May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month
Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.
My mom’s side of the family makes an unbeatable baked macaroni and cheese. The ingredients? One pound of macaroni, one pound of cheese, and one quart of milk. Mix it all up, bake it, and eat gooey, cheesy bliss.
I am only one person, though. I cannot eat a full pan of mac-n-cheese all on my own. So when I recently had a hankering for mac-n-cheese, I created a quick, microwaveable version of this delicious side.
For my second acorn squash recipe, I decided to mimic one of my favorite dishes: garlic mashed potatoes. I was skeptical at first of boiling the squash instead of roasting it. However, it cooked much quicker, and the final product was amazing.
Garlic Mashed Acorn Squash
Some foods bring back memories. My grandmother’s Orange Jell-O Fluff is not one of them…but it should be. We eat this food at EVERY family gathering, but we never eat it on a normal day. While it doesn’t necessarily bring back memories, Orange Jell-O Fluff does make me think of my cousins. Then the memories pour in. I smile as I recall games of Uno, Balderdash, and Sorry. I chuckle at the mental site of us pretending to be ants from A Bug’s Life. I remember riding down the “huge hill” on scooters and bicycles. Because my family is spread across the globe, visits are sporadic, but I love making memories with them.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, my grandma and I made multiple batches of Orange Jell-O Fluff. Every batch was devoured quickly. When I asked for her exact recipe, she chuckled. “Well,” she said, “sometimes I use a big thing of cottage cheese, but sometimes I use a smaller container. This time I used one and a half containers of Cool Whip. I just always start with one box of Jell-O and add different amounts of the same ingredients to it.”
So if you don’t have exactly what is listed below, don’t despair. This recipe is very forgiving and always delicious!
Orange Jell-O Fluff
(use more or less of any ingredient depending on preference)
What foods bring memories back to you?
Although I am from a town that claims to be the BBQ capital of the world, I am not a huge fan of pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. However, I found myself in the mood for some extra-flavorful veggies today, and these BBQ “fries” hit the spot. The tangy BBQ flavor mixed nicely with the sweet carrots to create a simple mid-afternoon snack.
The recipe below is for a single serving, but it could easily be multiplied to be served as a side-dish. Also, most people would probably prefer a stronger BBQ flavor; feel free to add more BBQ sauce!
BBQ Carrot Fries
What is your hometown known for?