Amelia G. Ellis

My mother has a formal culinary education from Johnson & Wales University, but her, what I call, “kitchen sink” cooking, is the best! This “kitchen sink” recipe comes from my mother — well, it comes from a family she nannied for in Long Beach, Long Island, NY when she was in her 20s. This dish may sound odd to many, but! it is quite delicious. The 37th president of the United States had a fancy for a similar combination, but there is no connection between us and him.

I don’t know if it is specific to any culture — all I know is that it’s good welfare food. By this I mean, when we were on welfare, it was one of my mom’s go-tos because the ingredients were covered by the vouchers and it was easy to make.  I looked it up and tried to find some cultural connection, but the only one I found was the presidential fact. If anyone has any clue, I’d love to know!

Anyway…here it is!

Ingredients: *this is all dependent on how much you want…

Elbow macaroni

Ketchup (a good squirt)

Cottage cheese (enough that it looks like a good balance between ketchup and cottage cheese)

Directions: Cook elbow macaroni and strain. Squirt in ketchup. Spoon in cottage cheese. Mix it all together. Eat.