Ever hear of that?
You may have heard about Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon before. In fact, you probably learned about it for the first time very recently. If not, then you just might hear about it again very soon. Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one happens upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or name—and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly. Anytime the phrase “That’s so weird, I just heard about that the other day” would be appropriate, the utterer is hip-deep in Baader-Meinhof.
(from Damn Interesting)
We were in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I saw signs for a Krampus event of some sort or another.
Then, I saw this on the news:
Then, this came across my Yelp event alerts:
I see Krampus everywhere now! Thanks, Heather…I just hope I don’t see him Christmas Eve…..
Here’s a brief synopsis of Krampus, that feel-good-traditional-Christmas-family movie. (I’m being facetious.)
The Engel family, parents Tom and Sarah and siblings Max and Beth, find themselves literally in the midst of a hectic and stressful Christmas season. They are eagerly awaiting (more facetiousness) the arrival of Linda (Sarah’s sister ), her huband Howard, the hellion-cousins (Howie Jr, Stevie, Jordan) and Baby Chrissy. Aunt Dorothy and Omi (grandmother) round out this family cast of characters.
These family dynamics are scary enough, but add an old German legend and things become really frightening. So, as I reviewed what to make from this Christmas horror movie, I came up with this list (mostly from the Christmas Eve dinner scene):
- Mac and Cheese with Hotdogs
- Crème brûlée
- Aunt Dorothy’s Egg Nog
You know me, I almost landed on the egg nog or some sort of wicked cocktail concoction. Instead I decided to make some comfort food to help me deal with the subject matter of this film.
So if you like macaroni and cheese with hot dogs like the horrendous gun-toting braggart family (Howard, Linda, Aunt Dorothy, et al), you might like this recipe. I hasten to say that Sarah might like the elevated dish, too.
Green Chile Mac ‘n Cheese with Andouille Sausage
16 oz. Farfalle pasta, cooked according to directions
4 T. butter
1/2 c. yellow onion, diced
4 T. flour
3 c. half and half
1 t. sea salt
1 c. roasted Hatch green chiles, diced
1 c. Monterey jack, shredded*
1 c. sharp cheddar, shredded*
more salt and pepper to taste.
12 oz. fully cooked andouille sausage, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large sauce pan, melt butter over medium-high heat and add in the diced onion.
Saute the onion in the butter for 2 minutes and then add in the flour. Whisk the flour into the butter and onion mixture and let it cook for about a minute. Be careful not to scorch.
Slowly whisk in the half and half and salt. Whisk until sauce is without any lumps of the flour-butter mixture. Continue whisking until the sauce has thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
Mix the two cheese together in a separate bowl. *Or, you can use two cups of a pre-packaged pre-shredded Mexican cheese blend.
Add in the diced green chiles and about half of the cheese combination. Stir until all of the cheese has melted. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Add the cooked and drained pasta and sausage to the cheese sauce and toss until combined.
Transfer the macaroni mixture to a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
Top with the remainder of the cheese and place in oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and a bit browned (if desired).
This recipe makes a big pan of comfort food and would be perfect for a holiday buffet or for a simple meal on Christmas Eve (as you wait to see if Krampus will appear or not).
I have to say I found this story-line pretty disturbing from Max’s dysfunctional family, to his bullying camo-wearing cousins, to the ending. I was pretty depressed after I realized it had not been a dream and that there would be no Christmas miracle for Max. That being said, I would like to thank Heather (the FnF founder) for hosting this month. Krampus could be seen as a cautionary tale to not let the commercialism and stress of Christmas take over the true meaning of the season.
In 2013, the feature film could not have been any different than Krampus. It was Elf with the cute and talented Will Ferrell. Last month, Elf: The Musical was playing in town and a local restaurant featured this menu. I just had to share this.
For more about the restaurant that featured this meal, see below.
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