My beloved got a cancer diagnosis this week, so, sensible folks that we are, we decided to immediately begin having more fun, doing the things we like with the people we enjoy. To start off the excellent cancer treatment adventure, we had a dinner party last night, and to prepare for it we made the trek up to Whole Foods in the University District for an assortment of interesting cheeses. Oh, my, my, my was it ever worth the trip. Yes, we got a half dozen or so different and unimaginably amazing cheeses, a bunch of interesting olives, some Macrina bakery bread, greens and fruits, but for me, a soul in serious need of comfort food, it was their deli take out Mac 'n Cheese that was the real show stopper. I haven't served a deli item at a dinner party before, but this was too amazing NOT to share with our dear friends.
Beloved cedar plank grilled ling cod and coho, we tossed a mixed green and (still) fresh flower salad with pomegranate seeds from TJ's, and I made mexican carrots. All of this was delicious, but it was the Whole Foods mac n cheese that won my heart (and undoubtedly clogged it). We all pretty much decided we were going directly to hell for eating it, but oh, it was so good. I poured the deli mac 'n cheese into a ceramic pie plate, added fresh bread crumbs and more cheese to the top and ran it under the broiler until crunchy on top and gooey in the middle.
Got the blues? My suggestion is a serving of Whole Foods mac 'n cheese reheated in your own oven until it is bubbly hot.
Your fav comfort foods in Seattle? My other fav's are 14 Flavor Tofu from Shanghai Garden, the large serving of Insalata Mista from Tutta Bella and chicken pho from Pho Bac on Rainier Avenue. I have a feeling we are going to be cruising the take out joints in the near future, so would love your suggestions.