Reel Cuisine

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Episode 3

"Buzz, Your Girlfriend! Woof!"

Illustrated by : Maggie Clark
Home Alone
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  • Mac-aulay and cheese
  • M&M’s cookies

The holidays are over but I feel like there’s no wrong time of the year to re-re-re watch Home Alone. It also feels nice to remember that once Macaulay Culkin was an adorable kid… The premise of the movie (for the few noobs who missed out during their childhood) is an 8 year old boy who is left behind by accident while his family flies to France for the Christmas holiday. His mom only realizes on the plane that they forgot him and memorably yells “Kevin!”. He ends up defending his home against burglars and everything ends wonderfully because it’s Christmas time of course!

We decided to go for the obvious by making the “Mac and Cheese” dish that Kevin is having by himself right before Christmas. The dish was pretty simple to make and tasted amazing! We also made some chocolate chip cookies with some M&M’s in it and a glass of milk.

The Episode was easy and fun to make, it took us about 45 minutes total as you can prepare the cookies while the mac and cheese is in the oven.
-Anna

"I'm living alone! I'm living alone!"

Mac-aulay and cheese

45 minutes

Ingredients (for 2)
  • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup bread crumbs (we used crumbled crackers)
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • 2. Just like Kevin, cook macaroni according to the package directions and drain
  • 3. In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, don’t stop stirring! Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until the cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. You can then put the macaroni in a large casserole dish, and pour the amazing sauce you made over. Stir well.
  • 4. Melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and cook until brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
  • 5. Bake for 30 minutes
  • 6. Serve in a ramequin with arugula salad on the side ‘cause you're a fancy kid

"Guys, I'm eating junk and watching rubbish!"

M&M’s cookies

20 minutes

(around 24 cookies)
  • 1 cup + 2Tbsp all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate
  • ½ cup milk chocolate m&m’s
  • 1. Preheat oven 375F
  • 2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in the egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and m&m’s. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.
  • 4. Serve with a glass of milk and don’t forget the candle sticks!
Bon Appétit!!!