HMDWL 39 – The Thanksgiving Episode! We talk about our Thanksgiving traditions, and issue a new mom recipe challenge: Jungle Marge’s Cauliflower Au Gratin, with optional Cheese Sculpture!

To read about the history of the Cauliflower Au Gratin, head over here.

Some of some of Sara’s previous work.

  • 2002, Before2002, Before
  • 2002, After2002, After
  • 2003, Before2003, Before
  • 2003, After2003, After
  • 2004, Before2004, Before
  • 2004, After2004, After
  • 2005, Before2005, Before
  • 2005, After2005, After

Jungle Marge’s Cauliflower Au Gratin

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 T butter
  • pepper to taste
  • 3 slices Kraft Old English Cheese plus more for decoration (or Deli Deluxe. You want the thick American cheese slices, but not the singles in the wrapper.)
  • bread crumbs

Strip off outer leaves from cauliflower and trim stem so it can sit flat in the dish. Boil or steam cauliflower until tender, then drain. In a saucepan, combine soup, milk, butter, and pepper. Add cheese slices and heat until medium heat until smooth. Place cauliflower in greased casserole. Pour sauce over the top, lifting the head gently to be sure sauce goes both over and under. Sprinkle top with bread crumbs. Add cheesy decoration of your choice. The sky’s the limit! Bake at 350 until bubbly, about 1 hour.

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9 Responses to “HMDWL 39”

  1. Bay Says:

    First of all, Sara, please accept all the good vibes and hopeful wishes I can muster for Sally's recovery. A cat who sleeps on her face is a cat worth fighting for. OK, almost any cat is worth fighting for, but let's face it (no pun intended), Sally's extra special. I hope she beats the cancer, and I hope you're not too exhausted while you help her through this difficult time.

    Second of all, YUMMY! That cauliflower dish sounds yummy! I really do not know if I can bring myself to sculpt processed cheese-type food, but I'll definitely try the cauliflower au gratin!

    Third, I just love the show. (I was going to say I loved this episode, but y'all have to know that I love ALL the episodes.) I loved that you talked about almost everything you meant to talk about, and then talked about a few more things. Snort! It was so much fun hearing both of your traditional Thanksgiving menus!!! It made me a little sad, yes, because I will be sharing a non-traditional Thanksgiving with the dreaded mother-in-law, but happy because when I fix *my* Thanksgiving dinner at Christmas, I will not hesitate to list every single dish for Grits to Glitz.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, Rob and Sara!!!

  2. Cortny Says:

    I am so all about trying this recipe!

    Ideas for the cheese relief:

    -Nursery rhymes (little bo peep, the three pigs, etc.)
    -You and Rob
    -Superfriends (Wonder Woman, etc.)
    -Michelangelo's David (possibly with a well-placed string cheese accent 😉
    -Your hand print
    -Your bootie print

    Love the show!!

    ps- Have you tried Golden Mushroom Soup? It's so freakin' good! Over some porkchops with a side of wild rice, doesn't get better than that!

    And Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Cortny Says:

    Cheese Relief… good band name!

  4. Bjorn Says:

    Best Wishes to your cat!

    I don't like cauliflower (sp?) but those are some cool creations. Your sculpture/art should be a landscape or San Francisco Skyline. That would be cool. As an Intern Architect I loved the bridge.

    Thanks for the great shows.

  5. Erica Says:

    Lots of love to Sally Peanut. I'm always a wreck when my babies are sick.

    I think that you might have mixed up the before and after captions on your photos. Because all your before photos have brown cheese. I'm not sure what kind of cheese is brown…… But beautiful artwork! I'm very impressed

    Keep us updated on Sally!

  6. Brit Says:

    Sarah, my thoughts and prayers are with you and Sally Peanut. I know how tough it can be to have a pet with cancer. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Ian Says:

    Sarah, I was wondering about the Sweet Potato Soufflé you mentioned… Do you have that recipe available? Where can I get a copy?

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