Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

baked macaroni and cheese

baked macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort food dish that warms everyone up on a chilly wet day.  for this traditional recipe, i use 2 cups of elbow macaroni noodles.  boil these for 8 minutes, even though the box may recommend longer.  8 minutes will soften the noodles that will continue to bake in the oven with the rest of the ingredients.

for the white cheese sauce, start with 2 tbsp of margarine melted in a saucepan.  add 2 tbsp of flour and stir to mix and heat. add 1 teaspoon of salt.  gradually whisk in 2 1/2 cups of milk, while stirring to incorporate the flour mixture.  this is an important step that must be done carefully to incorporate the ingredients into a perfect white sauce.  by gradually adding the milk, and whisking with a wire whisk, and going slowly, this step can be done successfully.

after these ingredients have been incorporated and heated to coat the back of a wooden spoon, add 2 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  then, drain the macaroni noodles, then add to this mixture. 

pour into a greased casserole dish. add another 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the top before baking.  bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes, and then allow to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.  baked macaroni and cheese is a wonderful classic dish to have in any recipe box for a go-to comfort food meal.  serve this dish with a green vegetable, herb roll or salad.

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