Monday, October 10, 2011

Don't forget to stop and smell the pumpkin spice latte...

Confession: I have been a bit of a grump for the past day or two. I don't know what the reason is. Maybe I am tired. Maybe too busy. Maybe I am not spending the necessary time alone with God. Maybe it is sick children or the fact that I just smashed up my car...again. I just don't know. Probably a combination of it all. But as I drank my usual tall, non-fat, light whip, peppermint mocha and looked out the window at the beautiful day I decided to let it go. It is officially Fall Y'all and if I am not careful my favorite season will be gone before I can order another coffee.

So bloggy friends I am using you guys as my own little form of therapy. I feel certain that if I purge myself of gloomy thoughts and in the same breath discuss the new week's plans for delicious cooking and autumn activities I will be cured! I am starting to feel better already!

One of the side effects of gloominess is the lack of cooking that has been going on here. I have the ingredients for some amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that I have been dying to try and I just need to get in there and make. What better way to bring a smile to everyone's face?!?
So other than the plan to make some delicious cookies I don't have any new recipes to share. Instead I will recap what has been going on in our little corner of Suburbia in the last couple of weeks.

Let's see...
I became an official school mom and "helped" Amelia with her first school project. Ocean in a Box. I am pretty sure that I am more proud of it than she is. Probably because she was mainly there to supervise my work.

We have also been moving forward with the cosmetic renovations of our new home. We hit a minor snag when we found a little mold behind some wallpaper in our kitchen. Yikes. So we had to stop and have a contractor come out and remove the mold and put up new sheetrock. This is what I came home to one afternoon. It was a little un-nerving. But we have eradicated said mold and are moving forward with project "make our house pretty".

I found these at Target the other day. Anyone tried them yet? Im very interested and they seem like a perfect way to celebrate the start of a beautiful fall day. Dont you think?

Now on to the good stuff! So our big wedding anniversary was last week. October 6th was our 10 year anniversary!! I know people say it all of the time but I really can't believe we have been together that long. So much has happened in our lives in the last ten years. I feel so very lucky!
So here we are 10 years ago for those of you who didn't know us back then...

Pretty cute huh? We were such babies. So the hubs and I had a fun time celebrating. That day we had lunch and my favorite place in town. Houstons. I can't help it. I am someone who finds comfort in consistancy and that is what Houstons is for me. I know what I am going to order every time I go. Thai steak and noodle salad. It is the most perfect meal. So many amazing flavors that I will never be able to recreate at home! Perfection on a plate.

I also have to do a little braggin on my husband. What anniversary would be complete with out gorgeous flowers? These smelled as good as they look. He really out did himself.

The big celebration came the next night when we went to Viking for a cooking class. SO much fun. If you haven't done this and you live near one, you should try it out. A chance to cook an amazing dinner in a super fancy kitchen and then eat sit down and eat your creation is a perfect evening for me! Thank you Steve for an amazing anniversary!

So after reading all of this I can't figure out why I have been in a grumpy mood. What do I have to be grumpy about? The answer is nothing! Thanks bloggy therapist. What do I owe you?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New exciting ways to waste time!

So who else out there has gotten sucked into the world of Pinterest? At first all of the fun ideas for food and crafts made me so excited, but then as the pins started piling up I just got very tired. When will I do all of these adorable crafts? Do need to stay up at night and work on "fun stuff"? Should I learn to sew? Ugh, now I feel bad because there are now new things that I can't seem to fit into my schedule and I kind of wish they were never brought to my attention. Out of sight, out of mind...always been my motto. Okay enough negativity... Seriously Pinterest is cool and I hope to try at least a couple of the cute ideas I keep pinning like crazy!

Another thing I noticed while spending countless night owl hours looking at these Pinned links is that there are A LOT of blogs out there. Everyone is blogging these days. And most people have some very interesting things to show to the internet world. I am kind of feeling a little silly with my piddly little "all about me and my cooking attempts" posts. It's seems like trying to make a You Tube video of me singing karaoke in my garage compete with Beyonce's latest music video on MTV. Im no Beyonce (btw B is a major guilty pleasure of mine! :) and I know it, but I will keep posting musings from my newly suburban life until my 3 followers get too sucked into kid's crafts on Pinterest to read these posts anymore! :)

Last week I made a very fun meal for the fam. AND bonus I was able to sneak in some Zucchini, a vegetable Amelia swears she will never eat. Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting from Gina is a Genius! These were so delicious and cute as can be! You have to try it!

The beautiful babies before they go into the oven.

Who doesn't love mashed potato frosting?


