When I thought about the prompt of cozy, while having food on the brain as I have this month, the first thing that came to mind was mac & cheese. When it comes to cozy comfort food, this is by far my favorite dish of all. As a kid, this fabulous treat typically came in a blue box that contained pasta and a bit of powdered orange cheese-like substance. The result was always pure magic and I would never shrug off a bowl of that same stuff today at all! But, as an adult, I discovered that when someone makes this dish with just the right blend of real cheeses, it levels up and becomes true cuisine. This particular version is certainly not vegan, but it is entirely gluten free. Thanks to a little magic provided by red lentils. This, with a few special spices added, turns this dish into a restaurant quality treat with much higher fiber and a fraction of the fat. I’ve no idea how Philippe does it, as I can’t cook a thing, but he promised to reveal his secrets very soon. So, stay tuned! 

You’ve probably guessed by now that my entire love affair with autumn is mostly due to the menu. During the spring and summer months, I’m told that these foods are “too heavy” which I’ve never understood. But a chill in the air suddenly makes all those silly rules fade away and the cheese gets to return to its rightful place in my diet. Which is basically, whenever humanly possible. Thankfully, Philippe is also a master at portion control so we can enjoy our decadent hibernation with just an extra five to ten pounds, easily shed when my diet gets restricted again in the spring. I’ve no idea if taking on those extra pounds in the colder months is necessary, since I’m not, in fact, a hibernating bear. But why not, I say! Bears shouldn’t get to have all the fun. And with just a little bit of self control it’s possible to be a bit crazy and indulge without too many naughty consequences. So, I’m a huge proponent for doing just that!

I’ve never thought of living life in moderation as a bad or boring thing. To me it’s all about keeping that lovely balance. I can dash forward down some crazy path or eat the most insanely rich meal, and then, fall back into normal habits totally satisfied. Inside, of course, my inner child is giggling with devilish glee, knowing he got his way in that moment just before. And that’s really enough to keep me feeling like I’m still living life to the fullest. In fact, I’ve found that following rather simple routines makes those moments of reckless abandonment all the more exciting. If I were allowed to have cheese every day, it would cease to be so amazing. And though I paint each and every day, there are some days when I try painting a something I’ve never tried before. Though every fiber of my being is screaming, “choose something else!”, I go for it, just to see what might happen. And that’s all part of the fun. Even if you suddenly end up with just a fork and a bit of mac & cheese.

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36 thoughts on “Cozy Mac & Cheese

  1. I looked at the painting and thought, “That is no ordinary mac & cheese – Philippe must have had a hand in this!” Reading your comments I find this is so! Can’t wait for the recipes…Philippe will be a celebrity in his own right! Your little paintings make my mouth water and give me a taste of the real thing!

  2. Mmmm! Your Mac N Cheese looks tasty. I’m interested in Philippe’s version because I do need to watch my weight – constantly. I come from a family of hefty people and gain weight just looking at food. That would be a good thing if I were living off the land, hunting and planting for my daily meals. For modern life – eh. Not so good.

    1. hehe… so true! 😃💕 It’s only a mini recipe book, but all delicious. And yeah, all far more healthy than the typical versions. I’ve been amazed at how Philippe can make things taste like I’m missing nothing at all!

  3. I keep thinking I love mac and cheese but whenever I try it, it’s always dripping with syrupy cheese-like substance and the flavor is disappointing. I don’t recall my mom ever making this, so maybe that’s why I’m not particularly attached. But then your painting is quite appealing – it’s not the stuff of my childhood but something more promising. I bet I’d love Phillipe’s mac and cheese.

    1. Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s all in the chosen ingredients… and the type of cheese matters most! I’m just excited that I’ve finally gotten him to agree to write these things down! Still shooting for November to release the first little set.

  4. Your foodie paintings are all so appealing! Mac and cheese is way up there on the list of yummy comfort food. Red lentils? More fiber and less fat? Oh, Philippe, do tell!

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