Thursday, 7 September 2017

Frankie's Macaroni

I have to tell you something… I’ve been having a threesome for years…! First, I had a serious love affair as a child and eventually it developed into my culinary threesome…

Cheese, pasta and I have been together for a very long time! I’ve always been crazy about cheese as long as I can remember although I’ve tried many times to break up with it… somehow, each and every time, we get back together no matter what. When Mom was making pasta for dinner, I was so happy and later on as a young adult, my favorite thing to cook was pasta dishes with cheese. This love triangle has been there for decades and although I enjoy all kinds of cuisine, pasta night still has a special place in my heart…

I knew very little about cooking when I first moved out on my own. Besides pasta dishes, Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Bourguignon and Meatloaf were my main recipes. Interestingly enough, I didn’t have any desire to cook as a child or a teenager. I wanted to be out and about, play sports and read books… funny how things can change. Therefore because of my lack of interest in the kitchen department, my mother never really forced the issue. Unfortunately, at some point, a girl has to eat and either by desperation or necessity, I had to learn how to cook.

I surprised myself on how much I actually enjoyed making dishes and from then on, food, nutrition and cooking became a part of my life. I slowly started making my own recipes and although most were not successful on the first attempt, I kept cooking until it was just right – I guess that’s my stubbornness from being an Aries… lol!

This macaroni casserole is the perfect example of creating a recipe and learning from it. It is one of my favorite comfort foods and delivers it well! There’s nothing fancy about this casserole and it will never make it to a formal dinner party but… boy is it ever good!!! Yes, guilty as charged, I place processed cheese on top and I cannot replace it with another kind! This is not the kind of cheese I use in my recipes but there’s times, like in this one, that this is THE cheese to have – I also use this cheese when I’m craving “grilled cheese sandwiches”… yeah baby! Anyway, so with (definitely with) or without cheese, this is the perfect recipe to have around this fall. It is a pretty huge recipe but the great advantage of this is you just have to reheat the leftovers and honestly, it tastes even better the day after… a delicious culinary love triangle!
Bon Appétit!


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