it’s about thyme

It was only a few days ago when I heard about the Tillamook Mac ‘n Cheese recipe contest. After just hosting a cheese party, I thought this would be a fun progression on the theme. I agonized over various combinations. Truffles? Ehn. Lobster? It’s been done. Tomatoes? BORING. Chocolate? Now we’re getting closer, but just couldn’t see it. I knew I wanted to stay away from the norm. I toyed with apples, maybe sprinkled with a little nutmeg and cinnamon, mix in a little Gorgonzola with a mild cheddar and mozzarella. Maybe add some raisins for good measure. It still sounded a bit too pedestrian, though. And too much like a picnic macaroni salad.

Then I thought figs. Figs and goat cheese. Figs and goat cheese with a really sharp cheddar. Yea, baby. Now we’re talkin’.

Last night I made a full batch, putting one half unbaked in the fridge, the other half I did bake to see how the food combo would work. It did to a certain extent but it was still missing something. It didn’t have anything to do with texture, but just an added dimension. It needed color. It needed a little push towards the yummy factor. It needed an herb. Fresh thyme. Perfect.

I woke up this morning, got some thyme sprigs and mixed that into unbaked half and took it over to a friend’s house where I baked it for dinner. Bingo. It was sweet (from the figs). It had a little zing (from the chili powder). It was creamy (thanks to the creme fraiche). It had that extra oomph (owed to the thyme.)

The deadline for recipe entries is midnight tonight. I just sent mine in. My first documented recipe. My first recipe contest. I hope thyme is on my side.

2 Comments on “it’s about thyme”

  1. Jason July 30, 2008 at 12:22 #

    We submitted entries too. We took a little different approach and probably came up a bit boring for your taste.

    Your dish sounds delicious. As soon as I recover from my mac and cheese induced coma, I will give fig and goat cheese m/c recipe a try.

    Good luck.

  2. gfork July 30, 2008 at 12:30 #

    ODing on mac and cheese isn’t as fun as it sounds! Your dishes sound good, too! One of my idea was to use apples, but for some reason the figs came out ahead.

    Nice website!


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