Wednesdays Unplugged – Decadent Macaroni and Cheese



"I try to be available for life to happen to me." ~ Bill Murray



NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!

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We don't get to see our oldest granddaughter very often any more… she is now a college girl… so it was a special treat when she could join us for family night last week! We had a grandkid sleepover with our youngest grandchildren last weekend and had a fun outing to the Ice Castle in Stillwater. It was so fun to have our youngest granddaughter fix us scrambled eggs for breakfast!


I have to try a new recipe for macaroni and cheese every once in a while… this latest one was from Real Simple.


  • Mac and cheese3 cups short pasta (such as macaroni or cavatelli)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Two 12-ounce cans evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounces processed American cheese slices, torn (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces Gruyere, grated (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar, grated (about 2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and return the hot pasta to the pot. Add the butter, tossing until melted.

Whisk together the evaporated milk, skim milk, eggs, salt, nutmeg and cayenne in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the American cheese, Gruyere and cheddar.

Spread 1/3 of the pasta in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the cheese mixture. Repeat with the remaining pasta and cheese, then pour the milk mixture over the top. Bake until warmed through and golden, 20-30 minutes.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks
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