Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recipe Thursday

Ha!!! I bet you thought I forgot again, huh?? Well I worked all day.....& had just enough time between finishing dinner & cleaning up, & going to our Cub Scout meeting.....so.....

Today's recipe is for Homemade Mac & Cheese!! I've been making this recipe for a couple of years, & it's one of those that, shockingly, EVERYONE in the family loves!! In fact, I usually double the recipe so we have leftovers. And I rarely make the box stuff anymore, since it's really hard to go back after having homemade!

HOMEMADE MAC & CHEESE

1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
5 TBSP butter, divided
3 TBSP all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups milk
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
2 oz process American cheese, cubed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 TBSP dry bread crumbs

Cook macaroni according to directions; drain. Place in a greased 1-1/2 qt baking dish; set aside. In a saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook & stir for 2 minutes; reduce heat. Stir in cheeses, salt & pepper until cheese is melted. Pour over macaroni; mix well. Melt the remaining butter; add the bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


Now how yummy does this look???



See that crunchy stuff on top? That's the bread crumbs.....the best part! But my 10 year old doesn't like that part, so all the more for me!!!


I have another recipe, although it's not for humans, lol. I thought that since spring is in the air, that I would share a recipe for some bird suet that I like to make. Yes, it's easier to just buy it, lol....but I like to add different things, experiment, & see what attracts which birds.

SUET

2 cups lard
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 cups quick cooking oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup wild bird food

Melt lard & peanut butter together over low heat. Remove from heat & stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into plastic molds or containers. Cover & store in freezer until ready to use.


This is a pretty basic recipe. I've added so many different things.....all kinds of berries & nuts....sunflower seeds....cracked corn...it all depends on what you want to attract!


I hope your week has been wonderful, & that your weather has been as great as ours this week! Today was a bit chillier......upper 40's... but I'll take it!!Spring is on its way!!!!

6 comments:

Cassie said...

looks yummy! i've always wanted to try making it homemade!!

do you serve it as a main dish? if so, what do you serve with it?

Jackie said...

Wow! That looks fabulous Michelle...my fave food!!!

Jan said...

Yummy! Mac and cheese is always a fave in my house!

Thanks for the suet recipe too!

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh, it looks so yummy!! I will definitely be trying this soon!! I will pass on the bird recipe to my Dad, he has feeders everywhere!!

Hugs, K

Elaine Livesey said...

Yippee it's recipe day!!
I was SO disappointed with no recipe last week, but you've more than made up for it today. I love macaroni cheese, my grandma always made it for me when I was little, and it always makes me think of her,she died more than 30 years ago and I still miss her so much, she was a wonderful lady. So, today you made me remember and smile, so thanks so much.
Love
Elaine xx

6 wacky women said...

Mmmmm...looks delicious, Michelle.
I think I am going to have to try this one too!! My DH told me again yesterday how wonderful the banana bread was....think that was a hint for more...LOL!!

Have a great weekend...
Karen x

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