Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Roux Mac and Cheese

Roux Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese. One of my favorite favorite foods. I consider myself a connoisseur of two things—nachos and mac and cheese—so if I'm sharing a recipe for mac and cheese, you know it's going to be good.

This recipe is straight from the minds of my brother-in-law Ian and his fiancè Georgina (thanks guys!). They are awesome at making up recipes on the spot, and this one originated after they found the perfect recipe for roux—a cooking mixture made from flour and fat that is used to thicken sauces.

We made this for dinner last night and topped it with grilled rosemary chicken. It was delicious! I think it would also be good with jalapeños or broccoli—can't wait to try that next time.

Roux Mac and Cheese
Roux Mac and Cheese

RECIPE: Roux Mac & Cheese
Cook time: 20 minutes │ Serves: 4 (full entrees—if used as a side, serves 8)

  • 1 box medium shells, cooked as directed and drained
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • Garlic salt
  • Salt & pepper


In a large pot on medium heat, create your roux by whisking butter and flour until it becomes a light tan color. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Add mustard powder. Slowly add in Monterey Jack cheese until it melts. Add cheddar to taste: more cheddar = more cheese flavor. Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

Add cooked & drained pasta to sauce and mix well. Top with shredded cheese & enjoy!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Aunie Crocker & Cheesecake Brownies

Learning to Bake
Cheesecake Brownies

For some reason, I have never really learned to cook. I can bake a banana cake now and again, and I've been known to serve up a mean bowl of white chicken chili, but when I say that's all I know how to make, it's not an exaggeration.

Now that Daniel and I are in our new home, we've already been the hosts to several small events, mostly just football game nights. And I don't know what it is about football, but it makes me want to bake! Last Friday, I saw an amazing (and easy!) recipe for cheesecake brownies on Dana's blog, and I knew it would be the perfect sweet treat to serve up to our guests.

I followed the recipe as directed, but at 55 minutes, they weren't quite done yet (mine were in a deeper dish), so I let them sit in the oven for 60 minutes before pulling them out. To be honest, they probably could have used a full 75-minutes, because these things were not done. Initially, I was so embarrassed... my very first baked treat didn't turn out! But guess what? Instead of cheesecake brownies, we ended up indulging in "molten cheesecake brownies." The middle of the brownie batter ended up not getting cooked the whole way through, so these were a bigger hit underdone than if they had been fully baked. In fact, the next day, both Daniel and his brother asked if there were anymore "molten brownies" left... they wanted more! Success!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Green Chocolate Protein Shake

green chocolate protein shake

4 ingredients, lots of protein, a serving of vegetables (you won't taste them), and a delicious & creamy chocolate taste! This is the healthy green chocolate protein shake. Sound delicious? It is!

  1. 2/3 cup of skim milk
  2. a handful of ice cubes
  3. a handful of spinach
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate (or your favorite flavor) protein
Nutrition Facts:
  • Calories: 194
  • Protein: 30 grams
  • Carbs: 13 grams
    Serve it up & enjoy! This shake is great for a post-workout protein fix and even works for a meal replacement. Here's to being fit & protein shakes tasting great!

    Monday, May 28, 2012

    Banana Cake.

    I just want to preface this post by saying this:

    This is probably the ONLY recipe you will ever see on this blog... Maybe.

    As I've stated from the beginning... I don't cook. I don't grill. I don't sauté, or stir fry, or whip up anything in the kitchen. But occasionally... I bake.

    This past weekend, I made a banana cake (my family's famous recipe) for my brother's high school graduation party. It's basically the only thing I'm good at throwing together, because it's too simple NOT to get it right. So, I figured I may as well share it. Enjoy!


    Aunie's Great Great Grandma's Banana Cake

    • 1 1/2 cups sugar
    • 3/4 cups shortening (I use Crisco)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 2 cups flour (can sub gluten-free baking mix if you want!)
    • a dash of salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3 or 4 very ripe bananas
      • Helpful hint: When my bananas get brown, I stick 'em in the freezer. After I accumulate a few (I always use 4 for this recipe), I take them out of the freezer, let them thaw until they're nice and mushy, and then add them to the mix. If they're not mushy and disgusting-looking as your squeeze them out of the totally brown peel... they just won't be as good. Trust me, they'll be gross. I included pictures just to emphasize their icky-ness.
    1. Cream shortening and sugar
    2. Stir in eggs & vanilla, set aside
    3. Mix flour and salt, set aside
    4. Mash banana with soda, set aside
    5. Stir all mixtures together
    6. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan or 2 greased loaf pans
    7. Bake @ 325 for approximately 45 minutes
      1. If you use the "toothpick method" (where you stick a toothpick in the middle and pull it out to see if it's done) make sure it just comes out clean.
    8. Frost after it's cooled.
      1. My mom prefers this with cream cheese frosting, but I prefer butter cream, vanilla or of course rainbow chip.
      2. You can TOTALLY add nuts or chocolate chips if that's your thing. I think they're nasty... so no nuts for me!

    This is my mom's favorite cake recipe. She always had it every year for her birthday as a kid. It's definitely MY favorite cake... maybe it's because it's the one I always grew up with... or maybe because it's the only one I know how to bake! 

    Enjoy!! ♥

    PS> if you're interested in how I got my curly waves... visit this link! It's the Friar Tuck done on dirty hair + dry shampoo + bobby pins... so easy!