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 71 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:50:10 PM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by Dincrest
Klutz- exactly.  Her analogy is why I use the term "comfort food RPG."  And chili mac sounds good. 

Luna- Some baked broccoli mac recipes say to boil the broccoli and pasta together in one pot, so perhaps the starches and the draining process keep the broccoli from getting too soggy.  I have this cool microwave steamer that  steams veggies in their own juices, so my broccoli comes out of it soft but not soggy.  Or, you could grind up a bunch of broccoli in a food processor and mix that in with your cheese sauce.

Or perhaps lightly sauteeing it before putting it in an already-done batch of mac 'n cheese will keep its texture.  But I wouldn't recommend sauteeing for a baked mac 'n cheese or the broccoli will end up overdone. 

As for kale, I like it but not in mac 'n cheese. 

 72 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:33:49 PM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by xpsychedelico
I've always thought broccoli mac 'n cheese would work well, but the problem is broccoli is pretty soggy if you steam/boil it that makes the cheesy texture get all watery when you mix it in. Any suggestions to keep that out?

I usually use frozen chopped spinach/kale and squeeze some of the water out before I toss it in. Also I think the curry powder helps ease the kale in, though I'm already partial to kale and all sorts of dark leafy greens.

I remember the very first time I tasted mac 'n cheese as a teenager in another country.... "tastes like nothing, why do people like this???" I've begrudgingly added it to my list of things to make every now and then for my husband because it's his comfort food. Mine's porridge/congee when I'm sick.

I've thrown all sorts of things in mac 'n cheese by now... peas, mushrooms, roasted peppers, baked tofu, pot roast, sauteed chicken, rotisserie chicken, bacon, salami...

Oh, chili mac sounds delicious. I've got to try it sometime, maybe if there is leftover chili this weekend. Leftover/cold mac 'n cheese just never tastes right texture wise.

 73 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:19:24 PM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by Klutz64
Mac 'n cheese is an interesting food.  It tastes good and you like it, but it's not one of the more exotic meals.  I remember a friend of mine describing Final Fantasy IX like that.  Wise woman, she was.  

Pretty much a defining feature of any 'comfort food'

Man, we could go all day on doctored up mac 'n cheese.  So far we have
-Luna's mac with spinach, kale, and curry powder
-jalepeno popper mac (baked with breadcrumbs on top for that real breaded popper effect!)
-pizza mac
-broccoli mac (with garlic)
-pizza mac with broccoli, garlic, and some sliced jalepenos. 

The king of all Mac & Cheese combinations:
Chili Mac!

Seriously, whenever I make a pot of mac and cheese, I always make a pot of chili the very next day and combine the leftovers from both meals.

 74 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:15:59 PM 
Started by brogidchwa - Last post by Klutz64
Xillia > Xillia 2

Didn't like either, but I actually agree with that.

Another unpopular opinion on a related note:
The worst part of the Xillia games was the battle system.

 75 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:05:36 PM 
Started by Lucca - Last post by Wild Armor



Smash bros. is one helluvah game.

 76 
 on: August 27, 2015, 09:04:19 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Monsoon
I've played Phantasia a bunch of times - twice on SNES emulator, once on GBA, twice on translated PS1 file.  That's the only one I've beaten more than once. 

 77 
 on: August 27, 2015, 08:43:08 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Nel
I played Symphonia a bunch of times back in the day just to get different characters as the "best friend" to see what different scenes would play. I've done second playthroughs of Abyss, Graces and Xillia for the bonus New Game + stuff. And to abuse the experience multipliers and other goodies you can unlock with Grade.

 78 
 on: August 27, 2015, 08:27:39 PM 
Started by Starmongoose - Last post by Dincrest
Spinach and cheese is a delicious combo.  Kale and cheese, not so much.  And I'm not above slicing some jalepeno peppers into my mac 'n cheese.  Then it's like jalepeno popper mac 'n cheese.  I'm also not above making "pizza mac"- macaroni with tomato sauce (well seasoned) and mozzarella.  Broccoli mac 'n cheese- now THERE'S a combo!  I tend to like my broccoli mac 'n cheese a little on the garlicky side.  I happen to think broccoli + garlic is a yummy combo, and I like garlic on my pizza.  Ooh ooh ooh!  Pizza mac with broccoli and garlic!  Yeah!  And some jalepenos for a kick.  

Mac 'n cheese is an interesting food.  It tastes good and you like it, but it's not one of the more exotic meals.  I remember a friend of mine describing Final Fantasy IX like that.  Wise woman, she was.  

Man, we could go all day on doctored up mac 'n cheese.  So far we have
-Luna's mac with spinach, kale, and curry powder
-jalepeno popper mac (baked with breadcrumbs on top for that real breaded popper effect!)
-pizza mac
-broccoli mac (with garlic)
-pizza mac with broccoli, garlic, and some sliced jalepenos. 

 79 
 on: August 27, 2015, 08:25:21 PM 
Started by Yoda - Last post by Dincrest
As long as they keep the property as well-maintained and fabulous looking as their He-Man physiques and aren't nosy neighbors, it's all good.  I'll take He-Man, Fisto, and Ram Man as the HOA over a meddlesome "biddy committee" any day. 

 80 
 on: August 27, 2015, 08:12:05 PM 
Started by Annubis - Last post by Mickeymac92
Tales of Phantasia.

Honestly, I've only completed two Tales games even once, though I'm currently halfway through Tales of the Abyss and I've gotten halfway through Symphonia in the past.

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