I spent all afternoon yesterday reading through the posts and coming up with ideas of what crafty projects I've been wanting to make would fit into which category. I'm so looking forward to joining in this. I haven't been as crafty lately as I'd like to be, although I've been stockpiling various items for future projects so hopefully this will help me get all those projects finished...I have a feeling it will also give me plenty of reason to run out to my craft store and pick up more goodies too.
Here's my first assignment!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
Project Name: Baked Mac & Cheese
Brief Description: This is a version of the macaroni and cheese my mom use to bake. She created her own recipe, based off of what she liked and thought would be good -- never wrote the recipe down or really used any measurements, so unfortunately I cook the same way. I made some alterations to her recipe though, because I decided to try to start eating a little bit healthier. Her recipe used elbow macaroni, 2 8-oz bags of shredded sharp cheddar (1 in white and 1 in yellow), milk, salt and pepper. My slightly
healthier version includes whole grain macaroni and nonfat milk - and that's as far as I went for healthy eating lol. I did change up the types of cheeses, though, I only used 1 bag of the sharp cheddar and then 1 bag of the macaroni and cheese blend.
So I cooked the pasta first, and while it was cooking, I melted half a bag of each flavor of cheese in a saucepan with milk. I flavored the milk with a dash or two of pepper. I also eyeballed the amount of milk I needed, based on how much pasta I used. You want the cheesy-milk sauce to cover all your pasta. After the pasta cooked and all the cheese melted in the milk, I drained the pasta then poured the cheese sauce over top of the pasta to coat it evenly. Then put it into a baking pan. I used the remaining 1/2 bags of cheese to coat the top. Baked at 400 for about 20 minutes. I had a hungry boyfriend waiting for dinner so mine was only in the oven for about 15 minutes and didn't get as crispy on the top as I would have liked, but it was still delicious - even if it was partially healthy!