Happy Easter, y’all.
Wait, what? It’s not Easter? Well, just like Jesus, this blog post done rose up three days late.*
*I am, in fact, four days late in writing this blog post.
This Easter was great. My Dad came up to visit. Mom stayed home with some other family who was in town. Dad and I had lots of fun with no one to boss us. (“No one to boss us” is what my Dad and I used to say when Mom was at the store or something and we were free to be silly.)
We watched Season 5 of The Wire. Fucking Kennard, right?
We watched Season 2 of Justified. Margo Martindale’s Emmy was Justified, amiright?
We dyed Easter eggs. Adorable!
We also replaced my tires after someone LITERALLY slashed two of them. I am not joking. This actually happened. Someone stabbed two of my tires in the parking lot of my apartment complex. It seemed random…unless I’ve been sleep walking-and-robbing again.
Anyways. On Easter Sunday, I made a big ole Southern Easter lunch to be served at 2 pm. As Southern holiday lunches are.
The menu was as follows:
- Mom’s Green Beans
- Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
- 10 lbs. of Ham for 2 people
It was pretty traditional and it was really good. There are some holidays where you want to experiment with things (who really needs the same cranberry sauce recipe each Thanksgiving?) But for Easter, I say tradition wins the day. That’s why I’m 28 and still dyeing Easter eggs with my Dad.
HASHTAG NO ONE TO BOSS US
Drive to The Fresh Market. Buy a 10 pound ham for 2 people. Follow the directions on the packaging. Carve up the ham by following the ham directions. Eat all the ham. Make ham sandwiches. Freeze all the leftovers.
Mom’s Green Beans
- Green beans, about 1 lb.
- 1 large onion
- 4 slices of bacon
- Chicken broth, enough to cover/about 2 quarts
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic cloves, smashed (optional)
Wash and trim ends off the green beans. If you are in movie musical, you will snap the ends off the green beans on the front porch singing Gary, Indiana. If you are not in a movie musical, you can just trim them in your kitchen.
Cut onion into large slices.
Put trimmed green beans, onion, and bacon into a pot. Cover with the chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
Keep on a low boil for about an hour or hour and a half until beans are tender and onions are translucent.
Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese Recipe, Pea and Bacon topping to follow
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound elbow macaroni
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 cups warm milk | whole milk is best, you want the fat content when making your cheese sauce. MMHMM.
- 5 ½ cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
- freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until al dente. Drain.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Melt the butter in a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, to keep lumps form forming. Gradually whisk in the milk and, whisking vigorously, cook until the mixture is thick and smooth.
Stir in the 4 cups of the cheese and continue to cook and stir to melt the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the cooked macaroni and the parsley and fold that all in to coat the macaroni with the cheese mixture. Scrape into a 3-quart baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 1 ½ cups cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Pea and Bacon Topping
- extra virgin olive oil
- 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- leaves from ¼ bunch fresh thyme
- 2 cups frozen peas, thawed in a colander under cool water
While the macaroni and cheese is baking, heat a 2 count of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add the bacon, onion, garlic and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Fold in the peas and season with salt and pepper.
To serve, scatter the pea and bacon mixture over the mac and cheese. Use a big spoon to scoop out servings, making sure you get some of the smoking pea mixture on each spoonful.