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February 26, 2019
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        CAULIFLOWER HAS BEEN THE NEW KALE FOR AWHILE NOW. AND FRANKLY, I PREFER IT THAT WAY. It's so versatile that you can turn it into rice, steaks, pizza crusts, and use it raw or cooked. And, being that it's from the cruciferous clan of veggies, it's really healthy for you too.
        This soup goes back to the basics, and is so simple, and so, so creamy even without any dairy, that I'm sure that it will become a winter favorite. WITH SO FEW INGREDIENTS, THE QUALITY IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT here. Make sure the cauliflower is fresh, preferably organic if you can, and has no black spots. However, the true magic behind this soup is Paul Bertolli's (of Chez Panisse fame) technique. SO MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY! If you do, you'll see how just one onion, one head of cauliflower, some olive oil and /or butter, salt and water can be transformed into an exquisite 5 star soup.

LESSONS Learned:
1. Fresh is best. Make sure that the cauliflower is pure white, with no dark brown spots or wilted green leaves, which indicates an older less flavorful vegetable.
2. Don't go crazy breaking up the florets. They will all cook down, so uneven size pieces are ok.
3. If you want to make this vegan, simply eliminate the butter and use 3 Tablespoons of olive oil.
4. You can halve the recipe or freeze any leftovers for another meal.

(slightly adapted from Cooking by Hand)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Tablespoon unsalted butter or more extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly, about 2 cups
a pinch of Kosher salt
1 head cauliflower (about 1-1/2 pounds, after green stems are removed), core removed and broken into florets
1 teaspoon Kosher salt, or more to taste
5 1/2 cups water, divided
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Freshly ground black pepper for sprinkling

Make the Soup:
        In a large heavy-bottomed pan with a lid, heat the butter and the olive oil. Cook the onions in the olive oil and butter with a pinch of salt over low heat without letting them brown for 15 minutes.
        Add the cauliflower, the 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, and 1/2 cup of the water. Raise the heat to a boil and then turn down to a simmer, cover the pot and simmer the cauliflower for 15 to 18 minutes, or until tender.
        Add the rest of the water, 4 1/2 cups, bring to a low simmer and cook an additional 20 minutes covered.
        Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender, preferably high speed, until very smooth and creamy. Let the soup stand, covered, for 20 minutes, which will allow it to thicken a little more. To serve, if desired, drizzle with some extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

Makes 8 servings.      YUM!
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