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Janet McCormick/The Lawrence Herald A hearty casserole, like this Cauliflower and Sausage Casserole, is always a great way to gather loved ones.

I don't think there is a casserole made that I don't like. Casseroles are just cozy and welcoming and complete. I know exactly what was meant by the girl who told the boy, "You complete me!"

Sometimes, there is an end to our wants. Sometimes, it might not be a companion but the answer to what we really want is a big fat, cheesy casserole. When the kids were little I baked a lot and made dinner every night. Meals that had only a few minutes prep time were born from the idea that I wanted to be with the boys more and spend time connecting with them.

We'd hang pictures on our walls and create comfortable spaces and spend so very much time teaching our kids how to love others and each other. We prayed that we'd love them well, too. Because if our homes cannot be havens, then where else do we have to go?

The smell of dinner was always close by. When we were finished romping all over the yard, we'd come in to a table ready to set and eat a meal together. There, we'd find stories of discovery and everything from the day would be laid out before us as we'd dig into our casserole.

This dish was a favorite of our. It mostly contained food I had in the refrigerator. I would repurpose all kinds of left overs and revive them with a healthy dose of cheese. I won't tell you cheese makes everything better and helps to spread the love within the confines of food, but I will tell you that there might not be a truer statement.

When we say beauty is everything, you have to search for it, I would be willing to bet food could be among the many things that exemplify beauty. This is a roasted cauliflower and summer sausage casserole. I made this with white rice but you can include any pasta or whole grain. It was a comforting plate of deliciousness and I walked away knowing we ate, we laughed and we loved.

Cauliflower and Sausage Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 summer beef sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Place the cauliflower on a cookie sheet, drizzle with oil and bake for 25 minutes. In a casserole dish, place the cauliflower, sausage, heavy whipping cream and Parmesan. Mix well. Bake for 25 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Garnish with parsley.

Janet McCormick is the author of "10-Minute Meals" and owner of Let's Eat in Huntington. She lives in Lawrence County, Ohio. She can be reached at 304-654-2003 or www.10-minutemeals.com.

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