Most kids head to bikini and beer infested beaches for Spring Break, but not for my youngest. He came home to visit his parents, and we are tickled pink. So far, he has helped build a palapa (a palm thatched roof gazebo) with his dad, helped with the chickens, helped us install a new clothes dryer, and helped his friends with their homework. I. Love. This. Kid.
His course of study right now are to go to medical school, and he starts summer school in a month, right after his school year lets out. Such a hard worker! He really had no fancy plans for his week away from school, so I decided I could at least cook a few nice meals for him, and let him sleep as much as he wanted between feeding chickens and moving major appliances.
When he was little, we always joked that his favorite foods were anything white: Mashed potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, hot cereal, yogurt…I could go on. So I came up with this delicious Baked Cauliflower with Cheese and Breadcrumbs that fit his profile, and served it with a grilled steak. Cauliflower is white, therefore I figured he would love it. And he did.
Pan toasting the bread crumbs a bit before topping the casserole makes a difference in the crisp texture of the topping once you serve the dish. And, you can always touch up the browning of the breadcrumbs under a heated broiler right before you serve.
I’m going to end this post now. I can hear that he’s awake, so maybe I will go see what he wants for breakfast.
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