Monday, March 9, 2009

Homemade Mac-N-Cheese

Now there's a promise of spring if I've ever seen one.

Um, no, Mama, I wouldn't be eating butter with a spoon.





This photo I couldn't resist sharing. Remember Fern's visit of last week? This was her enchanted fairy-inspired hairdo. (With the merest hint of rabbit ears.)


And now, a recipe for my homemade macaroni and cheese. Obligatory aside: Does anyone else get a little itch under their nose when something-"n"-something is on the menu? Just a little twitch of spelling snob annoyance? Anyone?

Okay then. Here's my [family]famous macaroni and cheese recipe. Gratuitous aside: Recently on a trip to the coast Grace Hannah ordered macaroni and cheese in a [statewide]famous restaurant. She cried silent tears of exhaustion and disbelief when it was served to her -- orange as a Hawaiian sunset with clumps of unidentified alien cheese powder still clinging to the edges of the bowl.
Miri's Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
12- to 16-ounch package of macaroni noodles
1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut in 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup (appx) milk or cream
2 T flour
2 to 4 T butter
diced onions
minced garlic
Boil and drain noodles al dente. Set aside in a casserole dish. Preheat oven to 325.
In a cast iron or other heavy saucepan, saute onions and garlic in butter on medium until onions are translucent and garlic is golden brown. Whisk in flour to make a paste. Continue whisking and add the chicken stock. Bring to a high simmer and stir in cheese cubes, stirring pretty much constantly. It doesn't take very long to begin to melt them. As soon as they are melty lower the heat and stir in the milk or cream just until incorporated. Pour the whole mixture over the noodles in your casserole dish. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Sauce will thicken and you will not have leftovers. I sometimes add diced ham or small steamed broccoli pieces before baking. Yum! And not orange!

6 comments:

Barb said...

Oh.

Oh.

I must go lie down with a cold compress on my head before I lose all control and whip up a batch of this.

I don't think it's on the South Beach Diet.

Oh.

Katie said...

The other night, my husband actually whined at my homemade Mac-N-Cheese and went to the store and spent half a fortune on some "real" stuff.

Yack!

Talk about needing to lie down!

Carolyn said...

My little one loves to eat butter too!! I love the photo of the flowery hair. Perfect.

BTW have you ever tried eggs in your mac n cheese...it is divine.

HP said...

Laura is too cute!!
yum yum. I personally love homemade Mac-N-Cheese but my hubby also likes the gross box stuff. It must bring back some fond childhood memories for him.

Farm Chick Paula said...

Yummo... I think I'll start my diet tomorrow and have some of this tonight.
I LOVE the words "cheese cubes"...

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh this sounds yumy. I've never followed a recipe for mine - I'll definitely be writing this one down!
Kris