.My mom received several cookbooks when she got married. One, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of American Cooking, was a gift from her cousin Carol May. It holds what became one of my mother's favorite recipes: California Macaroni and Cheese. I think she gravitated to it originally on account of her California upbringing, but she made it again and again because of its comforting flavor. It was her dish of choice to bring to families with a new baby or those who had just lost a loved one.
My dad enjoys shopping for different cheeses, so the dish never tastes exactly like it did the time before. I made the macaroni and cheese this time, and it was made with a mixture of 3 parts pasta, 3 parts cheddar, 2 parts fontina, 2 parts fresh mozzarella, 1 part grana padano, and 1 part asiago.
Zachary came over this afternoon to play games and have dinner with us after I got off work, so I didn't have time to make the dinner today -- not if I wanted to be with Zachary, my brother, and sister anyway. So, I made the macaroni and cheese last night and baked it tonight. It took much longer to bake than I had anticipated, but it did allow more game time for the boys!
And, just to prove we take pictures of everything at my house (my mom got a new camera this week), we have pictures of both the well used cookbook and the person photographing the cookbook! My mom took the photos of the food and me, and I got the ones of the book and my mom.