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Slow Cooked Mac and Cheese

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I’ve posted several recipes for mac and cheese, so clearly you know I love it! This is also one of the recipes from the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks that I currently am venturing through. My husband has a birthday soon. I decided to give this recipe a try so that I can maybe make this for him.

I don’t know why gift giving has to be so hard sometimes. For some reason I find it incredibly difficult to buy for my husband sometimes. He doesn’t really have a ton of interests. He has a few little interests, but he has all the stuff for those hobbies already. I’ve tried giving him other interests, but they don’t go over so great. At first he has huge plans to do it, but then he just looses interest. I guess it’s hard for me to understand that part of him. I’m one of these people give me a paint brush and I will do my best to paint the world. At least no matter what happens I can encourage him, love him, and walk with him just as he does me. I’m lucky like that…He’s a fantastic man and a fantastic father.

 

8 oz elbow noodles

2 eggs, beaten

12 oz can evaporated milk

1 1/2 cups milk

3 cups shredded cheese, cheddar

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

pepper to taste

Mix all together. Pour into a lightly greased crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

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Review: Sam’s Choice Four Cheese Risotto

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I was hesitant about trying it. So much so that I let it sit in the kitchen pantry for months. I was so iffy about it. Finally tonight I decided to try some different recipes.  When I went to find some kind of starch, this is the number one thing that caught my eye. Turns out, making this tonight turned out to be a great idea. It was SO good. The one thing I’m going to tell ya’ll is make sure that you leave some liquid. It’ll seem soupy, but it isn’t. Once it sits it’ll be perfect. I regret not trying it sooner. It’s seriously some of my favorite new starch. I could eat it all day. I like to add a little more parmesan cheese and it’s even better! I can’t even think of a negative thing about this dish. It’s that good ya’ll. Enjoy it!

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Sausage and Chicken Cajun Alfredo

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Sometimes I just get in the mood for something different. Yesterday I had made some Cajun seasoning. I like to keep it on hand, because it’s just good in everything. I had found a recipe in a magazine a few years ago similar to this recipe. I just felt like it needed to be different, so I changed it to suit my own needs. I think the pasta tastes better being cooked directly in the liquid. I also find that adding the chicken makes it tastes better, but I think that what really makes it good is that homemade seasoning.

I encourage you guys to really try this recipe.  It’s so good. My boys had multiple bowls. Gotta love that!

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces

1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal

4 cups chicken broth

2 1/2 cups of heavy cream

1 pound of dried penne pasta

1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of Cajun seasoning

6 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese

Dried Parsley, about 1 tablespoon

Cut chicken and sausage into bite size pieces. Sprinkle chicken with Cajun seasoning. Brown in olive oil. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add chicken broth, heavy cream, pasta, and stir. Bring to boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook with the lid on until pasta is tender. Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese. Stir in parsley and additional Cajun seasoning if desired.

 

 

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Mac and Cheese round 3

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I don’t know what the deal is, but these guys love mac and cheese. My other two recipes are my favorite, but this one is really simple and it tastes good too. Honestly the few ingredients it contains makes it even more easy to get together. That’s always my goal when cooking during the week, because the littles have school the next day. I save my elaborate recipes for weekends.

I was surfing through Facebook today. Which by the way guys, I made a page for my blog. I invite you guys to like the page. Anyway, many of our local news persons have their own Facebook pages. One of the people I know had posted to something someone else had posted on the news people’s page about electric bills being double and triple this month. I clicked on it, mostly just being nosey, but then I realized, wait my electric bill might end up being outrageous. It had already went up 50.00 from the month before, but it’s been super cold here. We haven’t had a winter so cold in a really long time. Then I thought, you know I’m getting ready to post to my blog about mac and cheese….what better way to live, if I have to be inside from the cold than to be snuggled up with some good ol’ mac and cheese??

8 oz noodles, like elbow noodles

4 strips of bacon, diced

2 tablespoons minced shallots

1 teaspoon munced garlic

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 1/2 cups whole milk

4 oz yellow cheddar cheese

4 oz of aerican cheese

salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Cook pasta per box directions. Drain pasta. Cook bacon in a sauce pan until crisp. Transfer to a papertowl lined plate. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of grease from pan. Cook shallots and garlic in drippings over medium heat until shallots are soft. Increase heat and whisk in flour and cook for one minute.  Whisk in milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Add cheeses. Whisk well until melted. Season sauce with salt and the pepper. Stir in pasta. Serve with bacon.

NOTE: I recommend starting with a pinch of cayenne. If it’s not enough for your taste then increase a little more. Be aware that as it simmers then it’ll get hotter.

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Creamy Garlic Noodles

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My guys get tired of the same ol’ crap. My friend gave me this recipe and told me her family made it and loved it. I thought ok, let’s give it a try. I think my guys would have ate every single piece of spaghetti if I’d have let them. Instead, they were polite with it. Ate a few servings and called it a day. However, they did ask for it for the next day! Crazy guys!

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 cups chicken broth or stock

7-8 oz angel hair pasta

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

3/4 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons dried parsley

Add oil and garlic to pot and cook on medium low heat. Add Butter. Once butter is melted add broth. Once broth comes to rolling boil add pasta. Once pasta is cooked add the heavy cream and parsley.

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Macaroni Casserole

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My boys LOVE mac and cheese. When I tell them we are having it they ask, no demand, for baked mac and cheese. Honestly, I never really mind because it’s so much easier to make. Every time I make it, my little bit will beg to take left overs for lunch the next day at school. Usually, my husband and I both also have the left overs for lunch. That is how good it is! Give it a try!

What you need:

16 oz of Colby jack (or your favorite cheese)

small box of macaroni noodles

small can of evaporated milk

salt and pepper

1 egg

It’s important to boil your water and add salt to taste. You should do this with any pasta you cook. When your water begins to boil add your noodles and stir to prevent sticking. Once noodles are cooked, drain them. Here you are going to layer the cheese and noodles. Starting with the noodles first. Mix egg, milk, and a little pepper to taste. Pour over the top. Bake 350 degrees until browned on top. Remove and enjoy!

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Japanese Fried Rice

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Japanese rice is amazing. I love Chinese and Japanese food. Sadly, where I live all the restaurants are horrible. Sometimes they have yummy stuff, but not always. I always looked for ways  to recreate the food the good food we’ve had at home. I found this recipe, and decided to keep working with it and master it. It’s a fantastic recipe. It is definitely a keeper.

1 1/4 c white rice

canola oil

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

1 medium carrot, grated

4 1/2teaspoons soy sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Cook rice according to the package directions. In a large skillet, put in two teaspoons of oil. Scramble eggs. Mix with rice. In the same pan add peas and carrots. Heat through for 5 minutes. Add rice and soy sauce a little at a time until the rice is golden brown in color. Add salt and pepper to taste.