04-01 Sisterly Affection for the City of Brotherly Love

Hello people! Welcome to season 4 of my podcast! New season – new developments. This season is all about new material. We’ll be exploring new territory together. I hope you enjoy it!

This week I’m featuring the city of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia. I have many good friends down there and over the past year have been involved in several fun events. You’ll see footage from my trunk show for Philadelphia Home Art Garden, the designs for the flagship store for Felix Populi as envisioned by two students at Drexel University and my cooking demo with Steven Petrecca from Jones Restaurant at Fosters Homeware – a benifit for MANNA.

Steven and I made Jones’ famous mac and cheese and it’s just delicious. Here’s the recipe:

You’ll need:

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked
2oz butter
+/- 2oz flour (see below)
1 qt milk
½ t Tabasco
1 T dry mustard
½ t paprika
½ pound yellow cheddar, grated
½ pound white cheddar, grated
Salt and pepper

In a heavy saucepot, melt butter. Add flour until it looks like the consistency of wet sand. You may need more or less than recipe. Cook on med-low heat for five minutes until redolent of popcorn.

Add milk (cold) and whisk well to avoid lumps. Add Tabasco, mustard, paprika, simmer on low for 20 min, whisking often. Whisk in cheese a little at a time. Do not let sauce get too hot or it may break. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Place macaroni in a bowl and toss with sauce. It should be very cheesy. Spoon into a baking pan.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until top starts to brown, about 20 min or so. Top with breadcrumbs for final 10 minutes to achieve a golden brown crust (or broil), watching carefully so crumbs do not burn.

Can be made ahead, no problem—just allow longer for reheat.

MANNA Is a wonderful organization. It’s devoted to feeding those who can’t manage it themselves because of disease. They’ve been growing by leaps and bounds and are now able to accomadate 3 squares a day for over 1500 men, women and children. This all takes money, of course. If you’re looking for a worthy organization to give to, MANNA is a great opportunity. If you’re prefer your giving with a reward for you as well, then have a look at our products on Felix Populi. Any purchase made through our website will net MANNA 10% of the profits this month!

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