Monday, September 5, 2011

Diva Cooks - Macaroni and Cheese!

Ok, so I am starting something new here. I have been cooking a lot and baking a lot lately and I have decided to start blogging my recipes and pictures. Hopefully y'all will enjoy what I'm going to share and maybe you'll try some of my recipes. If you do, be sure and let me know how you like them!

Hubby had Saturday and Sunday off this weekend, but unfortunately has to work on Labor Day. He works in a Level 1 Trauma center in Phoenix. That means, the worst of the worst things that happen, go to his hospital. That also means he is not on a normal schedule of working Mon-Fri and getting holidays off just because they are holidays. So, this year he has to work Labor Day, oh well. But, this weekend is our 8 year anniversary celebrating when we started dating.

On Sunday, Princess went with Mimi and Papa for her usual Sunday date with them. While they were gone, Hubby and I decided to reorganize and purge the kitchen drawers and cabinets. We had gone to the dollar store and gotten those little plastic organizers to use for the drawers. When we got home, we set to work. What a difference it has made! Anyway, after that when Princess got home I decided to get started on dinner. I had been looking at The Pioneer Woman Cooks recipes the other day after I watched her new show on the Food Network. She made a macaroni and cheese that looked soooo good, so I decided to give it a try.

What an easy recipe! I was a little nervous, I'm not super confident in my skills yet but I'm getting there!

I started off grating up my cheeses. I used both sharp cheddar and colby jack.

Got my noodles in the boiling water with a little salt and olive oil to keep them from clumping together.

Then I started my butter melting in another pot and then added my flour to start the cheese sauce.

At this point, Hubby and Princess had gotten home from running an errand and Princess wanted to help me. She was a great helper with measuring ingredients and adding them to the pot as I continued to whisk away!

Lots of whisking, until it starts to get thick. Then let it sit for a few minutes.

Time to add the cheese and stir it all up til it melts.

Pour the noodles in and give it all a good mix to make sure all the noodles are coated.

At this point, you can either serve immediately and it will be super creamy and good or you can put in a buttered baking dish and put a nice thick layer of cheese on top and bake. I know how my family loves cheesy, gooey goodness so I chose to add the layer of cheese to the top and bake. I put it in the oven at 350° for about 20 minutes and voila, done!

Just plate and serve and enjoy all that cheese and goodness!

Hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day!


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