Monthly Archives: April 2015

Smoky mac and cheese

This macaroni and cheese recipe is adapted from SteamyKitchen.com, where it was originally a lobster mac and cheese.

I prepared the lobster mac and cheese for our most recent Game Night Food Competition – and I lost by just five points.

Cayenne pepper and nutmeg come together to create a perfect smokey flavor.

Add the lobster if you can. I didn’t just because, well, it’s expensive. But it is just as excellent without it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups uncooked elbow pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese*
  • breadcrumbs (optional)**
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

*Please note for local folks: The Gruyere I used here is from Trader Joe’s, and I much preferred the Hannaford brand I used when making this recipe before.

**The breadcrumbs I used here, just to sprinkle on top, are Italian seasoned breadcrumbs; Panko breadcrumbs are used in the original recipe, because they’re for coating the lobster. Do use Panko if you’re cooking with the lobster.

Side note: Someone please buy me a cheese grater for my next birthday. It is the one kitchen item I did not receive as a wedding gift and I desperately need it, because this cute but laborious baby is what I’m currently using.

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Difference between: bananas and plantains

Definitions:

  • Banana: a tropical plant of the genus Musa, certain species of which are cultivated for their nutritious fruit.
  • Plantain: a tropical plant, Musa paradisiaca, of the banana family, resembling the banana.

Don’t you just love definitions like those?

Exhibit A: Banana. Exhibit B: Fruit that looks like a banana.

We may have to dive a bit further to determine the difference between bananas and plantains.

several bunches of bananas bunched together with one banana partly open in the middle

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Breaded turkey cutlets

I’ve been trying to eat more turkey. Well, I’ve been trying to eat less red meat and I already eat chicken constantly, so amping up the turkey intake seemed like the next step.

This recipe was an excellent transition into adding turkey to the dinner rotation.

Thank you, Food.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil

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