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  • It's Snack Chat

  • Snackity Chat

  • Do, ba, do, do, do, do

  • The show where you snack more than you chat

  • It's Snack Chat

  • - Hiya, me Cookie Monster.

  • - Oh, and Elmo is Elmo.

  • - And I'm Chef Joel and today we are celebrating.

  • - [Elmo And Cookie Monster] Happy New Year!

  • (noise maker blaring)

  • - Oh, you both look awesome!

  • - Yeah. (Elmo giggles)

  • - I love the outfit.

  • - We dressed up festive for your special treat.

  • - We're gonna make the most amazing special treat.

  • We are gonna rock out cauliflower mac and cheese bites.

  • - [Elmo] Whoa!

  • - But I have to say one thing.

  • - What?

  • - I think we're a little overdressed for the kitchen.

  • - Oh. - [Joel] Just a little.

  • - You think?

  • - Can we change and come back.

  • - But, me just put this on.

  • You know how hard it is to tie this bow tie?

  • (Elmo giggles)

  • - I know, Cookie, we'll come back

  • and after we make our special treat, we'll get dressed up.

  • All right, so first step to this recipe

  • is we have to cook our whole wheat pasta

  • according to the box instructions.

  • We actually saved a little bit of the pasta cooking water.

  • - Oh. - Yeah.

  • - And we're gonna use that a little bit later on

  • in the recipe.

  • Okay, so next step is we're gonna prepare our muffin tin.

  • Elmo, can you pass me the muffin liners?

  • - Oh, is that was this is called?

  • - [Joel] Yeah.

  • - Elmo will give you the muffin liners.

  • - [Joel] Thank you, Elmo.

  • You just take them out one by one and you place them

  • right inside the little muffin shapes.

  • - Do you wanna try, Cookie? - Oh, look at that.

  • Oh sure, me can try that.

  • - Let's see you do it.

  • - Okay.

  • Put it maybe this way.

  • - [Joel] Yes.

  • Awesome! - Yeah, Cookie.

  • - That's a good one. - You did great.

  • So next step, we gotta make up our mac and cheese sauce.

  • - Cool.

  • - [Joel] We're gonna start with a little bit of oil

  • in the pan.

  • Okay and then we're gonna add some whole wheat flour.

  • and we're gonna stir that up.

  • In cooking, this is called a roux.

  • A roux makes things thicker.

  • So, I'm gonna add in some fat free milk,

  • just a little bit at a time, all right?

  • - [Elmo] Just a little bit.

  • - [Joel] Do you wanna be my lump watcher?

  • - Me see one.

  • - You see one, where?

  • - Right there. - Okay, got it.

  • - Next, Elmo, do you see any lumps?

  • - No, it's looking pretty good, Joel.

  • - Wait, this is getting lumpy on the bottom here.

  • You gotta really whisk it up.

  • - Me wasn't gonna say anything, but,

  • there, yeah. (Joel laughs)

  • - Thank you, Cookie.

  • The roux just needs to get up to temperature

  • and then this whole thing is gonna get thick,

  • like pancake batter.

  • - Pancakes. - [Elmo] Pancakes?

  • - We're making pancakes though.

  • We're not making pancakes.

  • - Yay, we're gonna make pancakes too!

  • - No pancakes.

  • - I love pancakes,

  • but you know what makes the sauce super special

  • is some spices.

  • So Cookie, do you wanna spice it up for us?

  • - Yeah, sure, what do we need?

  • - I need a big pinch of garlic powder.

  • - Garlic powder, wah.

  • - Oh, that was good.

  • - I loved that pinch. - Nice technique.

  • All right, now, big pinch of turmeric.

  • - [Cookie Monster] Turmeric, wah.

  • (Elmo giggles)

  • Let me trademark sound.

  • - I like- (Joel laughing)

  • - Wah!

  • - Okay, one more big pinch of kosher salt.

  • - [Cookie Monster] Kosher salt, wah.

  • (Elmo giggles)

  • - That's some serious seasoning, Cookie.

  • I like it. - Thank you.

  • - Hey, Joel? - [Joel] Yeah?

  • - How do you know when you're done stirring?

  • - That's a great question, Elmo.

  • So, there's a cool trick,

  • you can grab your spoon and just dip it into the sauce

  • and if it coats the spoon like that, you're done.

  • - Hey look, it's coating the spoon which means we're done.

  • - We're done, so at this point,

  • we're gonna add some rice or chopped cauliflower.

  • - Oh, cauliflower.

  • - [Joel] You've got the cauliflower?

  • Perfect.

  • - Just toss it in?

  • - No. - No. (Joel laughing)

  • - Here we go from way back.

  • - Cookie, no, no, no, no, no!

  • - Here it come, what?

  • - Cookie, it has to be chopped.

  • You can't put in a whole cauliflower.

  • - Elmo's right, Elmo's right.

  • - Oh, okay, well me can do that.

  • That easy. - Okay.

  • (Cookie talking gibberish)

  • - What? - Wow.

  • That was impressive.

  • - That was very cool.

  • And now I'm going to add half my cheddar cheese,

  • right in and that's gonna really melt down slow

  • so it doesn't get lumpy and then it kind of thickens

  • the sauce, so what did we save from the very beginning?

  • Do you remember?

  • - The water.

  • - The paste water!

  • - Oh, that's what it for.

  • - That's what it's for, exactly.

  • So, we're gonna add a splash and now we're gonna go in

  • with Cookie Monsters beautifully chopped cauliflower

  • and then we're gonna go in with our whole wheat macaroni

  • that we've cooked beforehand, one beaten egg

  • and now we're gonna stir it on up.

  • Give me a stirring dance. (upbeat music)

  • Stir it up Chef Joel

  • Stir it up Chef Joel

  • Stir it up, stir, stir, stir, stir, stir, stir

  • You both have been so patient.

  • The next step is we're gonna put this in the muffin tins.

  • - Oh, how we do that?

  • - With a scoop.

  • We use an ice cream scoop.

  • - Ice cream.

  • - Oh, ice cream, we're having ice cream?

  • - We having ice cream and mac and cheese?

  • Oh boy, oh boy, me love ice cream.

  • - You guys, we're not having ice cream,

  • we're jut using the scoop.

  • - [Cookie Monster] Oh.

  • - [Elmo] Oh, you're just using the scoop.

  • - Yeah, just kind of helps it deploy

  • or let go of the spoon into the little cups.

  • - Wow, look at all the pretty colors.

  • - Speaking of colors,

  • I thought it'd be kind of fun to set up like a little

  • toppings bar and we can add our own colors to these.

  • - Good idea.

  • - I love peas, I'm gonna take a sprinkling of peas

  • and I'm gonna go right over the top

  • and now we can all build our own.

  • So Elmo, what do you wanna do?

  • - Elmo likes sweet peppers.

  • - I love sweet peppers and they match you,

  • which is so great. - Oh yeah, they're red.

  • - All right, here are peppers for you.

  • - Can Elmo try it?

  • - Yes, Elmo, great job.

  • Cookie, how about you?

  • - Me going to go with carrots and corn.