Macaroni and Cheese Soup

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Macaroni and Cheese SoupMacaroni and Cheese Soup


1 cup elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons of olive oil
⅔ cup of chopped carrots
⅔ cup of chopped celery
⅔ cup of chopped onions
2 cups of heavy cream
1 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
1 8oz can of creamed corn


  1. Cook 1 cup of macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, saute’ carrots for 2 minutes. Then add celery, onions, and saute’ all ingredients for 5 minutes.IMG_2568
  3. In a large pot on medium heat, combine heavy cream, milk, and cheese. Constantly stir until cheese melts and add salt and pepper.
  4. Mix water and corn starch until smooth and add to milk and cheese mixture.
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  5. Cook until mixture thickens and starts to boil.
  6. Stir constantly while adding sauteed vegetables, creamed corn and cooked macaroni.
  7. Cook until thoroughly heated and serve hot.

Yields 8 servings


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In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

image013“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

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Chocolate Mixed Nut Butter

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 Chocolate hazelnut spreads are very popular these days but they are loaded with fats and preservatives.  I was able to use my Blendtec Blender to make my own version that was much healthier.  Using my Blendtec Blender with the Twister Jar I was able to make a simple mixed nut butter by putting the ingredients below in the Twister jar and blending at the #7 speed for about 60 seconds.  It was just as delicious as the processed version but I was able to pronounce all of the ingredients.  These are the basic ingredients I used but you can adjust to your tastes.  It is great on a slice of whole grain toast, spread on a slice of apple, or even as a topping on ice cream.

Chocolate Mixed Nut Butter-
1 cup of raw almonds
1 cup hazelnuts
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tsp of vanilla
2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 /4 tsp of kosher salt
2 Tablespoons of sugar (I used Stevia instead)

Don’t miss my Blendtec Blender review and other Blendtec Blender recipe posts-
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Key Ingredient Recipe Reader Giveaway

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Disclosure: I have joined with several Coupons and Freebies in TX  and several other bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway.  The opinions below are from Kassie at  Coupons and Freebies in TX .

When I am not on the computer I am normally cooking or baking since it is my favorite thing to do.  I love to try out new recipes, but my issue lately is that I am either lugging my 18 inch laptop into the kitchen or my phone so I can try follow the steps for the recipe and simply it becomes a pain.  So I had been thinking of getting a tablet just to use in the kitchen but nothing had been what I wanted till Key Ingredient Recipe Reader emailed me.  I checked out out and right away I knew this is what I had been looking for.  So I said yes to doing a review of the product and  as soon as they told me it has shipped I signed up for Key Ingredient and even got the app for my phone.  So before the reader even got to my house I had over 40 new recipes added and I was excited.  After charging the Recipe Reader I simple turned on and logged into my account and with the wifi built in it synced my accounts together so I had all  my recipes on my Recipe Reader.  I loved the key ingredient website because it has tons of recipes to pick from and I could make cookbook folders for each section I liked, example crockpot, chicken, breakfast and more.   Each folder you make will list the recipes in alphabetic order so you can easily find if you know the name of the recipe you are looking for.  If you are planning a holiday meal this year and you find recipes you only want for the meal you can dd them to your planner, so you can easily find them when it time to cook for that meal.   The Key Ingredient has 3 timers so you can be cooking and baking many meals at once and keep up with each one.   The back has a stand so that is up some so it is easier to view, you can use laying flat or standing up it will rotate for you.

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A few other great things you will love about the Key Ingredient is that it comes with a conversion calculator and a ingredient substitute which honestly makes life so much easier.  Since I hate when I don’t have something then I have to turn on my computer and then find what I can use but then I get distracted from my computer.   Also this would be a great gift for an older person who is not tech savvy since it is simple to use.  You can also have the font sized changed so you can see without straining.  Oh and don’t worry if you spill something on it all you have to do is wipe off it is sealed glass.

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I am in love, I would buy this for anyone who loves to cook.  It makes my life simple and easy.  I don’t have to drag my laptop, cookbook or more into my small kitchen.  I just use the Key Ingredient website or app on my phone once a week find some recipes I like and add them to my planner so I write out my meal plan for the week they are right in front of me.   I love that I can use either standing up or laying down and be able to view it without any problem.   So now I know what I am getting some family members for Christmas now that I tried this out.  If you want to buy a Key Ingredient Recipe Reader they are $149 with free shipping.

