Oooey Gooey Cheesey Goodness

I was at work when I received an email from Shopbop about the sale and couldn’t wait to share the news! Obviously, I don’t do any blogging at work, however this was important. I thought my 2 year old Blackberry Curve was going to combust when I hit the Publish button. (Husband – if you are reading, I want the iPhone!!!) I don’t know if you’ve all “bopped” before, but I love shopping there. I can tell you from experience, they have great customer service and an utterly fabulous selection of clothes.  I hope that some of you were able to benefit from the Stopbop Sale. If you got something, I’d love to see it!

I finally got to making Macaroni and Cheese!  I tweaked my own recipe a little bit to make it creamier and I’m very happy with the results….

Macaroni and Cheese

1 pound Elbow Macaroni (Cavatappi is best)

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup flour

4 cups Skim Milk (yes, skim!)

1/2 pint of Heavy Cream

2 cups of Gruyere Cheese

1 1/2 cups of Coby Jack

1/4 cup of Mozzarella

1/2 pound Maple Bacon

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Kosher Salt

Italian Style Breadcrumbs

*Cook the bacon in a frying pan, once cooked set aside

* Melt butter in saucepan

 

Don't you just love the smell of melting butter??

 

*Stirring constantly, add the flour.

* Once blended, slowly stir in the milk and heavy cream.  Keep stirring….Mixture will thicken after a few minutes.

*Add your cheese, cayenne pepper and kosher salt.

*Stir until all the cheese has melted.  In the meantime, chop the cooked bacon.

*Cook the pasta per the instructions, however, remove from the stove about 2 minutes before completely cooked.  The pasta will finish cooking in the oven.

*Pour into baking dish.  Add the chopped bacon and the cheese mixture.

*Sprinkle the Italian Style Bread Crumbs on top.

*Bake form 25 to 30 minutes at 350.

 

Look at that cheese bubble!

 

I dug right in!  No temperature too hot for me!

You could probably use any of your favorite cheeses in this.  OR if you lived in a household where people eat vegetables besides yourself (Sorry babe!), you could even add broccoli.

I hope, if you try this, you enjoy it.

In other news, opinions are needed: I received news yesterday that I cannot wear my contact lenses for an entire week. This was devastating. I have nothing against glasses, per say, just when I have to wear them. They hurt my ears and slide down my nose…ugh. So, in order to make myself feel better, I decided that it may be time to get some new frames! Shopping makes everything better!! Tomorrow I thought I’d go check out these bad boys:

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I think they’ree very geek chic. We’ll see if I can pull of this look tomorrow. The best part is that Lenscrafters is having a 30% off sale until October 30. YES!

Happy Friday!!

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Cheeseburgers and No-hitters

Happy Thursday!  Last night we witnessed a fabulous baseball game.  Now, I am not a huge baseball fan, but I will watch for my husband.  The only time baseball gets exciting, in my opinion, is playoffs!  Lucky for us, the Phillies have been in them for quite a few years now.

We ended up at the Fox & Hound, which is known for getting a huge Philly crowd when there’s a big game on.

It was really nice to watch Roy Halladay’s no-hitter with a restaurant full of people – everyone cheering and going crazy.  Needless to say, I didn’t eat so well yesterday, although it started promising:

I know the container looks big, I assure you my leftover lunch was not THAT much 🙂

I had planned on making the macaroni and cheese last night, but as you know, my plans were derailed.  That’s ok, it was a night off from the cooking – I’ll take that any day.  Instead, I had a wonderful cheeseburger.

And the table shared a few of these:

This tower was about $20, but it depends what kind of beer you get.  You get around 8 beers out of it and its definitely cooler than just a plain pitcher!

Overall, it was a pretty good night!  Tomorrow I’ll post the Mac-n-Cheese recipe, so be on the lookout.

Before I head out, I know I haven’t been up and running for very long, but I’d love to hear from those who are keeping up with me!

One more workday!  G’night!

