And finally, the recipe I tried...
Sage Brown Butter & Bacon Mac 'n Cheese
Difficulty level: Medium (I managed okay, so it might be easy for you).
Key ingredients: Butter, bacon, sage leaves (which Whole Foods doesn't stock, but powder worked), shallot, jalapeño, "assorted" cheeses, and breadcrumbs.
Directions: Wander around Whole Foods looking for sage leaves. Ask a nice employee to help you find them. Wait while they walkie talkie produce to no avail. Go home. Saute bacon with jalapeños and shallots, melt butter with sage powder. Add flour and whisk with a
hmm, this wooden spoon s hould work fork, shred some cheese and a little bit of your thumb, mix in way more cheese than seems reasonable. Add to cooked mac. Put it in the oven. Eat for a few days straight. Go to the gym at some point.
I made a recipe from Lemony Thyme. It was a total success except for that cheese grater accident. And also slightly burning my other thumb while repositioning that nice casserole pan my mom gave me, all while fumbling with the settings on my camera using hands that were still coated in bacon grease even though I washed them twice.
The bottom line is this: if you've never made macaroni and cheese from scratch, you should start tonight.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food/drink team who recently purchased a very nice toaster oven and is excited about exploring the world of crispy reheated food. He also enjoys hating mustard. Follow him to pots of gold/Twitter at @Dannosphere.