Daily Archives: April 15, 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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