Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over-The-Top Mac & Cheese

I tried another new recipe for tonight’s dinner, and it was definitely a keeper. It was delicious as well as economical, and my guys here loved it. Oh, it was so good!

OVER-THE-TOP MAC & CHEESE

1 (7 1/4 oz.) box macaroni and cheese
1/2 of 10 oz. can tomatoes with green chiles ( approximately 3/4 cup - save rest for later use)
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
6 teaspoons taco seasoning mix (approximately 1/2 of packet)
1 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

Prepare the macaroni and cheese as directed on the box. Stir in tomatoes with chiles and set aside.

Brown the ground beef with the onion until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir taco seasoning mix into beef. Combine the two mixtures. Add chili powder, salt and pepper.

Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and cheese melts.

Recipe adapted from Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking (recipe submitted by a reader from Tulsa, OK).
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I’m a big Gooseberry Patch fan. Their cookbooks are full of practical recipes that use ingredients most of us normally have on hand or that are easy to get. The books have great photos, and are very enjoyable to just sit and read, especially the Christmas series. And those ladies who started Gooseberry Patch are from Ohio, too! Check out www.gooseberrypatch.com.
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Today’s Quote:
“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.”

(Vince Lombardi)
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Tomorrow is World Pasta Day. Does that give you any ideas for dinner? It’s also National Bread Sticks Day. Sounds like a meal to me! 

International Artists Day will be observed tomorrow. I appreciate those who have artistic talent. Share it with the world! My mother took art classes later in life, and I have several of her lovely paintings, but that talent was hidden for a long time!
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