Creamy Sirloin Steak Mac and Cheese


Von’s has sirloin steaks on sale this week for $2.88 a pound so of course I picked up a package of steaks with no real plan on what to do with them. But isn’t that part of the fun of being a foodie and food blogger? You’re constantly looking for food inspiration. One of my…

Christmas Kielbasa Mac & Cheese


Every Christmas, and every Thanksgiving, too, I try a new mac and cheese recipe as a side. This Christmas Mac & Cheese was the main dish. We had a more elaborate menu planned with ribs and pumpkin praline pie, but I opted not to spend my entire day in the kitchen cooking and cleaning this…

Creamy Stove Top Mac and Cheese


There’s this debate raging about Mac and Cheese and whether it is considered a must-have Thanksgiving dish. I’m here to settle that debate. The answer is a resounding YES. At least in my house. Nearly every year that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner I serve Mac and Cheese. I normally serve it at Christmas too. In…

Pioneer Woman’s Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese


I love the Pioneer Woman’s recipes. Two of my favorites (and worst for you, I’m sure) are her Fettucine Alfredo and Broccoli-Cheese Soup. I have this darn butternut squash that’s been sitting on my cupboard for way too long, and I decided I need to do SOMETHING with it. Prior to glancing at my butternut…

Mac and Cheetos {The Attic copycat}


 A few weeks ago at a much needed happy hour I was introduced to Mac and Cheetos at The Attic on Broadway. The Attic is known for their Mac and Cheetos made with crushed flaming hot Cheetos on top. That’s the basic Mac and Cheetos dish–a creamy Mac and cheese topped with Cheetos. But…

Black and Blue Prime Rib Mac and Cheese


On Friday my coworkers and I were discussing our plans for the new year (you know, resolutions and such), and we discovered we all have the same idea – to eat better and exercise more. I know, I know. We aren’t very original. I’m sure 95% of the world has the same resolution and/or plans. While…

Creamy Baked Mac and Cheese


I have to admit that when I saw this recipe in an old issue of Penzey’s magazine, I wasn’t over the moon about it. It just looked like a regular ho-hum Mac and Cheese recipe. But it was the only Mac and Cheese recipe in all my newspaper clippings that fit what I was looking…

Seven-Cheese Layered Mac and Cheese {inspired by John Legend}


The other day I was googling “layered+mac+and+cheese+casserole” for a completely different reason (than plain old mac and cheese) when I came across John Legend’s recipe. I also found a plethora of other recipes for layered mac and cheese. As I flipped through the internet pages searching the recipes, it dawned on me that I’ve never…

Chorizo Mac ‘n Cheese


Soooooo much has happened since I last blogged. For starters, I’m back in Southern California. For good this time? Time will tell. I just started a brand new job and I’m currently in corporate housing in Long Beach (for about the next three weeks). I put an offer in on a condo and we are…

Creamy Mac and Cheese {made with cauliflower purée}


When I told my dad what I was making for dinner tonight he hinted that I’m on a cauliflower kick. I was for a while. I became obsessed with eating roasted cauliflower for a while when I figured out I love it roasted with turmeric. I’m over that obsession. Unfortunately I bought several heads of…

Spicy Sage and Brown Butter Bacon Mac and Cheese


Not wanting to have to venture outside this amidst a winter storm that has nearly shut down the city, I decided a comforting mac and cheese dish would be in order for dinner. A few weeks ago my friend Julie (who is mostly vegan) gave me (the remaining amounts of) several pounds of cheese she’d…

Individual Mac and Cheese Pot Pies


After reading the details of Fromage Homage’s January challenge, along with a particularly hilarious post about an attempt to make homemade cheddar cheese, I decided I had a recipe that was challenge worthy: my mac and cheese pot pie. (See rules of the challenge here.) I figured my recipe was a shoe-in because it’s two comfort…

Chipotle Bacon Mac and Cheese


Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorite meals to eat and was the star of the show for my Christmas Eve dinner this year. Of the dozens of mac and cheese recipes in the drafts section of my blog, I decided to go with a recipe my grandma clipped from Parade magazine featuring…

Auntie Clare’s Mac and Cheese


Updated 11.2.2018 Here’s what I said about this dish back in 2013: When I asked my friend Monica what would be on her Thanksgiving table, one of the items she rattled off was mac and cheese. Ding-ding-ding-ding! What a marvelous idea to add mac and cheese as a side dish to my Thanksgiving repertoire. This…

Beefy Chili Mac and Cheese


The best mac and cheese I’ve ever had is served at Comet Cafe, located on Farwell Avenue on the East Side of Milwaukee, (Wis., not Milwaukie, Ore.). For $10 you can get a huge bowl of plain mac and cheese. Add chili for $2, beef for $3 or ham and peas for $2. My preference…

Crusted Cracker Mac and Cheese


Last weekend I made a massive amount of mac and cheese that I’ve been eating all week and not sharing. (I generally don’t share any of the food that I make that I don’t find fantastic, thus, unshareable.) I had high hopes for this recipe because a) it’s mac and cheese (all mac and cheese…

Stove Top Mac and Cheese


Updated 6.17.2018 I’m having a bad run of luck with trying new recipes. All flops recently. I can honestly say I’ve never made a bad mac and cheese. Until tonight. Which is completely sad because I am a sucker for mac and cheese so I’m always looking to try new recipes. This recipe is best when…

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese


I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin though I do tend to indulge in it quite a bit around the holidays – this despite the fact that I HATE pumpkin pie and refuse to eat it (even if it’s the only dessert being offered). My grandma sent me a recipe for pumpkin macaroni and cheese….

Crusty Mac and Cheese


A lot of the recipes I post on my blog are clipped from newspapers and magazines and sent to me in an envelope by my grandma who lives in Wisconsin. The normal process when I receive one of my grandma’s envelopes is to pull out the recipes I want to make immediately and either enter…

Homemade Bacon and Beer Mac and Cheese


Updated July 2018 Here’s what I said about this dish in 2012: This dish was inspired from a recipe I concocted one day when I lived in Long Beach, Calif., and had no milk to make Kraft Mac and Cheese. It tasted so great I thought I’d try making beer mac and cheese on purpose…