Skinny Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting

For the Meatloaf Cupcakes:
1.3 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 cup grated zucchini, all moisture squeezed dry with paper towel
2 tbsp onion, minced
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup ketchup
1 egg1 tsp kosher salt

For the Skinny Mashed Potato "Frosting":
1 lb (about 2 medium) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
2 tbsp fat free sour cream
2 tbsp fat free chicken broth
1 tbsp skim milk
1/2 tbsp light butter
kosher salt to taste
dash of fresh ground pepper
2 tbsp fresh thyme

Put the potatoes and garlic in a large pot with salt and enough water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat; simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.Drain and return potatoes and garlic to pan. Add sour cream and remaining ingredients. Using a masher or blender, mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Line a muffin tin with foil liners.

In a large bowl, mix the turkey, zucchini, onion, breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, and salt.Place meatloaf mixture into muffin tins filling them to the top, making sure they are flat at the top.

Bake uncovered for 18-20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from tins and place onto a baking dish.

Pipe the "frosting" onto the meatloaf cupcakes and serve.

So the "cupcakes" were the star for the week but I also threw together another simple recipe from Real Simple. You know how much I love these recipes. Easy peasy meals with ingredients I usually have on hand. The October issue of Real Simple challenged me to think beyond the taco and burrito and use the tortilla in some new ways. 10 new ways to be exact. I chose the Bean and Cheese Taquitos. Super easy and yum. The kids ate it too!

Bean and Cheese Taquitos
1 cup black beans (rinsed)
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
8 warmed corn tortillas
olive oil
fresh salsa and sour cream

In a medium bowl, gently mash 1 cup black beans with grated cheddar. Dividing evenly, roll up the mixture in 8 corn tortillas. In batches, fry the rolls, seam-side down, in 1/2 inch olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. About 2 to 3 min per side. Serve with Fresh salsa and sour cream. You may notice from the picture that I used flour tortillas because that is what was in my pantry. They were still yummy but probably a little heavier and less crunchy than the corn tortillas would be. But really bloggy friends, it is a cheesy fried taquito. Whether you use corn or flour you know it is going to delicious! Muchas Gracias Real Simple!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dieting and Cheating.... they go hand in hand

I have a confession to make. I am the world's worst dieter. I start a diet every morning and somewhere between 9am and the Starbucks drive thru I have already blown it...big time. I am in my thirties now (that is so weird to say) and I have been this type of "on again, off again" dieter since college. I truly believe that old habits die hard. So I have decided that I need to do my best to at least whip up one healthy meal a day for my family and hopefully that will point me in the right direction. No matter how many Frappuccinos or cookies I eat during the day, I have a healthy dinner to cancel it all out in the end. That's how it works, right?!? Man, I hope so!

So last week I felt like I FINALLY got my cooking mojo back. It has really been missing since the move. I don't know if it is the peeling old lady wallpaper or the slightly tilting electric stove top that have been making my kitchen a less than desirable work space. I have burned several of my old stand-bys trying to get used to this place. (Did you hear me say ELECTRIC stove top? For shame! I'm a gas cooking girl all the way!) But I am back and feeling pretty good about it. I served up some pretty dang good cuizine two nights in a row last week and the crowd was very pleased.

First up was Spaghetti with ricotta and tomatoes from Real Simple Family. You guys know my love for this magazine. I especially love their "10 Things to do with..." feature every month. This month the featured ingredient was Spaghetti. Brilliant. I ALWAYS have spaghetti on hand. It is a staple in the Summy house. Anyway this recipe is great and will be back again and again. Sorry there are no pictures. I have gotten out of the habit of photographing our meals. I will do better from now on. I promise.

Spaghetti with ricotta and tomatoes
2 pints grape tomatoes
4 smashed garlic cloves
olive oil
12 oz spaghetti
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup chopped italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Toss grape tomatoes and smashed garlic with olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast at 450º until the tomatoes burst, about 8 to 10 min. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti and drain, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Toss Spaghetti with ricotta cheese, chopped parsley, and reserved pasta water. Season with Salt and pepper. Top with the tomatoes. See how easy that was?

The next night I took some help from my friend Rachel Ray and her magazine Everyday with Rachel Ray. She has started including these Weeknight Meal Planners in each issue. I LOVE this idea because she helps you get the most from the fresh ingredients you buy at the store. I always hate to buy stuff like Parsely or cilantro if I am only using 1 tbsp but if you have several recipes that use that ingredient it totally makes it worth the cost! Okay so I know I say this alot, but this meal was so great that I really will be making it over and over. It was super easy and delicious and, get this, healthy too (well at least the chicken and onions part)! I believe that is called a trifecta. Oh wait, and it is beautiful too. Is that a Quadfecta?

