Jun 172016
 

This is a family favorite I posted some time ago and finally added a couple pictures. I’m still trying to remember to take pictures when I make some of the variations, but we don’t have this recipe often due to the high-calorie content.

I also discovered something after making this recipe many times. If you stir the mixture after 30 to 45 minutes of cooking, it resembles more traditional baked macaroni and cheese. If you don’t stir, it comes out more like layers with the top being a fluffy cheese layer.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  2. 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  3. 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
  5. 5 cups milk
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Layer macaroni, butter, and cheeses in a 9-by-13 dish. Pour milk over the top layer.
  3. Bake for one hour. Do not cover.
Notes
  1. To prevent this dish from becoming too brown and crusty (I like the brown and crusty myself but I know some people don’t), cover with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  2. Experiment with other cheeses!
  3. You can turn this into an entrée by adding your favorite meats and veggies!
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
Some variations:

 

Baked Mushroom Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
8 oz fresh, sliced mushrooms or 12 oz can mushrooms

Brown hamburger with onion and mushrooms. Drain and add meat mixture before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb hamburger
1 diced medium onion
6 slices bacon, crumbled

Brown hamburger with onion.  Drain and add hamburger and onion mixture before cheese layer.  After cheese layer, sprinkle with crumbled bacon.  Reduce milk by 1/2 cup.  Follow remaining directions above.

 

Baked Ham and Cheese Macaroni

Ingredients above plus:
1 lb ham and choose any combination of the following veggies:
Onion
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Fry ham and veggies to remove excess liquid. Drain and add before cheese layer. Reduce milk by 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Follow remaining directions above.

This is a very versatile dish. Try using leftover taco meat, chicken, peppers, or any number of variations to make a completely different dish every time. Let me know what you tried, what worked and what didn’t!

Mar 012016
 

In the spring, as a part of spring cleaning, I make and freeze tons of pasta to save on cooling during the summer. I always freeze several bags with 2 cups of macaroni so I can make this recipe. My little 1.5 quart slow cooker doesn’t heat up the kitchen much, so this gets made often when the temperatures soar.

Consider adding crumbled bacon or ham for a yummy main dish.

Serves 2-4 depending on how much you love macaroni and cheese.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
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Cook Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups al dente cooked macaroni noodles
  2. 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine, melted (or 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil instead)
  3. 1 cup evaporated milk
  4. 1 cup shredded cheese
  5. 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Grease 1.5 quart slow cooker with butter, margarine or olive oil.
  2. In a lidded bowl, toss cooked macaroni with butter, margarine or olive oil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, stir and pour into slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 hours.* Stir every 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. *Not all slow cookers heat the same. It's a good idea to check it at 2 hours and see if the cheese has completely melted into a creamy, not stringing, sauce. If you overcook it, the cheese starts clumping together forming little cheese balls.
  2. You can use any cheese you like. I use a colby and jack mixture most of the time. I've also used Italian blend, Mexican blend, half cheddar and half provolone, but my favorite was sharp smokey cheddar.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
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Aug 112015
 

Sometimes you just need to get something on the table fast. Now and then, more than that I’m not willing to admit, I get distracted and realize at the last minute that I need to get dinner on quick. When those nights happen, I often make this recipe since I keep most of the ingredients on the shelf or in the freezer.

I don’t always have mushrooms around, but if I happen to have some I use them. You can also use canned mushrooms if you prefer.

Fast but hardy, this versatile dish hits the spot when you’re in a pinch.

