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Crack and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni
  • Bacon
  • 4 ounces cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Method
    Fry bacon, shred cheese, make macaroni.
    In saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over low heat. Add flour to make roux. Slowly add milk, whisking smooth. Add cheese and melt. Add pepper, salt, paprika, and bacon. Mix in macaroni.
    Serve immediately.

Sesame Noodles

2 lbs Chinese egg noodle (they can be very long, I cut them in half)

Immerse in boiling water for 2 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
Marinade for noodles:
6 tbsp sesame oil
6 tbsp black soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
6 tbsp finely sliced scallions
Pour marinade over the noodles. Mix thoroughly. Chill overnight.

Scalloped Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8″ thick slices
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

Method

  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt butter in large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until foaming subsides.
  3. Add onion and sauté until soft and it begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and sauté imto; fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add cream, milk, thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and potatoes. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Cover, adjusting heat to maintain light simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender.
  7. Remove and discard thyme and bay leaves.
  8. Transfer mixture to a 3 quart gratin dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake until cream has thickened and is bubbling around sides and the top is golden brown (about 20 minutes). Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Mashed Potatoes

This is a funny recipe because who doesn’t know how to make mashed potatoes? We all do, but then again every single time they turn out a little bit different and I can never remember do I use milk or cream or sour cream or didn’t that other recipe say yogurt?? Anyway, here is a recipe to make consistent, yummy mashed potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted (maybe a little less like 1 3/4 of a stick)
  • 1 cup Half and Half (3/4-1 cup will work depending on the mixture and consistency
  • salt
  • pepper

 

 

Indian Rice Pilaf

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 14.5 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 pinches ground gloves
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped

Method

  1. Bring water and chicken broth to a boil.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, cover, and cook until rice is tender (20-25 minutes).

Cilantro Lime Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Rinse rice until water runs clear. Soak for 30 minutes in cold water, then rinse again.
  • Cook in rice cooker with water.
  • While rice is cooking, process cilantro, garlic, lime juice, and oil in a food processor until finely blended.
  • When rice is cooked, fluff and pour cilantro mixture over the top. Mix thoroughly.
  • Serve immediately!

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

A nice, quick Mac and Cheese. This comes from the Washington Post.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cavatappi
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1.5 cups two or three cheese blend (cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack)

Directions

  1. Combine pasta and broth in rice cooker. Start cooker. Open the lid and stir every five minutes to prevent scorching until the pasta is done.
  2. Add milk and cheese. Close lid and heat until well combined, again opening the lid to stir every five minutes.

Cheesy Breadstick

Oh so good!

This recipe is easy prep, easy prepare, easy bake, easy eating!!!

Ingredients:

1, 10 oz can Pizza dough
2 TBSP butter, melted
0.5 oz. Parmesan, grated
2 oz. Provolone cheese, grated
1 TBSP dried Basil
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Directions: Preheat the oven to 450 F

  • Prepare a large cookie sheet by spraying with non-stick spray
  • In a bowl, mix together the Parmesan, Provolone, Basil, and Garlic
  • Spread the Pizza dough onto prepared pan
  • Brush with melted Butter.
  • Top evenly with the Cheese mixture
  • Using a pizza roller (or knife) score the dough into 10-12 pieces but don’t separate.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until dough is cooked through and cheese is lightly browned.

Homemade Lo Mein

This is a recipe for Lo Mein Noodles.  Similar to the stuff you get a at Chinese takeout restaurant, but better.

It’s fairly easy to make, and we like to pair it with Fire Beef (see previous post)

Total cooking time: About 45 minutes

Ingredients:

8 oz. Spaghetti
3 TBSP Soy sauce
2 TBSP Teriyaki sauce
2 TBSP Honey
1 TBSP Sriracha sauce
1/4 tsp ground Ginger
2 TBSP Vegetable oil
3 stalks Celery, sliced
2 Carrots, sliced matchstick style
1/2 Sweet onion, sliced thin
2 Green onions, sliced
1/2 lb boneless skinless Chicken thigh, sliced paper thin

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain. Rinse with cool water. Drain again.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Soy sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Honey, and Ginger.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok set to high.
  4. Add the Chicken and fry until mostly cooked through.
  5. Then add the Celery, Carrots, Sweet Onion, Green Onion until vegetables are softened and chicken is cooked through, about 7 minutes.
  6. Add in the cooked Spaghetti  and the sauce mixture.
  7. Cook, tossing the ingredients together until noodles are heated through. About 5 minutes.

Chili-Roasted Potatoes

Total cook time: about an hour.

1 1/2 lb Yukon gold or new potato, cut into 1 inch pieces
3 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp chili powder
Kosher salt and pepper
8 sprigs of Thyme

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 425 F.
  • Mix everything together in a large bowl
  • Transfer to a large cookie sheet covered in foil.
  • Bake  stirring once or twice until crisp and golden brown, about 40 mins.