Chicken with Balsamic Onions and Parmesan Potatoes (YUM)
2 lbs red potatoes cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
salt and pepper
3 tbsp olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (5oz each)
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 cups (about half a package) baby spinach loosely packed

Preheat oven to 400º. In a large pot, combine potatoes and salted water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil and cook until fork-tender, 6 to 8 min. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot. Toss with 2 tbsp butter, the parmesan cheese, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp EVOO over med high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (and garlic powder if you have it) and cook, turning once, until golden brown (about 5 min). Transfer to a baking dish; roast until cooked through (about 10 min).

In the same skillet, heat the remaining 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp EVOO over medium heat. Stir in the onions and vinegar and season with salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized (about 15 min). At the end, stir in 1/4 cup water and scrape up any browned bits.

Serve the chicken on a bed of spinach and top with onions. Serve potatoes on the side.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Is this thing still on?

It has been a busy couple of weeks. We are running head strong into the world of kindergarten. I am exhausted with the new schedule. Not since I was in high school did I have to be anywhere at 7:45 am on a regular basis. I have started taking my frappuccinos by IV in order to make it happen. Since I have made that statement I guess I should go ahead confess that the dieting is not as great since school began. I guess I can't really say that it was successful before school. I was religious with my calorie counting and ban against sugar for 7 days. That is one week for the math whizzes out there. But I am feeling it this week. I think I can start again. I will keep the World of Blog posted on my progress should there be any.

I am happy to report that the half marathon training has been a little better than the dieting. I am trying to keep up a schedule of a 30 - 40 min run every other day with one long run on the weekends. That worked well for me last year. I am 13 or 14 weeks away from race day and I really need to kick it into high gear if I am going to improve on my time from the last race. Fundraising has been great. I am amazed at people's willingness to sponsor me and support St. Jude. It really is such a great hospital so I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the support, but as you guys know I am a born pessimist. Way to restore my faith in humanity friends! So as of right now we have raised $350 of the $500 I have pledged before race day! If some of you bloggy folks are feeling generous and want to help me reach the goal you can click on this link to make a donation for the kids of St. Jude!

Kindergarten and marathon training have left little time for remodeling. There is so much to do in our new house. In the first 2 months of calling this home the most progress we have made has been to draft our very long to-do list. I have been a little lazy and slow when it comes to painting (which is the closest thing to using my degree as I get to these days). I have ALMOST finished the master bed and bath and then I will be able to move on to the other 8 or 9 rooms that need painting. Super fun.

Well to close this post I thought I would give you guys a glimpse into our first few months as Suburban Summys. Enjoy.

We hit the zoo.

Chilled out at the Cabin.

Celebrated America's birthday.

"Enjoyed" the fireworks.

Got a new toy.

Steve got even older.

Painted. A little.

Escaped to the beach.

Perfected our floating skills.

Got all pruney.

More zoo time.

Discovered Japanese cuisine.

Started Kindergarten.

And a new Mother's Day Out.

Discovered the slight difference between cooking with a gas stove top and burning with an electric one.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Got a lot going on? Why not add some blogging to the mix?

So I have been MIA for quite a while. We have had a lot going on since I last attempted to sit down and blog. The biggest thing and I guess most life changing thing that has happened is the move. We moved from our beloved bungalow in Midtown out to the burbs. It sounds crazy for me to say this move was "life changing" but what can I say...I am very dramatic (or as my friends say I like to "make it the world") I am not sure if I have mentioned it before but I REALLY don't like change. I don't move my furniture around or change out pictures or paint and repaint the walls. I get things the way I like them and I keep it that way. I love stability. It is safe and easy. So as you might expect when we moved from our home of 9 years last month it completely rocked my world! But what better way to get through this than to blog about it to the whole world right??!?

Don't get me wrong, I love my new house and my new neighborhood, but I am still in mourning over the loss of my old home, neighbors, school, grocery store, local restaurants.... okay, now I am getting sick of listening to my whining! Ugh. Enough of that!

Saying one last good bye to Snowden Ave

It is a new adventure in the Burbs and I accept the challenge! I am still cooking as much as I can, but I also have a few other projects going on. For instance my little girl is starting kindergarten any day now (which feels like a project) and there are lots of renovations to our new house and training and fundraising for a half marathon! Lots of good stuff for me to share with you guys over the next few months.

So here's to new exciting challenges!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who knows what day we are on now?

