Thanksgiving might be over, but it’s still eating season (yes, that’s a thing)… and this is the perfect dish to add to your list. Make it Sunday, then eat it all week. Last night, we had this over baked potatoes with cheese and sour cream. Tonight, I’ll be eating it over a toasted baguette while going crazy with the Cyber Monday sales. Then, tomorrow we’ll be having a big dollop of it stirred into mac and cheese. (You can see I’m really taking the time between holidays to diet a little bit!) You could also totally make this for a crowd and keep it warm in a crockpot at the tailgate. You know, if you’re not into eating the same thing all week long.
Now that the temperature has dropped so much (HELP!) and the holidays are here (YAY!), I’ve had an inexplicable urge to bake and cook, and then bake and cook some more. I always love to cook (did you know I went to culinary school? why, yes, I did), but I don’t really like to bake. You need all the patience for that and, well, that’s simply not my strong suit. I’d much rather change things up as I go and make my own creations. But the chilly weather has me craving all the goodies. So yesterday I made homemade Twix Bars.
It’s admittedly kind of a pain in the you know what. It’s a process… It’s a delicious process, but do this on a day when you have plenty of time. You don’t want to rush through this one. Also, the directions aren’t that great (IMO), so learn from my mistake. Don’t take the shortbread out of the baking pan when they say remove to a wire rack. Put that baking pan on the wire rack, but don’t take the shortbread out. It makes your caramel go sort of everywhere. I managed, but I would have had a gooier layer of caramel—and who doesn’t love a gooier layer of caramel?
I honestly had no idea what to call this, except delicious. It was adapted from this recipe, but she called it Chili. The way mine turned out… not exactly chili. Much more like soup. But if you Google Mac and Cheese Soup, it looks nothing like this. Neither does Cheeseburger Soup. But whatever. It’s delicious… there’s cheese, there’s elbow noodles, so I’m calling it Mac and Cheese Soup. All you need to know is that this is a super quick comforting meal that’s perfect for a Monday night.
I hate the cold weather. Like really, really hate the cold weather. In my opinion, the only thing that makes it tolerable is that stuffing your face with delicious carbo-loaded foods becomes somehow more acceptable when the temperature drops. This weekend, I #netflixandchili’d hardcore with the first season of American Horror Story (so behind the times, I know) and a version of white chicken chili recommended by another spice-loving friend. It’s part soup, part chili, all delicious. Try it. You will love it.