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Fish Taco Recipe plus Gorton’s Wicked Good Seafood Review and Giveaway #WickedGoodSeafood @GortonsSeafood

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When I was selected by Gorton’s to participate in the Wicked Good Seafood campaign I knew right away what recipe I would be making- Fish Tacos.  Gorton’s also has lots of great fish recipes on their site if you need other inspiration.  For my recipe I selected their Beer Battered Fish Fillets but many of their other breaded fish varieties would have worked well, too, such as Crunchy Breaded Tenders, Potato Crunch Fish Fillets, and even a kid-friendly favorite—Fish Sticks!  I love Gorton’s fish because no matter what variety I buy, it is always crispy on the outside and tender and flaky on the inside.  They have something for everyone in my family.  My hubby and I like making fish tacos but our girls prefer fish sticks or even a fish sandwich.  With Gorton’s I can make different types of their fish at the same time and make everyone in my family happy.  That makes Mommy happy, too!
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Fish tacos are really simple with Gorton’s Crispy Battered Fish.
Gorton’s Crispy Battered Fish- 1 piece per taco
Tortilla- flour or corn depending on your preference, 1 per taco
Coleslaw mix- shredded cabbage and carrots
Shredded cheddar cheese
Tarter Sauce
Avocado- optional1. Cook fish according to package directions.
2. Spread tarter sauce on tortilla.
3. Spread desired amount of coleslaw mix on tortilla.
4. Top with fish, shredded cheese, and avocado (if desired).
5. Add more tarter sauce (if desired).
6. Enjoy!
See, I told you that was easy!  No tarter sauce on hand?  Mix mayonnaise and relish to taste and use in place of tarter sauce.  If you don’t like tarter sauce you can use ranch dressing or other dipping sauces instead.

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Easy Avocado Fries Including Good Cook Kitchen Tools Giveaway #‎goodcookcom‬ ‪#‎goodcookkitchenexprt‬

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You probably already know that I am part of the Good Cook Blogger program.  I’ve already done several fun campaigns such as the produce keepers and the sandwich campaign.  I was so excited when an avocado campaign was announced.  I love avocado!  My original plan was to make sushi for my avocado recipe.  Only one problem……I’ve never made sushi before and I am not really sure how to make it.  I love eating and I’ve always wanted learn how to make it so I figured this was a great chance.  I reached out the the SushiQuik company to review one of their easy sushi makers to help me make my avocado sushi.  They were gracious enough to send me one to review but I ran out of time and needed to get my avocado recipe post up so I decided on a different recipe for this avocado campaign.  Keep an eye out of my review of the SushiQuik sushi maker coming soon.
Easy Avocado Fries
I made a really delicious chicken cordon bleu the other day that my husband loved.  I was trying to think of a recipe to use avocados with and remembered the breading I had used for the chicken and BINGO Easy Avocado Fries was born.  What I love about this recipe is that the outside of the avocado has a nice, crispy coating but the inside has soft, cream….almost buttery avocado.  This recipe is very easy and only takes a few minutes.

1 medium avocado
2/3 cup regular bread crumbs
1 egg
1 Tablespoon Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Blend (or any other herb blend)
olive oil (a few tablespoons to cook in)

  1. Remove pit and slice avocado with Good Cook Avocado Slicer (your avocado should be ripe but still firm)
  2. Heat olive oil in skillet to medium high heat
  3. Beat egg lightly in small bowl
  4. Mix breadcrumbs and seasoning in separate small bowl
  5. Dip avocado slice in egg
  6. Dip avocado slice in breadcrumb mix until fully covered
  7. Place avocado slice in skillet and cook for several minutes on first side until golden brown
  8. Flip avocado and cook on second side until both sides are golden brown
  9. Cover plate with a layer of paper towels
  10. Once fully cooked drain avocado on paper towels and serve warm

Note~ I thought that the avocado fries were great by themselves but you could serve with a dipping sauce such as ranch dressing if desired.

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4th of July Strawberries #4thofJuly #ForthofJuly #JulyForth #recipe #strawberries

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Happy 4th of JulyThis is a simple way to make elegant strawberries for 4th of July.  You just need fresh strawberries, white chocolate, and blue sugar sprinkles or any other 4th of July themed sprinkles.
It is very simple to make these strawberry and they come out so pretty.  My girls love to help me and anytime I can get them to help in the kitchen and spend family time with them is always a good time.

