I rarely post recipes. Like, never. I'm one of those people who believes that a family's recipes should be guarded like . . . well, something well-guarded! As many of you will have noticed, though, Mama Pea does not share this belief. At all*. Much to my chagrin. But, I'm over it. Mostly. I think. ;)
(*But to your benefit!)
After one of Mom's most recent posts, Nancy asked for the recipe of my mac and cheese. And, Nancy? You're in LUCK! This happens to be one of the few that, for some reason, I don't hold close to my chest. Maybe because it wasn't handed down through the generations? I dunno. But, whatever the reason, YES, I will share it!
Chicken Mama's Good 'n' Easy Mac 'n' Cheesy
2 C pasta (I usually put in a bit more)
3 T butter
Finely chopped onion (recipe calls for 1/4 C, I usually grab a smallish onion
2 T flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
2 C milk
2 C shredded cheese (again, doesn't need to be exactly 2 C)
Tobasco to Taste
Optional Crouton Topping:
Hint of Lawrey's
Cook pasta. In saucepan, melt butter. Saute onion and celery just until tender. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add milk all at once, stirring until thick and bubbly. Cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes more. Add cheese and Tobasco - stirring until melted. (A combination of Asiago and sharp white cheddar are terrific, but you can choose whichever cheese[s] your family prefers. I almost went with a maple cheddar for this batch.)
Combine pasta and sauce, turn into 9x11. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.
Optional topping: I had some old chiabatta that I wanted to use up, so I cubed the bread and then plopped it into the pot I'd cooked the pasta in. I browned the bread in butter, adding just a touch of Lawrey's seasoning salt. Not too much, though, as I didn't want that flavor to overpower the flavors in the dish. During the last five or so minutes of the baking, I sprinkled the croutons on top of the mac and cheese so they could sink into the top and brown nicely. And, voila! That's it! Good and easy mac and cheesy!
In "other news", I need help. (Ohhh, do I! Ha!) I know I said that one of my goals was to blog more this year, now that I'm (getting) a bit more settled post-move. But, now that my life is so much "smaller", I feel like I don't have much to write about! I mean, there aren't any more interesting animal sightings or challenging weather conditions to write about from my (past) combined two-hour commute each day. My 40-acre homestead has been drastically downsized to a tiny rented cabin where the trees are crowding the deck. My chickens are in a little, borrowed house and enclosed pen just spitting distance from the east window. There are no off-grid energy challenges. And, my days off are still spent trying to organize this new little space into something comfortable. So, what's there to blog about? Got anything you want me to write about? ANY ideas? Anyone . . . anyone . . . ?