Ma-in-law’s Macaroni and Cheese

It is clear that my holiday time out from blogging is officially overextended when I’m pinged on FB chat and asked why I have not been posting. (Thank you Shilpa, I clearly needed that.) So I’m clambering back on the blog wagon after an overly enjoyable and extended holiday break  that started with Thanksgiving and forgot to end until the last of many inches of snow melted. Yes, Atlanta experienced its once in a decade Snoh my God! The city simply froze in shock for a Biblical seven days. We’re just about getting done with the thawing out.

So to pick up where I left off I’m going back to Thanksgiving week, when Sammie’s parents spent the week with us in Atlanta. It was quality family time and good food time so we simply had to have her mac ‘n’ cheese. It is pure, creamy, cheesy comfort. We did have a moment when Sammie waltzed in from the grocery store with black wax cheddar which was not on the grocery list his mother had given him. He announced confidently that it would be great in the mac ‘n’ cheese. He doesn’t cook so of course ma-in-law and I eyed each other doubtfully. It’s a rich, sharp cheddar so we went with it and of course it rocked. Glad I had the presence of mind to grab some pictures. It is a simple recipe and I watched her every step of the way but I have the oddest feeling it will not taste quite the same if I try to make it. What is it with Mothers’ and grandmother’s recipes that makes it so hard to get them just right? Maybe the taste comes from years of practice and not the ingredients or the method. I’m giving myself about twenty years.

Prep time: 5 min | Total time: 50 minutes | Servings: 4 – 6

Black Wax Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese (by Sherlyn Rice)

What you need:

  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 pound of black wax cheddar (Reserve enough to sprinkle on top)
  • 1 can of Carnation evaporated milk
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 2 large or 3 small eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of paprika

Ready to go in the oven (by Sherlyn Rice)

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Boil macaroni until cooked.
  3. Melt butter and cheese by stirring into the still hot macaroni. (Reserve enough to top before baking.)
  4. Mix the milk and eggs. Spoon a little macaroni into the mixture and tip it back into the rest of the macaroni.
  5. Stir in salt to taste, pour into baking dish, sprinkle shredded cheese and a dusting of paprika.
  6. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes and yum!

3 Responses to Ma-in-law’s Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Shilpa says:

    Welcome back Jay 🙂

    I love just about anything with cheese in it and this mac n cheese looks so yum!

    Just heard of “black wax cheddar ” for the first time and need to check how it’s different from the regular cheddar which is available here.

    Any other types of cheese which can be used instead?

    Keep posting 🙂

    • Jay says:

      Shilpa the world is your oyster as far as cheeses to use in your M ‘n’ C. There’s your basic straight up sharp Cheddar or Kraft’s famous Velveeta (which some will shriek is not really cheese, Shrug!) you could mix mild and sharp cheddar with a little bit of Velveeta. Cheese or not, Velveeta does add creaminess. You can mix 3 – 6 different cheeses – Cheddar, Parmesan, Asiago, Gruyere, Gouda, Monterrey Jack, Fontina are just the ones I know well. You can add other things too like finely chopped white onions, small florets of broccoli, bacon, sausage, chives. Experiment away! My challenge has always been finding (and remembering) the right proportions for good texture and consistency.

      Thing about cheese is that I was never big on it, actually disliked it immensely. I was in my mid-twenties when I ate my first slices of cheese in a sandwich in a moment of desperation. I was sick as a dog and by myself in Pune so I had to go with what was on hand. Over the years I’ve acquired a taste for a handful of varieties. Goat cheese is still a BIG no-no. And thank you for the nudge 🙂

  2. anugummaraju says:

    Jay, kick me first and then go read the SBA post on a fleeting glimpse again. The Stylish Blogger Award is yours too girl!

    And the Mac n Cheese looks awesome!

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