This past weekend was all about rediscovering passions that I have had to move to the side for one reason or another. Coming out of a three-week stint of unending work that included being away from home for two of those weeks gave me some time on a Saturday afternoon to enjoy by myself in my almost-finished new kitchen. I can't accurately express how it felt for me to go to the grocery store and buy actual ingredients for a meal I would be cooking. I had just gotten off the plane and was already planning what I would make. Nevermind that I hadn't slept, nevermind that I felt like I had been run over by a train, exhausted...nothing was going to keep me out of that kitchen.
The first meal that I made in my new kitchen was a recipe that I saw on Food Network while in my hotel room a couple of weeks ago. It was recipe showdown, and while I cannot stand Guy Fieri (sorry to you G.F. fans out there), the contestant that won the showdown, Rick Massa, made a Five-Cheese Mac and Cheese that looked out of this world. I knew that I wanted my kitchen premiere to be something baked (of course!) and something comforting, and what is more comforting than mac & cheese?
And so I began, grating five different cheeses in my new food processor (thank you Michelle!), chopping onions, pre-heating the oven, making the white sauce, preparing the baking dish...the water boiled so fast on that new burner that I had to turn it off because I wasn't ready for it! I was in heaven. The smell of the perfect blend of melted cheese filled the kitchen, and I set the table and took a moment to take it all in with a cold beer.
It's been more than a year since that tired, trusty old oven broke down. It's been several months since my old kitchen was torn up to create a canvas for something new. But this...was worth waiting for!