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To make these strawberries wash and dry your strawberries well.  The chocolate will not stick wall if the strawberries are wet.  Melt white chocolate according to the package either in the microwave or with a double boiler until smooth.  Dip one side of the strawberry on an angle and then dip it on the other side at an opposite angle so it forms a “V”.  Allow excess chocolate to drip off back into the bowl.  Once you dip both sides of the strawberry I find that the dip into the sprinkles better if you allow the chocolate to cool slightly first so place the dipped strawberry onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Continue dipping other strawberries.  After about 5 minutes when the chocolate is starting to firm up a little, dip one side of the white chocolate area in blue sugar sprinkles.  Allow the strawberries to harden before serving.  You can put them in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process.  For best results, serve the day they are made.  You can make them the day before, too, but don’t make them any sooner or they will not look as good and the strawberries will start dripping and pulling away from the chocolate.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

TIP- When you put the strawberries on the parchment paper I like to slide them forward slightly on the sheet so there are no big blobs of chocolate in front of the strawberry which should be the prettiest side.


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Red, White, and Blueberry Yogurt Partfaits- No More Wasted Produce With Good Cook #ProFreshKeepers #Giveaway #goodcookcom #goodcookkitchenexprt

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Produce KeepersLooking for a way to store your unused produce?  Check out the Produce Keepers from Good Cook.  Store unused peppers, melons, tomatoes, grapefruit, lemons, bananas, and asparagus in these colorful produce keepers.  These shaped food storage containers are designed to represent the produce it stores and are easy to identify in the refrigerator.  But you don’t have to let the shapes restrict what you put in them.  I use the asparagus keeper to keep my fresh herbs, the melon keeper to keep fruit salad, fresh berries, and lots more.  If it fits, you can keep it in any Product Keeper.  Keep them crisp and fresh longer in these specialized, transparent lid containers.   I love that the lids are transparent so I can easily see what is inside.  They prevent contents from spoiling and smelling.

Here’s a recipe my 9 year old daughter came up with using our Produce Keepers.
It makes a great 4th of July or Memorial Day dessert.
Red White and Blueberry Parfaits

Vanilla Yogurt (about 1 cup per parfait)
Strawberries (about 4 per parfait)
Blueberries (about 1/2 cup parfait)
Raspberries (about 1/2 cup parfait)
Whipped Cream
Granola (about a 1/4 cup per parfait)
Sprinkles (optional topping)
Fresh mint (optional garnish)
parfait supplies
Wash berries and cut up strawberries
Fill cup with a few tablespoons of yogurt
Place strawberry pieces in a layer on top of yogurt
Layer with yogurt
Layer with blueberries
Layer with yogurt
Layer with raspberries
Layer with yogurt
Top with granola
Top with whipped cream
Garnish with more berries, sprinkles, and/or mint as desired
What is nice about this recipe is that everyone can enjoy their own personal creation.  girls parfaits

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Offer valid through June 30, 2013.   When you get them make sure  do the baggie test.  Put half of a piece of produce in the keeper and the other half in a baggie.  See which stays fresh longer.  All of mine stayed fresh longer in my keepers!

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VIDEO: Pecan Pie Bars – Recipe

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Pecan Pie! In a cookie bar… Soo good! Take a look for our video eBooks that can be downloaded from the iBookstore: Ingredients: For the crust: 1 cup (250 mL) unsalted butter, softened ⅔ cup (150 mL) packed brown sugar 2⅔ cups (650 mL) all-purpose flour ½ tsp (2 mL) salt For the filling: ½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter 1 cup (250 mL) packed brown sugar ⅓ cup (75 mL) honey or maple syrup, corn syrup 2 Tbsp (30 mL) 35% cream 2 cups (500 mL) chopped pecans Method: Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) Line a 9×13″cake pan with parchment paper, leaving enough for a 2-inch overhang on long sides. Cream together butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in the salt and flour mixing until crumbly. Press the crust into the parchment lined pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. While the crust is baking, prepare the filling: combine butter, brown sugar, honey and 35% cream in a saucepan; stirring it over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the chopped pecans. Immediately pour the pecan filling over the still hot crust; spreading it evenly to cover. Place the pan back into the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Don’t over-bake! After baking allow the bars to fully cool in the pan before lifting out and cutting.

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VIDEO: How to Make Lobster Lasagna: Recipe

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“Top Chef Canada” contestant and chef/owner at Montreal’s Macaroni Bar Sergio Mattoscio shares the delicious recipe he created for Olivieri: Lasagna with Lobster Béchamel sauce and Garlic Spinach.

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