Comfort Foods: Mac’n’Cheese, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Making food from you childhood can comfort you when you miss home/where you grew up.

The Mac’n’Cheese and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie reminded T of his mom’s cooking and food from his childhood.

Adapted from All Recipes: Home Style Macaroni and Cheese.

200g macaroni
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
1/4 of an 8 oz package cream cheese *from our previous experience, 8 oz is too much for us
1-2 tbsp of sour cream *which we had added the last time and worked out well; had some leftover from previous meals
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
2-3 chicken hot dogs, sliced *T’s mom used to put hot dogs in mac’n’cheese
3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Cook the macaroni until al dente. Set aside in a casserole dish.
  3. In a pan, fry the garlic, jalapeno pepper and hot dog slices.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook for about 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly; stirring occasionally. Mix in milk, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Continue cooking until sauce is thickened.
  5. Mix the garlic-jalapeno-hot dog mixture and the creamy mixture with the pasta and cheddar cheese, in the casserole dish.
  6. In a small bowl mix together bread crumbs, butter and parsley; spread over macaroni and cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and heated through.

I got the recipe from All Recipes: Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. The only changes I made were: baking mine for 10 minutes (mine were smaller) and making cookies of different shapes. So chewy and delicious!

For me, comfort food is food from Taiwan. I am similar to my mother in that we both crave a hot bowl of noodle soup when we miss Taiwan or are sick. My favourites are braised beef noodle soup 紅燒牛肉麵, 大滷麵 Da Lu Noodles, 摵仔麵 (chhe̍k-á-mī), and 粿仔麵 (rice noodle soup).

What is YOUR comfort food(s)?


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