For married life, I thought it’d be fun to buy one cookbook and use it our first years together. We went to B&N together the first week I was here and settled on William-Sonoma Cooking at Home. It looked challenging enough. I prepared a menu for the week, using about two recipes a meal. Yesterday Ethan was craving chicken, so dinner became Buffalo Wings with Baked Mac and Cheese.
Buffalo Wings: The wings were fairly easy, but I didn’t follow the directions as closely as I would have liked. The main difference was in how I cooked them. We don’t have access to a grill here, so I cooked them on the stove-top with the extra marinade. I’m not used to working with chicken wings, so I felt like they took forever to cook through.
Baked Mac and Cheese: The cheese required a separate recipe before creating this one–a White Sauce provided in the sauce section of the cookbook. This really wasn’t complicated, thank goodness. But the center was not gooey like other mac and cheeses I’ve seen. The small shell pasta seemed to soak up the cheddar and white sauce, which made an interesting take on the comfort food. I would have liked if the bread crumbs were more golden, but I’d say it wasn’t too bad for my first try.
I served the meal with Ranch/sour cream dip and veggies. Ethan scarfed it down, so I guess the meal was a success? Hehe, hope this food post wasn’t a bore =)
Update: We received Ethan’s early b-day present last night, a sweet TV from Amanda! Have to get a TV stand asap!