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no boxed meals here…

Tonight was a play on an old comfort food… amped up mac and cheese! For mine, I incorporated shards of four different Italian cheeses. The players in this food game were asiago, pecorino romano, parmesan and provolone.
I started by rendering some pancetta [then set aside], then cooked an onion that I diced in the pancetta fat and a few tablespoons of butter. Once softened, I added some flour and whisked till it was a grainy texture. Then I slowly added some milk and stirred till it began to thicken. Once the mixture started to boil, I reduced the heat and cooked for a few extra minutes. For a little spicy kick, an addition of some cayenne pepper and then all of the cheeses. Everything was stirred till melty. Lastly, the pasta shells that were cooking got tossed into the cheese mixture, as well as the pancetta that was set aside…
Onto a plate and thrown quickly under the broiler to brown and crisp everything up, and then dinner was served!
Salty from the pancetta, gooey thanks to the cheeses, and just a touch of heat from the cayenne brought everything together…

at a low simmer…
-R

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rustic breakfast for dinner…

Fried eggs rested on a puddle of creamy polenta. The polenta was simple and peasanty with rustic flair. Milk, heavy cream and water simmered and the corn meal was gently rained into the warm liquid and stirred vigorously with a whisk, then over to a wooden spoon. A pinch of salt, grated pecorino and a secret sweetness was added to elevate the flavors and create something spectacular!
The fried eggs were cooked gently in a melted butter [I know butter, not normally how I roll] and breadcrumb mixture dressed lovingly with fresh thyme. Thanks to the breadcrumbs, the eggs were given a beautiful crusty aspect, while the yolks warm and runny…
Creamy, hearty and warming… it’s as simple as that!

at a low simmer…
-R

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