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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

If I sleep through my alarm clock, Thunder makes noise to wake me up.

Usually she barks until I stumble out of bed.

But this morning, the sound was different.

Imagine, if you will, the sound someone eating money.  It was basically that sound.

So we are proud to introduce a new coupon.

It’s for 0% off your next purchase at Bed Bath & Beyond®.

Pick out something really nice for yourself, my friends.  And then let’s never speak of this again.


I am happy to talk about cauliflower–garlicky roasted cauliflower with sundried tomatoes!

It’s easy and very savory.  If you liked the Dijon-roasted cauliflower, you’ll probably like this one too.

Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower With Sundried Tomatoes {Download & Print Recipe}


1 head cauliflower (get one that’s about 2 lbs)

1/2 c. sundried tomatoes (dry, not packed in oil)

3 garlic cloves

5 tbsp. olive oil

a pinch of salt

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese (plus a block of Parmesan for shaving some cheese on top–optional)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Measure 1/2 c. packed sundried tomatoes and place them in a small bowl of hot water.  Let sit for about ten minutes until they’ve softened and plumped up a little.

In the meantime, rinse the cauliflower and remove the green parts.  With your hands, rip off large florets.  (Your cauliflower will look more natural than if you cut it up).  Discard the stem and base of the head of cauliflower.

Chop the garlic cloves.  Place the sundried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, cheese and salt in a blender and pulse until the tomatoes and garlic are pureed and the mix has the consistency of pesto.

In a large bowl, toss the cauliflower with the sundried tomato sauce.  I used my hands to–wait for it–kind of massage the sauce into the florets.  You want to get pieces of garlic and tomato in the nooks and crannies of these things. If it looks dry–like the tops of your florets look white and not sauced, pour another tablespoon of olive oil in there so it doesn’t dry out in the oven.

Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil and lightly oil it.  Place the cauliflower head down if you can (so the tree tops are flush against the cookie sheet), because they’ll brown nicely that way.

Bake for under 30 minutes, until the cauliflower can be pierced with a fork but isn’t mushy.  I cook mine a little longer than 20 minutes because I like them on the firm side.

Serve tossed with shaved Parmesan (optional).


It’s okay if the cauliflower is a tiny bit blackened– mine usually comes out that way without tasting burned.

My experience roasting broccoli has been touch and go.  I wouldn’t recommend substituting broccoli for the cauliflower.

51 Comments Post a comment
  1. When you’ve got dogs, that’s all you’ve got.

    May 3, 2012
  2. I once had a similar pup experience- pug was unusually quiet one morning, as she gnawed on my retainer.

    May 3, 2012
    • I spent my entire childhood WISHING my dog would destroy my retainer or–even better–my HEAD GEAR. Never happened.

      May 4, 2012
  3. shannon #

    Thunder, I love you. It’s like you threaten Katherine awake. “If you don’t wake up, i’m going to be destructive. To what degree? Well, that remains to be seen.”
    And i’m so making this roasted cauliflower; i walked by some sundried tomatoes during my daily market frenzy and thought “mmm…what could i do with those?” on my way towards the limes.
    Now i know. I think i may have this for dinner tomorrow.

    May 3, 2012
    • I love that you go to the market on a daily basis. Sometimes Scott gets home and asks how many times I went to the grocery store and I’ll say “oh. . . hmmm. . . ” and he’ll be like “two. three. You went three times, didn’t you? FOUR?!” because some days I don’t figure out what I actually want to make until I’ve already been there and back. At least once. 🙂

      May 4, 2012
  4. Amy #

    haha, awww. Luckily BBB sends coupons often and accepts expired ones…maybe you could get them to accept a chewed up one too if the barcode is still intact! 🙂

    I LOVE cauliflower and I love roasting. This recipe sounds awesome. I’ve had equally good experience roasting broccoli. You just have to keep an eye on it and push it around half way thru. Do you find it burns?

    May 3, 2012
    • Amy, I made some lemony parmesan roasted broccoli over the holidays and my family didn’t like it as much as I did. I think they thought it was too dried it. I should try it again. Do you do anything to it in particular, or just some olive oil and salt and roast it at 400 or so? I want to give it another go.

      May 4, 2012
      • Amy #

        I usually either toss it with olive oil, or just spray the pan and then spray the broccoli after you put it on the pan. Sprinkle with salt or flavored salt, garlic powder, and roast at 400 or 425. Cook for like 10-15 min, check on it and move it around a bit. Cook another 10-15 min keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t brown too much. But maybe they just like cauliflower better?

