And that is OK.
I sometimes let the things people say to me on the Internet get under my skin. And every time I do I think back to a facbeook post that Joy the Baker posted a long time ago, after her book was released. She had gone on Amazon to read some of her reviews. A couple of people had taken the time to write some lengthy not so nice reviews (which is I think is bat shit crazy, because I've made 75 of the 100 recipes in her book and they are the bomb). She said that she realized that it is OK. Not everyone has to like you.
And so that is it. I will continue to be me, a tad crazy, enthusiastic about baking, dry, sarcastic and a little rough around the edges. If people don't like it... that is SO OK. Just move on and find a blog or recipe page that is a better fit for you.
Some people may not like pumpkin. I should say OK. But I'm not... all the cool people are on the pumpkin train and you my friends are missing out.
Pumpkin mac is one of those trendy dinner ideas that I see popping up this fall. Some people are weirded out by it. But cheese and squash work so well together. You get to add some extra vitamins and some color to your cheese sauce. It's the perfect sneaky mom move, the kids can't tell. It gets that beloved classic orange color that they see on the Kraft box. For this mac, I used a little cider to start my sauce. Some Cabot Seriously Sharp, pumpkin and of course BACON. Start to finish this dinner takes 15 minutes.
Pumpkin and Cider Stove Top Mac n' Cheese with Crispy Bacon
1 16 oz box of dry pasta, prepared according to box directions
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
1/2 cup apple cider
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 cups shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
4 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 pound of bacon, cooked until crispy and then crumbled
sage leaves for garnish
In a medium sauce pan melt butter with 3 tbs of butter over medium heat. Whisk until a paste forms.
Whisk in cider and milk, and bring mixture to a low boil.
Mix in shredded cheese, cream cheese, pumpkin, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth.
Toss with prepared pasta.
Serve each bowl with bacon crumbles and garnish with fresh sage.