CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Cooking without music is like coffee with no cream, toast without butter, peanut butter with no jelly. Sure, it can be done, but when your favorite tunes are on, the cooking experience is much more complete. Choose your favorite play list and take to the stove.
Recently I have been immersing in my Sheryl Crown CD collection. Chopping, sauteeing and simmering along to "Soak up the Sun" creates a delightful mood in the kitchen. You can't help but smile, singing along. Suddenly, dinner's ready.
In addition to Sheryl's great music, I recently discovered that I can dance along to her inspiring cookbook "If It Makes You Healthy -- More than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons." This beautiful book is a collaboration between the famous rock star and a Nashville chef. Together, with advice from a nutritionist, they share truly delicious seasonal recipes.
The most stained page in my copy of this cookbook treasure is Curried Cauliflower. Sheryl describes 'rediscovering cauliflower,' and this dish is a fabulous and really easy way to make cauliflower sing.
You grate the snow white cauliflower and saute it with onion and bright shredded carrots. Finished with aromatic spices, a spritz of citrus and some leafy fresh spinach, and you have a delicious side dish that's as tasty hot as it is cold.
Another cauliflower discovery in this recipe collection is a symphony of roasted cauliflower and leafy Brussels sprouts, with the subtle sweetness of raisins. The combination is a joyful feel-good dish.
Fabulous West Virginia tip: Mock's Greenhouse in Morgan County grows fresh ginger; Pick some up and make this wheat-free 'couscous.'
Shout out to Sheryl Crow who produced one of my favorite 'go-to' cookbooks, "If It Makes You Healthy." This delicious recipe is an easy, and it's loaded with other great Farmers Market finds.
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons mild curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large head cauliflower, stem removed, grated*
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup finely sliced fresh spinach leaves