My Face Hurts and a Recipe for Carbanara Macaroni and Cheese

    Any one who knows me knows that I eat. A lot. A good friend once told me that I talk about food so much that if you were to speak to me on the phone, having never met me, one would think I would be a rather plump lady as ALL I TALK ABOUT IS FOOD, EVER.
    This has been such a frustrating week for me as my jaw pain has gotten worse when ever I try to eat anything.
     And I am getting damn tired of drinking smoothies only. Liquid diets are no fun.
     I tried to make an appointment with my doctor and the soonest one I can get is in September.
     So today after work at ten p.m. I went to urgent care.
    I pulled into the parking lot and I was the only car in the entire lot.
    I had just bought groceries at work and it was still eighty two degrees outside at ten p.m. so I thought I would throw my lettuce and cheese into my hand bag so hopefully it would not get to warm sitting in the car for however long this was going to take.
    I was the only person in the waiting room and was seen by a nurse almost immediately.
    She was asking me the usual rapid fire nurse questions.
    Are you on any medications?
    Do you have any allergies?
    Have you ever had TMJ?
    Do you always carry lettuce in your purse?

    Apparently my romaine lettuce was poking out of my purse and it seemed unusual.
   I explained that I work in a grocery store and had just ended my shift, now what the hell is wrong with my face?
    I had made this truly delicious Carbanara Macaroni and Cheese tonight for our closing crew and although I had enjoyed some of the cheesy goodness, it would be so great if I could actually chew something as soft as pasta with out screaming obscenities because my jaw and ear were on fire.
    The doctor I saw shortly after the witty nurse left assured me there was nothing wrong with me.
   I did not have a ear infection, as I had thought, and my teeth looked normal. It didn’t look like a dental problem.
   So since there was no other problem he could see he said I probably had TMJ.
   TMJ is temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
    I just did some one line research and what I found was kind of weird to say the least.
   Under treatment, one web page suggested I
   Exercise several times each week may  increase your ability to handle pain.
   WTF? Is this from an S and M website?
   The website also told me that singing could cause TMJ.
   I’m not allowed to sing? What kind of world am I living in?!
   When I asked the causes of TMJ the doctor told me well, we really do not know what causes it.
   I asked what will help ease the pain and he said I should take Alieve to ease inflammation but it probably won’t do much.
   So pretty much live with the pain and eat smoothies.
   While my coworkers get to eat tasty things like my Carbanera Macaroni and Cheese

Carbanera Macaroni and cheese


3 cups macaroni noodles, cooked according to directions
1/2 cup pancetta, chopped
1 cup creme fraiche
6 egg yolks
2 tab grated onion
1 clove garlic, grated
3/4 cup pecorino Romana cheese, grated
1 tab hot water
1 cup peas
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup bread crumbs

Cook the onion, garlic and pancetta five minutes until the onion is slightly brown.
Add the peas.
Turn the heat down to low.
Mix the yolks, water, pecorino Romania and creme fraiche.
Add this to the peas, turn off the heat and stir.
Add the sauce to the cooked macaroni.
Pour this mixture into a large baking pan.
Put the shredded mozzarella on top and than the bread crumbs.
Bake at 350 for twenty minutes.



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