Recipe: Creamy Mac N Cheese That Will Have You Licking Your Fingers

BY: - 24 Feb '15 | Recipes

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Growing up, Mac N Cheese was a big part of our Sunday dinners. Usually served with crispy fried chicken and collard greens, it was always something I looked forward to. This Mac N Cheese recipe is extra cheesy and creamy, and will not disappoint. The secret to the creaminess is creating a roux before you put it in the oven. The roux makes the dish extra cheesy and delicious.

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Here’s what you need!

Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of elbow macaroni
  2. 1 quart of half & half
  3. 1 stick of butter
  4. 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  5. 3 cups of sharp cheddar
  6. 2 cups of mild cheddar
  7. 1 tablespoon of salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Boil macaroni noodles in about 8 cups of water until Al Dente
  3. Strain macaroni and set aside
  4. Warm quart of half and half on low heat, making sure it doesn’t boil
  5. In a pot melt stick of butter
  6. Pour flour into melted butter whisking constantly
  7. Once the flour and butter is smooth, add warm half and half
  8. Continue whisking until thickened
  9. Remove from heat and add salt & pepper
  10. Stir in 2 cups of sharp cheddar and 1 cup of mild cheddar
  11. Combine macaroni with the roux
  12. Transfer to baking dish
  13. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar over the top
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and top is slightly browned
  15. Serve while hot and enjoy! 

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This Creamy Mac N Cheese Recipe is a family favorite! I hope your family will enjoy it too.

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Ashley Marshall wrote 13 articles on this blog.

Ashley Marshall-Seward is a mom who does it all! She is the creator behind MommyWeek.com where you can discover a wide variety of topics relating to women & family from food to travel. She is a homeschooling mom to three and wife of 13 years. Ashley seeks to inspire and motivate women daily!

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Recipe: The Strawberry Guacamole Dip that is Great for Entertaining

BY: - 4 Mar '15 | Recipes

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Hear me out. I know you think I’m crazy, but it’s really, REALLY good! I’m so glad the weather is warming up and spring is just a few weeks away. The flavors of spring always get me excited and there’s nothing I look forward to more than sitting on my back porch with a cold drink and some chips and dip.

Full disclosure: I’m biased. I absolutely love chips and dip. I could eat it every single day. I don’t even think I’ve met a dip that I didn’t like. Even when my husband and I hit the town and try to eat somewhere “fancy” I’m looking for some kind of dip on the appetizer menu. Ha! He says I’m so predictable. I say, “It shouldn’t be so dang tasty!

Strawberry and basil is a combination I absolutely love! Most times I use them when making a warm weather dish because its such a refreshing combo and this dip is great for spring entertaining. If you want to lighten it a little, omit the sour cream or use lite sour cream. The strawberries give it a nice sweetness that go well with the bite of the red onion and tang of the lime. It is delicious with lime salted tortilla chips and paired with a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc.

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Strawberry Guacamole

3 Hass Avocados, ripe
1/4c. Sour Cream
1 Lime, (Juice and Zest)
1tsp. Minced Garlic
3 Fresh Basil leaves, chopped fine
2 Tbps. Minced Red Onion
1c. Fresh Strawberries, diced
Salt & Pepper, to taste

  1. Cut avocados in half and remove the seed. Scoop flesh out and dice small or medium depending on if you like your guacamole chunky.
  2. In a bowl mix avocados, sour cream, lime juice, zest, and garlic until combined well.
  3. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Fold in basil, onion, and strawberries. Adjust seasonings. Serve immediately.
  5. Grab your favorite tortilla chips and dip baby, DIP!

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BMWK, Can you see yourself enjoying this at a nice Spring dinner party?

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Mandi Buckner wrote 16 articles on this blog.

Mandi is a chef and co-owner of Chewsy Lovers, a lifestyle brand for foodies and Potstickers, a cooking subscription box service for kids. She founded Chewsy Lovers with her husband who she met in culinary school. She has a passion for cooking with children and educating families on how to use cooking to teach their children academic skills. She loves pearls, a bad shoe, and anything "girly-frilly-frou-frou-licious"! She loves college football, traveling, and laughing at corny jokes. She resides in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

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