French Vanilla Flavored Macaroni & Cheese

If you think it sounds vile you should try tasting it. Amoeba likened it to being bushwhacked by a dear and trusted friend.

He’d arrived at the dining room table with a light of love in his eyes — not for me, for my homemade macaroni and cheese, one of his favorite dishes. He filled his plate, grabbed his fork, took a bite and froze, staring down at his dinner in dismay. Slowly he lifted his gaze to me.  Most likely my face mirrored his look of horror. I know my taste buds were outraged.

I make my mac and cheese with real butter, real cream and real aged cheddar cheese. Sometimes I substitute Half & Half for cream, especially if there is a fantastic sale on Half & Half, which there was — sort of:

Please don’t tell anyone I am a certified reading teacher.

I’m Giving It All Away!

If you read Lunch at Quilly’s thoroughly then you know you were invited to enter a drawing and win this:

Insulated lunch bag, sandwich makeover recipe booklet, and $3.75 in meat, cheese and mayo coupons provided by's Kraft Foods Ultimate Sandwich Makeover House Party™.

Three people entered the drawing for this wonderful insulated lunch sack, a sandwich recipe booklet, and the $3.75 cents worth of coupons. Two of the coupons ($1.50 All Natural Big Cheese; $1.50 Oven Roasted Carving Board Meats) were worth about 50% of the product’s original purchase price. The third coupon is for 75 cents off a bottle of deli spiced mayonnaise. Good stuffs.

Tilden’s Hotsy-Totsy entry:
7 grain bread, the Sandwich Shop Hot and Spicy mayo, Kraft pepper jack big cheese slices, Kraft Carving Board roast beef or Kraft Carving Board ham. To all of that I would add field greens, beefsteak tomato, dill sandwich slices and black olive.

Church Lady’s Spicy Turkey Melt:
Open face Peppridge Farm Sandwich Thins, spread with Chipotle Kraft Mayo, then topped with Carving Board turkey. Top the turkey with a juicy slice of tomato, then add a slice of Kraft Pepper Jack cheese THEN….lightly toast to melt the cheese. Yumo.

Beth’s Breakfast Bliss:
I would chop up some of the ham and scramble it into srambled eggs with chopped onion, tomato, jalapeno and shredded cheddar, pepper jack, and Colby cheeses. Take a whole grain tortilla (warmed) and spread chiplotle mayo and guacamole on the tortilla. Lay the eggs down the center. Top with salsa and a bit more shredded cheese. Roll it up and serve burrito style.

If you just finished reading those recipes I know you’re hungry!  Don’t you wish you’d have entered the drawing?  Well guess what, you can!  I have yet another insulated lunch bag and set of coupons to giveaway.  Unfortunately, Beth won’t be able to enter this giveaway — that’s because she’s already won this one! — However, Church Lady and Tilden are invited to try again with different sandwich recipes.  Be sure to read the rules.

Here’s a list of products available with the coupons:

  • Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats — turkey, chicken, ham, roast beef.
  • Kraft Big Slice Cheeses — Pepper Jack, Cheddar, Swiss, Colby (all natural and reduced fat choices)
  • Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo — Olive Oil & Cracked Pepper, Chipotle, Garlic & Herb, Horseradish Dijon, Hot & Spicy

Happy sandwich making!  Oh, and congrats, Beth!



Ice Cream & Vinegar

I bet you just cringed. There is no way you’re going to take a perfectly good bowl of ice cream and douse it in vinegar. Too bad. You don’t know what you’re missing!

Of course I am not talking about any old ordinary vinegar. This stuff is special and tasty enough to drink right out of the bottle. I know you don’t believe me so I’m going to show you the labels on the bottles.

See! I told you so! And I’m going to tell you more:

When my friends were here for the sandwich party we used a bit of the Cherry Balsamic vinegar as dip for our fresh fruit.  It was heavenly on the pineapple!   And for dinner tonight Amoeba and I enjoyed a mixed baby greens salad with dried cranberries, pecans, and Cherry Balsamic vinegar.  We loved it.  Last week we had spinach salads, as suggested, and that was yummy, too.

Now, back to the ice cream — night before last I put just a splash, maybe a half teaspoonful of the White Balsamic Vinegar with Peach on my half cup of ice cream.  It was yummy.  Tonight I got adventurous and mixed a teaspoonful of Special Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce with a teaspoonful of the White Balsamic Vinegar with Peach and drizzled that over my ice cream.  My taste buds danced with joy.

If you are interested in trying these vinegars for yourself, visit Rhonda at  You’ll notice she has a long line of products.  Stay tuned because I have just started talking about them and I have lots more to say!

Lunch at Quilly’s

Reinventing the Sandwich!

