Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Not Your Mama's Macaroni

Now I have a thing for comfort foods-I could eat them everyday. Just thinking about casseroles, mashed potatoes, and homemade soups make me warm n' fuzzy. Now this recipe, alas, is not my mothers recipe, but it was darn good regardless. It combines pepperjack and sharp cheddar into spicy-cheese goodness.

Baked Macaroni

2 1/2 cups dry macaroni
1 small onion
3 cups milk
4 tablespoons buttah
1/4 c flour
a couple drops tabasco sauce
2 cups sharp cheddar
2 cups pepperjack cheese (or a combination of whatever cheese you have lying around. I added a little bit of parmesan for flavor).

3/4 c bread crumbs-Italian style!
1 tablespoon butter

OK! Cut up the onion and cook it till soft. Cook and drain macaroni and set aside. In a pan melt the 4 tablespoons of butter over medium-low and add flour. Whisk this till the taste of flour is gone, about two minutes. This looks kinda weird but just deal. Slowly add the 3 cups of milk, stirring till the mix thickens and begins to simmer. Add the tabasco, pepper, nutmeg, salt, and any other spices you want to play around with. Add the cheese, a little at a time to make sure it melts and gets stirred in with the mix. Add this sauce mix to the macaroni in a casserole dish. I recommend using one that was made in the 1970s. THATS QUALITY!

For the topping melt the butter and add it to the bread crumbs to make it crumbly and layer on top.

Cook for 25-35 minutes at 350, till you can see the cheese start to boil. Then put the oven on broil and make the top brown n crispy.



Also, what's everyone else favorite comfort food? Mine is definitely pastaaaaaa.
I also drink a lot of tea when I need to be comforted.

My favorite tea is this Russian black tea a friend bought me while traveling.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Stina's Fried Rice!

Here's my recipe for fried rice, it's easy to make, delicious and filling:

1 cup uncooked rice
1 egg
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon canola oil
frozen vegetables (preferrably peas, corn, carrts and green beans)

Step 1: cook that rice!

Step 2: find a suitable frying pan that will fit your cooked glob of rice. Put about a tablespoon of oil in the pan and about two tablespoons or soysauce. set the pan on about medium low.

Step 3: put rice into your span and with a wooden spoon or spatula start to mixed the rice with the canola oil and the soy sauce until thoroughly coated.

Step 4: add the frozen vegetables and continue to constantly mix and coat the ingredients, you don't want to burn your rice. If it starts to get dry, mix in more soysauce or oil.

Step 5: crack and drop your egg into the mix and immediately mix it into the pile, sit and wait, mixing until it looks to be cooked thoroughly!

Step 6: serve and be merry!