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Dinner Tonight: Cauliflower-Cheddar Soup

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Most of the cauliflower I eat is roasted or sautéed until it's perilously close to looking burnt. It's hard to describe why it tastes so good when it looks so bad, but it really does a number on me and partly explains why it's one of my favorite things to cook.

But this recipe retreats back to a time when cauliflower was treated gently and calmly. It gets a slow simmer to make sure everything is politely tender. Cheddar cheese is also involved, which seems straight out of some horrible childhood memory (when this vegetable was on the do-not-want list).

While this recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook may sound tame, but it still manages to be comforting and warming, but not boring. Thanks should go to the carrots and potatoes for thickening the soup and also adding some crucial sweetness.

It's a blended soup, but some of the florets are left whole to keep things texturally interesting. It's not my favorite way to eat cauliflower, but it shows the versatility of this great vegetable.

Cauliflower-Cheese Soup

- 4 to 6 servings -
Adapted from Moosewood Cookbook.

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