So I haven't posted in a while. I guess that's what I get for setting a goal. I have a bad habit of not following through on things. I need to work on that.
Today I put season 5 of How I Met Your Mother on play all and made my fantastic Mac & Cheese. I've been trying to make Mac and Cheese for years, the from-scratch kind that blows away anything boxed. My wife loves it when I try to perfect my recipe, because it means there's a large batch of it in the house. My failed attempts are still delicious. I always feel I can do better and I keep trying.
Today I think I nailed it, which is good because I cook Mac and Cheese at Thanksgiving for one reason: to show off. I have a giant ego and I use my cooking skills to show people how awesome I am. For every potluck or game night, I cook my Mac & Cheese and always get tons of compliments.
The key to making good M&C is the cheese sauce. THe key to the cheese sauce is the first step, mixing 3 tbs of butter with 3 tbs of flour. You have to melt the butter enough to remove some of the excess liquid but not all, and then you mix the flour and make a paste. You have to mix it just right but not to long, it has to be a blonde color, not brown. Then you add in the milk and cheese.
Today I was just relaxed and didn't try too hard and just trusted myself. Rather than try to make it happen, I just followed my instincts.
I can't wait to see how it turns out tomorrow. That's the easy part. Now I have to drive there tomorrow.