Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Mac 'n Cheese that is SO GOOD

This is one of THE best macaroni and cheese recipes I've made or has butternut squash in it (you can purchase it frozen and pureed)...  with thyme, parmesan and cheddar cheese, etc.  It is SO GOOD and such a lovely Thanksgiving side dish for those of you who make mac 'n cheese on this holiday. 

Believe me, it's very simple to make and outstanding...

Happy Thanksgiving, my dear foodies!

Sorry I haven't been around for a while...I intend to do more food blogging...   I hope!


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Graduation, Seniors!

Some of the seniors at the school I'm associated with have been eager to get my food blog address.  I always said "no" because it linked to my political blog and, unlike 90% of teachers in America,  I don't believe in swaying kids by voicing strong political opinions.  (much! :-))  

Why I'm writing this is because so many of the girls are such foodies and that was so gratifying to me to know.   Liz asked if we could go get the Macaroni and Cheese with white truffles she'd mentioned to me soon;  she'd had it at a nearby restaurant and knew I loved mac'n cheese and I hope we can eat there in the next few weeks.  Noemi is a rabid foodie and watches the Food Channel shows I love and wants to open her own place some day.  Joanie wins track awards and has a thin, tight figure but LOVES FOOD!  Go, Joanie!  Eat while you're young and you can! :-)
At this moment, other girls escape my memory but there were more eager for Mrs. Z's food blog.

I finally gave a hint about my blog recently (after I'd unlinked the two blogs) and so some might come by.  Or maybe not, they have too much fun stuff to do now, the summer after high school graduation and the exciting prospect of colleges in the fall.   But, if they are, I wanted to say something to them:

I love you.  I love who you are in every way, including your love of food!  I wish you faith, food and fun! :-)  In that order, of course.   I will miss you, I already do, in ways I never thought possible.  You have inspired me to remember there are good kids left in our world.  Keep it up.   College has pitfalls to faith and, by making bad choices, can REALLY impact your fun.    Food is safer, unless you're obese!  Eat NOW because, when you're somewhat older, you'll get all the warnings about cholesterol and weight gain, etc.  Eat NOW, don't worry today, because you are young and should participate in the wonderful flavors of the world.  That includes fats!, food, fun, and FAT! :-)  Go for it ALL!

Be well, be happy.........know how much you mean to me and to America.   We need more like you girls to live good, honest lives of good characters and the right values.   See, some of us still think there are rights and wrongs and good values and bad values.   That's important.  You have been taught about these things at home and at school.  That's a rarity;  cherish it.

Goodbye, ladies.........I'll never forget you.  Liz, call me about the mac 'n cheese.   You're a Junior, so I'll see you again, for sure, but I had to include you in this epistle to our seniors because you're one of the TOP foodies!  Noemi, too, of course....who's passionate and determined to do food for a living!  I hope to be the first in line at "Chez Noemi!", wherever it is.

Love, Mrs. Z  (girls, I NEVER use the name you called me, so please don't use it here in case you comment)


Friday, April 18, 2014

Mac 'n Cheese.....sounds good!

Caroline’s Macaroni Pie
Kosher salt
1 lb. vermicelli or thin spaghetti
4 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 tsp. dry mustard
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
5 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. If baking the same day, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cook the pasta for 1 minute less than the package instructions state. Drain the pasta and reserve in a little of the cooking water to cool briefly.
Beat together eggs, milk, mustard, and cayenne in a large bowl. Add the pasta and 4 cups of the cheese. Mix well.
Butter a 12-inch skillet with 1 tablespoon of the butter. Pour in the pasta. Top with the remaining cup of cheese, dot with the remaining tablespoon of butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. At this point you can cover the pie with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and let the pie come up to room temperature as the oven heats.
Bake 45 minutes, checking at 35 minutes, until golden brown and bubbly.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions: Heirloom Recipes from Our Family Kitchen by Carrie Morey, copyright 2013. Published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

I had to publish this because YOU know ME and mac 'n cheese!  And it sounded easy and good!
Let me know if you make it!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Delicious!   From appetizers to dinner to dessert at my aunt and uncle's.....what a gorgeous day.   I'm glad for your "where are your food pictures?" questions...My nephew took these and approached me last night and asked "So, Auntie Z, you want the food pictures like always?"  "Yup, I sure do...!"
God bless.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Food at Z's Celebration!

Some of you've asked "So where are the Christmas food shots,Z?"   I just got them from my wonderful nephew and thought I'd post them now:   This was at Mom's house, 30 of us, and we had a delicious night! In the picture are carrots cooked in honey and sauteed pancetta, roasted potatoes, ham and (very unusual for our Christmas feast) salmon served room temperature with a lovely yogurt/dill sauce. I published the second dinner pic because of the RICE PILAF which is always manna from heaven! There was a huge salad with avocado and tomatoes and baby cucumbers, baby corn and hearts of palm, too. yummy.

This is an Armenian dessert that is fabulous...a thick, sweet mixture of dry fruits that reconstitute and barley which is softened with them...sounds awful. Tastes delicious! My sister also made paklava with cream instead of walnuts which is divine but I don't have a shot of that;

What did you guys eat for Christmas..? I can't wait to hear! xxx Z

Friday, November 23, 2012

Z's Thanksgiving

First, let me thank everybody who asks "are you going to have pictures of Thanksgiving?" I appreciate it and love posting them. The most delicious thing of the night was the amazing parmesan bread pudding that was really more like a souffle and fabulous! It's in the second picture down to the left of mashed potatoes.. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you all did, too!  We were 34 people, not including the new baby who was happily announced...making it 35 (in April!)   Here are some pictures from yesterday that my nephew took for me (thanks, J!)  The top picture is the appetizer table...kind of Middle Eastern, with my mother's amazing stuffed grape leaves, salamis, hummus, string cheese, taramasalata, Armenian breads, vegetables, etc... delicious!  Dinner gets more traditional later!
I added the photo of the ubiquitous turkey because our friend/blogger Cube asked in a comment "Where's the turkey!?" before I posted it. I want to, again, thank my aunt and uncle for a great day!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

ADULTERATED Mac n'GeeZ and it sounds good to Z? all know that I want PLAIN MAC AND NOT put ham in it, etc etc.  BUT, I saw THIS RECIPE  (link under those words) and flipped out and will have to make it soon!)

Some tell me that a can of chopped tomatoes in Macaroni and Cheese is good, too.....Do tell.

What do you add to good ol' plain cheese and noodles that you think make them even more delicious!?