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Curses - plans are foiled

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We're having a dept lunch next month for the festive holiday season. The company is generously providing what chefs refer to as “protein”, at least on TV. I don’t know if they actually talk that way, sounds silly quite frankly. We the people are supposed to bring everything else.

Of course by the time I got to the sign-up sheet all the good stuff was taken; drinks, napkins, tin of mixed nuts, something random picked up from the grocery store deli.

Lazy jerks the lot of them.

I had this idea, hmm crock pot macaroni & cheese, sure absolutely. There is a guy who used to work in this dept, we’ll call him Edward because he answers to that who always brought in this mac & cheese stuff. My understanding is that it was delicious. I wouldn’t know because it was always gone by the time I got to it, probably the people who bring in the tin of nuts ate it all.

The one problem is that I can’t ask Edward for his recipe. First of all, that would be too obvious but more importantly I have it on good authority that he’s working on a really big project right now and is asking for help with it so yea best to avoid Edward, besides I have the internet at my disposal.

I googled it, not like this is a trade secret here. Yes, I did look on the sparkpeople recipes but for obvious health related reasons I didn’t find anything. I found a couple of recipes, went into shock over things like “a whole entire stick of butter” and decided to modify it a bit and try it out.

I went with things like 2% cheese and fat free evaporated milk instead of whole milk because I just…can’t. It turned out really well. Its not going to be an everyday sort of thing, but it was delicious. I figure I’d take one more crack at it Thanksgiving and then unveil it at work on “goodie day”.

I’ve seriously considered using this as an excuse to purchase the KitchenAid KPEXTA Stand-Mixer Pasta Extruder Attachment for a reasonable $152 with free shipping. I have the rollers but they only do flat stuff and this magnificent invention will do ziti, elbows, and all kinds of magical things that involve covering the entire kitchen with flour.

Then I got to work this morning. I was standing in the break room chit chatting with someone whilst sipping coffee and noticed that further down actually half a page under the part where I signed up for this mac & cheese someone else also signed up for it. This goodie day signup sheet saboteur even put “Edward’s recipe” in parenthesis beside it.

I showed her though I stormed to her desk and declared WAR, that’s right GLORIOUS BATTLE.

Either that or scribbled out what I wrote down and figured I’d just bring something else. I make a pretty good sweet potato roll, maybe I’ll bring those and hey that would be easier to lug in here on the train anyway.


I could do what I did last year, a serving plate with some crumbs on it and a piece of crumpled Saran Wrap. Oh well it was delicious but obviously you missed out on it, sorry. I hear the crockpot mac & cheese is delicious.
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  • GHK1962
    haha ... I say scribble her RIPOFF Mac n Cheese off the list, and write in "bags of cash" by her name ... that'll learn her.

    Heh ... seriously though ... I say go into battle and may the best mac n cheese win. One can never have too many mac n cheese dishes at a potluck can they? :)

    By the way, you used the word "whilst" in your post. Triple word score for sure!
    1611 days ago
    The woman who always brought cheese balls retired last year. We're meeting for lunch Friday. I could get her recipe and tell her not to tell anyone else how to make them.

    war over a pot luck?

    oh HECK yea
    this is the south, we take these things very seriously

    I'm pretty sure that one of the steps leading up to the Civil War was some Yankee bringing al dente green beans to a pot luck. There were some other reasons, but that would have been on the list.
    1611 days ago
    War? over mac and cheese? laughing here... there are so many things you can bring.. like a gooey dessert. Make a cream puff batter and spread in a jelly roll pan. bake and top with sf pudding (2 boxes) made with skim milk and top that with free cool whip. Low cal and very good. Can add chocolate syrup or decorations on top.
    1611 days ago
    what a dilemma - you will have to tell us how it pans out
    1611 days ago
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