It's become apparent that HTF needs an all-purpose "what's cooking" thread So let's talk cooking, simple or gourmet, fast or slow, and share some recipes and even some photos. I was in a cooking mood today, but didn't want to get into anything too involved. I spent some time flipping through my Cooks Illustrated cookbook, did the grocery shopping, and got on with it this afternoon. I found an easy tomato soup recipe in a cookbook, and I've wanted to try that for a while, so I gave it a go. It's too bright for my taste as is, but I added some extra brown sugar to tone it down. And I goofed and didn't let the Bay leaf cook as long as I should have, which would have also helped. I'm taking it for lunch tomorrow, so I'll know more after a better tasting. I also made a batch of mac and cheese. It's my second try at this recipe, and I switched from basic sharp cheddar to a 16 month aged cheddar. The flavor was more interesting, but the sauce was a tiny bit grainy (as the cookbook warned). My wife and I are still arguing over whether it needs the browned breadcrumb topping. And I had some leftover ground beef and meatloaf mix, so I grilled a couple cheeseburgers, using the extra 16mo cheddar and Monterey Jack. And I whipped up the "pub sauce" in my cookbook to try. It was a weird taste per se, but worked well on the burger.