Stovetop Mac n Cheese with Cauliflower and Edamame

OH Hai Chitlins! I’m coming at you live from Freak Nature City it seems. First we have this Sandy broad roll through and eff shit up, and now suddenly it’s snowing. I mean whatevs, I’m cool listening to my Christmas tunes and drinking spiked eggnog while the wind whistles outside. It’s no biggie. Anyone else have AccuRadio’s Holiday channel streaming from now until December 26th? Just me? Oh well.

So before you all ask, yes we survived the storm fine and unscathed out here in my little neck of Queens. We had a lovely three days off work (a full week for The BF) and just when we thought things were getting back to normal, apparently it’s the next Snowmaggedon. I mean, up until Saturday downtown Manhattan looked like the beginning of every post-apocalyptic/zombie thriller, a.k.a. my worst nightmare, and now suddenly it’s snowing, a.k.a. my favorite thing in the whole world. It’s bananas.

Other than that, not much has happened here. I had an epic saga trying to get to work on Wednesday without the subway. It went something like this:

8am: Leave for work like a dumbass without leaving extra time.

8:05am: Look at the bus line and laugh hysterically. Pull on my big girl pants and hike the Triboro bridge, in a skirt still with high winds. Woops.

8:25am: Realize Triboro does not go into Manhattan from the pedestrian footbridge, decide to attempt a really creepy trek by the high security insane asylum.

8:30am: Am told by firemen that the pedestrian footbridge isn’t open because of damage. Turn around to walk to the bus stop.

8:35am: Walk up to the bus stop and see the bus making a loop back around. Walk to the other side of the street to flag it down.

8:37am: Watch the bus fly past me.

8:39am: Hike my big girl pants up higher and walk back over the Triboro, avert my eyes as I pass by the same construction workers on my way over the first time.

9am: Watch a completely empty bus that I need go over the Triboro.

9:05am: Get in line for the bus.

9:15am: Watch a completely jammed full bus fly past the stop without even pretending to brake.

9:25am: Watch a mostly jammed full bus pull up and a line of 60 people all try to cram in.

9:40am: Still no other bus, line still about 60 people long. Watch several fights over cabs break out. Call my boss and tell her I’m sick.

9:45am: Scare the crap out of The BF by jumping back into bed.

The End.

This has nothing to do with my totally awesome stovetop Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe other than it’s comfort food and that was a day I really needed comfort food. Plus it’s cold out, and this is warm and cozy. Stop grilling me and just make it already.

In other news my folks got a puppy. His name is Jack.


Stovetop Mac n Cheese with Cauliflower and Edamame
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 head cauliflower, stemmed and cut into roughly the same sized florets
  • 1½ tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 heaping tbsp flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 cups freshly shredded orange cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups freshly shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked pasta
  • 1 cup shelled, cooked edamame
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400ºF, line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment. In a large bowl toss the cauliflower heads with olive oil and first four spices until evenly coated. Spread in an even laye ron the pan and roast for 20 - 30 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan melt the butter over medium heat and allow to cook until bubbly and just starting to brown. Add flour and stir until a paste forms. Cook for a minute. Add the milk and stir breaking up all the flour clumps.
  3. When milk starts to bubble add the cheeses and spices. Stir until a smooth sauce is created. If the cheese sauce is too runny, make a slurry using ¼ cup cold water and 1 -2 tsp cornstarch, stir until dissolved and slowly add to the sauce. Stir and cook for a few minutes until sauce starts to thicken.
  4. When sauce reached the desired consistency add the pasta, cauliflower, and edamame. Stir until evenly coated. Serve warm.

 

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