        May 5, 2012
  5. Ainslie #

    Love the dog 🙂

    May 3, 2012
    • If she met you, she’d love you right back by getting in your lap and wiggling her butt!

      May 4, 2012
      • can’t go wrong with a Frenchie that gives a good lap dance!

        May 6, 2012
  6. Maybe you can explain to the cashier at BB&B that the dog ate your coupon – sorry could not resist – ha! Have a Great Day:)

    May 3, 2012
    • Now that you mention it, I could just load this post up on my iPhone and show the customer service people. Maybe they’d go for it!

      May 4, 2012
  7. hysterical! we know from experience how right you are…we feel your pain! precious pooch though!
    xx ~ tdl

    p.s. ~ in honor of the grand opening of our online jewelry boutique coming this month, we’re hosting a giveaway to 3 lucky people! we’re giving away one of our most popular “feathers” bracelets, featured on polyvore! you can enter @ good luck to you and we look forward to your next post!

    May 3, 2012
    • Those bracelets are gorgeous–totally something I’d wear. Love it. Good luck with your grand opening, and thanks for reading!

      May 4, 2012
  8. Where was this recipe when I had four heads of cauliflower? I’ll save it for next spring — it looks really good.

    May 3, 2012
    • Ah, yes the seasons are a’changing, I suppose. Our farmer’s market hasn’t opened yet, and our CSA got delayed two weeks. I’m so excited to see what’s in our first box of produce!

      May 4, 2012
  9. Ha – I feel your pain – I can’t tell you how many objects we have had destroyed by one of our dogs – the one that live on in legend was the time I locked Gizmo in the guest bath while we had movers bring in some furniture – when I went back to let her out she had chewed up an entire roll of toilet paper and the holder

    It looked like a white dove had combusted in there – little fluffy white shreds in drifts on the floor and floating down like snow around her head….sigh…

    May 3, 2012
    • Shelly, yes– I think Thunder thinks she lives in her own private snow globe where she is the star, and if she wants there to be snow floating down around her head, gosh darn it, there will be snow.

      I have no idea what Thunder would do in the bathroom. She loves bottles, so she’d probably eat my conditioner and love it.

      May 4, 2012
  10. The recipe looks delicious and Thunder is…Thunder – cute, diabolical and irreplaceable.

    May 3, 2012
    • That is a perfect description–especially the diabolical part. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      May 4, 2012
  11. Mason and/or Dixie ate 2 pages of beer labels that Matt had made. The beer will be an English Special Bitter, and it was named for a bar we visited in the UK in February, “The Masons Arms”. Picture the label with my dog’s face & random arms reaching out at you. I’m pretty sure it was Dixie that ate them. Mostly ’cause she’s the one that threw up last night. Hope Thunder doesn’t have the same fate with the coupon…

    May 3, 2012
    • Oh no! So you brewed your own beer and were going to put labels on the bottles? That’s so cool. Can you make more labels or was it a real labor-intensive thing to begin with? I brewed beer once in college and it was so much fun. We did a version of Killian’s Red and called it Marx’s Red Ale (because I made the beer with my political and social thought class–what a dork.)

      May 4, 2012
      • The hubs brews a LOT. We keg most of it (he built a 6-tap kegerator — we throw GOOD parties), then he bottles about a dozen to take to parties easily, etc. (Also to save as verticals…) Super easy for him to print new labels. Not quite as easy to get the dogs to stop eating said labels. Or to get the hubs to put them somewhere where Dixie won’t get jealous of Mason’s likeness on a beer label…

        May 4, 2012
  12. hilarious on so many relatable levels. my Honey Bear doesn’t bark (thankfully) but she will shove her wet nose in my face (or the back of my neck) and snuffle loudly, like she’s exasperated that i love my snooze button a little too much.

    the dijon roasted cauliflower is a FAVORITE and much-requested recipe at my house… i can imagine this will soon be a go-to as well, as Ryan loves sundried tomatoes and i’m currently terrified of using them.

    May 3, 2012
  13. LOL! Passive aggressive little thing, isn’t she?

    May 3, 2012
    • Brooke, YES. She’s totally potty trained, but she got mad at Scott a few weeks ago and peed on his chair–the one chair he sits in every night. It was amazing.

      May 4, 2012
  14. eliotthecat #

    I wonder if there will be cauliflower at the FM this weekend. I certainly hope so. I love the dried tomatoes in this!

    May 3, 2012
    • I hope so too and I’m jealous your farmer’s market will be open. Mine hasn’t started yet. I think the sundried tomatoes go nicely–cauliflower has always seemed like a good pasta substitute to me, so it seemed to make sense. Have a good weekend!