Easy Cheesy Potato Sausage Skillet
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  2. 1 pound smoked sausage (or your favorite ring sausage variety), sliced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2/3 cup green onions, chopped (optional)
  5. 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
  6. 1 1/2 cups water
  7. 1 cup milk
  8. 1 box scalloped potatoes
  9. 1/2 cup salsa
  10. 12 oz bag frozen broccoli
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Cook sausage, garlic, green onions (optional) and mushrooms (optional) over medium high heat until sausage browns.
  2. Add water and milk. Heat to boiling.
  3. Stir in potatoes and sauce mix from boxed scalloped potatoes. Add salsa and mix well.
  4. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  5. Add frozen broccoli and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes and broccoli are tender.
  6. Remove from heat and let stand until sauce thickens.
Notes
  1. This dish is great for using up leftover veggies. Instead of broccoli or in addition to, use leftover zucchini, bell peppers, carrots, green beans or anything you think would taste good with sausage and cheese sauce.
  2. Add a cup of shredded cheddar with the salsa for a more "real" cheese taste.
Kryson's Kreations http://krysonskreations.com/
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Nov 112013
 

One of the most requested meals in our house is the extremely healthy (not) Company Casserole. I’m usually the Italian lover in the house, so I’ve always been a bit confused, but I guess the cheesy goodness is just too hard to resist.

There was a period of around six months when my daughter was about four that she would hardly eat anything. But you stuck a plate of Company Casserole in front of her, she’d eat it all and ask for more. So, I made it often for some time. It made me feel good to see her scarf  down one of the first recipes I modified myself and it still makes me feel good when my daughter and hubby request it.

I can’t say it’s one of my favorite meals to make, it’s pretty easy and doesn’t leave me with the satisfaction that more difficult recipes do, but the reaction to it is certainly one of my favorites. Loaded with calories, it’s not for the healthy conscience. I don’t make it as often as I used to for that reason. The expanding waist lines have to stop somewhere.

When I do make Company Casserole, it smells and tastes like home. My husband always tells me that’s the love I put in it, but I think it’s the cheese!

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Company Casserole Recipe – Click here!

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Jun 202011
 

I tried a new recipe last week that turned out ok, but I think with some playing around it could be much better. I’m going to post the recipe and do my own playing around with it, but I’d love to see what other people would do to make it better as well.

I’ll post what I try and how it turned out when I make it again.

2 lbs hamburger 1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup water 12 oz package frozen mixed vegetables
2 cans cream of mushroom soup 2 cups shredded cheddar
2 1/2 cups cooked macaroni

For the frozen mixed vegetables I used the green beans, corn, etc mix.

  1. Brown ground beef and onions.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except shredded cheese and macaroni, in the Crock Pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Add cheese and hot cooked macaroni and continue cooking for about 15 to 30 minutes longer, or until the cheese has melted and the dish is heated through.

It was a little bland and tasted like it was missing something. I think next time I’m going to try different vegetables and some spices. If anyone plays around with it, let me know the result!

Jun 082011
 
Seafood Fettucini Alfredo

3 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cups half-and-half
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 lb crab or imitation crab meat
12 oz cooked fettucini or angel hair pasta
2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning

  1. Melt butter, stir in flour.  Gradually add half-and-half.
  2. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella until melted, then add second cup and stir until melted and thickened.
  3. Add parmesan cheese; cook and stir until smooth.
  4. Fold in crab and heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally and do not boil.
  5. Toss pasta with sauce and sprinkle with seasoning. Serve immediately.
May 262011
 
whole chicken celery
onion salt
1 can tomatoes, cut up 1 can corn
2-3 T. chili powder avocado (optional)
lime or lime juice Monterey Jack cheese, grated
tortilla chips
  1. Cook chicken in water to cover with celery, onion and salt; until tender. Strain broth, cut up chicken. Set chicken aside.
  2. With broth in pot, add tomatoes, corn and chili powder to taste; let simmer. Add chicken.
  3. Peel avocado, then cut up. Squeeze lime juice over avocado.

To serve: In individual bowls, place a couple of pieces of avocado with lime juice, add broken tortilla chips, and grated Monterey Jack cheese. Pour soup over and top with cheese and chips. The amounts of everything can be varied…it doesn’t have to be exact. Also, the lime juice makes a difference so do not leave out.

Yields 6 to 8 servings.

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