Just a hometown gal who likes to cook!

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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

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Russ & Daughters Brunch Package

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

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!

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).

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?

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......