Diva Tasting:

Broccoli Casserole
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
1 Teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice Powder
3 Tablespoons Cold Butter
1 Head Broccoli
3 Tablespoons Butter
1 Small Onion, Sliced
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 Cups Sour Cream
1 Cup Half n Half
2 Cups Grated Cheddar Cheese, Divided
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Mix flour, bread crumbs, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Cut in 1 1/2 tablespoons butter using your fingers until mixture resembles pebbles. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Cut the stem off the broccoli and use a spiralizer to cut into ribbons. Cut the head into florets.
  4. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add cornstarch, pepper, and nutmeg; mix well until roux begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add milk, stirring continuously, and continue to cook until sauce begins to thicken, 3 to 4 minutes more. Mix in 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Stir in broccoli until thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour mixture into a baking dish.
  5. Top mixture with remaining Cheddar cheese. Sprinkle crumble mixture evenly over the top. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the crumble has browned and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Diva Rambling: Good Excuses….

A friend of mine recently sent me a stack of clippings and many were hilarious quotes on T-Shirts.  My choice today is:

“They Dared Me To” Is Always a Valid Excuse!!!!

I use to tell friends never dare me to do anything.  I will, unless it is illegal or harms another’s being or well being. 

Be brave, be daring, be the one who does not even see the box… let alone work inside it. Fearlessness and courage are your superpowers. 

Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Laughing: A Christmas Story….

Someone tried to tell me at age 70 there is no Santa!!!! WhAAAAAt!  I wrapped him in copious Christmas lights and put him in the yard as a light pole!!!! My 7 year old son asked my youngest brother (who was in his 30,s) if there was a Santa Clause.  I saw him lean in and whisper.  My son later told me that he said “Yes, There is a Santa Clause and tell your mom I said so or she’ll beat the crap out of me!!” End of Story.


Diva Chilling: Lunch at the Table….

Heading for lunch at the new Table Coffee House on campus.  Convenient and all food from scratch.  Dessert today is my “Fig Cake with Caramel Sauce” posted a week or so ago.  A must have for the Holidays.  Yum, big time.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista