I remember first meeting my husband and discussing food and he mentioned how he only ate macaroni and cheese out of a box. Because that is what his grandmother served. My grandmother always made baked macaroni and cheese from scratch.
And since I’m the cook in the family he didn’t eat macaroni and cheese for a while.
I also grew up with macaroni and cheese being a side dish. I didn’t realize people ate it as a meal till I moved to the south. And they put extra things in it. Things like bacon, broccoli, tomatoes, ham, chicken etc. The only addition I will eat is lobster!
My original mistake with making lobster macaroni and cheese is that I thought I could just add lobster meat to my grandmother’s recipe.
After trying several lobster mac & cheese dishes at restaurants and some regular mac & cheese dishes (I only try them if they are baked). I began to pinpoint the differences I would need to do in order to create a recipe that worked for me.
This last time, I used langostinos because I had some in my freezer and they work well as a substitute for lobster in a pinch.
But use whatever you have.
Like I mentioned before, what’s important are the type of cheeses used and the liquid to solid ratio.
And just as with any recipe, play around with the ingredients. There are so many types of cheeses out there. Start with your favorites and go from there.
Remember it’s basically pasta, cheese and lobster. You really can’t go wrong with it.
It’s January! The best month out of the year. The first month, my birthday month.
But one of the other great things about January is the cold weather that we finally get in this hot southern state. And cold weather means SOUP! I’m not a huge soup eater but sometimes I crave it. And today was one of those days.
And nothing beats a homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I tend to go all out using homemade chicken broth I keep frozen in my freezer but if you don’t have any substitute your favorite store bought brother. And if you want to save even more time, grab a rotisserie chicken from the deli section as well. Just keep an eye on the salt levels.
My kid prefers alphabet noodles so she can spell out her name, the rest of us prefer wide egg noodles. But this is also great with orzo, rice, couscous or even barley. Cook the pasta separately (but in chicken broth) so it doesn’t soak up all the delicious broth from the soup.
You can also add some last minute spinach for an extra boost of green veggies. The thing about Chicken Noodle Soup is, it’s so basic you can make it what you want. I love thyme, lemon and leeks added to mine. If you don’t like any of those flavors grab your favorites. This soup is so forgiving.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
A lovely rustic homemade soup filled with chicken flavor, noodles, and vegetables
Before my daughter was born, my husband and I had planned to make all her food. We looked at baby food blenders and processors and figured we’d get one after she was born. Then we stumbled upon ‘baby-led weaning’. And me being the laziest mother out there, jumped on the bandwagon quick.
In a nutshell, you feed your kid the same foods you eat at meals, no pureed foods, or strained anything. They will learn to chew naturally, and won’t have to go between textures. We loved it, the kid loved it. But I noticed with raw vegetables, very little was getting into her stomach. I mean she had no back teeth so it’s understandable.
So in order to increase her veggie intake (and mine, let’s be honest) we started juicing.
3 years later, we still are. And this is our favorite juice to have for breakfast. Carrots, apples, lemon and ginger (if I have it) blend so well to make a sweet enough drink that almost anyone would like it.
Juicing is messy and expensive but if you already own a juicer or blender (it will make more of a smoothie) then try this one.
Carrot Apple and Lemon Juice
A delicious blend of fruits and veggies for breakfast
Every year millions of people make turkey for their holiday tables. Some chance it with a deep fried turkey, others dry out a huge 20lb turkey, and some just stuff it with duck and chicken to make it taste better.
This year don’t do any of that! Get yourself a bone-in turkey breast and with as little as an hour and 45 minutes you can have a guest worthy entree on the table!
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
A quick, juicy and extremely easy alternative to the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving or company.