Day 13: Favorite Main Dish

Day 14 brings us to favorite main dish. Now I am not sure what the difference between a main dish and my favorite food, so really this is just my second favorite food. That dish is macaroni and cheese. I love almost every type of mac and cheese, from boxed to super fancy gourmet. Unfortunately as I get older I have realized that cheese makes me feel bloated and makes my stomach hurt. Macaroni and Cheese is more of a guilty pleasure now. When I was a kid my mom and I would occasionally go eat dinner at the restaurant where my dad was a chef. I would always order “Daddy’s Special”. No, this was not a real item on the menu but somehow every waitress didn’t question it. This meal consisted of macaroni and cheese (or pasta), shrimp and peas. I would still order it today to be honest. Now when I make macaroni at home I like to experiment with different variations. I start by making a rue of equal parts flour and butter, then add the milk and allow to thicken. Meanwhile I boil the pasta, I like to use penne or shells and cook them until they are al dente. I put the cooked noodles in a bowl and fix with cheese, lay both in a casserole dish and pour rue over. Top with toasted breadcrumbs and bake until cheese is melty and bubbly. How do you like your Macaroni and Cheese?

Also a favorite, Mac & Cheese with Pork Belly from Grassa in Portland, Oregon.

https://www.grassapdx.com/

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