Two weeks ago when I was craving some mac and cheese, I could not decide whether to make a batch with pumpkin or butternut squash. Or whether to bake it or go straight from the stovetop. Oh, the tough decisions of life…
That day, I ended up deciding to go with this baked pumpkin macaroni, which was fabulous. But a few days later, the extra butternut squash that I had pureed after making these cupcakes was calling my name. So, because I’m an adult…and because I can….I decided to proudly make a second batch of mac and cheese in one week. Judge away.
Last weekend I spent the most beautiful Friday night celebrating the birthday of my good friend, Sarah. Instead of going out, though, we opted to enjoy a cozy fall night at home, and my friend Ally and I offered to cook. She happens to be a big fan of the Barefoot Contessa, so amongst our menu of soup, bread, apps, and an improvised homemade apple pie…I loved that a salad from Ina also showed up on the menu.
Indeed…it was this roasted pear, blue cheese, cranberry, walnut and arugula salad. (Only a few of those fit in the title!) When I arrived, Ally already had the pears prepped and ready to go. So while we finished cooking the rest of the food, these yummy creations roasted in the oven. And minute by minute, the house began to filled with the most delicious smell. Mmmm. :)
A few years ago, a good friend brought along a dish of mashed potatoes to a potluck and surprised us all by announcing they were accented with blue cheese! I have to confess…I’m in love with about 99% of all cheeses out there. But the blue (“bleu”) variety and I have never totally gotten along. However, decided to give them a try that night, and ended up going back for thirds. :) Who would’ve known that the tangy cheese would be the perfect accent for spuds??
So for Thanksgiving this year, I decided to revisit the deliciousness and make a twice-baked potato recipe. Really, they just call for standard twice-baked potato ingredients (plus lots of real bacon – which I never use – in honor of Thanksgiving :-)). But of course, the highlight was that magical 1/4 cup of the “bleu”!