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    JerseyJoan
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    Ah, macaroni and cheese, one of my favorite comfort foods. The item I’m usually asked to bring to family picnics. I gave the recipe to chef kittehs here, and they’re making it now, so if the smell of cheese doesn’t lure you in, I don’t know what will.

    Linda asked me to post the recipe. I don’t know if I have it written down anywhere, as it’s really basic, but it’s tasty, if I may say so myself.

    But first a little back story: I was without an oven for several years. The stovetop worked, but a critter chewed some wires and messed up the clock, which pretty much controls the oven. During those years I learned to cook (& bake too!) a lot by way of stovetop, microwave, toaster-oven, slow-cooker and grill. Thus, my mac & cheese was born.

    Joan’s comfort mac & cheese:

    Cook elbow noodles just a smidgen beyond al dente.

    Drain and let ’em hang out in the strainer.

    Combine 1 cup of milk with 2 tablespoons butter and nuke till warm

    Cube a few pieces (about 1″ thick) of Velveeta and add to milk, and heat in the microwave. Keep adding cubes of Velveeta and heating till the mixture starts thickening.

    Add a tablespoon of flour and whisk till smooth. Add another tablespoon and whisk some more.

    I don’t use a lot of spices, so here’s where you can add the kind you like. For me, less is more. I just add some pepper. (Plus my neice doesn’t like “stuff” in her mac & cheese!)

    Transfer the cooked elbow macaroni to a large casserole dish and add the cheese mixture. Stir and combine thoroughly.

    Enjoy right away or refrigerate and heat when ready to serve. As I did for many moons, and I still do in the middle of summer, heat in the microwave until hot, stirring every minute.

    I like to keep my recipes easy. My rule since leaving home has been “if it tastes like Mom’s, I did ok!” However, Mom didn’t make mac & cheese often, because before Velveeta, melting cheese was a royal pain!

    #731871

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Good evening Joan, your Mac & Cheese sounds great, just what I would like as I fight off a cold. There’s nothing quite like “comfort food”.

    It’s amazing how well we can adapt to situations if we have to, like your oven being a no-go area.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/6946775/Cat-fine-after-hair-raising-roof-ride

    #731872

    AV
    Participant

    Evening Joan and MS!……….. Mac-n-cheese is a ‘family staple’ in our house!………….. we use an old family receipe from waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy back, and I add variations here and there, but it’s always a factor in most of our ‘big’ family meals!…………….

    how are you two this fine evening?

    #731873

    Kit
    Participant

    Well I’m an aunt again, running on about 4 hours of sleep in the last 36 or so 🙂 but she’s perfect and my sister is well so couldn’t be happier. That mac and cheese sounds good!

    http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p141/CienRanier/2012-05-17_11-47-55_743.jpg

    I look at bit rough with no sleep at that point but she’s beautiful! Her name is Emma Reese. I got to be the first person to rock her 🙂 Only downside is my kits are WILD because they were locked up in the cat room the whole time we were gone so they have lots of energy tonight lol

    #731874

    Kit
    Participant

    Edit: Whoops double post, I guess the board is as excited as I am.

    #731875

    AV
    Participant

    Congrats, Kit!…………….. new babies are always exciting events!

    Posted this same thing on TDKF………..

    Good news for Cuddles!……………………. we made the hard trip to the V-E-T today, and they gave her an antibotic shot and some pain meds to go……………. she wasn’t on her ‘best’ behaviour (no surprize here), but there was no blood drawn, and the Vet had ‘DIFFICULT’ written across her chart when we walked in, so they were prepared! (LOL)……………. the ‘tooth’ didn’t have to be pulled, but it was inflamed, and besides the ‘theometer’ they stuck up her butt, things were’nt too bad…………. she did POOP/PEE/PUKE her carrier on the way home, but by the time I got her settled and mixed her pain meds in some baby food/turkey, she was a ‘somewhat’ happy camper…………………… poor old gal, she’s just not a social kitty 🙂

    #731876

    Kit
    Participant

    Glad to hear it went as well as could be expected AV

    #731877

    JerseyJoan
    Moderator

    Congratulations Kit!

