How to Cook Cauliflower
Look for: Tight white or purple heads without brown or yellow spots; the green leaves at the stem should still be attached firmly to the head, not limp or withered.
Prep: Cut into 1-inch-wide florets; discard core and thick stems.
Braise: Place florets in a large skillet with 1⁄2 cup dry white wine and 1⁄2 teaspoon caraway seeds. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook until tender, about 4 minutes.
Microwave: Place florets in a large glass baking dish. Add 1⁄4 cup dry white wine (or dry vermouth). Cover tightly and microwave on High until tender, about 4 minutes.
Roast: Preheat oven to 500°F. Spread florets on a baking sheet or in a pan large enough to hold them in a single layer. Coat with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Roast, turning once halfway through cooking, until tender and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes.
Steam: Place florets in a steamer basket over 2 inches of water in a large pot set over high heat. Cover and steam for 5 minutes.