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Original Oven Baked Macaroni and Cheese

July 12, 2016

Pasta is my weakness.  Specifically the pasta and cheese combination, which is a staple in our house.  I didn’t always have a good homemade macaroni and cheese recipe though and while box macaroni and cheese got me through most of college, it is terrible.  The powdered cheese or the liquid cheese-like substance just turns my stomach.  This led me to search for the perfect recipe and I really didn’t need to go far.  My stepmom snagged a recipe from Southern Living and I needed to know how she made it.  Finally, after trying many recipes that didn’t compare, I asked her and she shared.

I’m pretty sure I now have the best macaroni and cheese recipe and it has become something we eat AT LEAST twice a month (probably more but I’m not willing to admit that).  The recipe below is what I refer to as the “base” version because over the years I have done many different combinations – Curry Mac & Cheese, Taco Mac & Cheese, Spicy Mac & Cheese…the options are really limitless!

Insider tip: Sometimes I take the left over boxes of pasta and the left over nubs of cheese and make a version using that.  It is still delicious!  I call it my “garbage mac and cheese” but people have told me that doesn’t sound appealing.  I’m in the market for a new name!


Homemade Pesto

May 20, 2014

I was constantly on the search for good pesto and I was always disappointed by the store bought stuff.  Whether it is found in the cold section next to the “fresh” pasta or right off the shelf in the pasta sauce aisle, I get it home and I am left longing to still find something better.  Some had too little salt while others were lacking in the garlic area while others just had no flavor at all.  Then one day an idea hit me!  What if I make my own?!  Crazy idea right?  WRONG!  I tried it and it turns out not only was it the BEST DECISION EVER, it is also extremely easy to make!

Side note:  My favorite thing to use the pesto in is my version mini bruschetta bites.  Also, if you are feeling like you want more than just a turkey sandwich for lunch, I highly suggest using the pesto with some tomato slices and mozzarella cheese lightly toasted.