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Kickin it up a notch

I must say, that I have been ravenous this week! I don’t know if it’s the rain or cold weather, but I have been eating non-stop! Check out my haul for Tuesday’s breakfast/lunch:

Check out that lovely piece of provolone cheese:

I came home a little early from work yesterday because of an eye issue, so I really had no excuse not to cook. I decided on Chicken Cutlets, but wanted to kick it up a notch. I added cayenne pepper to my Italian Style bread crumbs. You can add as much or as little as you want. I was in the mood to really be kicked!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have any cutlets on hand, so I made my own from chicken breasts!

Pounded nice and thin….

Dunked in egg whites and then into my Italian Bread Crumb mix – added cayenne pepper and some parmesan cheese. I had a pretty decent assembly line going.

While that was going on, I made my potato side dish. This to me is a much faster way to make potatoes and a majority of it is hands off so you can be doing other things. I started by cleaning and cutting holes into four decent size potatoes.

Then I microwaved them for about five minutes, or until they were soft all the way through. Then they were cubed.

I added in some EVOO, green onions, asiago cheese, fresh ground salt and pepper and a little rosemary.

Next, I added the potatoes to a frying pan (with a little EVOO at the bottom) and made those suckers crunchy.

I also roasted some asparagus EVOO and the Montreal Steak Seasoning (I’m obsessed). If you don’t have one of these fabulous dishes by Wilton Armetale, then you need to look into them. They go into the oven or on the grill, are easy to clean, and you don’t need to transfer the food onto a serving plate because it’s nice enough for a tabletop.  My aunts got me a plate and bowl for Christmas a few years ago and I use this one all the time. 99% of the time, I’m the only one in my house to eat vegetables (Don’t even get me started), so this is the perfect size for just one serving, as well as being big enough for two! Check them out here.

And…..Voila!

Well, my plans for Macaroni and Cheese have changed, which is why this post is so late. We headed out to watch the NO HITTER instead.  🙂  GO PHILS.

Have a good night!

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My Monday ended as gloomy as it began – in the dentist’s chair. Why oh why did I schedule a cleaning on a Monday?? I hate the dentist, as most people do. The ONLY good thing about my dentist is that he’s gorgeous! He can clean my mouth any day… ahem. Sorry for that. 😉

Foodnote: I should never have deli meats around the house, because this always happens:

This is me on the way out the door to the dentist. It was a must-have, I assure you!

Yesterday was such a cold rainy day, that I thought I’d finally break out these bad boys!

I love wearing my Hunter Boots. I feel invincible! I can walk through mud and puddles and not even bat an eye! (as I did with this bad boy)

I was able to bring in all my newly purchased goodies for lunch yesterday. Here’s what the workday spread looked like…

I stocked up on my Honeycrisp Apples!

All packed up and ready to rock.

I almost forgot my “milk’ for the week!

Tomorrow I’m going to work on perfecting my Macaroni and Cheese! I wanted something fun and cozy to watch the Phillies in Game 1 of the NLDS!! Go Phils!

Of course I’ll post pics and the recipe on Thursday!

G’night!

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Lust List

Accessories have been huge lately. While I’m not a huge jewelry person, sorry Mom, I do like to have a few key pieces on hand. I spotted this one and knew I had to have it.

This necklace is by Hive and Honey and I found it on Piperlime.com for only $30. I’ve discovered you can wear it with anything. I’ve worn it to work to spice up dresses, or casually with a t-shirt and jeans on the weekends.

Not a bad deal!

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Putting my two cents in…

Well, I read the Marie Claire article today.  For those of you who haven’t, you can find it here.  While I haven’t been blogging for long – one week to the day, actually – I have been an avid reader of some of the blogs called into question in the article, particularly CarrotsnCake, for a long time.  I have received nothing but inspiration – in AND out of the kitchen – from Tina’s posts.  I don’t believe for one second that she is preaching a certain lifestyle or trying to make anyone feel badly for not exercising or eating healthy.   We’re simply reading Tina’s story.  If you choose to read these blogs, the one thing you should take from it is that you should make your own story, as I’m hoping to do here.

There, I’ve officially stuck my face in where it doesn’t belong….

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