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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Baked Mac and Cheese

You (by which I mean me, since nobody else really reads this) may remember this from my “Lent List” of things to cook.  Lemme break it down for you:  de.  lish.  us.

I used tortiglioni noodles (the twisty ones, not the tubes).  While that was cooking, I melted about 3 tbsp of butter, mixed in two tbsp flour, and made a nice roux.  Then I realized I was out of milk, so I improvised.  Two really big spoonfuls of sour cream and a cup or so of water pretended to be milk.  There was much whisking.

Now the important stuff:  two handfuls of mild chedder, shredded.  Four or five slices of provolone, all torn up.  A cup of Gouda (yum!), cubed.  And the piece de resistance. . .a handful or two of Gruyere.  Melt, melt, melt.  When it looks like fondue and all you want to do is dip chunks of bread in your delicious cheese goop, don’t.  Mix the cheese goop and the drained noodles in a casserole dish, sprinkle with a little Gruyere, and pop it in the oven until you have no more patience.  I mean really, this is just time for the cheese and noodles to get to know each other.

I served this with some delicious soft pretzel rolls.  It was wonderful!

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Things I Used To Hate But I Might Actually Kinda Like

Recently (as in over the last year or so) I’ve broadened my horizons, and I think this calls for celebration in the form of a list.

Ta-da!

Laurie’s List of Things She Used to Hate But Might Actually Kinda Like.

It sounds so. . .almost official.

Sauerkraut

Reubens

Mustard

Bruschetta

Tannin-y wines

Bananas (to be fair, this was all allergy related–I hated the itching, not the fruit)

Pickles

Non-fiction

Red

Beer

Living by myself

Hot sauce.  In very small amounts.

Okay, so that’s really all I’ve got, but it feels like a lot to me.

So to sum things up–Yay!

The Lent List

I gave up meat for Lent (again), but this time I think it will be a little trickier since I don’t have a dining hall full of option.  So instead I have been plotting my menus.  Yes, plotting.  Menus.  Heeeere’s what I’ve got so far:

Black bean enchiladas (easy–and I have converted my roommates to enchilada-lovin)

Fish tacos.  Not sure how I will get the roomies to try this one.

Homemade pasta (this is also on the “things that scare me” list).  Roomie #1 will NOT like this, but that’s just too bad.

Baked Mac & Cheese with Gruyere. I have read in more than one place that this is super delicious.  The Gruyere is already in the fridge.

Curry.  Probably shrimp.  Yum.  And yikes!

That chicken with coconut-orange coated bananas, but with an appropriate fish.  Maybe mahi-mahi?

Veggie lasagna.  Yuuuuuum.

Falafel!  Super yikes!  I’m afraid of frying things.

And of course, there will be a multitude of pb&js, fish sticks, and egg/tuna salad pita pockets.

. . . I’m hungry now.

The List

Books I cannot wait to read to my children:

The Little House books

Harry Potter

The Indian in the Cupboard

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

The Boxcar Children

Charlotte’s Web

The Night Before Christmas

Maniac Magee

A Button for Corduroy

The Rainbabies

Stone Soup

and oh so many more