Ode to Macaroni and Cheese

In the last elimination challenge before the finals in the first season of Top Chef, a panel of judges including some of the most accomplished and discerning chefs in the country chose Dave’s truffle & cognac cream macaroni & cheese, filet of beef, and collard greens & radicchio as the winning dish. The filet and greens were criticized for being “afterthoughts” to the macaroni & cheese, which itself was the favorite dish of all the judges. Why did macaroni and cheese capture the imagination of experienced chefs and critics of high-end cuisine? Continue reading

Trees and Snow

A childhood favorite. Okay, we loved broccoli any way you served it, but this was a lot of fun. You can, of course, serve the "snow" with other veggies, but then it wouldn't be snow, would it? Because snow goes on trees. It's not quite as nummy with raw trees, but still pretty good, so that one's up to you. The broccoli-cooking method works well with most veggies (just adjust acidity and sweetness to taste). You may want to add a pat or two of butter if you're not using snow with it.

When I say "mayonnaise", I mean Best Foods/Hellman's. Use another brand at your own risk. I am not responsible for any resulting implosion of the universe if you use Miracle Whip. Continue reading