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tashabear
tashabear
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I want mac n cheese. There was one box in the cupboard. From 2003. I am mac n cheeseless.

i feel: hungry hungry

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ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: March 23rd, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Teh best mac-and-cheese, bar none, is the Alton Brown recipe, made with shells. That necessitates going to the store-- and since you're after mac-and-cheese, why not spend the 20 minutes you'd spend making the box stuff by making the real thing? This is PRIME comfort food...

Hah. I know what I'm making tonight, much to my husband's disgust. He's lactose-intolerant, so he's regrettably got quite the Pavlovian response to this dish. His loss.

Macaroni and Cheese

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper

Cook the pasta to al dente, drain and toss it in a saucepan with the butter. Beat the egg into the milk and add the egg/milk mixture and everything else but the cheese to the pasta, cooking on low heat and stirring until it thickens. Add cheese, stir until melted into the sauce. Remove the bay leaf and serve it forth.

I don't like mustard, so I leave that out, and I usually leave out the onion, too. Oh, and if you want to really speed things up, use a larger sized can of evaporated milk (13 oz?) instead of the 3 cups of milk-- it makes the sauce thicker and richer.
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ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: March 23rd, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Though I guess this would be on your verboten foods list, Tibor.

Why is it always the comfort foods that are really bad for one as an adult? My other very favorite childhood comfort food is grits-- which is really just an excuse to eat butter and salt.

Fortunately my missing waistline is now staging a very slow reappearance.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC) (base camp)
But I didn't have cheese. :-(
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Been gone for 18 months. Husband's been a geographic bachelor. The crisper drawer staged a coup, and now we are to refer to the refrigerator as the People's Republic of Celery. Need I say more?
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'd really rather have a new refrigerator (I worship at the base of the new Maytag H20 -- have you SEEN it? Thing. Of. Beauty.), but in lieu of that, well, I'll let you know.
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Heh. I have two.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: March 23rd, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The Good Lord gave America artificial preservatives for a reason.

Go ahead and eat it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC) (base camp)
Too late. It's gone. I had a bit of bread and butter and some yogurt instead. (I was actually going to try my Pasta Express with it.)
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Even current MREs are a sort of "just swallow it" thing...

(Actually, they've worked very hard to make them palatable. I just wish they hadn't done away with the Chicken a la King meal; that was my favorite.)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: March 24th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Meals Rejected by Ethiopia

I must be the only person on earth that liked those things. I particularly liked the dried pork patty, crumbled into the applesauce. Yum! Both dried meats vanished from the menu in a relatively short time.

I own a rare vintage package of the Dried Beef Patty Meal, which, when civilization collapses and the entire world is in chaos, I shall wash down with a rare vintage can of water donated to Hurricane Hugo relief by Pabst Breweries.

I was the "Ham 'n' Eggs Friddle" of dried meat, PVT Friddle being that one person who actually liked the canned scrambled eggs of the old C-Rations whereas most people could not look directly at the open can.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 25th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC) (base camp)

Re: Meals Rejected by Ethiopia

I thought the dried meats were revolting, but the dried fruit, eaten *unreconstituted*? Delish. I wish they'd bring that back. And the new cheese spread with bacon? I *love* that stuff.
galestorm From: galestorm Date: March 24th, 2006 07:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
Seriously, like Twinkies, does it ever go bad?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
With my digestive issues, I wasn't taking any chances.
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