Saturday, July 17, 2010

mac and cheese.

Today, I'm presenting 'Macaroni and Cheese' -- I've never made mac and cheese from scratch, boy, does this taste good! So much better than packaged cheese plastic-tasting crap you get in the stores.

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400F. Gather your ingredients. Milk, butter, flour, sour cream, cream cheese, salt, pepper, mustard, cheese, elbow macaroni.

Step Two: Boil macaroni in hot water with a pinch of salt till al dente.

Step Three: In a large pan, melt four spoons of butter. Fry three spoons of flour in it till bubbly. Pour two cups of milk and stir till the mixture turns creamy. For an added pop of taste--mix in a large chunk of sour cream, cream cheese and a dash of Dijon mustard. Add salt and pepper to taste. I threw in some chilli flakes as well.

Step Four: Drain excess water and lay out macaroni in a baking dish. Pour the creamy sauce all over it.

Step Five: Sprinkle shredded cheese generously -- I used a cheddar, pepper jack and monterey mix. Top with several slices of fresh tomatoes.

Step Six: Bake in the oven for 25 minutes and then dig in while it's hot! Serve with garlic bread.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

death by chocolate (cake)

Step 1: Gather ingredients. Pre-heat oven to 375F.

Step Two: In a large mixing bowl, mix together one cup of flour. One cup of cocoa powder. One cup of oil or butter. One cup of sugar. Half a cup of milk.

Step Three: Add one teaspoon of baking powder. One teaspoon of vanilla essence. Two eggs. And a pinch of salt.

Step Four: Whisk batter well. Pour into greased baking dish. Bake for forty minutes.

Step Five:  Cool for fifteen minutes. Serve with French vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce!