It's about time for another update on our kitchen remodel and it's all about ROCKS. More specifically - granite. It's pretty much been the topic of all conversations in our house for the last two weeks. 😅 Before you start emailing me, I already know that quartz is the go-to kitchen countertop material right now but I just wasn't convinced that it was the right thing for me. 🤷🏻♀️
My search for the perfect rock for our countertops began relatively innocently. I wandered around some local flooring stores perusing squares of smooth granite but when I couldn't find "the one", I decided to expand my search. I realized that the problem could have been that I stink at visualization. 😅I don't think that my brain actually possesses the ability to look at a 24" square and imagine it as a countertop in my house. 🤷🏻♀️ So, I headed to granite suppliers where I could wander in and out rows and rows of giant slabs of granite. Turns out it's much easier to envision a rock in my kitchen when I'm standing in front of a slab that's larger than life.
When I found this giant piece of granite - it was love at first sight. I'm a happily married woman, but I've got a new love in my life. 😂 I think my heart actually skipped a beat when I turned the corner and saw this perfect slab of granite that was without a doubt - MEANT to be in my kitchen. When you know - you know. 💁🏻♀️ I'm just happy that my first love was beside me when I found my new love. ❤️
Petrology is the study of rocks. And after two solid weeks of "studying" slabs of granite - I've basically decided that I am a pertologist. (I'm pretty sure that I just made up that word.) 😅😅 I learned a lot about different kinds of granite and rocks over the last couple of weeks but I'm not an expert - by any means. I'm just a girl who fell in love with a beige rock. 😅
Beige is the key word lately. It perfectly describes my new kitchen palette. I chose beige cabinets, I have beige walls, beige trim and now - a beautiful beige countertop. 🤷🏻♀️ I've never looked at so much beige in my life.
Since beige seems to be the theme - I'm sharing my recipe for a very beige colored Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese. The color may be neutral but the flavors in this macaroni and cheese are anything but bland. The smoky cheese really adds a beautifully bold gusto to this classic dish. Don't let the beige color fool you - this macaroni and cheese packs a punch. 👊🏻
Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese
1 pound elbow macaroni noodles
½ cup butter
4 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon mustard powder
2 cups half and half
4 oz cream cheese
3 cups smoked Gouda cheese
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
Top with additional cheese and place under the broiler until browned.
Now that my countertop search has come to an end, I can focus on making meals again.😅 Countertop shopping is consuming - What can I say? I logged a lot of hours traversing the state to find granite suppliers this month. 🤷🏻♀️ It was all worth it in the end though. Now that that's done - I can get back to cooking.
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