Are you enjoying fall as much as me? Instagram says yes. I’ve seen the prettiest fall leaves on Instagram feeds lately and I’m trying to soak it all in while I can. The wind has picked up in Michigan and I know it won’t be too long before the tree branches are bare. Today we’re having our trees trimmed and one diseased blue spruce removed. We had a certified arborist look at our trees and it was nice to hear that all but the spruce is healthy. We have six large trees, but my favorite one has green and creamy-white variegated leaves with touches of fuchsia. The arborist told us it is a tri-color beech tree and one of the most beautiful trees. We’ve always loved it and we’re happy it’s thriving. A little haircut and our trees should be even happier and here’s hoping that we’ll have fewer leaves to rake.
Chopping cauliflower always reminds me of Christmas Eve. My Mom always makes appetizers for dinner to eat before presents and a vegetable tray with her homemade dill dip is always part of the spread. Besides raw and dipped in Mom’s dill dip, this lovely side is the next best way to enjoy cauliflower. If I was making a calendar of food, this side dish would be Ms. November. The herbal punch of rosemary mingling with tender cauliflower, dried fruit and crispy breadcrumbs tastes just like the holidays. It’s like a less carb-tastic stuffing. With a few ingredients and a skillet, it’s finished pretty quickly, too. If you have a spot left on your cooktop at Thanksgiving or Christmas, this would make a welcomed addition to your holiday table.