Did someone say CHEESE?
“Are you vegan or vegetarian?”
“Vegetarian, with vegan ambitions.” I glance at her shoes. “No leather, if that’s what you’re checking for.”
“But how did you know?”
“You didn’t take a sandwich at Jon’s, and just now, you wrinkled your nose at my meatball sub. How long have you been a vegetarian?”
“Um, always. For as long as I can remember.”
“I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times before, but why?”
“Moral objections. The thought of eating flesh from thinking, feeling creatures is intolerable. I’d rather think that we’re created to coexist in this world, not dominate.”
“But animals dominate. Carnivores and predators. Survival of the fittest and all that.”
“I’m not judging. It just isn’t right for me. I don’t have to be a carnivore to survive in today’s world.”
“So in primitive times, I’d be the hunter, and you’d be the gatherer.”
She smiles. “Something like that. I want to be vegan, but I just can’t seem to give up real cheese and chocolate milk.”
Cheese cheese .. such a lovely thing. It is what separates the vegans from the vegetarians and the lovers from the haters in some circles. Author Roni O'Connell sent me a wonderful recipe to go with the exclusive scene above from her new release (today!!) 3rd Degree Secrets (The Chronicles of D.E.A.D. High Book 2). She also threw the playlist towards the cabin and it made it just fine! This is a Lady Reader's Bookstuff Tour, so there also is a killer giveaway, check it out! Thanks for dropping by, hope your Monday is great. If you are trying to figure out an easy stress-free recipe, try this one!
What is your favorite recipe for mac and cheese? What is your take on cheese, food of the gods or a pass? Don't forget to enter the giveaway and check out Roni's first book FLOAT over at Amazon. It is on salefor five days starting on the 9th (Tuesday) http://amzn.to/1u93prQ
Easy Baked Mac & Cheese
Recipe Type: main course
Cook time: 1 hour 35 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
This is straight from CHOW's kitchen. There is nothing to change for it is perfect as itself. Author Roni O'Connell says it is a favorite in her house and with her protagonist from 3rd Degree Secrets is a vegetarian it is perfect to go with the book!
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks)
- 1 cup panko
- 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
- 4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 cups whole milk
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 5 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 5 ounces shredded Gouda cheese (about 2 1/2 cups)
- 2 ounces finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
- Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, then turn off the heat. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the melted butter to a medium bowl, add the panko, season with salt and pepper, and mix with your fingers until evenly combined. Set aside.
- Return the saucepan to medium heat, add the onion and measured salt and pepper, and cook until softened but not browned, about 6 minutes.
- Add the flour and whisk frequently until the mixture turns light brown in color, about 5 to 6 minutes.
- While whisking, slowly add the milk to the flour mixture until evenly combined and smooth, stopping to whisk any clumps as needed. (It will get very thick when you first add the milk.)
- Continue cooking, whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling pot of water and cook until still chewy and underdone, usually a few minutes less than the package directions suggest (the pasta will finish cooking in the oven). Drain and rinse with cold water until no longer steaming; set aside.
- Return the milk mixture to medium heat and stir in the cheeses until melted and smooth. Add the rinsed pasta and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is heated through and steaming, about 4 to 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Transfer to a 5-quart baking dish, sprinkle with the reserved panko mixture, and bake until bubbling and lightly browned on top, about 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
I have made this recipe with lobster or crab and it is delish. Panko can be substituted with breadcrumbs, but believe me this is lovely with it![br][br](recipe directly from http://www.chow.com/recipes/30682-easy-baked-macaroni-and-cheese).
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