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM - Reply

    I’d save it for something I really need. Money’s tight so something essential.

  13. Ellen March 25, 2013 at 12:03 AM - Reply

    I’d get a new coffe maker!

  14. Jen @ Savory Simple March 24, 2013 at 9:06 PM - Reply

    This looks SO delicious. I love cauliflower. I’d probably buy some props!

  15. Danielle March 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM - Reply

    I’m pregnant with #2 and I would buy some things for the little man coming to join the family in July!

  16. Shanna M March 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM - Reply

    I’d probably put it back for Christmas because I like to plan way ahead!

  17. Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    This crazy winter weather in spring is…well just crazy! I can’t wait for it to be over and hopefully no more snow for us. Anywho, your cauliflower looks fantastic!

  18. Averie @Averie Cooks March 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM - Reply

    I’d use it on clothes for my daughter!

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    Oh I think I could find some new blog props! :)

  20. Shea @ Dixie Chik Cooks March 24, 2013 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    I would use it for random pretty kitchen pieces to use for photo props!

  21. Amy Orvin March 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM - Reply

    pet supplies

  22. Amanda Thompson March 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM - Reply

    I would use the gift card to splurge on a few new cds that are coming out soon and maybe some fun baking stuff from the the Holiday section.

  23. Taking on Magazines March 24, 2013 at 12:16 PM - Reply

    I think they’re calling it ‘climate change’ now, not global warming. Makes much more sense. :)

    I love cauliflower. It may be one of my top vegetables. This looks absolutely silky, rich and delicious.

  24. Amy Tong March 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM - Reply

    If I won, I will be getting some new clothes for the kiddos! Boy oh boy, it’s time to get ready for the season changing. Kids do grow up fast, too fast. hahaha…

  25. Sandy March 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM - Reply

    Target always has a good selection of paperback books

  26. Amanda March 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM - Reply

    For myself :) I really could use a new pair of boots!

  27. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal March 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM - Reply

    I would use the gift card to buy new plates! :)

  28. Lisa March 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    I would use it all for myself :) Its been awhile since I actually bought myself something nice !!

  29. Valerie March 24, 2013 at 10:08 AM - Reply

    I’d probably put the money towards a much-needed camera (or iPad mini) *shhh* :D

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