“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:11
I guess it’s no secret that I love food. I think about it, I talk about it, I make it. I love to make food for groups of people since it seems to bring so much pleasure and opens up channels of conversation. You could say I am fond of food. (A little culinary joke.)
Think of some of the best times in your life. Were they around the table with people you love? Or at least like a lot? Ruth Reichl has said: “Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”
Mental health professionals will tell you that food is one of the most reliable sources of comfort in our lives. That’s why so many of us have a bit of a problem with keeping our weight under control. It’s just so darn disappointing to have to diet.
In these troubled times, especially now, I worry about so many people who don’t know where their next meal will come from. People who won’t be sitting down to wonderful warm and generous family meals filled with talk and laughter and good food. People who may be sitting in front of the TV in a vain search for entertainment and humor while eating stale cereal out of the box with no milk, no sugar, no fruit and no love. Yeah. Food is love.
But a lot of people don’t cook or think they can’t as though it was some kind of magic trick reserved for the pros. That’s not the case. Many recipes are quite easy and I thought I would share one for easy comfort food. Good old Mac & Cheese the easy way. One pot, no draining the pasta, and easy to get ingredients. This is easy to double or triple or more and is great for sharing.
Love somebody. Make them dinner.
Stovetop Mac & Cheese Serves 8
You want American or other processed cheese in this recipe because of the emulsifiers that have been added. This keeps the sauce creamy.
Ingredients: 3 Cups water Bring the water and milk to a boil, stir in
2 Cups milk the mac, lower the heat to med and cook,
1lb of elbow macaroni stirring once or twice 6 - 8 min. Mac should be almost done
8oz American cheese, Stir in the cheese, mustard and cayenne shredded and cook, stirring, until cheese is melted
1 tsp Dijon or other mustard
1 big pinch cayenne
8oz Cheddar, shredded Off heat stir in the cheddar, cover the pan and let sit 5 min. Salt and pepper to taste
That’s it! You’re done! Top with toasted bread crumbs or tomatoes in some form if you wish. Say Grace. Tell your family you love them and eat.
1 Corinthians 9:4
Don’t we have the right to food and drink?
5/9/2020 10:59:16 am
Great post. Thanks John! It’s easy and inexpensive, with many possibilities for variation. All very important when you’re preparing food for others.
5/9/2020 01:36:33 pm
What a heart-warming and “delicious” post, John! The food pantry guests love your mac n cheese-someone asked if we had more last week! Sharing food IS love!❤️
5/17/2020 12:19:03 pm
Oh the marvelous, delightful, tantalizing nature of food! Natural food and the body’s innate sense of taste are too often overlooked as one of the great wonders of creation (imho, or imnsho, of course.)
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