It is amazing how quickly a few days (weeks) can go by. Lots of exciting things happening in the Summy house these days. I will post details of the happenings at a later date but I will say now that I don't think I can juggle anything else right now. Life is just about as hectic as I would like it. So today I blinked and weeks 9 - 11 had come and gone and I have been super neglectful on the blogging. In fact I realized this past weekend that I am going to have to revamp the cooking challenge. Swimsuit season is quickly approaching and therefore diet season is upon us (again!). I don't know about you, bloggy friends, but I have put on a few pounds since I started this challenge. Not that my meals have been all too fattening, but they have just been delicious (tooting my own horn just a bit)! My family has rediscovered our love for eating (firsts and seconds of) delicious home-cooked meals and our waistlines are paying the price. So I am going to sum up the last couple of weeks of meals and then I will start fresh with my new challenge on the next post. The main change will be that the meals will have to obviously all fit in our diet so I don't think I can stick to the "something new and different every night" rule. It is hard enough to find diet food that is edible must less dealing with the added task of not repeating anything. But more on that later..... Lets finish up talking about some of these beauties the put me the condition that I am in!

Slow Cooker Pulled pork tacos
Giada's peanut butter granola bars
Spanish chicken and rice
Gina's Chicken Divan
Fusilli alla Caprese
Three Cheese Calzones
Garlic Pork with cilantro lime rice
BBQ pork tenderloin and homemade mac and cheese

Are you hungry? I sure am.... I started my diet today and just thinking about all of this food is making my mouth water like crazy.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos (Real Simple magazine)
I was heading out of town for a girls weekend and was able to load this little dish into the crock pot for Steve and the kids before I left town. I love the feeling of "cooking" dinner when you are not even home. It feels like something straight out of the Jetsons. "Modern" technology is so cool.

2 cups store bought salsa, plus more for serving
2 TBSP chili powder
2 TBSP dried oregano
2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder (Yes! Cocoa...I thought that was so weird!)
Kosher salt
1 (2.5 lb) boneless pork butt or shoulder, trimmed of excess fat
18 corn tortillas
1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 lime, cut into wedges

In a 4 to 6 quart crock pot, combine the salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa, and 1 tsp salt.
Add the pork and turn to coat.

Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and pulls apart easily, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
25 minutes before serving, heat the oven to 350º. Stack tortillas, wrap them in foil, and bake until warm, about 15 min.

Meanwhile, using 2 forks, shred the pork and stir into the cooking liquid. Serve with the tortillas , cilantro, sour cream, lime, and extra salsa.

Giada's peanut butter granola bars
We had to go out on Thursday night so I wasn't able to cook a 5th meal for the week. So before I left town I whipped up a batch of these delicious beauties. A healthy snack for the road. Not sure it will count for a dinner, but it is a recipe nonetheless.

2 egg whites
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup brown sugar (if using splenda 2.5 TBSP)
1/4 cup honey
4 to 5 TBSP butter, melted
2.25 cups oats
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 almonds (optional for me as I don't do nuts)

Preheat to 350º. Spray pan with cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper and spray the paper. Beat egg white until frothy. Add peanut butter, brown sugar, honey, and butter and stir.
Add oats and chips (and almonds if desired).
Spread into prepared pan and bake about 20 min or until the top and edges are golden brown.

Spanish Chicken and Rice (Real Simple magazine)
This meal was only so-so for me. The wine gave it too strong of a flavor. I have heard chefs say that you should only cook with a good wine that you love because cooking really brings out the flavor. This recipe calls for Sauvignon Blanc and I am just not really a fan of that wine. If I cook this again, I will probably just substitute chicken stock for the wine.

1 TBSP olive oil
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 2.5 inch pieces.
Kosher salt
1 med onion
1 green bell pepper sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup dry white wine like Sauvignon Blanc
1 28oz can diced tomatoes, including liquid
1 cup long grain white rice
1 cup frozen peas
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over med heat.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook until golden brown, 2 min per side.

Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 min. Add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 min. Add the wine, tomatoes, and their liquid, rice, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 20 min.
Stir the peas into the rice and chicken and cook, and sprinkle with the parsley.

Gina's Chicken Divan (
My friend Beka turned me on to and I immediately fell in love. This blog makes me so happy! Delicious lighter recipes complete with beautiful pictures of everything. Love. Love. LOVE it!

1-1/2 lbs broccoli (3 large heads) chopped
24 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 18 oz cooked)
salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp butter
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp shallots, minced (onions would work too)
4 tbsp flour
1 cup fat free chicken broth
1 cup fat free milk
2 oz dry sherry (white wine would work)
6 oz shredded reduced-fat swiss
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs
cooking spray

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch 3 minutes. Rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Using a grill pan or Forman grill, saute chicken on medium-low heat on both sides until browned, and just about cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and transfer chicken to a cutting board. When cooled, slice chicken into bite sized pieces.