I had a luncheon the other day and it was a total blast! invited me to participate in the Kraft Foods Ultimate Sandwich Makeover House Party™.  They sent me yummy Sandwich Shop Mayo, Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats, and Kraft Big Slice Cheeses. I supplied a table load of salad, fruit, chips and sandwich making goodies.  Nine of my girlfriends showed up for the feast.

This is what it looked like:

Check out the Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats — thick, juicy slices just like you’d serve from home roasted meat. On this platter there is ham, turkey and chicken. Yum!

And here we have the cheese. This platter has a mixture of Cheddar, Swiss, and Pepper Jack.  These are big slices of all natural cheese, just like you’d get from the deli!

Becce made the first sandwich. She named it Large. The ironic thing is it is one of the smallest and most traditional sandwiches re-invented!  There’s turkey, Swiss cheese, peperoncini,tomato, lettuce and dill pickle.  Becce used the Herb and Garlic Sandwich Shop Mayo.  She said it wasn’t the size of her sandwich that was large — it was the flavor!

Because I had the party during Lent and served ham, Rosalie named her sandwich the “Goyim Special”.  She built it with ham, Swiss Cheese, lettuce, onion, dill pickle, tomato, and the luscious Horseradish Dijon Mustard Sandwich Shop Mayo.   Wouldn’t you just love a bite?

Mona is a vegetarian.  Here is her Cheese Sandwich Deluxe.  She built it with Swiss, Cheddar, Pepper Jack and Bleu cheeses, French Fried Onion Rings, lettuce, red pepper, and the Herb and Garlic Mayo.  She said it was the best cheese sandwich she’d ever had.

I didn’t get everyone else’s sandwiches photographed before they were gone!  I purchased several kinds of bread and Irene chose Sourdough for her chicken, tomato & pepper jack sandwich.  She also used the Garlic and Herb Sandwich Shop Mayo.  I wish I had a photo of April’s “Noah” the sandwich she made from “two of everything!”  Ardi’s Ham & Turkey Bleu Duo looked so yummy I copied it, although I crossed it with Mona’s cheese sandwich by adding Swiss and Pepper Jack cheeses as well.  Torrey made a Turkey Swiss Garden Sandwich — it looked kind of like a salad between two slices of bread.   Ruth Ann used the tiny slices of cocktail rye bread and made herself three different sandwiches, one from each meat.  She called them the “Baby Ruth’s”. (There was no chocolate and no peanuts in any of them. ) provided me with wonderful reusable, insulated lunch sacks, a sandwich makeover recipe booklet, AND wonderful coupons to give to my guests as party favors.  Plus, I purchased 3 bottles of Sandwich Shop Mayo and gave them as door prizes.  My guests are still raving about my wonderful party.


If you’re feeling left out, you can enter to win your own insulated lunch sack, a recipe book, and coupons.  All you have to do is tell me how you’d reinvent your favorite sandwich using Sandwich Shop Mayo, Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats, and Kraft Big Slice Cheeses.  Don’t forget to give your sandwich a name!  (Coupons valid only in the USA, FPOs & APOs.) Contest closes Saturday, April 30th, at noon PDST. The winner will be chosen by random number generator and announced here on the blog shortly thereafter. Happy Drooling!

Service Beyond the Ordinary

Amoeba declared that if he ate one more piece of fish he was going to die. Then he said we were going to Red Robin for lunch and he was ordering meat. I wasn’t as down on fish as Amoeba, but I had certainly had my fill of drawn butter and cream sauces, so I agreed — but I was craving salad.

We went to the Red Robin at Wareham Crossing Mall in Wareham, MA. Amoeba ordered Nachoes. I had a Chinese Chicken Salad. And then I asked the waiter:

“Where is your carousel horse? I have been eating in Red Robin restaurants since the early 80s, and have visited RR restaurants in half a dozen states. Every one of those restaurants has has at least one carousel horse. Where is yours?”

Maleek, our server extraordinaire, said that the Plymouth RR has a carousel horse, but — alas — their store did not. I said, “But a Red Robin just isn’t a Red Robin without a carousel horse!” Maleek apologized and went away. I dug into my salad and it was so good I promptly forgot about carousel horses or anything that didn’t involve mandarin oranges, tangy Asian salad dressing and fresh veggies.

Maleek returned to the table. He said, “I didn’t want you to be disappointed, so I got you a carousel horse.”

I was amazed and charmed. How incredibly sweet. Maleek mentioned my comment to the manager, who went back, found me a clip art horse, printed him out and pasted him on a carousel stick just for me. If you are ever in Wareham, Massachusetts, be sure to visit Wareham Crossing and eat at the Red Robin — and make sure you ask for Maleek. He goes above and beyond the expected customer service.

Thanks Maleek. Lunch was delicious and Amoeba and I had a great time!