Dispels the sullen shade with her sweet influence,
And cheers the melancholy house of care.
– Nicholas Rowe It’s one of those days.
We all need comfort from time to time. Somedays we crave it.
It’s one of those days.
Comfort is what I am craving. Comfort in
- the arms of a loved one
- a long soulful kiss
- hearing “I love you”
- a child’s hugs and kisses
- a massage
- the softest, most forgiving sweats
- well-worn favorite jeans, t-shirt and bare feet
- lounging on a chaise basking in the warm autumn sun
- soaking in a fragrant bubble bath sipping a soft cabernet
- and, of course, comfort food.
It’s one of those days and comfort is what I need right now.
I’m thinking that I am going to make me some mac and cheese. I’m not talking about the the stuff that comes out of the blue box either. I’m talking about something like this:
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps form forming. Gradually whisk in the milk and, whisking vigorously, cook until the mixture is thick and smooth. Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley and fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 1/2 cups cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
While that going, heat a 2 count of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Fold in the peas and season with salt and pepper.
To serve, scatter the pea and bacon mixture over the mac and cheese. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some of the smoking pea mixture on each spoonful.
What is your favorite comfort food?