Someone Out of the Blue

Made some macaroni and cheese Saturday night, and it was not bad. People have suggested I’m a Stress Baker/Cook and I laugh a bit a say, well, sometimes, I’m sure. Baking and cooking are, after all, an act of creation, a quiet form of art (though Mr. S would say I’m a bit loud when I’m in the kitchen), and there is something about it all that calms one deep down. Mostly, I just plain enjoy good food and when I can, I make it. But sometimes, when Mr. S is gone awhile and I’ve had an extra long day, I treat myself to dinner out, or a burger from the local diner, or even a drive-thru order of tacos and those little apple empanada things.

That’s what I ordered on Sunday evening when my hankering to cook up some Mexican food would have required a grocery store visit, so I opted for fast food. Nice to switch gears now and then, and I can’t imagine some French fries now and then or a milkshake or even a cardboard cup full of deep fried cheese curds could be a bad thing. NOW AND THEN, mind you. Anyway, I waited in line and drove up to the window to pay my $6.74 and a young woman leaned out the window and said, “The young man ahead of you paid for your food. Have a nice evening!” And she smiled and gave a little wave and I was without words.

Doesn’t happen often, I must say, but when someone out of the blue does a kind thing for me, my gosh. I hadn’t noticed much about the car ahead of me, except that it was black and older than newer, and the young man driving looked as if he were listening to music and generally happy with life. I don’t know if it was me he picked or simply the person behind him, but it doesn’t much matter, I guess. I gave up, in short order, my impulse to find the young man and, instead, drove to the park and sat on a bench, watching the birds and listening to the people out for an evening walk, and eating the meal someone kindly gave to me.

Somewhere, his parents are doing their chores, knowing or not knowing what a generous soul is their son. But I know. Gives me hope for the world. Sure does.

This one’s a bit off the beaten macaroni and cheese path, but it’s dang good and I promise it’s a keeper. It’s macaroni and cheese, for Pete’s sake.

Cottage Mac ‘n Cheese
1 package (8 oz) elbow macaroni
2 cups cream-style cottage cheese (or small curd)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 carton (8 oz) sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
¼ tsp salt
1 T butter
Paprika, to garnish

Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook macaroni “al dente” according to package directions. Drain with cold water.
In a bowl, combine cottage cheese, cheese, sour cream, egg, and salt. Fold in macaroni.
Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with butter. Spoon mixture into casserole dish and sprinkle with extra cheese and paprika. Bake for 45 minutes.

Serves 5 or 6.



  1. Susan Rothwell
    September 20, 2016

    This same sort of thing happened to us on a recent visit to Abercrombie. ND. A small farming community of maybe 245. Thank you to Loretta for opening up the museum on a Sunday just for us! And the the “Vicar of Aber” for providing us with a vase for the sunflowers for my father’s grave. And to the local pub for treating us to lunch. It was memorable! There is good out there and kind souls and how lucky we are when we experience them.

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