The Manthony’s Ol’ Familiar
Ingredients: Chicken breast, macaroni & cheese, salt*, pepper, chili pepper. Served with baby carrots, my “veggie on the side” of choice since childhood.
I was wild about delivery when I was on the east coast (it’s far less appealing in LA), rarely home for dinner anyway during grad school, and unemployed the last time Leila left me here, so it feels miserably novel to be coming home to my own cooking night after night. I’ve been very spoiled by Leila’s outstanding cooking, and can’t wait until I can hand the stove back over to her (I always do the dishes, so ya know, and would be happy to make her the Ol’ Familiar if she wanted a night off [she doesn’t]).
*This is actually the first time I’ve put salt in the Ol’ Familiar, a staple of my occasional self-made meals back in NY (you gotta have two nights to yourself out of three, don’t want that second chicken breast goin’ bad). Sometimes it involves garlic.
The thing to note here is really the tablescape.