      May 4, 2012
  15. a #

    Pfft! BB&B will flood your mailbox with coupons. Might as well use them as chew toys.

    May 3, 2012
    • I do hope they send some soon–I love me some discounted kitchen utensils, that’s for sure.

      May 4, 2012
  16. Much as I love Thunder, these photos have brought back a traumatic episode in my life, the day I came home from work and went down to the basement to discover my Black Lab, Benny, had eaten two shelves of books. The entire family room floor was carpeted in torn paper and chewed book covers. He ate books that I’d saved from childhood and everything! Oh no, I need counselling now! Or maybe some of that delicious looking roasted cauliflower. I just happen to have a beautiful head of cauliflower in the fridge, waiting for me to do something with it, so thanks for the inspiration!

    May 3, 2012
    • Oh my gosh, I would have burst into tears! I hope you were able to replace some of the most precious ones. Ack! I let Thunder teethe on some books before I left New York. I was moving anyway and knew that I wasn’t going to take the books I had been disappointed with. The only problem with that is it taught her books were okay to eat, so I had to wean her off the habit when I got to Alabama.

      May 4, 2012
  17. I love that dog! I want a French bull dog some day. The most adorable breed and yours is particularly darling! Thunder can come to my house and chew up anything she wants. 🙂 Oh, and the cauliflower looks delish! But again, Thunder stole the show.

    May 4, 2012
  18. Thunder, oh, Thunder! Once again, your cute face has made my day! Although this episode reminds me of the time I came home to find little bits of bone and flesh all over the tv room. My Boxer pup had somehow reached the chicken breasts I had left on the counter top to thaw. Seriously nasty, folks!

    On a more pleasant note, I am off to the market for cauliflower!

    P.S. In our house, Parmesan is never optional. It is compulsory.

    May 4, 2012
  19. Love this post of cauliflower and coupons! I was laughing so hard, and then I suddenly got hungry thanks to your lovely directions of delicious yummies! I can’t remember the last time I had cauliflower. Thanks to your post, I have a craving. Thanks a lot!


    May 4, 2012
  20. Dude. I know that sound. And its TERRIBLE! Agree on the Broccoli (if only it didn’t take me three-plus times to spell that correctly?!) – I can never get it to roast properly! Will be making cauliflower this weekend!

    May 4, 2012
  21. I love how she is so not disturbed by you taking photos… looks like she not only didn’t miss a beat, but posed and I can only assume you were in a crouching position!
    This is a great new twist for me with the cauliflower. Thanks!

    May 4, 2012
  22. Be glad it wasn’t an e-coupon on your smartphone.

    May 4, 2012
  23. I like the sound of the cauliflower – I’ll be trying that one. Thanks 🙂

    May 4, 2012
  24. I am often awoken by loud noises, including ‘thunder.’ In your case, the typical start to the day stems from the fact that you are the dog’s ma, though may not necessarily be considered dogmatic. In other news, I do enjoy cauliflower so thanks for the new recipe!

    May 4, 2012
  25. Maybe she’s more of a Linens N’ Things kinda dog?

    May 4, 2012
  26. This gave me such a laugh. My cat does the same thing! She SHREDS paper… I’m fine when it’s the inserts I get in the mail, not so fine when it was my insurance bill and I literally had to call and explain that my cat ate it so could I please pay over the phone… As for the recipe, you had me at Garlic.

    Also, I love your blog and want to help share it with others, so I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award!

    May 5, 2012
  27. Often, when I visit you here, I try not to comment on Thunder. Because I don’t want you to think that I like Thunder more than you. And because Thunder clearly has a large, large following. But because you actually opened with photos of Thunder on this particular post, I feel free to say that I love that dog as much as any human can love a dog that she hasn’t actually touched.

    Also, I love cauliflower. And I love the looks of that recipe. And since Shannon tried it, and she’s, like, my idol, I must have it too.

    Wait. Now it sounds as if I like Thunder AND Shannon more than you. I don’t. I like you all the same. Okay? All the same…

    May 5, 2012
  28. Lulu has actually eaten TWO insurance check and once took $40 out of a pants pocket and chewed it up. I had to call the insurance company and ask for new checks. They ask you why. And I had to say, “my dog ate it.”


    May 29, 2012
  29. You got off really easy here. I lost a whole couch and I have the pictures to prove it. But since we couldn’t afford a new one, I had to unstuff the pillows, chop them up into little pieces, restuff the couch and sew little pillow piece patches all over it. So the dog is no longer allowed on the couch, but he thinks that’s fine….he was done with it anyway!

    July 8, 2012

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