Upcoming Long Trail backpacking trip
Lobster Mac -n- Cheese
1 pound cavatappi or elbow macaroni
1 quart milk
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
12 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (4 cups)
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, grated (2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds cooked lobster meat
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs (5 slices, crusts removed)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Drizzle oil into a large pot of boiling salted water. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions on the package, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small saucepan, but don’t boil it. In a large pot, melt 6 tablespoons of butter and add the flour. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring with a whisk. Still whisking, add the hot milk and cook for a minute or two more, until thickened and smooth. Off the heat, add the Gruyere, Cheddar, 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and lobster and stir well. Place the mixture in 6 to 8 individual gratin dishes.
Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, combine them with the fresh bread crumbs, and sprinkle on the top. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbly and the macaroni is browned on the top.
This was EXCELLENT. We will be having this again.
Vt. Long Trail, Division 3
Relaxing after a long day of hiking the Vermont Long Trail.
Long Trail Division 2 GPS Track
Track from our June 18-20 trip.
View Long Trail Division 2 in a larger map
Boston Creme Pie
It actually was just “ok”. If we do it again, I’ll change up the cake recipe (too dry) and the glaze.
Topo Maps for iPad
This is a really cool app that allows you to explore USGS topographical maps. Pinch-n-zoom, place waypoints, and export to your computer – this is an excellent tool that will get a lot of work as I prepare for our June Long Trail hike.
Cost is $7.99 for the app, but you can download as many topos as you want for free. Only downside is that many trails don’t appear on the map – (although the Long Trail does.)
Here’s a link to the iPad version: