Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It was okay
--Creole Macaroni and Cheese



Creole Macaroni and Cheese
Passport To Flavor Copyright 1993

½ cup butter or margarine
1 package (12 ounces) elbow macaroni I used Smart Taste
1 can (14 ½ ounces) Cajun stewed recipe tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 can (12 fluid ounces) evaporated milk I used evaporated 2% milk
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese I used Cabot's 50%

In large skillet, melt butter. Add macaroni, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1½ cups water; bring to boil. Cover and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Sprinkle in flour; blend well. Stir in evaporated milk and cheese. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cheese is completely melted. Serve immediately.

4 to 6 servings
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This is from a Del Monte pamplet cookbook. I couldn't find the Cajun tomatoes so I used tomatoes with zesty mild green chiles and added some 'Cajun spice'. I goofed up a little since I thought this called for a pound of pasta. I had a 14.5 ounce box so I added some pasta rings to make it a pound. Then when I added the water, I thought, this is not enough water and then I realized my mistake so I added more water. I thought the pasta was sort of gummy. It was okay but I wouldn't make it again. Not with 1/2 cup of butter or margarine - I didn't notice that until it was too late. Oh well, we just had this and salad and I used 'healthy' pasta and low-fat mik and cheese.

Of course, I have a head cold so maybe you shouldn't trust my judgement.

I'm supposed to go grocery shopping tonight but I have nothing planned for next week. Last night I sat there in a room with hundreds of cookbooks and came up with nothing. I might concentrate on sides this week and repeat some entrees.

Blast From The Past: Baked Pork Chops from September 2007. Those will be on the menu next week.

Question of the Day: Do you have any ideas or suggestions for recipes I might try next week?

3 comments:

Annie said...

Hi - this is my first comment on your blog. I stumbled upon your blog about a month ago and I have to admit that I love it, so I thought I'd share some of my favorite recipes. You may have already tried them and I apologize if they are repeats. The Tortilla and Black Bean Pie from Everyday Food October 2003 is fabulous - we had this last weekd! (can be found online at EveryDay Food). I also have a couple favorites on allrecipes.com: "Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic" and "Warm Greek Pita Sandwiches with Turkey and Cucumber Yogurt Sauce" but I make the gyros with chicken. All are tremendous recipes and very easy and good weekday meals! If I think of any other family favorites, I'll post them!

Alisha said...

I loved your "Last night I sat there in a room with hundreds of cookbooks and came up with nothing." -- that is me to a "T" the past month or so. Here's hoping we can both come up with some decent recipes next week.

Jennifer said...

I like those zesty marinated pork chops and the brocolli orzo stuff you've written about. How about the spicy meatloaf we had that last week? This week we are going to have that chicken stir fry you posted a few days ago.

I got nothing...just the stuff you post.