I don’t like to fly and I do not like seafood. In the past year however both have taken a part in my life and left me with some awesome memories.
At the age of 18 I boarded the plane in the 0 degree weather of MI without a second thought or a single fear. I found my seat sat down and promptly went to sleep. A few hours later I awoke in the 70 some degree weather of FLA. There was nothing to it and nothing
to remember. Over the years my mind about flying changed.
On that trip to Hollywood FLA I tried for the first time ever an abundance of seafood of all types. Nothing about any of it brought me any pleasure, not the smell, texture, and for certain not the taste. From then until now my memory of Hollywood is of the
seafood and how distasteful it was. I know there are many out there who would strongly disagree with me, but over the years my mind has not changed about seafood.
Fast forward more than a few years and I am now 53 a Mother, Grandmother and Wife. I have done a lot of traveling and seen a whole bunch. I have traveled coast to coast and north to south all by bus, cars, and even trains but no more planes for me. At least
that is what I thought.
At the beginning of 2012 I resolved to cook different things to step out of my comfort zone and try something that wasn’t me. That meant a few new food types for me but the main one was seafood because both my son and husband love it. For Bill’s (husband) birthday
I followed a recipe and came out a winner when I served him perfectly cooked scallops. For my birthday my son and I followed another seafood recipe that I am told turned out excellent. I didn’t care because the memories of that afternoon spent in the kitchen
with my son cooking a meal I would never eat are some of the high lights of my life. Next I tried making up my own recipe, after that I thought it best let seafood rest for a while.
As spring settled in I found out I had the chance to take a once in a life time kind of trip in the coming summer. I so wanted to take that trip but first I had to get over the fear of flying. A real and very strong fear that had kept me grounded for over 30
years. I had a few months to decide and I was up, down and all over the map, I’m going, I’m not going well you get the picture.
After having an enjoyable ride I step off the plane in Seattle Washington on a beautiful sunny day completely ready to enjoy a weekend of food and new friends. Once again I am surrounded by seafood and fish. Impressive fish and seafood to say the least but
still, yuck! Seafood . It is a trip I will always remember with great pleasure and joy. Well worth fighting my fear for. It is odd how both plane rides ended with good memories and seafood.
Months had passed since that wonderful whirlwind trip and fall was settling into winter. Mom gets sick and I feel the need to go to check on her. I travel as fast as I can to MI to find a Mom sick and in need of full time care. She and I take a slower paced
trip back to NJ and settle her in with me.
With the coming of mom came the tradition of Sunday night dinner. 8 people sitting around my table expecting a good dinner. Now the pressure is on and each week I want to make them something different then the week before, something warm and comforting, and
something my family will love.
This past week I wanted to try my hand at seafood once again and I wanted to make my own recipe. I thought about it for a while, I knew I wanted it to be creamy and cheesy with pasta.A lot of ideas rolled around my head until it finally settle on a totally
comforting dish that is every ones favorite. “Lobster Mac&Cheese . After consulting with seafood experts namely my son and the lady at the seafood counter at my local store I came up with an idea for a recipe. Using the freshest lobster and Sargento’s off
the block extra sharp shredded cheese and a lovely cream sauce made with fish stock, I was pretty sure I could make a dish to drool for.
On Sunday afternoon I bravely walk into my kitchen armed with nothing more than an idea and an apron. I set my self to creating a recipe that people will want to eat and I can be proud of. I had some help, hubby peeled the lobster for me (not sure if that was
to help or so he could pick) and son hovered near by watching my every move commenting here and there mostly about how good it smelled and that he was hungry.
I am Excited to say I served a dish I can be proud of. It was an all-out war for the last helping. Compliments came between mouths full if anyone spoke at all. It is absolutely lucky for me that I took pictures before serving because there was not a scrap left.
It was another meal of memories for me. I even tried some and while it was creamy and filled with good cheesy flavor, yep! I still don’t like seafood. I do however like all the memories seafood seems to give me.
Someday I may fly again and even like it, I may even acquire a taste for seafood you just never know.
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The Link for my recipe I hope you enjoy it.
This is the link to the Sargento on line cook book and you will find my recipe there as well.