The Day of Epic Cooking

8:30 — Get woken up
9:00 — Poached eggs over beet greens and a theological discussion with T-
10:00 — So the cooking begins…today I have made:

  • Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Spanikopita
  • Cinnamon-Mascarpone Cheese Filo-Dough Pocket
  • Black Bean Burgers (yes, made from scratch)
  • Crepes Batter
  • Roasted Fennels
  • Egg Salad

Yes, it was an EPIC day of cooking after which T- came into the kitchen stunned simultaneously by how much the kitchen looked like it exploded on itself, by how covered in flour and various food stuffs I was, and how tasty it all looked. Needless to say he was not enthused to clean up the kitchen while I showered, but he was quite pleased to have tasty deliciousness to eat 🙂

Anyways, I figured — why not take some recipes and share them here? I’ve done baked goods for a while, so why not savory foods?

So we’ll start with Baked Mac and Cheese, adapted from Alton Brown

Yep. We ate some.

Mac and Cheese
0.5 lb macaroni
3 tblsp butter
3 tblsp flour
1 tblsp dijon mustard
3 cups milk
0.5 red onion
1 bay leaf
1 egg
12 oz. pepper jack or cheddar
1 tblsp kosher salt
black pepper to taste

3 tblsp butter
1 cup bread crumbs (italian style)

Preheat oven to 350F

Boil the macaroni until al dente. Meanwhile, melt the butter on medium heat and let it sizzle for a while to burn off the water. Then add the flour and whisk together until its a light blonde color — this makes the rue.

As soon as that’s done, you can add in the dijon mustard, the bay leaf, and then the 3 cups of milk. Then add in the red onion. Whisk for about 10 minutes, until its super thick and creamy. 

Then take it off the heat, and temper in an egg. If you don’t know how to do this, visit the Alton Brown website, he has a really good video of it. Basically, you don’t want the egg to turn into scrambled eggs, so you bring the temperature of the egg up slowly. You do this by cracking the egg into a separate bowl first, whisk it, then…while you’re still whisking…add a spoonful of the thick milk mixture into the bowl. This increases the temperature of the egg slowly. Do this one more time, then you can add the mixture back into the original pot. 

Then add the cheese! So I added pepper jack, then some parmesan cheese — you can’t go wrong with cheese I tell you. 

Then toss the macaroni in the there, mix it all together and put it in a casserole dish. 

For the topping, mix together the bread crumbs and the melted butter and spread it across the top of the mac and cheese. 

Bake the whole shabang for about 30 minutes, and it should be ready to serve!

Tyler and I tend to eat this with a HUGE spinach salad, but if you just want a meal-in-one, you can mke this dish healthier! 

To make it healthier — 
You can use whole wheat pasta instead of white, it’s a bit chewier, but it’s still good.
You can add in wilted spinach, corn, and black beans — it tastes really good! 

and for your second recipe — crepes!! So I think I linked to a website a while back that showed you how to make buckwheat crepes. Anyways, I haven’t made these in a while…when I first started I had an obsession. Seriously. I’d eat these every night with lemon curd and some chocolate ganache…for like…two weeks. Then I got sick of them. 

Then the other night, I remembered this place Tyler and I used to go to in Davis Square called Mr. Crepes. They were AMAZING!! They had chocolate strawberry banana beautifulness, and mozzarella tomato amazingness, and more chocolate, and more cheese…and GAH…brain food explosion. I miss Boston, can you tell? 

Anyways, I was feeling super nostalgic about savory crepes, so I decided to recreate something I had over there with my crepes at I made fennel, tomato, spinach, mozzarella crepes 🙂 

FSTM crepes (pronounced phonetically) 

Two bulbs of fennel
Two tomatoes
Mini Mozzarella Balls 
Baby Spinach
Buckwheat crepe batter

Tasty goodness

Roast the fennel with olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes. When it’s done, pull it out to cool. 

Meanwhile you can make the crepes. If you’re going to use a nonstick pan (as I did), just butter the bottom first (you should only have to do it for the first crepe), and make sure its hot before you put the batter on there.

Put only 1/4 a cup of batter on the pan and swirl to spread it out into a thin pancake style. Cook it over medium to low heat, and flip every once in a while (the buckwheat crepe website above has a way better description of how to do this — so visit it!). 

Anyways, when it’s done, put it on a plate, put 1/4 of the fennel down, then the baby spinach, 3-4 slices of tomato, and the mozzarella balls! 

Before you serve, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar…mangifique!


These a filling and super tasty!

One thought on “The Day of Epic Cooking

  1. I had tried making baked mac and cheese from online recipes and they never turned out quite right, but this recipe was amazing!!! It tasted soooo good and we added spinach to make it a little healthier 🙂 This recipe is saved in my favorites because I will use it every time I make baked mac and cheese!! Thanks, Mita!! 🙂


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