I like my wine like I like my television: middle of the road, slightly predictable, yet enjoyable enough for repeated consumption. So when one of my favorite episodes of “Bones” came on in the middle of a “Bones” marathon, it seemed like a good time to break out the Barefoot Pinot Grigio that I had picked up on sale a few days ago.
“Glowing Bones in The Old Stone House” is one of the episodes where Bones personally knew the victim, which gives the viewers a chance to see Bones struggle with her emotions. Bones and her emotional struggles are always problematic for me, because she almost seems more Vulcan than human (which leads me down a Star Trek rabbit hole to Bones McCoy, who is also a doctor, though he’s not Vulcan, and he does get quite emotional, but I digress.) At any rate, Bones was friends with Chef Carly, the murder victim who also made the BEST macaroni and cheese.
At this point, after having seen this episode several times, I became obsessed with said macaroni and cheese. What cheeses did she use? Any herbs or spices? Cream or milk? I have never made what I consider a satisfactory macaroni and cheese, and really wanted some tips. Perhaps a little morbid, considering a fictitious famous chef had just died, but I’ll take help where I can get it.
Not being a wine connoisseur, but curious as to what would go well with macaroni and cheese, I poured myself a pop up wine glass and started sipping. The Barefoot Pinot Grigio had a crisp, green apple-like bite that I think would actually work with mac and cheese. The wine also complimented this episode of “Bones”, which had settled into the recurring Angela/Hodgins sexual tension (OT, why do crime drama shows always seem to have a character named Hodges, Hodgins, or Hotch?) , a heartfelt Bones/Angela conversation, and Hodgins saying something that ticks Booth off. The dialogue had as much bite as the wine.
After Bones, Booth, and team solved the murder, the plot finally returned to the legendary macaroni and cheese. Bones took what she had learned from Chef Carly, to follow her “instinct,” and created a mac and cheese that Booth thought tasted “unbelievable.” And what did Bones’ instinct tell her? Add nutmeg.
Not exactly what I was hoping to learn, but apparently nutmeg in mac and cheese is a thing, so maybe that is what my attempts have been missing. All in all, though, I had a satisfying viewing and sipping experience. To Bones and Barefoot…Cheers!