Last week’s macaroni & cheese recipe was outstanding, and all three of us here loved it. It was creamy, intensely cheesy, and insanely easy to prepare. I’m pretty sure I will be making this again when Meiling and WenYu are home at Christmas.
My children all think Stouffer’s macaroni and cheese is the best, and what I should aim for when I make mac & cheese at home. For them, Stouffer’s has always been a treat, something I picked up when it was on special, but they rave over its creaminess and the sauce. I have no idea why though – I think it’s too ‘soupy’ and I can taste too much flour in the sauce rather than cheese.
The recipe I am trying this week comes from Paula Deen and is prepared in the slow cooker, which automatically gives it points in my book even if I am not a big fan of Deen’s (and never have been). Recipe reviews give it five stars though, and from appearances it seems it’s close or closer to the Stouffer’s recipe. One ingredient I will not be using is the can of cheddar cheese soup. I try to avoid canned soups if possible, so will be making my own bechamel sauce with cheese and adding that instead. It’s a kind of moot point anyway because I don’t think cheddar cheese soup is available in any of our local grocery stores.
Here’s what’s on the menu this week at Casa Aloha:
- Tuesday (this evening): Guadalajara swiss chard quesadillas; vegetarian refried beans; steamed artichokes
- Wednesday: California roll salad
- Thursday: Paula Deen slow cooker macaroni & cheese; grilled asparagus
- Friday: Potstickers (vegan for me); steamed rice; sweet & sour coleslaw
- Saturday: Leftovers
- Sunday: Mabo nasu (eggplant) with tofu; steamed rice; cucumbers
- Monday: Grilled hot dogs (vegan for me); 3-bean salad; pickled beets
Last week’s menu came off without a hitch, and I was able to stand long enough to prepare a few of the meals, including the macaroni & cheese. I was going to try another trip to the farmers’ market again this week, but my back is acting up again so Brett will once again be on his own. We need eggplant, cucumbers, carrots and bananas, and he’ll pick up anything else that catches his eye.