Every once in a blue moon, I come across a recipe or way of cooking something that kind of changes the way I think about a particular dish. For example, eggs. I have a weird relationship with eggs. I did not eat an egg until I was 16 years old (I mean an egg on its own - not like if it's in a baked good or dish, that's never bothered me). I was absolutely repulsed by them in every way possible - the texture, the smell, the idea of them - totally turned me off. When I was 16 I decided to try a scrambled egg for the first time, and I was intrigued. Not bad. So scrambled eggs were cool - but there was NO WAY an egg was crossing my lips in any other form other than scrambled. Eventually I came around and decided that fried eggs looked good - but NO YOLKS. Nope. Nuh uh. Yolks weirded me out big time. So I ate scrambled eggs and fried egg whites until I was about 29 years old - when it happened. I was sitting across from my husband during breakfast at a restaurant we (used to) love, and I was watching him ooh and ahh over his eggs benedict - and he offered me a bite. I hesitated - but he promised me that it was delicious and I'd love it and "just try it, you'll like it", and all that jazz. So I did. I had a bite of a poached egg with a runny yolk - and I almost fell off my chair. HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED OUT ON THIS AMAZINGNESS FOR SO LONG?! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!!! Now I have an egg every. single. morning. for breakfast. I am a creature of habit, and once I find something I like, I ride it till the wheels fall off. But it's been almost 5 years and I'm still eating an egg every day! Over medium - runny yolks, set white - on toast. With a tiny glass of OJ. So that eggs benedict is what did it for me - one bite of one specific dish just completely changed...well...my life.
However. If anyone is eating a hard boiled egg or egg salad sandwich anywhere within 30 feet of me I will hurl. CANNOT handle boiled eggs. I'm not a complete jerk - if I see someone near me eat a boiled egg or egg salad I'll just leave the room - but the very thought of it makes me queasy.
ANYWAY!! Back to recipes that change things! This recipe - this creamy Greek yogurt mac & cheese from Cooking a la Mel - this changed the way I see mac & cheese. Previously, mac & cheese was a major indulgence to be enjoyed a few times a year - I'd make my butternut mac & cheese a few times in the winter, maybe, and the real deal mac & cheese maybe once a year. But this Greek yogurt mac & cheese - not only is it STUPID easy (I mean that in a good way, obviously), it's lightened up enough so that I can enjoy it more often. I know it sounds a bit odd, and I was very skeptical at first, but this is so good. It's sharp and tangy and rich and creamy and smooth - everything mac & cheese should be. I would NEVER have thought to put Greek yogurt in my mac & cheese - and now it just seems so right. I'm telling you - no, I'm imploring you - make this. It may not be your "eggs benedict moment", but I bet it'll change the way you see mac & cheese.