Friday, October 16, 2009

The mac n cheese was boring, my new cookbook is not

Macaroni Cheese Deluxe
Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book Copyright 1968

1 7-ounce package elbow macaroni
2 cups small curd cream-style cottage cheese
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 slightly beaten egg
¾ teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
8 ounces sharp process American cheese, shredded (2 cups) I used mostly extra sharp cheddar with some American

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain well. Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, egg, salt and pepper. Add shredded cheese, mixing well; stir in cooked macaroni. Turn into greased 9x9x92-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 45 minutes.

Serves 6 to 8.

This was from the same cookbook as yesterday's stew but it didn't wow me in the same manner. It was fine but a little flat. Part of the problem might have been those 3-minute macaroni noodles. I love the shape but I'm not impressed with the texture. They seem to be a bit gummy and didn't play well in this recipe.

I just felt like something was missing here. It could have been the cheese. The type and brand of cheese used in a macaroni and cheese recipe can completely transform the recipe. I used extra sharp cheddar and a few slices of American (not the plastic wrapped stuff). I can't get shredded American but I could have bought a chunk of shreddable American at the deli.

It certainly wasn't a complete miss but I was hoping for more.

Okay, I got a real treat in the mail yesterday. A review copy of Pioneer Woman's new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I will post a link to her site if you're not familiar with her but before I do let me stop and thank you for visiting my blog because once you open that link you will probably never come back to this rinky-dink blog.

I will warn you that she's very hard to like. She's funny, she's pretty, she's rich, she's a fabulous photographer, she's a great cook, her recipes are fabulous, she has a beautiful husband and 4 gorgeous kids, she has the most awesome house and property. Trust me, you're going to hate her.

So here's the link and when you're so consumed with jealousy over her great life you can come back here and feel better about yourself.

Pioneer Woman

I intend to work on a full and proper review over the weekend and I will definitely be trying one of her recipes so stay tuned.

Question of the Day: Were you already familiar with Pioneer Woman?


Noel said...

I do know who she is. I visit both your website and the Pioneer Womans everday :)
I have made a few of her recipes she has posted on her website way back in the day but haven't gotten her cookbook. Hope you enjoy

Anonymous said...

Ditto. I have both you and her saved in my "favourites". Therefore, no reason to leave you! You have a good thing going here. Thanks for the inspiration!
You will have to dish on the new cookbook - can't wait!

Annie Jones said...

I subscribe to PW's "PW Cooks" page, but for some reason, not to her main blog. Not sure why that is.

I'm envious that you have her cookbook to review!

Belle & Ward said...

We might give this mac and cheese a try anyway - our little one has this thing for Kraft dinner and we're always trying to find a recipe that is similar without coming from a package! I haven't heard of Pioneer Woman - looking forward to your review of her cookbook. ~ Belle

Stephanie said...

I subscribe to both you and PW (along with a few other cooking sites) in my Bloglines. I love to hear your perspective as a working mom committed to putting dinner on the table most nights of the week. You have given me many ideas about how to make-ahead dinners and utilize the cookbooks and pantry items I already have. I also like your daily questions--even if I don't click over to answer, it gives me 'food for thought' (way bad pun intended). :o)

Pilar said...

I've tried Mac and Cheese recipes similar to this and wasn't impressed, either. I think the cottage cheese and sour cream kind of "dumb" it down...make it too bland. I visit the PW, too. Keep up the good work here, though. You've got plenty of friends who depend on you! P.S. Want to drool a little? I just picked up 6 Southern Living Annual recipe books, mid 80's-90's, from the Take Them box at the library!! Woo Hoo.

Anonymous said...

PW is my all time favorite blogsite and I have been "reading" her for a couple years. I like that she is funny and laughs at herself and is humble. I have ordered two of the cookbooks and am so anxious to see it. You are one of my favorites too. Keep up the good work!

Sandy S.

Heather said...

I love the Pioneer Woman's cooking site too. Now that she is so famous I find her a little harder to relate to (since she and I are both moms of 4, but last I checked I don't have an extra kitchen LOL) but all of her recipes have been winners so far. Love your blog too though! ;-)

Mrs. L said...

Yes I know who the Pioneer Woman is. She has a wonderful blog, but I honestly check out your blog more often than hers!

Charlene Austin said...

LOL....I just rec'd my copy of PW's cookbook's great. AND so is your blog!!