Monday, October 28, 2013

sunday chow-down...

sundays are for eating, end of story. this weekend was no exception.  for lunch we had a homemade mac & cheese and for dinner the husband made a delicious pork chop with vinegar peppers & potatoes. i had about 2 dozen apples from apple picking with my girlfriends on saturday so i whipped up some apple crisp for dessert too. i think by the end of winter i'll be about 300 lbs if we continue on this eating path...

mac & cheese
1 block of white cheddar
1 block of orange cheddar
3 cups milk, plus some extra (maybe another cup)
2 tablespoons truffle oil
bacon bits (i used the pre-made stuff in a jar, use as much or as little as you want)
2 cups panko crumbs
1 box of elbow macaroni

1. cook the pasta according to the directions. drain & set aside. pre-heat the oven to 375
2. shred the cheese (or just buy the pre-shredded stuff, much easier).
3. heat the milk in a medium saucepan, slowly stirring in the cheese until it's melted. be sure to set aside & reserve some of the cheese for the topping
4. add the truffle oil to the cheese mixture.
5. combine the cheese mixture with the cooked pasta, adding in the bacon.
6. in a separate bowl mix the left over shredded cheese with the panko crumbs.
7. spread the pasta & cheese mixture into a baking dish, top with the panko crumb mixture.
8. add the remaining cup of milk to the baking dish so it fills up the dish a little
9. bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes...make sure the top doesn't burn

apple crisp
5-6 medium apples (i mixed and match types of apples), peeled & cored
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon grond nutmeg
vanilla ice cream

1. pre-heat the oven to 375, grease the bottom of a baking dish with some butter
2. spread the apples in the pan.
3. in a medium bowl stir the remaining ingredients (except the butter & ice cream). spread this mixture over the apples
4. put dabs of butter over the top of the mixture and bake about 30 minutes until topping is golden brown (make sure the apples are tender too)
5. serve with ice cream

since i didn't make the pork chops i can't really give you his recipe...but here's one that looks about right.

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