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Mmmm! My famous Macaroni and Cheese!

23 Nov

Hello All!

Well, after months of my 32-year-old oven being offline for four months, I finally got it fixed! The problem was an ignition that gave out.  My Tappan 1979 36″ gas range is back online, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything* on this planet. Unless of course someone ( Wolf, Viking or Garland) would like to sponsor this blog and send me a new oven!

*You all know I had to try;  Tappan, you can send me another oven as well!

Now that I’m back in business, this is just in time for my famous Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I won an ad-hoc contest between my old boss and I at one of the Super Bowl parties we used to host, and my family loves it. It is a variation of my beloved mother’s recipe  that she made for years and is decadent and rich.The technique is simple but exacting; you must follow to the letter the directions to this recipe. Once you master the technique, play around with it to see the endless possibilities with adding vegetables and meats.

Enjoy!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 Lb box elbow macaroni
3 cups milk ( use at least 2% milk)
3 Tbl. butter
3 Tbl. flour
1/2 cup grated parmesan ( not fresh grated; San Georgio or Kraft)
16 oz. shredded mild cheddar cheese
8 oz. monterey jack block cheese block, cubed
8 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese block, cubed
1/4 tsp. ground white pepper
dash of cayenne (optional)
8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar (optional)

Cook macaroni in boiling water for 6 minutes, then drain and run cold water over macaroni to stop cooking. Set aside.

Heat milk in a saucepot until warm. Do not scorch. In a heavy bottomed pot ( 4 qt.) melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and mix with wire whisk until all lumps of flour are gone, about 3 or 4 minutes.

**do not allow butter/flour mixture to brown. You will have to start over if it does** If mixture gets too hot, lower heat.

Add milk all at once to roux and stir until well blended. Continue to stir until edges of milk start to bubble. Lower heat to lowest setting.

**The next steps are important. If this sauce burns or breaks (separates), you will have to start over. Follow to the letter.

Add one handful of shredded mild cheddar cheese to milk mixture. Whisk in with wire whisk until completely melted. Add another handful of cheese and repeat. Do this until all of the mild cheese is in the sauce. Repeat with the Parmesan cheese. Add white pepper, cayenne pepper and taste. Add a little salt if needed, but no more than 1/2 teaspoon.

Put cooked macaroni and cubed cheese in a large bowl. Toss with cheese sauce until all pasta is coated. Butter a 10 x 12 dish and add macaroni mixture. Top with shredded sharp cheese, cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven until bubbly ( about 45 minutes). Uncover and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes or until brown.

Let rest for at least 20 minutes, then serve.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

New Look!

9 May

I did some experimenting, and came up with a new look! Let me know how you like it. I’m still experimenting with this new template, so there may be more changes coming. Any feedback will be appreciated.

The CC

Video Tutorials coming soon!

11 Apr

The Canon FS 100

Well gang, I’ve prepared a tutorial for you.

The issue is that I couldn’t be bothered with such nonsense as reading directions on how to upload said video tutorial to my computer.

I will say that I’m hot on the case, and I will have that puppy uploaded very soon!

The tutorial is how to roast peppers at home. If I’m successful, then I will post a video once a month or so demonstrating different cooking techniques that everyone should have in their culinary arsenal.

See you soon!

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Whole Foods issues recall of frozen tuna steaks

7 Apr

Whole Foods  has issued a recall of their 12-ounce packages of Whole Catch Yellowfin Tuna Steaks because of possible toxic level of  histamine, PRNews Channel reported today.

The packages have a use by date of December 5, 2010 and lot number 4853309157A  on its label.

The recall affects 28 states and the District of Columbia. Eating fish containing toxic levels of histamine can cause scombroid poisoning, a result of fish not properly cooled or poorly preserved after being caught.Typical Scombroid poisoning symptoms include a burning sensation in and around the mouth;  hives, flushing of the face, nausea and vomiting according to FamilyDoctor.org. Persons who have purchased this fish shouldn’t consume it, but call your  local Whole Foods to see what actions you should take.

For a list of states, go here

Thanks to FamilyDoctor.org, FreshFishDaily.com.au,   Whole Foods and PRNewswire.com

I needed a break

28 Mar

My job has made me computer weary, so I needed a break from cyber space.

I’m back to posting twice a week starting today.

Sorry for the radio silence.

The CC

Blizzard Provisions

4 Feb

I was supposed to have friends over for dinner on Saturday, but we are in for another 12 inches of snow.

Oh well ( hic)!!

National Pie Day!!

24 Jan

Hey Guys and Gals,

Did you know that February 23 is National Pie Day?  Like Spongebob says, everybody likes pie.  Pies have been around for ages and originated as a container to hold fillings from meats, fruit and even live animals.  Today, pie is all encompassing; if you can encase it dough and bake it in a pan, it can be called a pie, or not ( shepard’s pie and tamale pie come to mind with a topping that acts as a crust)  Well, I say we chuck our diets and have a pie orgy.

Let’s see; I’ll start with a slab of Quiche Lorraine for breakfast,  Spinach Pie for lunch, and Chicken pot pie for dinner and was it down with a wedge of apple pie for dinner. Mmmm, heaven!  Now who can say no to Pie? I thought so.

The stuff of dreams!

(Thanks to Parrotnation.wordpress.com for this bodacious picture)

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