Wednesday, September 7, 2011

:::Crazy Cooking Challenge:::

A few weeks ago Tina, from Moms Crazy Cooking Blog,
contacted me and asked if I would like to participate in the very first ever


I thought it sounded like fun,
and I agreed to join in.

The details were as follows -
to be part of the challenge, each month the participants are to 
(1) find a "new to them" recipe in blog land, 
not a recipe from a famous person or website, just a regular 'ol blogger ;-)
(2) prepare it, and 
(3) blog about it.
 Then Tina links up all of the recipes together,
every one (the participants and all of the participants readers) vote for their favorite, 
and a winner is declared.

The recipes for September are all to be macaroni and cheese recipes! Yum!

As I started to explore blog land for a new mac and cheese recipe to try,
I immediately thought of one of my favorite cooking blogs,
so I checked to see if she had a good looking mac and cheese recipe.
Sure enough, she had one that looked delicious and I decided to try it for the challenge.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
7 servings

2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
2/3 cup whole milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 1/4 cups cheddar cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
1 sleeve Ritz crackers

Cook macaroni until al dente and drain.  Place cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds; set aside.  Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in flour and seasonings until smooth.  Add milk and continue whisking.  Add broth and continue to whisk until sauce thickens.  Add 2 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and the warm cream cheese.  Stir until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.  Add the macaroni to the sauce and pour into a 9X9 inch baking pan.  In a food processor, grind the crackers into crumbs.  Top the macaroni with the remaining cheese and the cracker crumbs.  Bake uncovered at 350 for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.  Enjoy!



Very rich and creamy 
and just really de-lish!

I hope you try it out.  
I have made many of Jamie's recipes and they've all been winners. :-)

All of the other participants are linked up below.  I hope you enjoy visiting many of them!  Don't forget to vote for the one you like best!
Thank you Tina for the opportunity to be part of the


Lisa~~ said...

Looks great and I bet that the Ritz helped to make it buttery delicious.

My Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Velvety Mac & Cheese.

Cook Lisa Cook

Krissa said...

The Ritz on top sound so good! Thanks for sharing...your pictures of it look great too! I did Crock Pot Mac & Cheese:

Erin said...

This looks really good! The Ritz on top would be delicious!

Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Chicken broth and cream cheese really make this dish stand out! This is a great mac n cheese and a great addition to the challenge :)

4littlefergusons said...

I'm here from Lark's Country Heart. Just wanted to say Hi and that I am adding you to my favorites bar. You and I cook A LOT alike, I love it. You are going to be bad for my recipe addiction, I can tell. lol :) I currently have a stack of over 300 that I am working through. I love it! Blessings to you and yours, Tonya from 4 little Fergusons


Your pictures say it all...awesome!

And thanks for joing CCC... come by and see my Mac & Cheese Bites!

BigBearswife said...

Wonerful mac and cheese!!

Stopping by from the MACARONI & CHEESE Linky Party through Moms Crazy Cooking

East9thStreet said...

Your pictures make me want to eat this right now! Recipe sounds great!

Stopping by from the Crazy Cooking Challenge.

Desi said...

Nice crunchy topping you've got there! Looks delicious!

Check out my mac and cheese post if you like :)

A Nest in the Rocks said...

Looks really yummy! We'll definitely try this one. :-)