Chilebrown at home

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


As a young adult, the 'Blue Box' was a welcome friend. It was cheap, easy to prepare and very satisfying. My tastes have evolved over the years but I still have a soft spot for this old friend. As some of you may know I did not get the name of Chilebrown for the love of Unicorns. Chile's are an important ingredient in my life. When I saw Chipotle flavored 'Blue Box' macaroni and cheese I had to give it a try. We will pair this familiar staple with some ham steaks from our good friend Angelo the butcher.

We took a quick look at the ingredients listed on the box. Let's just say, you do not want to know. We followed the easy instruction. It was time to eat. This dish looked so very familiar We took our first bite and that nostalgic fuzzy feeling materialized. Our first impression was of an old friend but finished with a bonus of  slight chipotle flavor. Chipotle peppers are smoked jalapenos.whose flavor profile is very complex with a healthy dose of burn. The heat level of this dish was non-existent.. Did we like 'Chipotle Blue Box Mac & Cheese'? The answer to that question; We did not dislike it. In the future 'Blue Box Chipotle Mac & Cheese' will be a fond memory from our culinary past. (The ham steak from Angelo was 'Off the Hook' delicious.)


Three Dogs BBQ said...

I too have a soft spot for the Blue Box. Every once in awhile, I will pick one up and relive memories. I will have to look for a box of this flavor at the local grocery

Chilebrown said...

Three Dogs BBQ, I had many recipes using the Blue Box as the base. Basically it was what ever was in the refrigerator.

Lea Ann said...

Happy New Year ChiliB. To this day, every once in awhile I'll grab that blue box and savor every bite and with habit exclaim, there's got to be drugs in this. It's delicious and I made it through college on the stuff. The blue box, not drugs. Well maybe a little. :) Love your addition of chipotle.

Lea Ann said...

oops, just realized it wasn't your creation! Get out! They've added chipotle? Bless their hearts! :)

cookiecrumb said...

Thanks to you adults for confessing your love for the blue box. Me too, though my husband: NO.
I have real chipotle dust in a jar in the spice drawer. Think what I could do.

Chilebrown said...

Lea Ann, Happy New Year. Your great state has been the top news story today. I would guess 'Blue Box' sales will surge. Good luck in the playoffs.

cookiecrumb, What a wonderful start to the New Year to have you chime in. Have I ever given you my home smoked chipotle? Next batch we will make our own version of spicy mac & Cheese. I hope to see you and Rob at the market in 2014.