    AV, that’s why Leela likes Cuddles so much, she has “difficult” in her chart too!

    Droopy eyes – see you on the flip side.

    #731878

    AV
    Participant

    (((Joan))))…. and Cuddles gives a ‘Queens’s wave’ to Leela…………… like kind!……………

    thanks Kit, I was really worried about my ‘old gal’, but it was better news than I thought!

    #731879

    Anonymous

    Hi, all *waving*

    Kit, your niece is adorable & you look very happy.

    AV, I’m glad Cuddles is relatively OK.

    Joan, your mac & cheese sounds yummy.

    Me, I am tired but can’t sleep. We have to go to a wedding tomorrow & I SO don’t want to go 🙁 Luckily work has kept me really busy the past 2 days so I don’t have time to think, but hence the tired.

    I talked to my mom’s sister today & told her I’m planning to bring Mom’s ashes with us when we come up for my other aunt’s memorial service in 2 weeks and we’ll put her in the ocean the next morning. Not everyone will be able to be there (most people aren’t even staying overnight) but it’s the only thing that makes sense.

    There was an adorable kitten post on CuteOverload.com but for some reason it won’t let me cut & paste the address & I’m too tired to figure it out.

    #731880

    SoxsMom
    Participant

    Evening all. Just got home–long day. I had to take final exams to my homebound student–he is doing so well!! Then our community leaders group had a fundraiser at Rib Crib–pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw–very yummy!! Then back to the school for the 70’s Variety Show. I am so proud of our students–I have to admit my favorite was the one that sang Bobbie McGee by Janis Joplin–awesome!!

    What a wonderful–yet very long day!

    #731881

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
    Participant

    G’evening to one and all.

    Kilroy, that is such a wonderful idea of putting your Mom in the ocean 🙂

    Kit, congrats on the new little one 🙂

    Joan, thanks for your easy mac n’ cheese recipe, sounds tasty.

    AV, yay on Cuddles and the anti-biotics for the tooth, may she heal well.

    Soxsmom, glad that your homebound student is doing well.

    Jan, hope that the annoying cold goes away soon.

    #731882

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    #731883

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Evening Shifters, great story Deb and that’s one lucky puppy in several ways.

    Just sitting here sneezing and coughing while tying to decide what to have with the garlic prawns for dinner as all my creative ideas are trapped in the cotton wool in my head. Arrrrrrrrrrgh !

    #731884

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
    Participant

    Jan, actually hope that you are sleeping right about now so the cotton wooly feeling goes by the wayside.

    #731885

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Evening Deb, I’m not sleeping yet, I’m watching Sherlock the TV series.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1475582/

    I’m heading off once it has finished to keep the cotton wool head a rest. I tied of coughing and sneezing.

    How was your day, hot I’m guessing.

    #731886

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
    Participant

    Yes hot was a good word for it, almost 100 degrees with hot winds to go with it. Went out for a bit, sent you an email on that. Heading back to bed myself, head is buzzing a bit more than normal tonight and I do want to go to a movie later this morning.

    I know your day was a bit stressing with Snuggy being off-her-norm and you not feeling up-to-par either.

    #731887

    Moonshadow_NZ
    Moderator

    Sweet dreams Deb, I’m off to bed very soon too.

    Chin scritches to The Crew

    #731888

    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
    Participant

    Same to you Jan 🙂

    #731889

    Anonymous

    MS, you probably won’t see this, but which season of Sherlock are you watching? We’re DVRing Season 2 and I for one am planning on inhaling all 4.5 hours at once 🙂 Love that show.

    #731890

    linda
    Participant

    oooh, thanks for the recipe Joan!

    congrats Kit, she’s adorable and that is a great pic!

    poor Cuddles, glad it all ended well.

    hope your cold gets better soon MS

    congrats and thanks for all the links everyone!

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