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Homemade Macoroni & Cheese , from the ground up!

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Today lets talk Cheese.  I talk a lot of cheese, it is one of my most favorite food groups!!!  So let’s talk Mac N Cheese and homemade like pretty much from scratch!!! I went to the work of making homemade macaroni noodles!  It is a little time consuming (ok pretty much a lot of time consuming but it is cold out so I had time!) but the bite that you get from homemade macaroni noodles so much better than the boxed.  Boxed works just fine as well though. I won’t bore you with the details of how to make those, that can be for a new day but they were made! So on to the meat (so to speak for this vegan…….actually I’m not sure if it is actually considered vegan……I’m not real versed on what constitutes a vegan dish) of this hearty, feel good food! I began by  assembling the ingredients for the Roo, no no not that but a ROUX! A roux is typically a...

Pineapple Upside Down cake with a twist!

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Yesterday was a very pleasant mid fall day.  The sun shone bright, the wind was lite and the temps managed to squeak up higher than the predicted 38F. I decided it was a perfect day to make a pineapple upside down cake in my favorite vessel for this.  My trusty Cast Iron Skillet. I remember the first time I made an upside down cake in the skillet.  I was terrified that it would get stuck.  I’m pleased to report that has never been an issue.  I have lost a couple pieces of pineapple on occasion but it is an easy fix to pat them back in. My problem on this particular Saturday, I did not have sliced pineapple but I did have a 20 oz can of crushed pineapple.  OK so hmmmmmmmmmmm….well we have google these days and sure as I’m a Packer Fan, there is a recipe for that!  I took said recipe and tweaked it for my own tastes!  And this is how we do it!!!   First I assembled what...

Wildrice Cranberry YUM YUM Bread

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“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” ― James Beard The bread shown in the above picture is not actually Cranberry Wildrice Loaf, my bad.  Actually, it is my good!  Earlier this fall, I started playing with Wildrice Cranberry bread and figured it was such a GREAT recipe, I’d like to see what it does with blueberries instead of the cranberries.  I remembered to grab the camera and I’d been promising to blog about that recipe so here it is………this time with blueberries in place of the cranberries.  They both work equally well, the cranberries have a little bit more of a tang than the blueberries but both serve a great purpose in our cooking! It all begins with the gathering of the ingredients. Most recipes call for bread flour but I’m not holding anyone to that.  I’ve...

Fall calls ya’ll and ya’ll call for Tomato Soup

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“A tomato may be a fruit, but it is a singular fruit. A savory fruit. A fruit that has ambitions far beyond the ambitions of other fruits. E. Lockhart ”   I’m not someone who lives and breathes soup.  I think it  definitely has its place in the culinary world but soup is rarely my top choice for a meal (unless we are talking chili of course).  Fall days in Northern MN call for comfort food and on the particular day I made this soup, comfort was in high demand!   I started out with the ultimate food.  Bacon (because it really is a pork fat thing!).  I took about six slices of bacon and  cut and fried them all  in my All Clad stock pot. .While the bacon was cooking, I chopped up a few pretty red, orange and yellow peppers.  I’m not sure the exact difference between them and green peppers but I like their flavor and they add pretty color to almost all...

“Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken poop from chicken salad.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

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Tonight we went with Buffalo Chicken On Sourdough.   Again, my husband is not a huge fan of chicken or buffalo sauce,  (Yiphee when he returns we will be blogging about Meat Loaf………)so tonight is my last chance for a few days to get something that’s more of a treat for me.   I’ve decided I’m going to add some avocado and smoked cheese to my sandwich.  I decided to do some research on keeping my avocado from turning brown so I could slice it up ahead of time.  This is what I found out.https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/keeping-avocados-from-turning-brown_n_1196633.html  I’m going to try the pit and add citrus to it too. Also on the subject of Avocados, I often find it difficult in our smaller community to find ripe ones when I want them.  I bought a bag of them several weeks ago at Costco and had decided I wanted to make gauc later...

What?!!! Someone doesn’t like Pizza ???

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I don’t believe it myself………..what’s not to love about the iconic American food…….second next to burgers.  Well, I’m married to that guy.  On  the rare times the hubby is out of town, I DO PIZZA…   It has been a long winter in MN……….but I’m happy to report spring is showing upand yes that comes in the form of a lot of deer poo and yellow grass.  But that showing up is a good sign it, means it is time to  celebrate.  My favorite way to celebrate spring is with a wonderful #Lemondropmartini   Pucker and smile can you say #lemoncillo………. ok so I digress.  This blog is supposed to be about #Pizza.  As I mentioned before, my husband is not a fan…….and I LOVE Pizza…………Since it is  a rare treat in my life  I decided to take a frozen pizza did you say...