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Side Dish. Sides. Want to Know My Secret? Things I’m into right now: Eye cream Champ Cones Ann Taylor Loft sales Patios Humidity Shorts Oil of Olay Moisturizer Mangoes Flavored beers Lone Survivor.

Want to Know My Secret?

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole and other Easter Ideas. Today I battled the crowds at Target looking for last minute items for my kid’s Easter baskets.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole and other Easter Ideas

I didn’t end up with much but still felt successful. Because in a world with a lot of “stuff”, I’ve been trying to simplify. And kids really don’t need a lot to be happy. I guess I want to set the expectations low so they are appreciative when they do receive things. I’m trying to teach them what Easter is really about anyway. AND I treated myself to a few somethings. These potatoes were sent to me by friend Wendy who found them on an old cut out recipe from Gooseberry Patch in her files.

Mac n' cheese

Turkey Day Troubles - Installment #2. I just finished reading a book (Cooking for Mr.

Turkey Day Troubles - Installment #2

Latte) written by Amanda Hesser, a food writer for the New York Times. In one of her chapters she writes, "I have a few favorite dishes, I rarely make them. " She goes on further to describe those old tried and true recipes, "You know, ones that I'll want to return to for years and years. You make it again and again, altering it to your liking, it becomes an expression of you aesthetic, of your palate, of who you are.

And when you serve that dish to guests, they come to understand you a little better. " Garlic Potato Fries. I’m never going to make garlic potato fries any other way.

Garlic Potato Fries

These garlic fries, win hands down as the best garlic french fries I’ve ever made. Perfect Mac-n-Cheese « My Cooking Quest. November 13, 2008 by joejhorn A few weeks ago I started a quest for some good mac and cheese.

Perfect Mac-n-Cheese « My Cooking Quest

Nancy makes a killer mac-n-cheese but I wanted my own. I’m sure I frustrate the crap out of Nancy sometimes because I’m always looking for something better when it comes to food and recipes. Now mind you , this mac-n-cheese is not Bobby Flay mac-n-cheese with some crazy-sexy ingredients, but it is really, really good! I would make it for any of my friends and be proud. My first attempt was with a Jamie Oliver version that didn’t include a bechamel sauce but instead called for mixing the cooked pasta with the cheese and then baking it.

The second version, I made a few nights ago for my best bud Chad, Nancy and the boys. Chad is up from San Francisco and has been visiting for the past week. Last night was particularly funny though since you can customize your player characters. Well back to the mac-n-cheese. Perfect Mac-n-Cheese (serves 4 as a side dish) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Like this: Gnocchi Mac & Cheese. Ahhhh mac and cheese.

Gnocchi Mac & Cheese

Those mere words stir up feelings of comfort...home....the food you loved as a kid. If you asked a 100 people what their favorite comfort food was, I'm guessing close to half would say mac and cheese. I'm sure meatloaf and mashed potatoes are right up there too. Why is that the combination of cheese and pasta can make our mouths water? I'm all about trying different kinds of mac and cheese recipes and this one was no exception. I saw this one on Noble Pig's site and knew it would be in my oven. The gnocchi get's a little puffy in the oven and the cheese get's a little crunchy. It's heavenly. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Combine Gruyere and fontina, then add by the handful to milk mixture, stirring until melted before adding the next handful.

Cheesy Ranch Potato Bake Recipe. Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers. I like to stuff stuff.

Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

Chicken, turkey, tacos, bras, cookies, potatoes, brownies, bellies… any old thing, really. It’s almost always a fabulous idea (well, not the bra one). Take these skinny red peppers for example. They would have been happy, relieved even, to just sun themselves on the grill and mingle with black beans and rice. Crockpot Easy Mac & Cheese. I have never made this recipe before today….I was amazed at how simple it was I had to try! It was really good! Great for Easter or other large gatherings! Get your slow cooker out spray with cooking spray….mix all ingredients…place cover on. Seriously it took 3 minutes… Ingredients 1/2 pound elbow macaroni 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups milk 1 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Dash of worsherhire sauce Directions. Ham and Cheese Sliders. These Ham and Cheese sliders are simple and crowd pleasing sandwiches.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and melted cheese topped with a poppy seed butter sauce. I know what you are thinking…ham and cheese sliders; does that really require a recipe? The answer is YES it does. These have so much flavor. Sure you have your classic ham and cheese sandwich as the base of the recipe but then you top it with a flavorful poppyseed sauce. My son hates mustard but couldn’t taste the little bit of mustard in the sauce.