Let me just say that if you only make one mac and cheese in your lifetime this should be the one. My gosh! I just had to make it after reading all the comments after this was written. What about Food 52? They shouted from the rooftop about it, too. So I’m right up there with the rest of them and I have to say that it is the best macaroni and cheese that I have had. Martha knows her mac and cheese that’s for sure. It has just the right amount of bechamel sauce to go with the pasta and I love the White Cheddar and Gruyère Cheese. I will have to admit skepticism about the nutmeg, but it went in the sauce . Perfection! So it’s your turn to let Martha’s Perfect Macaroni and Cheese be the hit at your house. It was at mine.
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Last month I served these to my book club. Now they are here for you to pull out for your next get together. They are so easy to make. In fact you can prepare the dough ahead of time and freeze so it will be sitting there ready when you are ready. A hundred years ago I made these cheese straws using a manual cookie gun and I found them quite difficult to push through. Now Paula Deen has saved all of us some manual labor. How much easier can you get than slice and bake?
Looking for an easy way to make biscuits? This is just the recipe for you. I don’t really think that you can mess this one up unless of course you add more milk than you should and you end up with Garlic and Cheese pancakes. That doesn’t sound t0o appetizing does it? I have had a couple of groups to do this! No seriously, this is a no-fail recipe for those who are inept at kneading the dough. In the time that it takes the oven to preheat all the grating (if you choose) and mixing can be done. The baking time is quick, too, 8- 10 minutes. This is a winner no matter how many times you make it.
For our second lab of the semester we made these Cheese and Garlic Drop Biscuits. They are so easy and quick to prepare. Plus they are just plain delicious. I am loving my students for this semester. They are all eager to learn how to prepare all kinds of food. I still have to work on a few students that are a little lazy about writing down the steps and the amounts of ingredients, but failure can be a good learning experience.
I love these sausage balls! Even though this recipe has been around for a long time, my students have requested me to make this recipe and post it. So here it is. This is day four of no school because of the snow and ice. What better excuse do you have to get in the kitchen? I think that these were originally intended to be served as a party food, but here we serve them for breakfast. Let them cool and place them in a freezer bag. They freeze well for a month, but if your family is like mine they will not last near that long.
This gourd of a vegetable is all new to me. I had never tasted it nor cooked it until it arrived in my CSA box right before Thanksgiving. I had no idea what to do with it. Luck would have it that one of my favorite blogs Clotilde’s Chocolate and Zucchini just happened to post this Spaghetti Squash Gratin that same week. It looked delicious so I just had to try it. I am so glad that I did because it is fantastic and super easy! In fact the hardest part is cutting the squash in half!
Before attempting our second lab making biscuits from scratch I spent two days demonstrating . One class period I made these Cheese Garlic Drop Biscuits. They were a hit, but the Cuisinart food processor was a bigger hit. Many of them had never seen one used and they were fasinated by it. I love my Cuisinart that I have had for at least 25 years. I have only had to replace the bowl top for $20 otherwise it has been worth the money. I talked quite a bit about shopping for food processors. By the way, buy one that will last. If you get a really good one it will probably outlast you. The cheaper brands have a smaller motor and will eventually burn up and have to be replaced. Here is a list to think about when purchasing one. Continue reading
Usually on Thursday night I plan my menus for the week and then do my grocery shopping on Friday. I can spend hours pouring through my food magazines or my collection of cookbooks and really confuse myself with all the choices. Or I can just pull out my collections of menus planned from a year ago or two years ago to make it easier. Some of you are saying “What is she talking about?”. The best way to save money, time, and eat healthier is to take the time to plan your menus for the week. I have done this my entire life. I cannot just go to the store and start pulling things off the shelf and have dinner for a week. I challenge you to give this a try. You will be surprised at how much more organized your life will be. This way you are less likely to pick up fast food or pack up the family and go out for dinner.
Here is one of my favorite go to meals that is quick, good and for us has leftovers for the next day and then some to freeze. It is a new twist on an old favorite spaghetti. Just add a green salad and you have a perfect week night meal. Some steps can be done ahead saving you even more time when you are rushed to get dinner on the table. Peppers can be diced, cheese grated, or just go ahead and make the sauce.
So here you go a little spaghetti south of the border.
Today was our last lab for quick breads and the students ended the unit with a bang! All the biscuits that were made today were so good! Biscuits are not the easiest bread to make especially for beginners. At first you are not quite sure how the dough should feel and how much to knead it. And then there is always the question of how much flour to add to the dough to keep it from sticking to your hands. I was very impressed when I talked with each group about what they learned. Here are some of their comments
- These are so easy to make.
- They are better than the drop biscuits that we made from Bisquick.
- We have all the ingredients at home.
- Why would anyone buy those refrigerated things when you can make these?
- You can make these really small , eat two and fool yourself into thinking you are eating more.
- I had no idea that I could bake biscuits that tasted so good.
- We can save money baking biscuits from scratch.
- I want to make these for my mom.
So my mission for this unit is accomplished and we are ready to move on.
You will find the recipe for Basic Biscuits here and to make the Cheese Biscuits make the following changes: