Friday, October 16, 2009
The mac n cheese was boring, my new cookbook is not
Macaroni Cheese Deluxe
Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book Copyright 1968
1 7-ounce package elbow macaroni
2 cups small curd cream-style cottage cheese
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 slightly beaten egg
¾ teaspoon salt
8 ounces sharp process American cheese, shredded (2 cups) I used mostly extra sharp cheddar with some American
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt and pepper. Add shredded cheese, mixing well; stir in cooked macaroni. Turn into greased 9x9x92-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 45 minutes.
Serves 6 to 8.
This was from the same cookbook as yesterday's stew but it didn't wow me in the same manner. It was fine but a little flat. Part of the problem might have been those 3-minute macaroni noodles. I love the shape but I'm not impressed with the texture. They seem to be a bit gummy and didn't play well in this recipe.
I just felt like something was missing here. It could have been the cheese. The type and brand of cheese used in a macaroni and cheese recipe can completely transform the recipe. I used extra sharp cheddar and a few slices of American (not the plastic wrapped stuff). I can't get shredded American but I could have bought a chunk of shreddable American at the deli.
It certainly wasn't a complete miss but I was hoping for more.
Okay, I got a real treat in the mail yesterday. A review copy of Pioneer Woman's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I will post a link to her site if you're not familiar with her but before I do let me stop and thank you for visiting my blog because once you open that link you will probably never come back to this rinky-dink blog.
I will warn you that she's very hard to like. She's funny, she's pretty, she's rich, she's a fabulous photographer, she's a great cook, her recipes are fabulous, she has a beautiful husband and 4 gorgeous kids, she has the most awesome house and property. Trust me, you're going to hate her.
So here's the link and when you're so consumed with jealousy over her great life you can come back here and feel better about yourself.
I intend to work on a full and proper review over the weekend and I will definitely be trying one of her recipes so stay tuned.
Question of the Day: Were you already familiar with Pioneer Woman?