Just a hometown gal who likes to cook!

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  • Last bite on earth: My mother's fried chicken

Knead the Book: Kneadlessly Simple

Don't judge but once in awhile I like a couple of slices of white Wonder bread with the crusts off and rolled into a ball.

SE Staff Picks: What's Your Worst Hangover Food?

IF I drink which is rare, the next day at exactly 4:00 pm is when I get sick. It is on the minute and it ain't pretty.

I usually crave Mexican food but if I really want or need to get it over with then I will mix up a bowl of Chili beans and Tuna Fish and let the fun begin.

Gimme some gooey mac n cheese recipes please!


1 cup skim milk
5 teaspoons all-purpose flour
2 cups (6 ounces) shredded medium cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons margarine
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (about 1 3/4 cups cooked)

1. Whisk the flour into the skim milk in a small saucepan, then place it over medium-low heat.
2. Add the shredded cheddar cheese, margarine and salt and stir often with a spoon until the cheese begins to melt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Use a whisk to stir the sauce every couple of minutes so that it becomes smooth and thick.
3. While the sauce thickens, prepare the macaroni by dumping 3/4 cup uncooked elbow macaroni into rapidly boiling water. Boil for 8 minutes or until tender, and then strain. You should have about 1 3/4 cups of cooked macaroni.
4. When the cheese sauce has simmered for 30 minutes, pour the pasta into a medium bowl. Gently stir in the cheese sauce, and then pour the mixture into a loaf pan or casserole dish.
5. When you are ready to dive into your macaroni & cheese, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. for 50 to 53 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown slightly.

Serves 4

Served: My Love Becomes My Chef

Seconds please......

Aprons: yea or nay?

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

Breakfast Casserole with Link Sausages and Cream of Mushroom soup! YUM!

How do you like your Grilled Cheese?

What do you do when a recipe doesn't turn out?

Make reservations......

Gift Guide: The Ten Best Cookbooks of 2010

What is that wonderful recipe in the picture? YUM!

The one food you are SICK of this summer....

Hamburgers but I keep eating them. They are easy.

Instead of _______ , I am on SE

Making love to my husband.......He thinks I am working !!!! Shhhhhh

Cook the Book: 'My New Orleans'

I am lucky enough to have been born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington (yes, it really does exist...), where we are famous for our Walla Walla Sweet Onions.

I am sure that Chef Besh is familiar with this product that we are very proud to produce and share with the world.

As sweet as apples :)

Taste Test: 5 Frozen Pepperoni Pizzas

The Safeway brand has an excellent pizza!

Statement from Chris Bianco Regarding Absence from Pizzeria Bianco

Take care and God Bless!

Label says use steak by Jan 1st.. Should I eat it now?

The pack date was Dec. 10th and the expire date was Jan. 1st? Isn't that quite a long stretch?

Cook the Book: 'Jamie's Food Revolution'

Homemade wonton soup with BBQ Pork, Green onions, mushrooms and chicken broth. (really doesn't take long to whip up).

The Food Lab: How to Cook a Perfect Prime Rib

OMG! My mouth is watering!

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

I eat cookies.

Therefore I am......

Cook the Book: 'Nigella Christmas'

Spritz Blossoms -

dainty cookies, decorated with powdered sugar icing and silver dragees.

They really look like snowflakes and make beautiful gifts.

Cheesecake Help

Graham crust
Cream Cheese
Eggs - 3
Sour cream

Maybe it was the lemon that was missing?

Help: Deep fried turkey not crispy

Spend the $40 and get a new one.

The 'New Yorker' Food Issue

OMG I want this issue but what are the chances I am going to find The New Yorker magazine in Walla Walla, Washington? UGH!

Have You Ever Deep Fried a Turkey for Thanksgiving?

I can't even light a candle without burning my fingers.

Ya think I am going to try and attempt this?

Cook the Book: Mashed Potatoes, Finally Revealed

OK, what is that recipe on the cover of the book? Gotta have it!

Do you have a recipe you won't share?

For YEARS I have taken this dessert to parties and potlucks and everyone craves it and have wanted the recipe but I won't budge.

I worked at Disneyland for about 4 years and there is still a girl who emails me for it and I just ignore her.

There are 3 ingredients to it and if anyone knew it they would probably kill me for keeping it a secret.

It has worked this long......

Cheesecake Help

Made a cheesecake the other day for a friends birthday and I really liked the recipe and it came out very pretty but I just felt like something was missing.

It just tasted bland to me and didn't have that "tart tang" to it and all I could taste was cream cheese.

I would have also liked it to be more on the dry side.

Any advice? Thanks?

Russian Mayo?

I just got back from a BBQ that was put on by a family from Russia and the grilled meat was soooo good. I asked how they made it and saw that it had been in a marinade that was "milky". They wouldn't tell me but said that it was "Russian Mayo".

Does anyone know what this might be or have you heard of a white, milky marinade for meats?


What to serve with Osco Bucco?

I am having a dinner party this weekend and want to make beef Osco Bucco.

I will have a green salad, crusty bread and banana creme' brulee.

What else can I serve on the plate?


Addicted to Food?

Have you ever been addicted to some type of food and just had to always have it around?

For awhile I was addicted to Grape Jolly Ranchers and I had to have a baggie of them with me at ALL TIMES! And it had to be JUST Grape!!

I would pop them in my mouth one after the other.

This went on for about 3 months and then I just stopped. Weird....

To this day I won't even let myself have one just in case it hits me again....

Japanese Turning Slicer

Does anyone own one of these? Any idea where I could find a cheap one? I saw a recipe that used one and it stipped an apple into long, thin slices for a pastry dish. I have to get one.

The Frugal Gourmet

I miss Chef Jeff Smith. Anyone know whatever happened to his assistant on the show Cliff Smith? He was a really young whipper-snapper on the show.

Zippy Dogs Anyone???

In grade school, circa 1969, we were served something called a "Zippy Dog" which was a hot dog with melted cheese wrapped in a dough and baked. I know it sounds like the crescent roll recipe but it wasn't that. It was almost like you got an entire loaf of bread wrapped around the dog.

Does anyone have a recipe for something like this or does anyone know how I would go about getting recipes from my old grade school?

I have to stop now as my mouth is watering.......