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Giving ♥ Thanks

25 Nov

I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing!  Mine pretty much was.  We had a lot of running around to do, but it’s so worth it when you get to see ALL the people you care about.

I try to bring at least a dish to every holiday dinner we attend, so I’m sharing the recipe of my go-to holiday dish.  In fact, last year I made this Food Network Magazine dish for Easter.  This year, I made this mac & cheese to my parents house, where my brother turned sous chef assisted me!  He was my master cheese grater – which was what I was most thankful for during this meal.  I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder and I don’t think I would have been able to grate 3 bricks of cheese.

While your brother gives himself carpel tunnel grating cheese, this is a great opportunity to dive into the antipasto tray your mom has prepared.

YUM.

What You Need:
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt, & pepper
  • 1 3/4 c. muenster cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 c. medium shells

    Directions:

    In a large stockpot full of salted water, cook cauliflower florets until tender.  Remove from water to cool.

    1 lg. head of cauliflower

    Add medium shells to the water in the stockpot, and cook until al dente.  Drain, but reserve 1/4 c. water.

    Whisk together evaporated milk & egg, along with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne pepper, & a pinch of both salt & pepper.

    In a saucepan, combine milk mixture and cheeses over medium heat.  Stir frequently, until cheese melts and sauce becomes thick.

    Add cauliflower to cheese mixture and combine.

    Transfer the cauliflower & cheese mix to food processor, using 1/4 c. reserved cauliflower water.  Puree until smooth.

    Mix the puree into the shells.

    Move to a baking dish, top with remaining cheese and broil until crispy & brown.

 

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Easter Endurance

8 Apr

Well the morning starting in a frenzy.  I had slept in longer than planned (I wanted to jog this morning so I could spend Easter a little more guilt-free.)

We were off to my parents (an hour away) by 9:30!

Well, hello Easter!

And (as predicted), plenty of beautifully dyed eggs…

Almost immediately, jelly bean boredom started to set in over the kitchen…

It was clearly time to start getting some appetizers made so that we could munch on healthier stuff!

If you’re from New Castle, Pennsylvania then you know what Mary’s Restaurant is.  And you know how excited I was to find out my mom had saved some of her hummus from the night before…

Chic plating, I know.  Be impressed with our domesticity.

Oh, the eggs.  How darling are these…

Easy enough to make, just cut 1/3 of the egg off instead of halving it (like you normally would to make deviled eggs).

Keep the caps to use as hats, and then just add some olive and carrot to make faces.  Every other part of making deviled eggs is the same!

I mean, how adorable are these eggs?  How have I lived 28 years and NOT thought to do this?  No idea…

Don’t you hate waiting?

The food was finished relatively early, with of course my dad having to take over mashing the potatoes.  For whatever reason, my mom is incapable of making mashed potatoes without lumps.  Its the one thing I can always remember my dad handling in the kitchen.

Yummmmmmmmm!  Best!!!!

Everything turned out really well, especially the ham…

I made my famous three-cheese macaroni with cauliflower…

And overall, everything was amazing!!

Easter Part 1 was pretty good, but we had to get back to Pittsburgh because we had another dinner to get ready for…

Lordy, lordy.  Thankfully we didn’t eat Easter “dinner” until around 6, because I was stuffed.

As usual, things at her♥ mom’s were amazing in general…

I could burst.

I even let my mac & cheese broil differently, and I believe it turned out better the second time:

We even got some Easter baskets at the end of the day from the MIL♥

She’s pretty much adorable…

I’m exhausted, full of ham and regretting giving all my candy to DR♥ because I am really craving some candy and that damn bunny didn’t bring me a thing!

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