The other day, I was feeling particularly peppy … err, I mean preppy. So I gathered all the ingredients for dinner together and actually did a proper mis en place:
I wouldn’t call myself very good about doing this. I will do the usual chop / dice sort of prep, but that’s it, so usually it’s a mad dash for spices and other such little things when I cook. But this time I laid it all out. Yes, I was feeling very picky that day.
And hey! In the picture, check out the cool McDonalds mug. Amy gave me that for Christmas one year, after I told her this story on how I have so many memories of my dad drinking out of the same kind of mug. I don’t drink out of it but I like to keep it out and just look at it. I’m sentimental like that.
Another thing I really like about the mug (besides the heart-tugging memories!) is that it was made for McDonalds by Fire King. Fire King made pressed glass dinnerware, which they discontinued in the late 1970s. For some reason, I really love the look and feel of all types of vintage glass and ceramic kitchenware. If I could, I would have a whole display case filled with old Pyrex, Fire King and milk glass bowls and dishware and I would use it every darn tootin’ day. Cross my heart!
So … back to food. I used those ingredients to make Crab Macaroni and Cheese. It isn’t really a post worthy of But I Suck At Cooking because I didn’t really fail spectacularly in the making of the dish. But you know, I didn’t really like it. I did detect a bit of a grainy flour taste (I can never seem to get rid of that when making my own cheese sauce for mac and cheese, no matter how much I whisk). But other than that, it was a dish made right that tasted anything but right. And I made a lot:
A part of it was definitely the crab. The flavor just didn’t mix well with the cheese sauce. But I think if it had been straight up mac and cheese, I would have still been less than impressed. I have yet to find The Mac and Cheese Recipe (for me), the one I would consider the Ultimate Holy Grail of Mac and Cheese (for me). Anyone care to share theirs with me? 🙂
And also, is there any way to salvage this, since Martin and I now have a lot of it to eat?
PS. I kept hearing this weird sound that I couldn’t identify. Then I realized it was rain. Nothing weird or sinister, just straight up rain. I blame this on living in CA. It makes me forget what rain sounds like. 🙂