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Macaroni and Cheese

I have always wanted to make macaroni and cheese from scratch. Well tonight was the night I finally did it! It is truly delicious. I found my recipe from the pioneer woman and changed it a bit for our tastes. My husband says he will eat any recipe that woman makes. LOL!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups dried macaroni
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons dried mustard
  • 1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 lb colby cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni for 5 minutes and drain.
  2. Beat egg in small bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large pot, melt butter and add flour. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until lightly brown.
  4. Pour in milk and mustard and whisk until combined. Cook for 5 minutes and reduce heat to low.
  5. Pour some of the milk mixture in to the egg and whisk, trying to avoid scrambling the egg. Then gradually add egg mixture to milk mixture whisking constantly.
  6. Add the cheese and stir to combine.
  7. Add salt, pepper, garlic salt, paprika, and cayenne pepper, and stir to combine. Taste to make sure it is well seasoned. Add more salt or pepper if needed.
  8. Add macaroni to cheese mixture and stir to coat. Pour into a buttered 13×9 baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs, additional cheddar cheese, and a couple dots of butter. Bake at 375 F for 15 minutes.

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Posted by on December 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Taco Pie

My mom gave me this recipe one day. She said she used to make it because it was easy and tasted yummy. It is a quick dinner for my husband and I to have on a weeknight. The leftovers are perfect for lunch too.

Thanks for the great recipe Mom!!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups of crushed Fritos
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 cup shredded mexican cheese

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef. Add taco seasoning and water and simmer until thick.
  2. Place crescent rolls in an 8 or 9 inch pie pan to create the crust. Sprinkle with crushed fritos. Spread taco meat over the chips. Layer the chilies on the meat. Spread sour cream over top next. Cover everything with cheese and sprinkle more crushed Fritos on top.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes and enjoy!

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

My sister’s birthday was on 12/12/12. A while back she was on pinterest and saw this recipe and emailed it to me. She wrote “Mmmmm, these look good. We should make them.” So I made them for her on her birthday. They are really good. Taste exactly as you would imagine…. mint and chocolate, the perfect combination!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract
  • 8 drops green food coloring
  • 1 egg
  • 4.67 oz package Andes creme de menthe, cut in pieces
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, mint extract, food coloring, and egg until dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe pieces and chocolate chips.
  2. Use a cookie scoop and arrange 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool and enjoy!

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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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