Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

In this house, the side dishes generally play second fiddle to the entrée.  I’m usually spending so much time with the main part of the meal that the side dishes are pretty simple, or sometimes, even an afterthought.  THIS side dish, however, takes center stage, and it was absolutely the most exciting thing we had at dinner that night.

Fennel, Apple & Potato Gratin

Fennel Apple and Potato Gratin - Chew Nibble NoshI’ve mentioned to you before that, while I love to cook, I am not very good at making up my own recipes.  I’ll never write a cookbook, because I’m just not THAT creative.  If I have a recipe in front of me, I can usually tweak it to improve on it, or mess around with the concept a bit, but to come up with something out of thin air?  It’s a rare occurrence.

Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin with Parmesan and Fresh Thyme

I always find it amazing when I talk to people about cooking and find out that they’ve never cooked up a fresh vegetable in their life.  I’ve run across more people than I can count who only rely on frozen veggies or canned.  I’ve found that, with most of these people, it’s not a dislike of vegetables holding them back, it’s that they are intimidated by the work involved in cooking up something fresh.