I am a fan of mac and cheese – big, big fan! It is the ultimate comfort food in my humble opinion. And one of my favorite entertaining strategies is to serve my guests comfort food at parties. It is unexpected and always welcomed.
Of course there is nothing at all wrong with plain old mac and cheese. However I recently decided to make some fancy schmancy mac and cheese. I thought about adding lobster but really, hasn’t that been done already? OK, maybe the fact that
Written by Cara Lyons
This recipe comes to you thanks to my g-kids, a difference of opinion that quickly escalated into a conflict to rival that in the Middle East and the Nobel Prize-winning-worthy peace-keeping efforts of yours truly.
It all started out innocently enough.
Me – “Hey guys, what should we make for dinner?”
Simultaneously: Him – “Meatballs!” Her – “Mac and Cheese!”
Followed by (also simultaneously): Him- “NO! Meatballs!” Her – “NO! Mac and Cheese!”
This went on for what seemed like an hour, each time his voice becoming lower and more menacing and her voice becoming higher and more screeching.
Me – “Why don’t we make both?” Them – “NO!!!” (At least on that they could agree.)
When it comes to entertaining at home, I like to create an atmosphere that is a little special and lets my guests know I care about them and to prepare gluten free recipes that are a bit more elegant than usual. But I don’t like to stress myself out, if I am having a party, I want to enjoy it.
When planning the menu for a party, I like to include dishes with a bit of whimsy. One of the ways I do that is to take homey, everyday, comfort food and make it in mini bite-sized versions. For my birthday party this year I created a whole menu of my favorite comfort foods in small bites. Comfort food just makes people feel good and when you make it look fancy, well, then you have a party!
What could be more comforting than mac and cheese? Making mac and cheese bite-sized takes a childhood classic and turns it into