Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Mac and Cheese kinda Day & a CONTEST!!!!!

There has been a lot of conversation about mac and cheese in the blog waves lately. The short version is - Uberstrickenfrau is knitting an adorably cute baby sweater with, "fake yarn" also known as , "the cheap stuff" in a wonderful color of orange that bears a striking resemblance to one of the best fake products man has ever made - Kraft Mac and Cheese. While the color is probably no where near to the real bright orange we all know and love, because it's really a picture of a picture of a picture that we are all looking at ( her camera, posted on her computer as viewed on my screen), it is still not the pink that is common for girl babies.

While the debate continues on how to embellish said garment and if it should be wrapped in an empty carton of mac and cheese I started thinking, Mac and cheese ...yeah that sounds good.

Although I am not the best cook in town, see What's for Dinner, and my famous meat mush is now folk lore, I do on occasion make a pretty tasty meal, see The Comeback Meal for details. All disclosures aside I now formally present-

My Way Mac & Cheez

Boil water for macaroni

add macaroni and cook for 7-8 minutes

3 tblsps of butter - melt for 30 seconds in microwave

whisk in

3 tblsps of flour


1 cup of milk

1/2 tsp of salt

dash of Cayenne pepper

nuke for 2 minutes

remove and whisk


2 cups of cheese - I use Colby and sometimes cheddar, any kind works

Stir macaroni in to cheese sauce and serve.

This recipe should take approx. 21 minutes to prepare ( I factored in time for the water to boil) thereby beating out Rachel Rays idea of fast cooking by a whopping 9 minutes.
So good, so fast and so cheesy :)

Contest details -

Please submit your mac and cheese recipe - even if it's out of the box with cheese sprinkled on top. On April 1st I will randomly select a winner who will receive their choice of either a gift card for Starbucks or Jamba Juice or some other equivilent item if you live in an area that doesn't have such a place. Sorry no yarn to give away- my stash hasn't been fully developed, aged or grown.

Correction ---

Sophanne has offered her very own version of mac and cheez yarn to go with my prize.

Two gifts - one mac and one cheeze -Purfect

Have fun with the idea and spread the news - A contest, free stuff!!!!


sophanne said...

What a brilliant post! My thoughts- "I'm going to go post my mac and cheese recipe" which is actually the only thing I can cook that tastes right and then I thought. There should be a Mac and Cheese blog where everyone posts their mac and cheese recipes. Wonder if Uber will do it after she finishes the sweater.

sophanne said...

Sophannes BEST Mac and Cheez

saute 1/2 cup onions in 1/4 butter.

Add 2 tablespoons of flour to thicken

Stir in 2 c milk and bring to just before a boil.

Add 1 jar of Kraft Cheez Wiz (Whiz?)

Stir until melted

Add to one box of cooked elbow macaroni

Bake on 350 for 1/2 an hour.

I'm good for some orange acrylic (yes uber I have some too) as part of the prize package when Janet picks a random winner!

throwslikeagirl74 said...

I'll play! :)

Throws Like a Girl's What's in the Fridge Mac n Cheese

Basically, all mac n cheese is noodles with a cheese sauce. So I cook whatever noodles are in the pantry. While the water's boiling I make the sauce in another pan.

Sprinkle flour into some melted butter and let it cook slightly. Add milk but don't bring it to a boil. Add cheese. My favorite is shredded Mexican Cheese. For some reason I always have some. When it melts and blends with the milk and butter, pour it over the drained cooked noodles. You can eat it this way, or if you finish before the family gets home (which happens to me all the time) you can put it in the oven in a buttered 9 x 13 at 350 for a half hour.

punkin said...

This sounds like fun. So if I understand correctly, I am to put my mac and cheez recipe on my blog and then let you know here that it is posted. Okay, done deal. Thanks! Mmmm...I like mac and cheez.

punkin said...

Punkin's mac and cheese recipe:

I start with about 6 cups of cooked macaroni.

In a separate bowl, mix a small container of sour cream with 2 kinds of grated cheese. We like sharp cheddar and smoked fontina. I like it cheesey, so I put in about a cup of each. Add to this a teaspoon of dry mustard and a dash of white pepper. If the mixture is too thick you can add a splash of milk.

Butter the bottom and sides of a rectangular casserole dish. place a layer of macaroni noodles in the bottom and then add a layer of cheesey mixture on top of that. If I have wafer-thin sliced ham, I add strips of this as a 3rd layer. Alternate layers until all gone. I bake this in a convection oven for about 20 to 25 minutes at 325 degrees.

There will be some crunchy bits on top and some stringy cheesey parts down below. Very filling. We often have fun adding different cheese combinations.

