Several of my friends have been busy preparing their kids for first terms at college this fall. As I was browsing the cook book racks, this title reminded me of weekends home from school, when moms make sure to cook our favorite foods.
The cook book of the week is Comfort Foods, another gem from Gooseberry Patch. Illustrated in their always-charming fashion, and filled with plenty of cooking hints alongside the delicious recipes, this volume includes a chapter called “Comfort Foods for One or Two.” I know that college dorms of today are much better outfitted than in my day (illegal hot plates on top of our tiny fridges!), so I thought I’d do a recipe that might remind you of home – but a student could prepare it in a dorm room, too. I’m sure one could substitute the microwave variety of mac & cheese, and bake this in a toaster oven.
6-oz pkg macaroni & cheese mix
1/4 C bacon bits
3 T Italian-style dry bread crumbs
1 T fresh chives, chopped
1 T butter, melted
Prepare macaroni & cheese per package instructions; stir in bacon bits. Spoon into 2 greased 12-oz casserole dishes and set aside. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, chives and butter. Mix well and sprinkle over each casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until topping is golden. Serves 2.
If you find a college student who has actually traveled to school with two 12-oz casserole dishes, please let me know. I think this dish would be enjoyed by kids of all ages – toss together a green salad while the casserole is in the oven for a nutritional side dish.
Study hard, play hard, and we’ll see you at Christmas, kids!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place
C = Cup, T = Tablespoon