international women's day

mac-n-cheese for international women's day

celebrated on 8 march, international women's day (IWD) is the global day connecting all women around the world and inspiring them to achieve their full potential.

fiordisale and zorra are celebrating with a call to yellow!

and i couldn't wait to join them! so here is my humble entry, in a light yellow, to show my support all the achievements, big and small, that women have enjoyed and to support the continuing fight against gender discrimination in all its forms. i hope for the day when the need for a global celebration of women is obsolete. if someone were to ask me what i consider my cultural identity to be (with cultural being defined in the correct way as a perspective lens, and not strictly race or ethnicity) i would immediately reply that i identify as a women, first, foremost, and most strongly.

this baked macaroni and cheese comes from martha stewart (i didn't even realize until writing that now, what a fitting connection!) and it was good. but it was baked. so not oozily cheesily amazingly great. so the search for the best mac-n-cheese continues!

baked macaroni and cheese: serves 8
adapted from martha's great food fast (2007, p. 317)

1 lb elbow pasta
4 tb butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups skim milk
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded yellow cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups (5 oz) shredded white cheddar cheese
salt + pepper
1 cup bread crumbs

1. preheat oven to 375F. cook pasta. meanwhile in pot, melt butter over medium heat. add onion and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes. whisk in flour to coat the onion. in slow stream, whisk in milk until there are no lumps.

2. cook, whisking often, until mixture is thick and bubbly, 6-8 minutes. stir in cayenne and 1 cup each of the yellow and white cheddar cheeses. season with salt and pepper.

3. toss pasta with cheese mixture. transfer to 9 x 13 baking dish. toss bread crumbs with remaining shredded cheeses and a pinch of salt. top pasta with bread crumb mix. bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes.

what is wrong with blogger? i think i'm going to strangle this blog. i don't spend 1/2 hour on here just so that when i post, it looks like crap and not at all how i set it up.


  1. Looks great, why your search for the best mac-n-cheese has to continue?

    Thank you for your participation in IWD.

  2. Mmm that looks nice and creamy, with a nice crust on top!

  3. thanks zorra and jessy ... it was even better as leftovers! :)

  4. Great looking pasta ...you must share some of your pastas with Presto Pasta Night so the rest of us pasta lovers can share the joy.