Seriously Mrs. Wineberg, how is boiling a box of pasta and opening a jar of sauce a valuable life skill?
Max didn't seem all that interested but eventually we came up with a menu.
Okay, I came up with a menu that he agreed to.
Macaroni and Cheese
This Sunday happened on a Wednesday, because we didn't do anything at all for dinner on the actual Sunday #18. It worked out well because I had almost an hour of just me and Max time before Simon got there - plenty of time to prep.
We started with the fruit salad. I explained to Max that this was so it could be nice and chilled when dinner time came. Hooray for teaching!
|Slicing bananas is serious business.|
I helped too, in that I cut up all of the rest of the fruit and then it all went in a big tub. Oh wait - not all of it. He plucked and washed the grapes! Helper!
Then you slap the lid on and let your kid obnoxiously shake the shit out of it before putting it in the fridge.
Fruit Salad! Done!
Macaroni and Cheese
After you fridge the fruit salad, you can then move on to Macaroni and Cheese. After, that is, you call your kid back into the kitchen because he ran off to do something more interesting than cooking with mom. For his insolence you make him cube Velveeta.
|He won't get away again. I shackled his feet to the oven.|
So, I'm totally a snob when it comes to Velveeta. I don't know why I was so against it. Probably because it came in a box very similar to the stuff that came from the government cheese place.
I decided we would allow the V cheese because I wanted to keep the recipies we did simple.
I can't find the recipe we used now, but that doesn't matter because it's not like I follow those anyway.
Though I was really, really trying not to go too off-recipe because this was supposed to be something of a learning experience with Max.
I'm certain that this recipe at least begins with making a roux, adding in milk, and then melting Velveeta and Cheddar in it. Probably there were other flavors. I don't know what they were because it was a month ago!
|Month Old Cheese|
Okay, so while you may or may not be burning cheese, you also boil noodles. Max picked out these little half-button half-roni looking things. We got them in a 3 variety six pack from Costco. They were VERY fantastic at holding in all of the cheesey saucy goodness.
You have your nose-picking kid wash his hands again, and then have him butter a casserole dish.
Then you strain the noodles and dump the goo on them!
The noodles and goo go in the dish.
None of this is that complex. That's the point because I was cooking with a nine year old.
So, right when you think you're done you discover that your spouse-type fella has NOT in fact sat there and eaten the entire bag of bacon crumbles you bought at Costco the week before and you sprinkle that and MORE CHEESE on the gooy noodle wad.
Max and I had a discussion about the bacon. It was completely off-recipe but we decided to be BOLD - to be CRAZY! We took a chance, America.
Well, Max did anyway. Everyone knows bacon can only make things better, so I immediately knew it was the right thing to do. Max had to put some thought into it though. He did some serious considerations to make. Had he ever had mac and cheese with bacon? How novel! Did he dare?
|After careful consideration, Maxwell dared.|
Baked Chicken Nuggets
|Max SUPERAPPROVES while someone else is |
clearly phoning it in.
|Pretty ugly. But also tasty.|
|Melty Cheesy Awesomeness. |
|I burnt the cheese sauce.|
|Mmm. Heart Healthy. |
On opposite day.
Oh, one more thing.
Max also insisted we make dessert. This consisted of a store-bought chocolate "graham" cracker crust filled with Jell-O Oreo Pudding. I didn't take a picture of that and I didn't eat it either.
Because it's disgusting.