Adventures in Louisville

Last night the entire CCI group, all 7 of us, ventured out together for dinner at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. Our colleague Danielle, who used to live here in Louisville, highly recommended Lynn's ... so we just had to go there. She specially told us to try the macaroni 'n' cheese, which is so good it's been featured on Oprah. I can now say the mac 'n' cheese is super yummy .. as are the fried green tomatoes and pecan crusted chicken. Here's Lynn's Mac 'n' Cheese recipe if you want to try it yourself.

Macaroni 'n' Cheese
(As seen on Oprah)

2 ounces butter, melted, plus extra for preparing the baking pan

1 quart evaporated milk

4 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons paprika

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon white pepper

1¼ lbs. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese (preferably Vermont cheddar)

1 lb. dry elbow macaroni, cooked al dente

Crumb Topping:

½ cup dry sourdough breadcrumbs (or other firm-textured white bread)

2 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 grindings of black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
  • Butter a 13"x 9" pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 2 ounces melted butter, evaporated milk, eggs, paprika, salt and white pepper. Set aside.
  • Make the crumb topping by mixing all the ingedients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Layer one third of the cooked elbow macaroni in the prepared pan.
  • Cover with one third of the shredded cheddar.
  • Repeat the layers twice more, ending with an even layer of cheese on top.
  • Pour the evaporated milk mixture evenly over the entire casserole.
  • With gloved hand, press lightly on the top so the ingredients are moistened by the milk.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, covered with foil.
  • Remove the foil and sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the top.
  • Continue baking for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit at room temperature 5 minutes before serving

Yield: Serves 12 as a side for lunch or dinner