Gooey, Crispy Comfort Food

So remember those Food Network Magazine recipes I put together a couple of weeks ago for a chance to get down on the new Food Network Kitchen? Well, I bought enough stuff to make about five different items but only had time to make three. There had to come a time when I made some more room in my kitchen by using those ingredients I got solely for those recipes, so last night I busted out a ton of cheese (sharp cheddar, shredded blend & Muenster) that box of macaroni elbows and the chopped lobster meat and put together a not-so-healthy rendition of a comfort food that wasn’t very healthy to begin with: Lobster Mac & Cheese.

Apparently originally a Barefoot Contessa recipe, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – mostly because we don’t buy whole milk or white bread and Target on the way home didn’t have Gruyere cheese but also partially because I don’t care much for Barefoot Contessa’s show anyway, or at least what I’ve seen of it, so I didn’t feel it was very important to stay true to the original recipe.

What came out of the oven after boiling the pasta, grating the cheese, mixing the cheese sauce and dumping in the lobster was an awesome mac & cheese bake that was both creamy (on the inside) and a little crispy (“real” breadcrumbs made from four slices of bread topped this baby). Eh, whatever – let me just show the photos:

While I like mac & cheese, it’s one of Erin’s favorite things in the world, so I felt it was only right to make this crazy dish on the eve of Erin’s birthday. Everyone say happy birthday to my lovely! Yay!

**Before I end this post, I want to say that I’d like to take back (most) everything bad I said about WordPress Re: Instagram integration. While Instagram still doesn’t have a straight-to-Wordpress sharing feature, it’s nice to know that WP is taking steps to make Instagram integration a bit easier for the user and I’m thankful for that. I’d also like to take back where I told Tumblr to go to hell. While I’m not super active there yet, I have sent Always Coming Soon to Tumblr in an attempt to showcase some of my doodles, practice work, inspiration and motivation. It’s pretty cool thus far, so if you like (bad) art, come follow me. You’ll be one of the first!**


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