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Baked Mac & Cheese

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving last week and gobbled til they wobbled! Today, I will be sharing my recipe on baked mac and cheese which I indeed made for last weeks holiday. You can actually even call this a one pot wonder. It takes no time at all, easy to bake, and so delicious to eat for a large gathering or even great for leftovers. Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter
  • 3 blocks (8 ounces each) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pounds elbow macaroni
  • 4 or 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente and drain then set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, cut the cheddar into small cubes.FullSizeRender-17.jpg
  4. Melt the butter in a large skillet, over low heat. Add the cubed cheddar and melt until creamy, stirring constantly. This will take about 10 minutes.FullSizeRender-20.jpgFullSizeRender-21.jpg
  5. Add the egg and stir until egg is mixed into the cheese.
  6. Add pasta to skillet and stir until combined. Stir in the milk and cream cheese, until cream cheese has melted into the pasta.FullSizeRender-18.jpg
  7. Add half of the pasta mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top with some bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-24.jpg
  8. Add the remaining half of the pasta, followed by more bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-23.jpg
  9. Bake for 35 minutes and then broil on low for 5 minutes.
  10. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-29.jpgFullSizeRender-27.jpgFullSizeRender-26.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This serves about 8 people.
  • Melting the cheddar requires a lot of arm strength and patience. Don’t worry- this recipe is totally worth it!
  • You can add whichever cream cheese flavor- I added jalapeño.
  • You can even top with onions, bacon, mushrooms, etc!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Markham Street Cafe

Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a great week. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for the weekend. Last week, I had the pleasure of reviewing a new restaurant, Markham Street Cafe, that opened up in my neck of the woods. Markham Street Cafe is still in their soft opening stage, but is planning on having their grand opening. This beautiful restaurant/cafe is more than what I can try to describe. Cozy, absolutely amazing decor, ambiance. Markham Street Cafe is going for the California cafe vibe, and with their succulents and decor, I can say they nailed it! The best part is that the owners (including the chef), and staff are so polite and friendly. Oh, forgot to mention that the food is nothing less than their service: impeccable! I was able to try a few items from their menu, which isn’t set in stone due to the soft opening. However, a more concrete menu, a full bar, live music, decor from local artists, and much more are in the works post grand opening. Check out their amazing food below and what I thought about each one! Plus, some views of their decor.

Paragon Salad, minus the beef: Thai beef (not included), red and green cabbage, fresh greens, spicy cashews, cucumber, sliced radish, onion, spicy Thai vinaigrette.

OMG, I thought this salad was amazing. I am not a fond of salads as they tend to be dry, bland, and just not exciting. However, this salad was full of flavor and the thai vinaigrette was just wow. 5/5 for me.

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Gruyere Mac and Cheese with Applwood Smoked Bacon: Cavatappi pasta, gouda, gruyere, parmesan with crispy applewood smoked bacon, and fried shallot.

Ok, this dish may be biased because I can kill for mac and cheese or any dish that is loaded with cheese. Mac and Cheese is my go to comfort food and this did not dissapoint. 5/5 for me. Would give it 10/5 if I could.

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Creamy Tomato Bisque:  Roasted tomato-extra virgin olive oil-cream.

This tomato bisque was definitely creamy. The flavor was on point! Of course, the name of the dish stated it’s creamy, so I would give it a 4/5 just because it was a little too creamy for me (I like not too bisque-y bisques), however if that’s how you roll, then its a 5/5 for you. Definitely a 5/5 for presentation!

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Cubano Sandwich: Mojo pork, pickled cucumber, provolone, smokey bacon, mustard dressing.

What a filling sandwich! Served with a pickle and fries, it surely does hit the spot. The Cubano is not dripping with sauce; a little more would’ve been nice. However, it has so much flavor and bread is toasted the right amount. The pork was succulent. 4/5.

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Overall, the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend stopping by and having a bite to eat. Check out their pages below as well as their decor!

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https://www.instagram.com/markhamstreetcafe

https://www.facebook.com/TheMarkham/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/markham-street-cafe-annandale-2

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Muscle Mac & Cheese

Hi everyone! If you know me, you know my one true love is CHEESE, especially Mac and Cheese. You can never go wrong with a large bowl of yummy, delicious, cheesy, macaroni. The only thing better than mac and cheese is PROTEIN mac and cheese.FullSizeRender-12.jpg

Muscle Mac combines high protein pasta with real cheese for a healthy and satisfying meal that’s perfect for anyone looking to add more protein to their diet. Their pasta is GMO free and fortified with added vegetable protein. It has the taste you crave plus a smooth texture. The cheese is real, with no synthetic dyes, colors or flavors. Just one serving of Muscle Mac provides 42% of your recommended daily protein intake. With 20 grams of protein per serving, Muscle Mac is delicious, quick and easy, and rich in flavor. Get your Muscle Mac at the links below!FullSizeRender-13.jpgFullSizeRender-18.jpgFullSizeRender-19.jpgFullSizeRender-61.jpg

http://www.quality-pasta.com/muscle-mac/

https://www.instagram.com/musclemac2016/

https://www.facebook.com/MuscleMac/

https://twitter.com/MuscleMac2016

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz