This Time There Had Been Flowers Scattered Over the Woman’s Body. Roses. Sweetheart Roses!

Today is the fourth anniversary of my blog Mysterious Eats.

We’ve reviewed all kinds of books, mysteries, short stories, recipes…

That’s a LOT…

The traditional gift for a fourth anniversary is flowers or fruit. I settled on sweetheart roses from Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark

Happy Anniversary and a very special thanks to all my readers!

For more anniversary posts, go to It Was Brain-Tanned Leather, As Soft As a Horse’s Nose, and the Color of Butter Melting in the Sun

For more on Let Me Call You Sweetheartgo to Let Me Call You Sweetheart

For more on Mary Higgins Clark, go to I’ve Got You Under My Skin

Polka Dot Macaroni and Cheese

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So as I stated in my book review of Peach Cobbler Murder, I don’t like Peach Cobbler at all not one bit.

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And since I don’t like to eat peaches in any other form than just eating the fruit, I decided to just skip it all together and post something completely different.

Thoughts Before Cooking:

So my niece wanted to make this recipe called Polka Dot Macaroni and Cheese, but when I looked at the recipe it asked for Cheddar cheese soup and some other stuff that didn’t sound good. So instead I choose a Paula Dean recipe for Macaroni and Cheese and added the extra items to make it “Polka-Dotted”.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of uncooked Macaroni
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Minced Onion
  • 4 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoons of Dry Mustard
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • 2 Cups of Milk
  • 3 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Hot dogs (I use Hebrew National as they are the best)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
  3. Boil 6 cups of water, add macaroni, and cook until al dente.
  4. Drain the pasta.
  5. In a large saucepan, melt the butter.
  6. Add the onion and cook, stirring constantly until tender.
  7. Add flour, salt, dry mustard, and paprika; mix well.
  8. Add milk and stir for 5 minutes, or until thickened.
  9. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese and stir until melted.
  10. Stir in the macaroni and pour into the prepared dish.
  11. Cover the macaroni with remaining cheese.
  12. Cut the hot dogs into penny-thin slices.
  13. Sprinkle on top of the macaroni.
  14. Bake for 45-50 minutes.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I’ve never been one for the hot dog and Mac & cheese combo; but I loved this. The Mac and Cheese is of course phenomenal, but the hotdog added an extra boost.

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For more recipes with macaroni, go to Pasta e Fagioli

For more recipes, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies