“Over the top” Mac & Cheese

Estia's “Over the top” Mac & Cheese

This is a dish that I started using as a big starch filler for our annual Christmas party last year. The key ingredient was love as I had my 3 daughters by my side, each of them stuffing penne into rigatoni, singing Christmas songs and making it all so easy.

Today as I stood alone in the kitchen I was missing the girls—and their hands, their smiles & their cooking enthusiasm. Then our pals Stew, Tina and Amy walked in and took over the pasta stuffing. I made the béchamel, added the cheese, and in 15 minutes there were 3 casseroles going into the fridge, ready to be baked and served at tonight’s harvest dinner.

Recipe serves over 20 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 boxes Penne (DeCecco, Penne lisce #10)
  • 2 boxes Rigatoni ( DeCecco, Mezzi rigatoni #26)
  • 16 oz Swiss cheese, grated
  • 24 oz Gruyer cheese, grated
  • 16 oz Mozzarella, grated
  • 3 cups, salted butter
  • 1 cup A.P. flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons salt

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Mid Summer Garden Vegetable Escabeche

Mid Summer Garden Vegetable Escabeche with flat beans, carrots, cilantro, garlic

Makes 4 quarts (32oz Mason jars)

Ingredients:

  • 16 carrots, peeled and cut into four sticks each
  • 10 jalapeño peppers with top removed, quartered, leave the seeds
  • 1 quart flat beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 quart string beans, ends trimmed
  • 3 heads of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, washed twice in water bath to remove sand
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 32 oz white vinegar
  • 4 32 oz Mason jars, sanitized in boiling water*

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Refrigerator Beet Pickles | Red and Yellow Beet Recipes

Finding pickled beets at Hayward Farmers Market

Red Beet ”Refrigerator Pickles”  

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sized beets (peeled and sliced into ½ inch discs)
  • 2 cups shredded beet greens
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 3 dried red chilis, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup chopped fennel bulb
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 8 oz water
  • 5 oz white vinegar (plus extra to top off jar if needed)
  • 3 oz white sugar
  • 1 ⅔ T sea salt

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Potato Au Gratin

Serves 10

Ingredients:

  • 10 (Idaho 60 per pound) potatoes, peeled and sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 cups chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 cups chopped onions
  • ½ pound butter
  • 1 cup A-P flour
  • 1/4 pound butter
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 5 cups grated gruyére cheese

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