Mac ‘n Cheese

As a mother of two small children, I have an obligation to perfect certain meals, one of which is macaroni and cheese.  I have been trying to make a homemade version for years and it never comes out right.

I have nothing against Kraft Macaroni and Cheese – that is what I grew up on and that is what I make for my kids on any given day.  However, there are times when I want something a little more exotic when it comes to my cheese and pasta.

My first real attempt at making homemade macaroni and cheese was with a Martha Stewart recipe.  It was a 5 cheese recipe that probably cost me about $40 in ingredients because of Martha’s snooty cheese choices.  After all the work and expense, it was just OK.  Nothing that I ever intend on making again.  In fact, it was kind of dry and the flavor wasn’t great.

The last time I tried to make it, I used a Paula Deen recipe.  It was a crock pot recipe so those always score well with me, unfortunately, my crock pot cooks at a pretty high temperature even when it’s on low and I ended up with scrambled eggs and pasta.  It was not good, but I knew the potential was there.

Today I tried the recipe again, but instead of putting it in the crock pot to cook, I heated it on the stove so I could monitor it a little better.  Winner, winner, mac ‘n cheese dinner!  It was creamy goodness in a bowl and at Kamryn’s suggestion, we topped it with bacon.

I don’t think my mac ‘n cheese falls into a very St. Patrick’s Day theme so we’re going to make some Shamrock Shakes and watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…’cause they’re green.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone and just a reminder that your poop will be green tomorrow if you drink green beer tonight.

Paula’s My Girl!

I have one thing to say to all the people who are hatin’ on my girl, Paula lately.  You best back the f’ off!  I love Paula Deen not only for her fabulous culinary skills and her intoxicating Southern charm, but for her humble nature.

Paula has been called everything from a hypocrite for not announcing her diabetes diagnosis the minute she got her first insulin injection to “the most dangerous person to America” by Anthony Bourdain.  Pipe down, Tony…I think that’s a little extreme don’t you?

I have made some of Paula’s recipes.  My favorite one is called Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake.  It is absolutely wonderful.  Do you know how many times I have made it?  Once.  Do you know why I have only made it once even though it is my favorite recipe?  Because there are 2 full sticks of butter and a full box of powdered sugar in it and I know that I can’t eat that everyday or there is a good chance that I might die.  You may be surprised to learn that I am not a nutritionist.

I’m curious, do Paula’s critics think that she was eating 2 sticks of butter per meal everyday and then advocating that everyone else eat that way?  I don’t understand how any adult can, in good conscience, blame another person for what they, themselves, put in their mouth.  The more upset the person is about Paula and her delicious recipes, the more I question the intellect of that person.

There was a suggestion that Ms. Deen state that her recipes were for entertainment purposes only.  Are you kidding me?  Warnings on food, alcohol and cigarettes aren’t for your average to above average intelligence folks, if you catch my drift.  If you don’t catch my drift, go read some warnings and leave Paula alone.