Broccoli & Cheese Casserole

At least once a week, I try to experiment in my studio-sized kitchen to try to broaden my culinary horizons. The thought of casserole has always been weird to me. It makes me think of old ladies and bad leftovers. To conquer this irrational fear, I decided I had to make one of my own. And what better a time for a hot yummy dish of rice, cheese, broccoli, and more cheese than on these cold winter nights?

You can find the recipe here, but I reserve one small cautionary remark. This dish is definitely a comfort food and should be consumed in small doses to avoid carb overload. The recipe is great. I just added more cayenne pepper for an extra kick and nixed the mushrooms since I’m not too keen on eating from the fungi family. Enjoy!

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My First Ever Broccoli Cheese Casserole

 

Recently, I’ve been trying to come up with new ideas for dinner parties. Last weekend, it was my friend Jaime’s birthday and she was hosting a party on Saturday night. Naturally, I wanted to bring something that everyone would enjoy on a cold fall evening and┬ámy first thought was cider.

As it turned out, it was a real crowd-pleaser. Best part? Little effort and costs involved. Here’s what it took:

1 bottle of Spiced Apple Cider from Trader Joes ($2.99)

3 Lemons ($0.49 each)

1 pinch of salt

5 cinnamon sticks ($2.99)

3 sliced apples ($3)

A large pan and 1 1/2 hours of tv watching/magazine reading (while it simmers).

For a grand total of less than $15 ($22 with the apple brandy add-in), it’s definitely worth the cost. Your friends will be raving about it until Christmas come (when we surprise them with spiked eggnog)!

Fall and Fabulous,

Maranda

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