- 4 cups cauliflower florets (from 1 small cauliflower)
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1½ Tablespoons milk
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 4 medium tomatoes, cut in half crosswise
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless sourdough bread
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Steam cauliflower until very tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to processor. Add 1 Tablespoon butter and milk; blend until smooth. Season puree with nutmeg, salt, and pepper; set puree aside.
- Scoop out tomato halves; discard pulp. Place tomatoes, cut side down, on paper towels and drain well.
- Arrange tomatoes, cut side up, on a small baking sheet. Fill with cauliflower puree.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Mix in mustard. Add breadcrumbs and toss until crumbs begin to brown, about 8 minutes. Mix in parsley.
- Sprinkle crumb mixture over puree.
- Bake tomatoes until heated through, about 30 minutes.
CAULIFLOWER (Fresh & Frozen):
INFESTATION: Thrips may be found on the thin white branches or between the tightly packed cauliflower florets. These insects are easily discernible as their black color contrasts with the white vegetable. Small orange insects may at times be seen clinging to the outside of the cauliflower. These insects are easily washed off.
- Separate and remove cauliflower florets from the stem
- Examine several pieces of the cauliflower paying careful attention to the under part of the floret
- Wash thoroughly before using.
- Heads of cauliflower that are found to be infested are difficult to clean and should not be used
Frozen cauliflower should be carefully scanned for signs of infestation but requires no further checking unless insects are found.
DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.
Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.
INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.
Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.
RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.
- Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
- Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
- Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
- If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
- If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.
Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.