Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Great Cooking Magazine Challenge May 2011 Edition

So its that time again! I'm putting out the challenge to flip through those stacks of cooking magazines and clippings or printed out internet recipes and try something new :-) I do this challenge mostly for myself - to justify my many cooking magazine purchases and subscriptions. But I know many of you out there are just as guilty as me!

I have a linky below where you can come back and show us what you did for the challenge. I got a new Everyday with Rachel Ray in the mail this week and thought I would give a couple things that caught my eye a try today. First up is BLT Mac & Cheese

Randy and I both grew up eating "the blue box" as my friend Kathleen calls it. Kraft Dinner is how my Canadian husband refers to it. I still love it, but we have graduated to Velveeta Shells and Cheese. High Class I know! But I am always trying out mac & cheese when its offered on a menu. I've tried to recreate it at home a couple of times but haven't been that happy with the results. This recipe was actually pretty good, maybe because it comes somewhat close to looking and tasting like Kraft! lol

BLT Mac 'n' Cheese

4 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces (I used the Hormel pieces in the bag..hey it saves time!)
12 oz pasta (elbows or rotini)
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp turmeric (gives it that nice orangey-yellow color)
6 oz cream cheese
2 cups finely shredded orange cheddar cheese. (About 8 oz)
6 oz cherry tomatoes quartered (I used two small chopped)
Salt, Pepper
Onion powder, garlic powder to taste (my addition)
Grated Parmesan cheese (my addition)

Preheat oven to 375°. Cook bacon until crisp if not taking the short cut that I did, then drain. Meanwhile in a large pot of salted water cook pasta until done & drain. In same pot bring milk to simmer over medium heat. Whisk in tumeric & cream cheese. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Add pasta, bacon and tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, tiny bit of onion & garlic powder. Transfer to 9x13 casserole and bake til heated through, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with grated parmesan before serving.

In the same June/July edition of Rachel Ray's mag there was an article about updated & homemade Popsicles. There were a few I'd like to try, but settled on the "Cappuccino" because the ingredients to me sounded more like Vietnamese Coffee which I love. Very simple to make and would be a good use of left over coffee.

Cappuccino Popsicles

3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (I ended up using a big more in the espresso part)
1/2 cups brewed espresso (I used prepared instant espresso powder I keep on hand for recipes like this)
2 tsp dark unsweetened cocoa powder, plus some for dusting (I only used 1)

Combine the cream and 1/4 cup condensed milk, stirring well. Divide mixture between your popsicle molds. Freeze until almost solid, about 1 hour. Meanwhile in a bowl whisk together espresso, cocoa and remaining condensed milk (I used more than 1/4 cup because I like sweet coffee!). Refrigerate until cold. Divide the espresso mixture between molds insert stick and freeze until solid - about 4 hours. Run warm water over molds to remove the pops. Dust cream layer with more cocoa powder. Yummy!

I hope I gave you a little inspiration. Go search your stacks, do some cooking and blogging and come back here to link up! Putting a link back to my blog in your post would be neighborly too :-)

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mothers out there including my own! Love you Momma!

I'm joining for the following parties
Sweets for a Saturday
Weekend Cooking
So Sweet Sunday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
What's On Your Plate?
Meatless Mondays


Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

The Kraft Suzy Dinner looks so good! I'll have to try because my family really loves those Kraft dinners! Nice to finish up with a popsicle.
Happy Mother's Day!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

MC&B! Gotta love it! Happy Mother's Day Suzy-enjoy:@)

bj said...

Love Mac and cheese and BACON. Yum
Thanks for hosting and I hope your Mother's Day is awesome.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh my gosh, two of my husband's favorites in one dish! It sounds so good! The cappuccino Popsicle sounds delicious too.

Kim McCallie said...

My sons would love your popsicles. Even though they're only six and eight, they love coffee. Their favorite treat is frosticcinos from Wendy's. Thanks for linking up to A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday! Kim

Foley said...

Happy Mothers Day to you Suzy..I'm sure Jigs gave you lots of lovin!!

Lizzy said...

Thanks for leading me to your lovely blog, Suzy! I'm making a French silk pie from Cook's Country today and hope to add it to your Linky Party :) Hope you have a wonderful day~

TheBookGirl said...

I think my daughter would have starved when she was little if not for mac and cheese and peanut butter :)
This dish looks great, and I think the idea about making some of those recipes that I have clipped and put in a drawer is a great, I have to just find which drawer I put them in, lol.
Happy Mother's Day!

Beth F said...

The popsicles sound awesome -- as does the mac & cheese. I made a new cookie recipe today but not a magazine. Will try to do so this week.

Chaya said...

This looks so yummy. Would you link it to My Meatless Mondays?

Your mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.

Martha (MM) said...

What a great idea! If I make anything from a cooking magazine I'll definitely come back to link up. I'm a new follower here. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Kathryn said...

Mac, cheese and bacon sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Those Cappuccino Popsicles look super good!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

The Mac and cheese with bacon will be great for me to make at camp. My guys will love it! Those popsicles are calling my name ;o)
I'll have a recipe to share tomorrow.

The Lucky Wife @ The Saturday Evening Pot said...

What a great idea! Thanks for hosting. Linking meatloaf and pineapple upside down cake, both delicious. Would love for you to join in our Make a Food-"e"-Friend Monday party as well! :)

Jacqueline said...

They both look wonderful. I read about your party at Lynn's. What a great idea for a meme. I need, need, need to cook out of my magazines for, as I am addicted to buying, reading, perusing, drooling over them, etc. Yum.

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Those popsicle look so good!

I would like to invite you to link up some of your favorite recipes to "Made it on Monday"...a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK PARTY I host on my blog.

*Link ups are open every WED.-SAT.*

Deborah said...

I have got to add that mac and cheese to my "to make" list! I'd love to have you submit this to my Saturdays with Rachael Ray series!

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