Kitchen love: macaroni & cheese!

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When it comes to comfort food, macaroni and cheese is almost a synonym of the term …. It’s thick, rich, flavourful – and, for many of us, it invokes memories of childhood. Sitting at a table that’s too tall for you, legs swinging and curling around your chair, leaning on one elbow, devouring a bowl of warm mac-n-cheese on a cold day …. (Yes, I am still too short for alot of tables and chairs, and I still put my elbows on the table. Guess I never really absorbed the popular camp rhyme urging kids not to do that.)

So, we’ve had chili, and we’ve had shrimp gumbo …. Today’s offering is simpler, but no less tasty. If you don’t want to fire up anybody’s taste buds, you just want to make them feel warm and cared-for, try macaroni and cheese. This is my mother’s recipe and, even after years of ordering it in restaurants, it’s still the best I’ve ever had.

2 cups dried macaroni

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp salt

3 cups cheddar (grated)

1 cup mozzarella (grated)

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup mustard (prepared)

1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce

3 cups milk

bread crumbs

parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. Add salt and oil to a large pot of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium, and add macaroni. Cook for ten minutes. In a saucepan, melt butter, and blend in flour, mustard and worcestershire; stir constantly until bubbly. Gradually blend in milk, and cook until slightly thickend. Stir in cheese, and continue stirring until it melts. Combine the sauce and macaroni in a casserole dish, and sprinkle bread crumbs and parmesan cheese on top. Bake for forty minutes, uncovered for twenty and then covered for twenty.

A nice complement to this dish is a colourful salad …. Come back tomorrow for a couple of solid soup recipes! (“Solid” as in awesome, not – obviously – “solid” as in not liquid.)

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6 thoughts on “Kitchen love: macaroni & cheese!

  1. Haven’t made it in a while but I so remember cooking this for you as a kid. So much more fun cooking when you know it will all be devoured and not left over so we are eating it for a week after. Thanks for posting!

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