"Hey!" from California! That's not something I say a lot, so I figure I should say it. You guys, I cannot get over the glorious perfection of this weather. I walked out of the grocery store with my mom yesterday and could not stop raving about the warmth and..Read More
October is my favorite month, which is a fairly new thing (so sorry, July). There's only a week of it left and I will be so sad to say, Goodbye, see ya in eleven months. Yesterday was the most perfect, dreamy, crisp-weathered fall day.Read More
I rarely write posts on Saturday nights. This week evolved into a busy one, so on this Saturday night I am writing a post about one of the best easy dinners I have ever made. EVER. When I pulled this Chicken and Rice Bake out of the oven, I knew it was going to be good.Read More
You're welcome for sparing you the details about my morning. Let's just say that both of my boys are home from school due to illness. It's been just a peach of day. Actually, I can't complain a bit. My bestest girl is here from Iowa and I am..Read More
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? What are your plans? As always, we are making WAY too much food for just a few people. I have smokies and brownies to finish, but in the meantime let's talk about ugly food. There could not be an uglier food than Tater Tot Hotdish. Or, Tater Tot Casserole, if that's more up your alley. Here in Minnesota we go with Hotdish.Read More
I'm suddenly finding myself BEHIND! But...only because I've been paying more attention to the important things. Those cute little important things are at their Auntie's house for a few hours, so here is my attempt at no longer being behind. And yes, I am posting somewhat unseasonably, but I promise that Christmas baking goodies are next on my list!Read More
I love Cyber Monday! I just saved HUNDREDS of dollars and my holiday stress has just been lessened by 100 points. I totally scored today! You won't find discounts on this website today, sadly, but this recipe is a huge score. I can't believe I have lived without this casserole in my life until now. It is, of course, a holiday staple, but it could really go with just about anything and during any time of the year.Read More
A few summers ago I had an addiction to food magazines. It was bad. I spent most of my spare time flipping through them, salivating over photos, excited to make a million different recipes. I still have my enormous stash and over the years Dan has occasionally threatened to throw them away.Read More
My big-boy second grader just stepped onto the bus for the first time this year. We have been on the wildest, most indescribable journey with him. He has faced so many scary things in his little life, yet he continues to grow and thrive...and SMILE. So I sit here on his first day of second grade, typing through tears to tell you about this incredible dinner I made the other night.Read More
I'm coming down off my morning coffee high. Yowza! I am not a frequent coffee drinker, so when I do have a cup I get a little nutty! Instead of walking to the bathroom like a normal person, I found myself RUNNING to the bathroom a few times this morning. I caught myself in the act and wondered what the heck my husband had put in my coffee!Read More
We are in full-blown cooped-up winter mode. I love winter because it means tons of extra family time for us, but I sure wish we could get outside without worrying about our skin blistering and shriveling up. I heard somewhere recently that we are on the verge of breaking a record for most days below zero in a single winter (!!).Read More
Today is the perfect day to snuggle inside with hundreds of soft, cozy Pillow Pets. Actually, they are in bags so they have received limited snuggles (except the really really cute ones that I can't resist squeezing), but they are collectively beginning to take over our home!Read More
Dan and I used to make a version of this dish years ago. We have often remembered it fondly, but for some reason we haven't replicated it until now. So silly. Our original version contained jalapeño peppers and I recall them adding the perfect zing. This version was made sans jalapeños in order to not burn the mouths of our young ones.Read More
My three boys and I have a little vacation planned for the next few days, so I am trying to get a few tasks accomplished tonight. Laundry is done, dishes are done, boys are in bed and now I am sitting down to deliver you an easy dinner recipe that my family and I loved.Read More
A few weeks ago I was the lucky recipient of a package sent to me by my very good friend Kendis. I was insanely excited to find two plastic bags stuffed full of hand-picked wild rice inside! Her husband hand-picked it, you guys! Isn't that the best?Read More
This is Week #19 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.
Ok, so I haven't had the best week in the world. Everything seems to have exploded at once. Why does that always seem to happen? By Saturday of this past week, I just wanted comfort, and preferably in the form of food. I was pleased to see that this comforting macaroni & cheese recipe was next on the list for my challenge! That could not have worked out more perfectly. I prepared it while my boys napped and then served it to them for dinner (they both loved it!) and, after they were in bed for the night, I went downstairs and scooped myself a huge bowl full of the comforting cheesiness. I sat in my little spot on the couch as I devoured its splendor and sipped wine and flipped through cookbooks. I suddenly forgot about the insanity in my world for a bit, and just enjoyed my comforting down-time.
Preheat your broiler. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook 2 cups of elbow macaroni until al dente. Drain well.
Meanwhile, in another medium saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat.
Whisk in 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour until a paste forms.
Gradually whisk in 3 cups of milk until smooth.
Bring the sauce to a boil over moderately high heat, whisking, until thickenend.
Off the heat, stir in:
2 cups mixed shredded semihard cheeses (Mimolette, aged Gouda, Vella dry Jack)
Salt and pepper
Stir until melted.
Stir themacaroni into the the cheese sauce and transfer to a 9x13 glass or ceramic baking dish.
Sprinkle 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top.
And broil 4 inches from the heat source for 4 minutes, or until richly browned. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Thanks for being there when I needed you, mac & cheese.
I tend to gravitate toward making food that I know will photograph well. Colorful food is pretty, and pretty photos are fun to gaze at. But what about food that doesn't necessarily look beautiful, yet tastes great? Well, I say all types of food deserve a chance to shine!Read More
I take a tiny bit of pride in this recipe. It is a recipe that I have tweaked and retweaked over the span of a few years until I finally feel like I have gotten everything juuuuust right. I love it. It is a wonderfully cheesy, eggy, meaty, potato-y, veggie-filled breakfast that makes mouths water and guests rave.Read More
Our sometimes picky three-year-old doesn't always welcome new foods, so it took us two attempts to get him to put this in his mouth. Once he did, he loved it. It is filled with cheese, and what kid doesn't love cheese? And what adult doesn't love cheese?Read More