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Episode 53: Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Today's episode is Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese - YUM!

I want to give you the abridged version of the work that went into creating this dish. Once I knew I wanted to make Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, the first thing I did was try Martha's recipe. To be honest, I wasn't impressed. Sorry, Martha. You know I love you, girl.

Anyway, I realized it was something about the combination of cheddar, nutmeg and squash turned me off; I think maybe it was a little too sweet. I'm more of a savory gal. So next I tried Martha's recipe but I substituted mozzarella cheese in place of cheddar. It was definitely better, but the color was kind of off. Mozzarella is tasty, but it's not always beautiful.

Next, I turned to my favorite book, The Flavor Bible, and looked up what flavors go well with Butternut Squash. I was intriuged when I saw Curry and I realized not only would it bring the savory/spicy, it'd also bring the pretty orange. 

And wow...let me tell you, I really hit on something

This macaroni and cheese is one of the most delicious macaroni and cheese's I've ever tasted...and I'm not just patting myself on the back here. It's got the gooey, the spicy, the cheesy and the crunchy. I like it so much, in fact, that I'm going to make it for Thanksgiving next week!

So I suggest you give it a try! Be sure to follow my video tips about the squash, it can be a little intimidating if you've never worked with one before. But I give you method that's easy-peasy.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. I'm very thankful to all our E. Bites fans - you've made my year!!

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