It’s no secret by now that I am a cheese lover. But I am especially a macaroni and cheese lover. A macaroni and cheese connoisseur, if I do say so myself.
If it’s on a menu, I am probably ordering it and as Andrew has learned, I am not keen on sharing it. Which says a lot because I am a food sharer. My favorite thing is to go out with family or friends and just order a bunch of food for us all to try. I’m an excellent food sharer, in fact, but when it comes to a cheesy, gooey mac and cheese – I get my own order. Sorry not sorry.
A few years ago, we went to a fancy steakhouse for our anniversary dinner and they had the most to-die-for macaroni and cheese. I even shared a little of it with Andrew this time because it was our anniversary and I’m not a total monster but there was certainly a little part of me that really wanted more. Like I could have had an entree size of this mac and cheese any day of the week – it was that good!
When we finished dinner, the waitress came by and asked if we would like a dessert and like total weirdos we said “no thank you” since we were so full and frankly neither of us are sweet eaters especially after a big meal. She asked if we were sure as it was complimentary for our anniversary celebration, we declined (I know, the horror!) and agreed we were content to just digest and finish our cocktails. As she walked away I joked “I have no interest in cake but I would totally take an extra side of that macaroni and cheese for dessert” and then excused myself to go to the restroom.
Shortly after I returned to the table, we were presented with 2 glasses of complimentary champagne and this plate:
Yes, not only did she bring us another side of macaroni and cheese but it was on a beautifully decorated plate that read “Happy Anniversary” in chocolate sauce. One can only assume that most people would request a slice of chocolate cake or tiramisu on that plate and that is what they had already prepared!
I am still not sure if she overheard me or if Andrew spoke with her while I was gone – but regardless, Anna, if you are out there – thank you, you get me.
As I sipped my champagne and ate that macaroni and cheese (which, yes I shared but Andrew only had a few bites) I knew it would be an anniversary to remember.
Our last few anniversaries we have made a quiet dinner at home but they have always included macaroni and cheese. But this next one, which is in about a month, will definitely include this macaroni and cheese.
This three cheese macaroni and cheese is my best yet and also going to be my new go-to recipe forever and always. No roux, no standing over a hot stove praying the flour doesn’t burn and the milk doesn’t splatter all over the place. It’s creamy, super cheesy and has the crispiest panko potato chip crumb topping. Hop on over here to find the recipe on Pure Taste Recipes!