Day 4: A Quartet of Mac-n-Cheeses, Part I

January 4, 2007

This evening we are going out for dinner, and I am guessing that it is unlikely that either of us will order a pasta dish. The first macaroni cheese of the week, made with broccoli, was therefore on the table for lunch. Aside from the fact that I am now in a food coma from too much stodge in the middle of the day, I have to say the meal was reasonably tasty. Plenty of paprika and cayenne pepper gave the cheese sauce a bit of a kick. This was a novel experience in that I can’t remember when I last cooked cheese sauce from scratch, although I’m sure I may have done once or twice. There are some good sauces out there which come in handy jars. I believe they are tasty and thick and don’t take endless simmering in a futile attempt to make them creamy. Funny that. I have to say I vastly underestimated the correct sizes of the pots and pans to use, and so had to keep trading up a size, so there is a mountain of washing up to be done. However, I’m sure we have the means, calorifically at least, to clean up. Maybe after a nap.

Anyway, please join us tomorrow for the next exciting installment in the Quartet of Mac-n-Cheeses: Mac-n-Smoked Gouda with Cauliflower. We can’t wait, you probably feel the same way.

(Did I mention I can’t stand cauliflower?)

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  • Reply GM January 7, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Oops! Tried this one with low-fat butter, cheese, and so on, so unfortunately, our meal turned out a bit clumpy. I did skip telling the husband about the low-fat alternatives, and he seemed to love it and thought it tasted even better the next day at lunch. It was actually fun to make as I haven’t ever made mac/cheese from scratch.

    I couldn’t believe how huge the receipe was. We had to throw a 1/3 of it out as we couldn’t force ourselves to eat it for 3 meals in a row…. Speaking of that, I can only imagine the amount of pasta and cheese you have gone through at this point. I bet your craving a simple garden salad or cereal.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project January 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    I want to use lowfat as I feel my thighs growing daily, but I also want to stay true to the recipes. I always thought that Rachael Ray states that her recipes are “healthful” but these portions are simply gigantic and the ingredients are not skimping. We are implementing portion control in future.

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