As I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve been hard at work deciphering the scribblings of our mysterious M.A., and I’m happy to report I have a few entries to present today.
I’m giving you the first two I found, therefore I’m calling them the First Two Entries. (Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?)
Please keep in mind nothing was dated, so let’s not get too concerned whether they were actually M.A.’s first writings, hmm?
In the same way, don’t worry about whether I’m making all this up or not. There’s much to be said for losing yourself in story.
There are far worse places you could find yourself.
For what shall we say of a woman? Is she not a noble creature, full of grace and intelligence, capable of great deeds and worthy endeavors?
If so, why do you stand in your closet for a full half hour every morning? Why is there a looping question of ‘What shall I wear?’ clouding your thoughts?
Purge your thoughts and your closet! Simplify, simplify! Rid yourself of all the things that distract you. Give honor only to the that which is worthy of your attention: Philosophy, Science, Politics, and What to Have for Dinner.
When circumstances arise that cause you to fret, whether you break a nail or a gust of wind messes your hair, return your thoughts to where they should be. For it is in such returning that your spirit is fed and strengthened.
Yes, of course, trim your nail and tidy your hair. You’re not a savage. But spend no more time on them than need be, for you are a woman and your goals are much loftier than hair or nails.
Remember that, and move on.
From M.A.’s Recipe Drawer
Mac-n-Cheese for Dinner
Who doesn't like macaroni and cheese? No one I ever met. Even better, this one includes smoky bacon and a gets a slight bite from jalapeños.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 2 to 3 cups shredded cheese*
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound elbow macaroni or shells
- 2 Tablespoons minced pickled jalapeños
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped in bits
- bread crumbs
- grated Parmesan**
DirectionsPreheat oven to 375°.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the flour and stir in milk slowly, whisking to combine. Add the cheese and stir well as it melts slowly. Sauce will thicken as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir in jalapeños and bacon.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well, add to cheese mixture and stir to fully incorporate. Divide mixture into six individual serving dishes. Top each with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for about two minutes until bread crumbs are browned and crispy. Serve with salad and crusty bread.
* M.A. didn’t specify what cheese. I used 1 cup sharp cheddar, 1 cup swiss and 4 ounces of cream cheese
**I didn’t have Parmesan so used Feta cheese instead. It worked great. I say use what you like.