Friday, February 3, 2012

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

We made our first February recipe!

Mike and I actually made this on Wednesday night but there were a few other posts that had to be written first, like yesterday's 100th post announcement of my birthday virtual race! Make sure you sign up if you haven't yet!

So far all of the recipes that Mike and I have made have been ones that I have found on the internet, so this week I decided to look through one of the books that we have in the house. This book wasn't just any book, though, it was specially made for our first year wedding anniversary by my mom!


She went with the traditional paper gift

This recipe book is special not only because it has many of my mom's recipes in it, but also because she used our wedding pictures throughout it.

It's the personal touch that means the most

I just happened to flip to the page with my mom's Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe and decide that we were going to use that for this week's recipe. When I told my mom that she said they usually add lobster to it and top it with a crab meat and Ritz cracker mixture. I don't like seafood but if you do I'm sure this would taste good!


The recipe (click on the photo to enlarge it)

Now for whatever reason, when we saw it could be doubled we decided to do just that. I think our eyes were bigger than our stomachs because it made A LOT!


That's a lot of mac and cheese!

Ready to eat!

This was pretty good, but it didn't really taste very cheesy! I'm not sure what happened. It either was because we used mild white cheddar and mild cheddar cheese and the flavor wasn't strong enough or because we didn't add the milk slowly enough.

No worries though because next time we are going to make a single batch and use sharp cheddar cheese and see if that helps! We might add some other ingredients as well like chicken and/or broccoli.

Last night I was really thankful we made a double batch because we had some for leftovers and it hit the spot. It was nice to have some comfort food after working all day.

What is your idea of comfort food?

16 comments:

  1. Pretty much anything with high carb count would fit in my "comfort food" category. Mashed potatoes got me through my pregnancies when nothing else would stay down (and they are one of my favorite foods in general - I once left a Cracker Barrel when they told me they were out). My stepmom used to make baked mac and cheese like this so you inadvertantly brought up a good memory. I'm usually content enough with Kraft. I made a recipe book for my sister (not nearly this nice) because she used to always call me and ask for recipes. Then she moved and lost it for a while and went back to calling me, but thankfully found it again. I'd be curious to see what some of the other favorites are. My favorite recipes come out of a parish cookbook my husband's aunt gave me when we got married - the binding is falling apart after 16 years of heavy use.

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    1. I'm glad I brought back good memories for you!

      I can't believe that Cracker Barrel ran out of mashed potatoes, isn't that one of their staples!?

      I'm curious to see what else everyone loves too!

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  2. That is such a sweet gift idea! I'll have to keep that one in mind. I always feel like you can't go wrong with mac & cheese. It's so yummy!

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    1. I was pretty surprised by it! She worked really hard and it came out great!

      I like mac and cheese too, but I don't really like Kraft. We typically eat Annie's Homegrown mac and cheese.

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  3. Oh Boy! I think I'm going to try this, this week. I'm trying a new "Plan A Week of Dinners" thing and had Homemade Mac & Cheese on the menu for Thursday! Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you like it!

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  4. Yum... yes, we usually use sharp cheddar too for a stronger flavor, or mix in other sharp cheeses. Veggies and chicken would be yummy, too. Love that recipe book, so sweet of her!

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    1. Yea we should have used sharp cheddar, next time!

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  5. Mmm, comfort food. My husband and I made a HUGE lasagna today - turned out perfect. We will be feasting on it for days to come!

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    1. Lasagna is a good comfort food too! We haven't made lasagna in awhile but it always tastes great!

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  6. that looks amazing!!!!!!!!! I have a lot of comfort foods....but usually they all have cheese in them. Hope your man is ok :) xo

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    1. Thanks Ali! He said that his back is just a little bit stiff, so hopefully with some stretching, ibuprofen and rest he will be back and running soon!

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  7. That cookbook is so precious - what a great idea! Anything warm and full of carbs is comfort food to me. My palate isn't very discerning. :)

    I have made homemade mac and cheese on a few different occasions and have had a similar experience. I can never get it to be cheesy enough despite buying all sorts of different cheeses and experimenting. And, the last time I made it Rickipedia nearly dislocated his shoulder trying to get it out of the pan for leftovers because it was so heavy. I think I need to go to culinary school! - Kristin

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    1. Oh no! Ours was pretty heavy too. Hopefully next time we get it to be a little bit cheesier.

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  8. Yum! Comfort food for me is either my homemade chili or spaghetti with meat sauce. :)

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