I by no means understood how my son and daughter-in-law might sit for hours watching movies on their cellphones. After which I downloaded TikTok … and I not have a life.

I downloaded it after seeing the baked feta pasta that went viral final 12 months through the pandemic. When confronted with the classes of movies I might select to look at, my intention was to only click on on Cooking & Recipes. Then greed took over, and my index finger stabbed Leisure, Dance, Pranks, Residence Reno/DIY, Life Hacks, Recommendation & Wellness, Pets and Oddly Satisfying (which oddly it’s).

Cute children, cute animals, recipes and cringe-worthy pranks all on the contact of a finger and an upward swipe. Better of all, I can do it anyplace — sitting in the lounge, on the deck, in a physician’s ready room … the probabilities are limitless.

However it’s the recipes that intrigue me due to their simplicity and uniqueness — in spite of everything they’re confined to a really brief video. The most recent one to catch my eye is for Baked Buffalo Mac and Cheese. True confession: I’ve blended cooked pasta with leftover Buffalo Hen Dip earlier than and the recipes are fairly shut.

The mac and cheese is straightforward to assemble — kind of dump all of the elements in a baking dish and throw it within the oven. After making an attempt this dish, I’ve some cautionary notes. After baking the dish for 50 minutes, examine the doneness of the pasta. If it has a agency chew to it and a white heart, it wants a number of extra minutes within the oven. However do not depart it within the oven an excessive amount of longer; overcooked noodles flip to mush — as I came upon.

An important factor is to take away any clear, extra liquid trapped beneath the pasta, utilizing a serving spoon, as an alternative of blending it in with the cheeses. It will make sure the mac and cheese is gooey, and never runny and watery.


(TikTok consumer @thehungerdiaries)


One 8-ounce sq. feta cheese

One 8-ounce block cream cheese

1 pound elbow macaroni

2 to three cups shredded cheddar cheese

6 cups milk

3 tablespoons minced garlic

A couple of actually good pinches of salt

1/2 cup sizzling sauce

Recent-cracked black pepper

1 rotisserie hen, shredded


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Add a block of feta and a block of cream cheese (feta on the underside, topped by cream cheese) to the middle of a deep baking dish.

Pour uncooked macaroni, shredded cheese and milk across the cheese within the heart, alongside the perimeter of the dish.

Add garlic and a beneficiant portion of salt.

Gently stir alongside the perimeter of the dish to combine the pasta, milk and shredded cheese.

Pour sizzling sauce evenly all through the dish.

Sprinkle with pepper.

Place within the oven, and bake for 50 minutes.

Take away from the oven, and stir to mix till the cheeses from the middle are evenly included all through the mac and cheese. Season to style.

Add shredded hen, and stir.

Serve and garnish with extra shredded cheese and a drizzle of sizzling sauce.


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