Sometimes, I want to be like you

Posted: September 15th, 2009 | Author: adi | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »
I wish I could say I shared this

I wish I could say I shared this

I get inspired by a lot of things. Books make me want to write, scenes make me want to take photos, faces make me want to draw, and food makes me want to cook. Usually the inspiration is beyond anything I could create, and I am satisfied to  make my own variation on the theme, flawed as it might be. Being able to, at least in part, have some of the greatness transferred into something of my own is enough for me. This time, it struck here, on Pretty Girls.

It was all the excitement surrounding our own Improviser’s Pumpkin-White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Gooey cheese? Hearty pasta?  Nutmeg and cumin?? I was inspired. I was also house-bound and had limited supplies, so I took a different page from Josie’s book and improvised. Rather than test Josie’s recipe as our Triple Threat did, or follow the ever-delightful Ina Garten’s mac & cheese recipe like our Test Kitchen, I made something a little more on-the-fly and a little more everyday. My bread crumbs were Wonderbread, my cheese was a mixture of swiss, parmesan, and cheddar, and my macaroni was actually ziti.

Regardless of its shortcomings, it was exactly what I needed. I made a roux and stirred in the shredded cheese to melt it, along with a splash or two of milk, boiled the macaroni, and pan-fried the crumbs in butter. I did manage to include the nutmeg and cumin, however, and some sliced tomato finished it off nicely. I set it to bake at 425 until the cheese bubbled and the bread crumbs browned, and then gorged. I would give you a recipe, but a) I didn’t use one, b) I didn’t measure anything, and c) you really should use one of the above recipes, instead. Gruyere and pumpkin make much more flavorful dishes than mine.

The good news is, my craving was satisfied. The bad news is, now I need to perfect it.


3 Comments on “Sometimes, I want to be like you”

  1. 1 death_by_sharpie said at 11:05 am on September 16th, 2009:

    I’ve never had a combination of cheese and pasta that I didn’t think was perfectly fabulous.

  2. 2 leah said at 1:36 pm on September 16th, 2009:

    agreed! once you get “it” down i don’t think there is a wrong combo of cheesy delish.

  3. 3 Johanna said at 8:56 pm on September 16th, 2009:

    I’m with this, with one exception. When one makes macaroni and cheese by simply boiling pasta and pouring cheese on top and tossing and baking, it is not good times. The pasta gets crunchy. The cheese gets dry. It is disappointing and a letdown.
    This, however, does not sound like a letdown. It sounds….. delish.


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