Stephanie said...

I got over here from Sophanne's blog. You guys are too funny!! I don't have an actual reciep since I have 4 freakin' the boxed kind is what I use but here's what I do to help make it a smidge better.

Follow box recipe but while mixing in cheese powder also include 2-3 slices of american cheese. Hot dogs are also a usual addition in our house and a kid favorite.

There ya go...we eat the typical american kid comfort food. YUM. And for a real adventure that the kids love.....stir in some ketchup :)

trek said...

Mine's not so much a recipe as a plan of action - don't feel the need to put me in the contest, just wanted to share.

I start with a simple white sauce (butter/flour roux), add milk, add cheese (best to make a mix of cheddar and asiago!), simmer to thicken. When desired consistency, pour over a combination of a pound or so of cooked elbow macaroni and a head of chopped up (cooked) broccoli). Give it all a good stir.

We like ours straight from the mixing but if you like a crispier top, put in a cassarole dish, sprinkle with asiago cheese shavings, and pop into a 350#176;F oven until the cheese gets GB&D.

Olga said...

OOOOOweeeeee peewee! I loves a contest!
I'm going to have to come back and post mine! No time now! but good idea!

Mary Beth said...

I came over by way of sophanne. I won't enter this contest (see my comment on her blog), but wanted you to know that it has been enjoyable seeing all the flurry & fuss that gets started when one witty knitter creates the just right item & gets everyone going on about it.

Olga said...

I'm back, did you miss me?
Here's my recipe from the grand ol cheese cutting dame herself-Martha

Butter some bread and tear it up into a zillon pieces,set aside.
Melt 6 Tbls of butter and when it bubbles add 1/2 cup of flour to it and cook stirring it for 1 min.
Begin whisking 5 1/2 cups of milk,a little at a time, into flour till smooth and thick.
Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp of pepper and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 3 cups of Gruyere cheese( HA! I use cheddar)
have your macaroni already cooked and pour it into a greased casserole pan and pour cheese mixture on top and mix it up a bit and put bread crumbs on top and pop it into the oven to bake for 30 minutes at 375. wah-la! Dinner is served!

Me7of11 said...

Greetings: I heard about your contest via Sophanne.

My favorite mac-n-cheese concoction starts with two boxes of...mac-n-cheese. Make as directed. Stir in 1 can of tuna fish and 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (straight from the can--don't add milk or water).

Kristin said...

Here's my favorite recipe, from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook.

1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 cup nonfat (skim) milk
1/2 cup butternut or cauliflower puree (I add more usually 2 cups)
1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (about 8 oz.)
4 oz. (almost 1/4 cup) reduced-fat or nonfat cream cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the macaroni and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander.

While the macaroni is cooking, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the oil, then the flour, and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture resembles a thick paste but has not browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the milk and cook, stirring every now and then, until the mixture begins to thicken, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vegetable puree, Cheddar, cream cheese and seasonings and stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth. Stir in the macaroni and serve warm.
Freezes well

5elementknitr said...

When I was 10, my best friend and I decided to make some mac and cheese for lunch. We were going to surprise my dad (who was tilling the front pasture) and got the Kraft box from the cupboard, read the directions and made the m/c.

When we finished, we could tell something was terribly wrong as we seemed to've somehow made some horrible soup-like version of m/c.

My dad came in and found us nearly in tears over the ruined lunch. Turns out, we'd forgotten the step where you DRAIN the macaroni!

He had two helpings of this horrible mess. He's a good dad!

kmkat said...

A communal blog contest, such an idea.
(posted first at sophanne's blog before I read the rules)

My favorite mac 'n' cheese recipe is Kraft m'n'c made just like it says on the box, although I like to jazz it up with a can of tuna (omit the butter and use the oil from the tuna can), sour cream instead of milk, a splat of white wine, some sauteed onions and mushrooms...

Hmmm. Not exactly straight out of the box, is it?

km said...

Ok...I just made the Kraft box with the upgrades from the Kraft website. Of course I couldn't find it on their site today. Here's the one I used.

I used the delux blue box, with 1c shredded cheddar, 1/2c sour cream, a little pepper, and I used bread crumbs because that's what I had on hand. It was yummy. But my kids like it right fromt the box better. This way is a bit chewier and that's harder for my 2. The boys could handle the chewier noodles.

Haley said...

i'm a mac n' cheese-directly-out-of-the-box-with-no-additons kind of gal myself. however, some of my friends add instant sweet potatoes to theirs to trick their children into eating some extra veggies. supposedly, you can't even taste the difference. i keep meaning to try it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.