Showing posts from March, 2011

No more boxes!

I'm not quite sure how I've survived this long without making this recipe. My mom's recipe card gives it the official title of "Hogy's Mac and Cheese" but I'd like to call it something more along the lines of "Cholesterol Casserole" or "OrgasMAC and CHEESE".

The Best (not-from-a-box) Mac and Cheese
1 1/2 c. sour cream (this will taste fine with low or non fat if you're feeling guilty about the ridiculous amount of cheese...)
1 1/2 c. cottage cheese (I used the small curd kind)
2 eggs
24 oz. sharp cheddar cheese (I used 16 oz. -- one bag -- sharp and 2 c. of regular)
2 c. elbow macaroni
2 c. other small pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

Combine everything but pasta in a very, very large bowl.Add pasta and mix well before transferring the entire mess to a 9" x 13" casserole dish. (If you're like me and don't own a bowl large enough, just mix the pasta and cheese stuff together in the casserole dish.)


The Saga of the Rice Krispie Treats

Growing up, I can't ever remember my mom making Rice Krispie treats. The first time I ever made them, actually, was as a junior in college with my roommate K. and our friend M. K. kept freaking out over the fact that, as foodie as I was, I had never before made Rice Krispie treats. What a travesty, apparently.

K. stressed the cardinal rule of Rice Krispie treat making: Spray everything that might possibly come into contact with the stuff with cooking spray. Everything. Including your hands. Especially your hands.

Rice Krispie treats
3 T. butter/margarine
10 oz. marshmallows (the big ones!)
6 c. 'crisped/puffed rice cereal' (whatever WallyWorld calls their off brand stuff)

Melt the butter. Add marshmallows and heat/stir until completely melted. Mix in cereal. Spread in a 9" x 13" pan and let cool.

K's rule comes in to play from the very get-go. Spray your butter/marmallow melting pan, even if it's a non-stick one. Spray the spatula (or spoon, whatever) you'll…