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southern spoonful
MARY ANN'S ADULT
MAC AND CHEESE

Good Taste
With Less
Waste
Don't scrap those scraps!
Give your leftovers a delicious
makeover instead.
photographed by ASHLEY CUOCO

FALL IS IN THE AIR and it's time to start
thinking about what we will cook for our
family and guests during this festive time
of year. It's easy to get a little carried away,
with all of the dinners, parties and pot-lucks;
our refrigerators and pantries will soon be
bursting at the seams.
It might be tempting to just throw away
all the bits of this and that taking up space.
But don't! As we learn from the chefs in Layla
Khoury-Hanold's piece "Waste Not, Want
Not," page 114, cooking creatively with scraps
can yield impressively delicious results.

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020

Mary Ann's Adult
Mac and Cheese

Coffee Syrup Affogato
Makes 2 desserts.

LEFTOVER MORNING COFFEE = SYRUP
Make Affogato, an Italian dessert made with
ice cream and coffee syrup. Affogato means
"drowned" in Italian.
You can make your Affogato as plain or
fancy as you'd like. After pouring the coffee
syrup over the gelato or ice cream, drizzle with
chocolate syrup and top with toasted crushed
almonds or macadamia nuts and whipped
cream. A bit of Amaretto or Frangelico poured
over the top of this dessert is a delightful treat!
*	 1 cup leftover morning coffee
*	 ½ cup sugar
*	 Ice cream or gelato
Place coffee in a small saucepan. Add sugar
and stir. Bring to boil over medium-high heat,
then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 10
minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from
heat and stir in ½ teaspoon vanilla. Allow to
cool. (Coffee syrup can be kept covered in a
mason jar for several days in the refrigerator.
Reheat the syrup to make the Affogato.)
Place a scoop of vanilla or chocolate gelato
or ice cream in heatproof dessert dishes, then
"drown" it in hot coffee syrup.

Makes 8 entrée servings or
12 side dish servings.

CHEESE ODDS AND ENDS = CHEESE SAUCE
My friend Mary Ann gave me this ingenious tip
for using up all the little bits of cheese leftover
from holiday entertaining. Brie and camembert
from a fancy cheese tray, grated parmesan
from that big tray of lasagna and feta, Swiss,
cheddar, you name it, it's in your refrigerator
cheese drawer. Here's a delicious way to use up
all those bits of cheese - make Adult Mac and
Cheese. The children may not like it because it
doesn't taste exactly like the mac and cheese that
comes out of a box, but adults will love the spicy,
peppery, cheesy flavors.
TIP: The Murray's cheese section at our
local Kroger often has a $5 cheese "remnants"
area where fancy cheeses can be purchased at
a reduced price.
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8 ounces elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 large shallot, chopped
3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt

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