Lemony Cauliflower with Brown Butter

Lemony Cauliflower with Brown Butter

Cauliflower has had a glow-up.

In recent years, it has busted out of its shell and gained popularity as an alternative to other foods.

There’s the rice alternative, in which cauliflower is grated on a large box grater or broken down in a food processor into small, ricelike pieces, then cooked until soft. There’s the mashed potato alternative, when cauliflower is cooked and pureed with things like milk and cheese. And there’s even the steak alternative, where you cut the cauliflower into thick slabs and roast it in the oven or in a skillet with plenty of olive oil and salt and pepper until it’s soft.

Pumpkin Curry

Pumpkin Curry

I don’t usually like to admit when a meal is inspired by what I feed my dog, but, here we go: This week’s recipe is brought to you by leftover canned pumpkin, which my husband and I put in our puppy’s food bowl as a treat for Thanksgiving. (Too much?) Since then, I have made this perfectly spiced curry countless times.

I’ve written about curry, the Indian dish that refers to a specific combination of spices and is usually served in sauce form over rice and other things as a quick way to get something flavorful on the table. I usually start with curry powder and coconut milk, and the rest of the additions vary here and there. Pumpkin may be my favorite of all.

Cheesy Ham Sandwich with Apricot Mustard

Cheesy Ham Sandwich with Apricot Mustard

It is the week between Christmas and New Year’s, a nebulous time during which no one really knows what day it is or who they even are anymore after all those Christmas cookies. Baked goods are still allowed for breakfast, stretchy clothes a must right now.

And it is time to turn our Christmas leftovers into the most comforting, cheesy meal we can.

My family pitched in to cook a big ham dinner on Christmas Eve this year, but there was more than half of the roast leftover. I had some leftover bread from French toast on the counter, too, and a jar of apricot jam just waiting to be opened and slathered atop this ham.

I am making this for dinner tonight for me and my husband, with a healthy helping of kettle chips and a mandarin orange for nutritional purposes. Diet starts Monday, right?