This blog was formerly A Year in the Kitchen. When I began blogging, the intention was to chronicle my first year in the kitchen as a married gal. I had so much fun that it lasted three wonderful years.
My life has changed a lot in those three years though, and so has my blogging style and content. I was a former vegetarian for 7 years, but began a bit of meat again in college and for two years post graduation. Over the past year, I began phasing it out of my diet, and went back to vegetarian in April 2010
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When I found out Chef Symon was writing a cookbook, one of the recipes I was sure he wouldn't include was this Macaroni and Cheese. It's so amazing, I figured he'd want to keep it at his restaurants alone to keep people coming back. Surprisingly, many of the dishes at Chef Symon's restaurants are in this book, which makes me love him even more. When we went to Lolita for my birthday a few years ago, Dan ordered the Keftedes, Kristine ordered the Pork Ragu with Gnocci, and JJ ordered the Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese. They were all amazing dishes, and they're all in this cookbook!
Now this dish isn't overly complicated, but it's quite decadent. As I scanned the short list of ingredients, I was a little uneasy after reading 1 quart of heavy cream. I'll do decadent mac and cheese, but come on! From past experience with using melted goat cheese as a sauce, I know it's thick, so I decided to use 2% milk with a little cornstarch slurry added for viscosity. I'm sure it tastes even better with heavy cream, but I just can't do it!
When I made this dish, it served it as a side with a Honey Baked Ham, so I omitted the roasted chicken, but I will definitely be making this dish again, with the pulled roasted chicken. The rosemary flavor is outstanding, and the overall dish is simple, and delicious.
Here is Joanne's dish, made with pulled pork and fiddleheads. Love her creativity!
I am a 20-something accountant by day and home cook/blogger by night! I love trying new ethnic cuisine, but also enjoy classic, home cooked fare. I spend most of my free time with my husband watching sports, playing with my dog, and cooking and baking.