Sunday, September 12, 2010

Creamy Cheesy Mac and Cheese

1 tablespoon salt
1 pound elbow, shell or other bite-size shaped pasta
6oz heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup flour
1 dash ground mustard
1 dash paprika
1 dash salt (be careful with the salt!)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese ( I used Kraft pregrated Italian cheese blend, in the bags)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (I used the pregrated sharp cheddar here too)
8 oz grated colby jack cheese

1.Bring 2 quarts of water to boil in large soup kettle. Add salt and pasta. Using package directions as a guide, cook until done. Drain and quickly rinse. Return to pot. (the pasta should finish cooking about the same time as the cheese sauce)

2.Meanwhile, microwave the milk and chicken broth in a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup or bowl until hot and steamy (not boiling). About 1 min.

3. Melt butter in a large pan; whisk in flour, cook about 2 min, then add hot milk mixture. Continue to whisk until thick and bubbly, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in mustard, paprika, Parmesan and pepper. Turn off heat, stir in the rest of the cheese until melted.

4..Add drained pasta to sauce, and stir until everything is well combined . Serve hot.

Magic Bars


1 sleeve graham crackers- crushed

1 stick butter melted

1 can condenced milk

1 bag chocolate chips (you can use whatever you want, white, milk, dark, or a mix of all)

1 small bag coconut

pecans (or your fave nut or both!)

You don't have to stop with those ing. You can add flavored chips, caramel, chopped up candy bars... you get to play Willy Wonka! :-)

Line a 9X13 pan with foil, SPRAY with cooking spray. Heat oven to 350. Before you open the sleeve of crackers hit them a few times with a large spoon just so they are crushed up, but not fine. Empty crumbs into the bottom of pan. Pour butter over crumbs. Drizzle half the can of milk over the crust. Next sprinkle chocolate chips, then coconut, then nuts. drizzle the rest of the milk over the top and bake until coconut starts to brown. cool and cut into SMALL bars. The hubby tried to eat 3 but was defeated by the second one! They are so yummy with a tall glass of milk!!