I’m really bummed to see another local favorite closing it’s doors. Pizza People Pub has been operating out of this location across the Phoenix Public library since 2013. They have a great story of a family owned business starting out of a food truck and eventually opening their own restaurant. Their menu consists of their signature made-from-scratch 10 inch artisan pizzas and a variety of pub favorites like wings and their always popular mac & cheese. I always got a kick out of some of the pizza creations that they have (and the names) – Date Me, The Hulk, Testosteroni, Popeye, Fun Guy, The Hottie, etc. Even though I love their pizzas, I usually came here to try one of their many mac & cheeses. Some of my favorites have been the Smokey Paprika Mac, the Jalapeño Mac and the Truffle Mac. They load their mac & cheese with lots of cheese so they are nice and gooey. I wish they had a mac & cheese flight so I could sample them all. I stopped in tonight to have a last meal here before they close shop. I enjoyed hearing my bartender share stories of how much he enjoyed working here. It’s always sad to hear of local restaurants going out of business. I wish them the best.
* – from Food Network
1/2 pound elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons butter
6 ounces evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and mustard. Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
This year for Thanksgiving I cooked up a turkey and a bunch of sides while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade. I brined my turkey with a great mix from World Market. But the sides are really what make the meal for me. Some of the sides I included were a green bean casserole, stuffing, pumpkin pie, cranberries and a pumpkin potato pie. I had a lot of turkey left over, so turkey sandwiches were for lunch everyday after Turkey day. I also made a great turkey pot pie loaded with vegetables using flakey biscuits as my topping. I went to quite a few homes for Thanksgiving and made a creamy mac n cheese and some pumpkin cheese swirls for dessert to bring along. It was a fun year for me in the kitchen and a blessing to have many friends and family to share all this food with.