OK, the only thing that really makes this squash mac n cheese “adult” is the squash, which sorta makes it healthy, and responsible, until you add the cheese and bacon. And the adult-ness of it all kind of disappears when you add buttery Ritz cracker crumbs on top. I know, Ritz crackers, how kitsch of me. Hard to feel sophisticated and adult-like when you top it all off with crackers from your childhood. But there’s sage in there! It’s green, and adult-like, and healthy . . . until you fry it in bacon grease.
Which is about as “adult” my life is. The only things that make me an adult are my age and a very short list of responsibilities. The rest of my life is like cheese and bacon.
But you guys! I did get my very own adult Christmas tree . . . for the FIRST TIME. In my 12 years of adultishhood, I’ve never had my very own Christmas tree, and neither had Matt. And the kind of neat part? He planted it 10 years ago! The guy has his own tree farm. For real! You might already know this, but growing things is kind of a big deal around here.
Like this super healthy winter squash grown by, ahem, yours truly. Thank you very much. Winter squash takes up a lot of room in the garden, but depending on the variety, it can last for months in the root cellar, so I think it’s worth the space. We grew acorn, butternut, delicata, and kabocha squash this year. I’ve used every one in this recipe except acorn, although it would likely work just as well.
And you don’t need to use squash from my garden to make this mac n cheese, but it’d be cool if it came from your own. Or a local farmer. It will make you feel more adult-like when you eat it. Promise.