Classics – Macaroni and Cheese

June 24, 2013

MacCheese

I rarely blog about non-dessert foods, but I have to make an exception. I finally found it – my go-to macaroni and cheese recipe!

I’m sure my parents will find the irony of this post amusing. I’ve always been a lover of macaroni and cheese, and even as an adult, it’s my favorite food. But when I was a kid, I’d only eat mac & cheese from the blue box – none of that homemade stuff!! While I still eat (and love) mac & cheese from the blue box regularly, I have also come to appreciate homemade mac & cheese. Caelan also loves mac & cheese (“mac-oni en deez” as he says) so there is no question that he’s my child.

I’m something of a purist, I suppose, when it comes to mac & cheese. Sure, you could fancy it up with any number of things, but I like the classic. I got this recipe from Annie’s Eats which is often the first place I look for any recipe. I normally halve the recipe (as seen in the photo above) and that usually serves about 6-8 people.

Please check out the recipe on Annie’s site, but here are a few notes:

  • The sauce includes chicken broth, which is a little unusual, but I plan to substitute vegetable broth next time so my veggie sister won’t have to miss out!
  • I have substituted skim milk for regular milk, which is usually a risk in a sauce like this, but it worked out perfectly well!
  • The recipe calls for colby jack and cheddar cheeses. While I like colby jack, I find it a little too mild for mac & cheese, so I use all cheddar.
  • There will be a ridiculous amount of sauce because the idea is for it to bake into the partially under-cooked pasta in the oven. It is amazing!
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Labor Day Weekend

September 6, 2010

September 2010

We are having a gorgeous Labor Day weekend this year! We’ve had the doors and windows open, the A/C off, and it’s been great. Yesterday, we invited both sets of our parents and Bill’s brother and his wife over for dinner. We were able to kill a variety of birds with this stone: 1) having guests over forced me to clean the house, which I admit I do far too infrequently; 2) we haven’t invited parents over to our house in years so it was long overdue; 3) and I keep saying I want to entertain so this was my chance!

We had a casual dinner and I tried out 3 new recipes. Unfortunately, I only have pictures of 2 of them.

First up is a pork BBQ recipe from my Friend, Dani. I knew I wanted to do BBQ sandwiches but my dear husband is a little on the picky side when it comes to this. He doesn’t like BBQ to be too “ketchup-y” so since Dani’s recipe had only 1 cup, I thought it would work – and it was great!! I put everything in the slow cooker on Saturday night and woke up Sunday morning to the delicious smell of BBQ! I shredded it easily with a fork and kept it on warm until dinner time. I am definitely saving this recipe!

And what goes great with BBQ sandwiches? Well macaroni and cheese of course! I went on the hunt for a good recipe and I ended up with Pioneer Woman’s. Her pictures just looked so good, I was sure it would turn out well. I made it up the day before and reheated it before serving it. It was definitely good, but I think it would have been even better if it was served immediately after it was made.

The 3rd thing I made was another Pioneer Woman recipe – a peach crisp/cobbler. It was fantastic! I didn’t make the maple cream to go with it though. We served it with vanilla ice cream. As with the macaroni and cheese, I also made this ahead of time and reheated it. Although in this case, I don’t think it had any effect on how delicious it was. I can’t wait to make it again!