My favorite snack for long nights studying in high school and college was cheese, crackers, olives and orange juice. Followed by a swig straight from the vodka bottle (Just joking, Mom!)
Speaking of vodka, did I ever tell you about the first time I ever had a screw driver? Oh. Man. I have to tell you this one. I will leave names and dates out of this (Hi, Mom!). Let's just say I was older than 21 and was hanging out with another person who was also older than 21, who's name rhymes with "Kashley." And, the older sister of one of these people made me a screw driver! And, I tasted it and I spit it out and gagged and almost barfed. Turns out the vodka used was their dad's JALAPENO vodka. With orange juice? I shudder with the memory.
Where was I? Oh yes, speaking of mac and cheese... I have tried unsuccessfully to duplicate my mother-in-law, Jo Anne's, macaroni and cheese. Even with her standing right there instructing me, I just don't think it tastes the same when I make it. She just knows how to make it! I tried a different recipe yesterday from Paula Deen. I made it once before, but it didn't turn out right. This time I really stuck to the recipe. Although, I added some dried minced onion (ala Jo Anne) and it really made it good! I highly recommend it! Here is the recipe. You won't be sorry!
- 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni, drained (about half a box--resist the urge to throw in extra. It dilutes it and ruins it. Believe me, I have tried it)
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I used closer to 3 cups)
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup sour cream (I used light)
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces (I only used 3)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- (dried minced onion)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Once you have the macaroni cooked and drained, place in a large bowl and while still hot and add the cheddar. (Mix to get the cheese melted.) In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients and add to the macaroni mixture. Pour macaroni mixture into a casserole dish (top with some minced onion to taste and additional cheese) and bake for 30 to 45 minutes. Top with additional cheese if desired.
Oh yum. Yum yum yum.
Here is what Becca has been doing while I've been cooking. She likes me to come over and occasionally doodle with her as well. Then, she likes to paint her entire body green and blue.