For instance, taxes. They suck. We have to do them every year, and for some, twice. Sometimes we get money back and sometimes we have to pay. Doing your taxes is like playing Russian roulette - am I going to win? or am I going to lose? I guess if you hire an accountant, taxes can be a little more predictable, but what's the fun in that? Chances are, if you are doing your taxes you are also and adult, and this means that you can eat mac and cheese anytime you want. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Three times a day, or four, or five. You can even stock up on frozen store-bought mac and cheese, and heat it up while watching reruns of Gilmore Girls. There's no shame in that. So, maybe taxes aren't that bad after all?
Speaking of Gilmore Girls, are we excited for the upcoming mini-series - A Year in the Life? I am so excited it gives me chills. Starting Nov 25, I plan to clear my schedule for the entire week and binge watch the entire season (thank -you Netflix), and then binge-watch it again. My mom will be visiting that week, and I know she's not really into Gilmore Girls, so she can either sit quietly beside me and watch it with me or she can watch Sebastian, because I cannot wait until she leaves, and I will not let the internet ruin it for me with spoilers. While I binge-watch the entire season, I am of course going to need some deliciously tasty food (frozen store-bought mac and cheese just won't cut it), so what's better than a large casserole of the cheesiest homemade mac and cheese?
I've been working on a mac and cheese recipe that I think you will love. My favorite part of the dish is the broccoli rabe - the mildly bitter flavors pair so well with the sharp flavors of the cheddar! To prepare the broccoli rabe I gave it a quick boil before adding it to the pasta, which makes it a little more tender. To switch things up from your traditional mac and cheese, I used a pasta shell called conchiglie, for the very reason that they look like little boats able to hold more cheesy goodness than your average macaroni noodle. It turned out better than I could have imagined. So tender and cheesy. The perfect shell to cheese ratio. The type of dish that could make all of life's problems disappear - temporarily, at least.
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