S'MAC - Sarita's Macaroni & Cheese

On the topic of macaroni and cheese, I just remembered a restaurant my friend, Amy, told me about the last time I was in NYC. S'mac, a restaurant dedicated to the cheesy psta goodness of mac & cheese.

There's a sampler with 8 different types of macaroni and cheese: All-American, 4 Cheese, Cheeseburger, La Mancha, Cajun, Napoletana, Alpine, and Parisienne. I'll eat the vegetarian ones. Who wants the rest?

Macaroni and Cheese

Lil Phan made me macaroni and cheese the other night and it was delicious. Even more delicious than the macaroni itself are her pictures.

Here's the recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

  • whole wheat pipe rigate pasta shells
  • 2 cups reduced fat milk
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Central Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 package vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • garlic, about 4 cloves
  • garlic salt
  • pepper
  • spicy spaghetti seasoning (optional)
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, saute tomatoes in olive oil; set aside.

    Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain; set aside.

    While pasta is cooking, melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan. Add flour; cook, whisking, 1 minute. Gradually, whisk in milk, then nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and a pinch of pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook, whisking constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted.

    Add cooked pasta to cheese mixture; stir to combine. (Sauce will thicken as it stands.) Serve topped with tomatoes and, if desired, additional grated cheddar.

    It's so good. I'm eating right some now.

    By the way, Lil Phan's macaroni picture got posted on Food Gawker today. Yay for Lil Phan.

    New Dual Tap Kegerator Unveiled

    The new dual tap kegerator was unveiled at work today. I had the honor of drawing on the chalkboard keg taps. Sierra Nevada and Shiner Blonde -- I enjoy drawing beer much more than drinking it. The double tap kegerator will be available at Kegerator.com.

    If any of you want to commission me for some taphandle art, I would be happy to work with you.