Friday Bonus – 2 recipes today!

It’s Friday! Is anyone else happy about that, or is it just me? I’m giving you two great recipes today. One is a “bake” and one is a “cook”. Sort of.  Both are delicious and quick.

I’m heading back up to Indiana on Sunday to speak at two classes at College Girl/College Guy’s school on Monday. One is for an E-Commerce class and the other is for a Computer Systems class. I did this last year and had a lot of fun doing it.  (Plus, I get the added benefit of seeing my two favorite kids again!) I’ll be back in to Loopy on Wednesday, which means no blog on Monday. Feel free to email Susan (susan AT theloopyewe DOT com) or give us a call if you need anything while I’m gone. Thank goodness for the Elves – they’ll be here and will continue to get your orders out in a timely manner. They’re the best!

On to the recipes – The Cauliflower recipe is from Elves Anna and Mary. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie? Well, I told you’d I’d make it and let you know. And I’m letting you know. YUM!

dsc02397Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

1 large head cauliflower
4 tablespoons butter (divided)
2 tablespoons flour
2 heavy cups of whipping cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
6 ounces fontina, gruyere, or white cheddar cheese shredded
2 cups bread crumbs

Cut cauliflower into florets.  Place in 9×13 microwave safe dish.  Add 3 tablespoons of water.  Cover  loosely and microwave on high for 8-10 minutes., stirring halfway through, until crisp-tender.  Drain and set aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and whisk in flour until smooth.,  Gradually whip in cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg.  Microwave on high for 4-6 minutes, whisking every 2 minutes, until thick and smooth.  Stir in cheese until melted.

Put cauliflower in 9X13 greased pan and pour sauce over.    Microwave remaining butter and toss with bread crumbs.  Sprinkle over cauliflower.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.

Note – you can make ahead and freeze, but just don’t add bread crumbs until just before baking.

dsc02421Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie from Leigh Anne

1/4 lb. butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup walnuts or pecans (I left these out)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(0r use the mint flavored chips, for a different flav0r)
9″ unbaked pie shell

Mix all ingredients and pour into the pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. (Watch the top. If it starts to brown too quickly, put a piece of foil over it while it finishes baking.)

Serve warm with ice cream.

Thanks to  Seanna Lea for posting about Smitten Kitchen in her blog comments from Wednesday. I’ve added that to my list of great recipe sites, too. Anyone have any others we all need to know about? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

Have a great weekend and get lots of knitting done!

Sheri workingonasockinanewDyeDreamsyarnbaseandIreallylikeit


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29 comments on “Friday Bonus – 2 recipes today!

  1. Besides M&M’s, I love chocolate chip cookies or basically anything with chocolate chips. I’m definitely going to try the chocolate chip cookie pie recipe. Have a great weekend with the college kids. Kristi

  2. I’m thinking cauliflower. . . healthy. . . not! Butter, cream and cheese! Sounds delicious. But as everyone knows, the vegetable portion of the meal is supposed to be the fat- and calorie-vacuum that sucks in all the fat and calories from the appetizer and main course and dessert. That’s what nutrition means, isn’t it? Travel safely Sheri!

  3. Where in Indiana? That’s where we are from…Indianapolis most recently. I have many, many knitting friends back in Indy.

    Travel safely! Mary

  4. Oh, yes, Smitten Kitchen is one of my very favorite food blogs! The Angry Chicken also has good recipes from time to time (more of a craft blog).

  5. **DROOL**
    That looks sooooo yummy! And the pie looks good, too! ;-) I wish I had some cauliflower around the house so I could make some of that gratin. Wonder how it would be with Brussels sprouts or broccoli?

    Congrats on the speaking engagements! I’ve never found a business that has better customer service than Loopy. I really feel like we customers are part of Team Loopy, you know? You are always connecting with us, thinking of ways to delight us, and, I hope, are delighted yourselves in turn. You could have a quarter of the items you provide now, and I’d still come back over and over just because I trust and value you guys. Or, you could have every single beautiful yarn on the planet, but if you weren’t YOU, I’d never shop here again. If you can teach your success to those kids, you’re doing us all a huge favor. :-)

    /soapbox

  6. Yummmm…great recipes! I needed something new for cauliflower.

    My weekend plans include working on a pair of socks and spending time with the family.

  7. Have a great weekend here in Indiana. Hope the rain holds off for you! For me this weekend…waiting for the cable guy to come and leading the childrens choir for Mission Sunday. (We taught the kindergarteners to sing in Swahili!)

  8. Yum! Cauliflower is in abundance and inexpensive right now, so guess what I will be making? Thank you, Sheri! Safe travels and have FUN!

  9. 1) Have a great weekend. Good luck with the classes and have fun with the kids.

    2) 2 heavy cups? Hmmm. What can that possibly be? I better start with the baking while I mull that one over :)

  10. As we all know I hate to cook and bake, but give alot of receipies to hubby. Yes I did cook and bake for 35 years, hate it now. I can’t think of a better person to teach those classes. You are so good at what you do. Have a great weekend with kids and be safe. Hugs

  11. Enjoy going back to college! The students are lucky to get a first-hand talk from a businesswoman. Have fun with your own college kids. Safe journey.

  12. You just wouldn’t believe how happy I am that it’s the weekend! That chocolate chip cookie pie looks AMAZING and easy, too–am I right? Off to check out the Smitten Kitchen link RIGHT NOW. Cause I need to eat more. *as I delve into my second bowl of strawberry ice cream tonight. What diet?*

  13. I can’t think of a better person to teach those two classes. How cool!! If ever there was a successful e-commerce website, it’s yours. All your students have to do is take a look at the # of people in your group on Ravelry. Congrats, Sheri! Well deserved. Oh, and my hips once, again, thank you for the recipes. :)

  14. That Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie looks sinful, but I think I’ll have to try one day soon.

    Have a wonderful weekend. I hope to finish my other fingerless mitt.

  15. Hmmm, that cookie pie looks much needed right now. I had a good day but not in the “hormonal girl” dept! Sweets….meaning choc!…would be great!

  16. I belong to sparkpeople.com and they have a recipe site, sparkrecipes.com
    You can use the advanced search to find anything you are craving. Recipes include nutritional information. I hope you are having a great trip Sheri!

  17. I also like Tartelette, but most of it is way beyond my normal cooking level. The pictures are gorgeous, the food – mostly desserts – looks divine, and some of it is accessible to the home cook who is willing to put in some time. I made macaron and this is one of the sites I was looking at for hints and tips (the other was canelle et vanille).

    If I want sensible 30 minute meal type recipes, I just go to All recipes. Not as much fun as the food blogs, but nice and handy.

  18. Oh, wow, wouldn’t that Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie be wonderful if we made it with white chocolate! Thank you for the great recipes!