Anyway, last night I got home from work and started on my roasted garlic and fennel. I bought a pork tenderloin on Tuesday from Trader Joe's and decided to make it Thursday. I found the recipe on Martha Stewart and decided, what the hell, I might as well do it.
So the garlic and fennel are roasting, and I decided to start with the rub on the pork. One problem: I open the package and I'm hit with the smell of hard-boiled eggs. Hmm. I've never made pork tenderloin before; is this typical? A call to my mother confirms that no, this meat is rotten, and I need to get rid of it. I wrap it in two bags and take it downstairs.
Nick didn't feel like picking up anything on the way home (when it comes to stuff like this, I think he just expects me to take care of anything, meaning he doesn't need to actually think about what he's eating for dinner), so I sat on the couch and pouted for a while and then heated up the leftovers from the following macaroni and cheese decadence.
This is another Martha Stewart wonder. I found it on Bon Appetit's blog a few months ago, and finally decided to make it.
|Cheese and noodles|
|Pre-oven. Sadly, there are no post-oven photos.|
- Okay Martha, we're buds and all, but macaroni and cheese is orange. Or, at the very least, yellow. So I cut down the amount of white cheddar and threw in maybe a cup of sharp yellow cheddar. To be honest with you, I only eyeballed the amounts of cheese. I feel like I have a good cheese gauge in me, and I can use it for this recipe. It didn't fail me.
- I used Gruyere, which is one of two choices she offers (the other being Pecorino Romano).
- I didn't have cayenne pepper. I could've sworn I did, but no such luck, so I threw in some paprika and some dried mustard instead. I don't think it affected anything.
- This makes a ton of food. Seriously. We both ate Wednesday, took it for lunch Thursday, and also ate it last night after I threw my pity party. We still have about 1/4 of the casserole dish left (that's a 3 qt. casserole, by the way). Make it for a crowd.
- This goes well with broccoli. Throw some in the bottom of a bowl, put the mac and cheese on top, and mix. Perfection.
This is a hell of a meal. I almost felt like I was being too indulgent while eating it, but I got over that really quickly.
So what's up for the weekend? We're expecting snow here in DC--I'm not a happy girl. It's October! Cross your fingers that it doesn't happen and I can venture out for tacos instead.