Today was a long.. long.. day. Up at 6 AM, before the sun.. in the car on the way to work at 7AM, in new hire orientation (even though I’ve been working for going on 3 weeks at my new job) at 8AM. Fast forward through 10 grueling hours of work and thankfully today is over. There’s still laundry to be done, dishes, etc. etc. blah blah blah.. but really.. what kept me going throughout the whole day???
Like a blanket right out of the dryer on a cold morning, the promise of comfort food upon arrival home this evening, kept me going through an otherwise grueling day. Admittedly, I plan my meals out ahead of time, so I planned an easy one, figuring today would be rough. God, was I right.
That’s really one of the great things about food, though. As I get older, I tend to associate certain moments in my life with songs, scents, flavors.. Macaroni and cheese has always signified home and comfort to me. It makes me think of my mom making macaroni and cheese when I was a kid. It was a recipe that she’d only make from time to time because it was kinda time consuming.. It was always delicious (no velveeta in this recipe!) and special because it was from scratch.
Like in all things, I don’t have the patience to wait for mac-n-cheese to bake. I shortcutted this by putting my grated cheddar into a bechamel. That way there’s no need to melt it in the oven. Yay for instant gratification. I don’t put bread crumbs on top of mine, because I find them to be a generally unnecessary after thought.
It was a relatively quick dinner. I shredded a block of white cheddar, added that to a quickie bechamel sauce. Seasoned lovingly with salt, red pepper flakes, and fresh oregano. I poured that over some cooked elbow macaroni. Totally delish! And it only takes about half an hour to make with all the prep included. 😀