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Mac and Cheese Cups. Share this image Share It Pin It When I first graduated from college, and was living in a dreary little apartment, mac and cheese was one of my few specialties.

Mac and Cheese Cups

Granted it was straight from a box, but it was one of those meals that made me feel like I was home. I shared a gussied up truffle version a couple of years back (here), and since the Academy Awards are just days away, I thought I'd make it more party-friendly. Sassy Simmerings: Lip Smackin' Lighter Mac 'n' Cheese. "Over The Rainbow" Macaroni and Cheese. I have been wanting to blog about this dish for a very long time.

"Over The Rainbow" Macaroni and Cheese

This is my go-to mac-n-cheese, and it comes from PattiLaBelle, a popular R&B singer from the 60s to the 80s. The recipe calls for 5 different cheeses, lots of butter, and half-n-half. Also, there's no need to make a roux for the cheese sauce. On a similar note, here is the Christmas dinner my mother and I had. Since it was just the two of us, we didn't have to make loads of food, but it still turned out to be much more than we could handle because we still have leftovers of everything but the gravy. My mom made potato salad and green beans. I brined and roasted a whole chicken (the only way to roast chicken and turkey in my opinion). For dessert, I made chocolate peanut butter tarts, which I will blog about next. Stove-top Macaroni and Cheese. Forget the boxes, the mixes, and don’t even think of waiting an hour for macaroni and cheese on a week night.

Stove-top Macaroni and Cheese

I have the super-fast solution for homemade macaroni and cheese, and it is SO good. I have something of an addiction to macaroni and cheese. When I was a child I ate mac & cheese from the blue box at least once a week. My mom just did not always feel up to making homemade side dishes every night, and I never complained! When I got older I discovered a whole world of macaroni and cheese that did not involve powdered cheese and I have tried more than I care to tell you about. The recipe I am about to share with you makes the creamiest macaroni and cheese I have ever made, and it is nearly as fast as making the stuff in the box.

One thing I feel I must add is that you really should grate your cheese fresh. Also, if you are watching your figure, as so many of us are, you can use reduced-fat cheese (this you must grate yourself, reduced-fat ready-grated cheese will not work). High Five Recipe: Creamy Mac and Cheese. I’ve been searching my whole life (give or take) for a good homemade mac and cheese recipe.

High Five Recipe: Creamy Mac and Cheese

The recipes I’ve come up with in the past are decent….but not great. A couple of months ago, a friend told me how she makes it. I adapted it a bit and now we can’t seem to get enough! It is THE creamiest mac and cheese ever. Easy Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know the other day I had a craving for Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

Easy Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese

And, you already know I satisfied that craving – not shamefully, either. This macaroni and cheese recipe is almost as easy as making it out of a box, but much better for you and dare I say more delicious! I’ve tried other homemade macaroni and cheese recipes in the past, but never liked the taste, consistency, or the steps included to prep. Mac ‘n cheese is meant to be simple. I love finding simple dinners to add to my menu and to share with you. We had this first at our friends’ house when celebrating their 7-year-old grandson’s birthday. While the steak was definitely delicious, I was waiting all night to request the recipe for the macaroni. Ironically enough, although the recipe is short and easy, for some reason my delinquent brain decided it wasn’t easy enough and completely forgot a step when making it for Judah’s party!