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MAC AND CHEESE APPRECIATION (WITH RECIPE)


I’ve loved Macaroni and Cheese since my inception and possibly during past lives. I imagine my very first words were “pink,” “heels,” and “Mac and Cheese.” Don’t debate me on this Mom.

Finding out about the First Annual Atlanta Mac and Cheese Festival prompted me to think about Mac and Cheese and it not being celebrated more often.

First and foremost, one does not grow out of eating Mac and Cheese. I don’t know what a**hats think Mac and Cheese is only for kids… Secondly, Mac and Cheese can be a meal. Consider it a vegetarian dish and pair with a nice white wine. Thirdly, it’s hard to mess up Mac and Cheese. Although, I wanted to talk about a situation in which I had sucky Mac and Cheese but Husband said the particular person in question probably reads my blog and that “I don’t have to say everything I think.”

Last but not least, you can freestyle Mac and Cheese recipes. While in Seattle, I had a really festive bowl of Mac and Cheese and recreated the recipe below.

Warning: As with many of my blog posts, I’m winging it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Monterary and Colby Jack. Try to find the blend opposed to buying it separately.
  • Half of the 16 oz. of fake ass Velveeta
  • Rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • A tablespoon of sugar
  • A tablespoon of butter
  • One egg
  • Dash of salt and pepper for flavor
  • A tablespoon of sour cream
  • 1 or 2 stems of a scallion (green onion for the classless)
  • Bacon bits (the chewy kind, not the crisp-cardboard kind).
  • Paprika (optional)

Assuming you know how to boil water and cook pasta, let’s move on to more pressing issues.

Chop scallion (green onion for the peasants) and Velveeta. Immediately after draining pasta add cheeses, butter, milk and sour cream. Once it’s melted, crack and add egg. Whip it up quickly, you don’t want scrambled egg in your Mac and Cheese. Most importantly, I don’t want to be blamed for your Mac and Cheese Eggs.

Toss in sugar, salt and pepper. Stir then eat a bite. You know, test it out. How does it taste? Good, I know. Go ahead and toss in the scallion and bacon bits. Eat as is or add to a baking pan, sprinkle a little sharp cheddar, shake a little paprika and pop it in the the oven until brown on top.

Now go out into the world and spread the love of Mac and Cheese but I won’t judge you if you toss it in someone’s face (Mac and Cheese can serve as a weapon when necessary).

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ZITI AL ASHLEE 

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Ziti Al Forno is one of my favorite dishes and a couple of weeks ago, I said to myself:

Self,

You’re capable, you can Google, you can cook-ish, why not? 

So, I traveled to my local Kroger with recipes in hand and bought only a portion of the ingredients because I didn’t feel like spending all day at the grocery store… As a result, I free styled. And, it turned out really well. What you’ll need:

  1. Ziti Noodles.
  2. Salt, Creole Seasoning, Garlic Powder and Onion Powder for taste (unless you lead a bland life).
  3. Alfredo Sauce (you can find this in a jar and no I don’t know the size, good luck with that. Get the small?)
  4. Small bag of Parmesan and Mozerella cheeses.
  5. Chicken (2 chicken breasts or 3 tenderloins? I don’t know. What would Jesus do?)
  6. Frozen shrimp or fresh if you have it like that. I bought a small bag, it equaled about 20 large shrimp.
  7. A small bag of bacon bits. Not the crunchy kind, the chewy kind.
  8. Green onion, yellow onion, and garlic.
  9. Butter.

Mince veggies while noodles are boiling. This is usually done by my Sous Chef (my little brother) and I tell him to cut what he think is appropriate. Maybe a half cup of each? Just go for it!

Add a dash of salt to noodles. Apparently, it helps noodles cook faster. That’s just what I heard on the streets.

In a skillet, cook chicken. I like to season with garlic powder and onion powder on both sides. After, remove chicken, toss a stick of butter in skillet with minced veggies and shrimp. Add a few dashes of creole seasoning. Cook for 5 minutes. Don’t burn it, that would suck.

Oh, did I mention you should preheat your oven? This is only if you want a light brown crust. If you’re super hungry, don’t worry about it.

Ok, now it’s time to toss in the cheeses, chicken, and bacon. Add the jar of Alfredo and a handful of parmesan and mozzarella. This may equal a cup of each but I’m not sure. We’re free styling. Bring to simmer and make sure the cheeses melt.

Mix content with noodles, add to baking pan and pop in oven or eat as is. Whew, and we’re done!

You’re welcome.

If you try this, let me know! If you mess it up, keep it to yourself. I don’t need the bad publicity 🙂

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TRAP DINNER TO GO

On Facebook, I saw several photos of mouth savoring ribs, steak and shrimp. Husband and I were feeling spontaneous so we plugged the address into my maps app and off we went. A block or so from the location, my husband exclaimed “I think I know where it is and started laughing hysterically.” I got nervous.

We pulled up to a building that appeared to be a dry cleaner and then I got real nervous. It looked like a former drug dealer decided to invest his “earnings” into a restaurant; thereby, living straight, providing for his family and leaving a legacy.

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We were now inside the restaurant and it was time to order. I told Husband I wanted grilled shrimp, the broccoli, cheese and bacon concoction and fries. I also mentioned that I wanted the yellow drink if it was lemonade and not kool-aide. I’m 30 not 3.

While waiting, I clutched my pearls.

  • Do I smell the stench of weed?”
  • Why are there so many cameras?”
  • I wonder what’s their food facility inspection grade, I don’t see it.”
  • Why are these widows tinted? Why would a restaurant need tinted windows?”
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The Husband enjoyed me freaking out and after about 30 minutes, our food was up. I rolled up and said “don’t forget our drinks.” I was thirsty and they could have given us our drinks while we were waiting but you know I did not want to start any trouble. I am not about that life.

Once outside, I took a deep breathe to take in the fresh air, put my straw in my drink and *gulp* Me: “I told you to ask them if that was kool-aide, this is terrible!” Husband: “You have to shake it up so the ice can get to it.” Me: “Nope, it’s still disgusting.”

While on the way home, we started eating my fries. After one bite, I coughed!  It was full of seasoning but we couldn’t figure out what kind. “Is this crab boil?” “Is this creole seasoning?” Husband said “it tastes like they crumbled bbq chips on the fries” so we went with that. After a while, they started tasting good, lol.

When we got home, I started on my grilled shrimp and the broccoli, cheese and bacon concoction. It was just regular steamed broccoli sprinkled with shredded cheese and bacon bits. The shrimp was weird. Once more, it was seasoning I couldn’t place. Husband: “you just aren’t used to grilled shrimp.” Me: “I’ve had grilled shrimp many times.” Husband: “Not from a place like this.”

As I’m writing this, I’m eating leftover grilled shrimp and the broccoli, cheese and bacon concoction knowing we’ll probably be back. The restaurant gives discounts to our employers ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ They always say the best food is in the hood.

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PICKY EATERS UNITE!

To some I have a lot of issues: I’m introverted (aka I don’t like people), most recently I found out I’m allergic to being outside and cheap jewelry, I don’t like being touched but the thing that bothers people the most?  I’m a picky eater! … Read More