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In the kitchen at Di's House

Meatless Monday – Macaroni & Cheese

on January 5, 2015

I heard about a restaurant in Oakland, CA called Homeroom that serves only macaroni & cheese.  Ever since then I’ve had mac cheese on the brain.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cook more from the cookbooks I have.  The Moosewood Restaurant Favorites cookbook has a basic cheese sauce recipe, as well as a recipe for macaroni & cheese with broccoli.  That’s what we had for dinner tonight, minus the broccoli.

While I was making the sauce I remembered the sauces in the movie “The Hundred Foot Journey.”  Maybe that’s why I’ve been craving something with bechamel!  I added some aleppo pepper and nutmeg for seasoning.

sauce

One thing I don’t like about baked mac cheese is how dry it gets.  I like it the way it is in the pot, only I miss the crispy top.

maccheese

I ended up mixing together some butter, panko and parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top, and put little dishes under the broiler just to brown, without really baking the rest of it.  It turned out well.   I used all cheddar, which was kind of one dimensional.  Next time I think I’ll add some parmesan in the sauce too.

casserole

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