Heat a medium skillet on medium heat. Add the butter and oil until melted and then add garlic and shallots. Sprinkle the flour and whisk until smooth. Stir in broth, milk and sherry and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in half of the swiss cheese.Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange the broccoli in a casserole dish and pour half of the sauce over the broccoli.Arrange the chicken on top and cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle the remaining swiss cheese, grated parmesan and top with breadcrumbs. Spray a little oil on top. Bake 30 minutes, serve hot.

Fusilli alla Caprese (Giada at Home, the Food Network)
I love Giada. Most women I know don't like watching her show because she is beautiful and is...umm... curvy....up top...get my drift? I don't really know why that ruffles their feathers. I wish I could look that amazing after cooking delicious italian food my entire life. But sadly, as I mentioned earlier, the more I cook....the more me there is to go around. But I digress...Fusilli alla Caprese - This dish is one of our favorite summer pastas. It is so light and fresh and easy. You will love it!

1 pound fusilli pasta
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 1 1/2 pints)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, diced (about 1 1/4 cups)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta into a large bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. As the tomatoes cook and soften, smash them with a fork. Continue to cook until the tomatoes make a chunky style sauce, about 4 minutes. Transfer the tomato sauce to the bowl with the pasta. Toss to combine. Add the basil leaves and mozzarella. Stir to combine. Add the reserved pasta water, 1/4 cup at a time, until the pasta is moist. Serve.

Three Cheese Calzones (Real Simple magazine)
Not much to say about 3 cheese calzones but yum. I was not surprised by this recipe. I don't believe there is a way to mess up a calzone. Pizza crust, marinara, cheese, and more cheese. What's not to love?

1 lb refrigerated pizza dough
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 cup grated mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed and roughly chopped
black pepper
1/4 lb thinly sliced salami
2 TBSP olive oil
1 cup jarred marinara sauce

Heat oven to 400º. On a lightly floured surface, divide the dough into 4 equal portions and roll and stretch them to 8 inch rounds.

In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, and 1/4 tsp pepper

Layer the salami on one side of each round of dough and top with the cheese mixture. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal.

Brush the tops of the calzones with the oil. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, 12 to 15 min. Serve with the sauce.

Garlic Pork with Cilantro Lime Rice (
Another wonderful meal from my new favorite blog. The pork chops were good but the real star of the meal is the Cilantro Lime Rice. Gina says she set out to create a lighter version of Chipotle's Cilantro Lime Rice. I have never eaten at Chipotle so I can't compare to the original, but I could not get enough of this stuff! I didn't know it was possible to have such strong feelings for a grain.

1 cup extra long grain rice or basmati rice
1/2 lime, juice of
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
3 tsp vegetable oil

In a small heavy pot,
add rice, water, 1 tsp oil and salt. Boil on high until most of the water evaporates. When the water just skims the top of the rice, reduce to low andcover about 15 minutes. Shut off flame and keep covered an additional 5 minute.

In a medium bowl,
combine chopped cilantro, lime juice, rice and remaining oil and toss until completely mixed.

BBQ Pork Tenderloin and homemade Mac and Cheese
I don't have a picture for this one because made this meal for the Hills who just had a sweet new baby, Lexi Lynne. So I was transporting their dinner while my family was digging into our portion of it at home. Needless to say there was nothing very picture worthy left when I got home. The BBQ Pork is really a cheat. One of those pre-marinated pork tenderloin at the grocery. I think I have mentioned my love for them before. I feel okay about serving a cheater main dish when the side dish is as amazing as Carie Alley's Macaroni and Cheese! If you are like me and love going to places like Cracker Barrel for some good ole southern comfort food. You know what kind of Mac and Cheese I am talking about. Only this stuff is better than any Cracker Barrel Mac and Cheese. I could have eaten the whole pan and would have had my family not already scarfed most of it down! Thanks Carie (and Chris' Grandmother) for this treat!

1 (8oz.) package elbow macaroni

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup all-purpose butter

2 cups milk

1 tsp salt

2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese

1 egg, beaten


shredded cheese to sprinkle on top

Cook macaroni according to package directions,

omitting salt. Drain well, and set aside.

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat;

add flour, stirring constantly. Gradually add milk;

cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until

thickened and bubbling.

Stir in salt and cheese,

stirring until cheese melts. Gradually stir about

1/4 of hot mixture into egg; add to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly.

Stir cheese sauce into macaroni, pour into a

lightly grease 1 3/4 quart baking dish. Sprinkle

with paprika and cheese. Bake at 350 for 35