Sunday, October 10, 2010

This post brought to you by the letter C

Look what I found!

That's right, Scrabble-themed Cheez-Its. Andy's mom alerted me to their existence, and a friend and I took a field trip way uptown to the Target in East Harlem in order to find them (and purchase other sundries). It's intriguing how comforting a big, new, spacious Target (in the same complex as a Costco, Petsmart, and Marshall's) feels having spent the past two months in an atmosphere leaning more toward urban grit. You can take the girl out of the suburbs, but you can't take the suburbs out of the girl.

(It says "periprandial wordplay.")

(I should also note that there seems to be an inordinately high frequency of the letters F, U, and N. I suspect a devious subliminal message on the part of the Kellogg company.)

Speaking of comfort, tonight was a night for some comfort food, skewed to the healthful. The mac 'n' cheese Andy and I made over the summer was incredibly successful; I adapted it to a cauliflower 'n' cheese with a lower sauce-to-substrate ratio, using skim milk and low-fat Cheddar. There were some caramelized onions left over in the fridge, so I layered those on top of the crust of panko tossed with Italian spices, with an additional cheese sprinkling, of course.

Macaroni and cheese is traditionally served with collards in certain areas of the country, and luckily I just happened to have yet another enormous bunch of them on hand. They've just got a little garlic powder and a touch of pepper on them. I find that they don't need much more.

Cauliflower, cheddar cheese (and Cheez-Its, I suppose), collards, caramelized onions... C-mply s-c-rumptious.