Friday, January 9, 2009

Foodie Fridays!

It's time for another look into the foodie world!

I'm sure a lot of New Year's Resolutions have to do with either getting in shape, losing weight or eating healthier, right?!

Well, I firmly believe that you should never completely give up any type of food that you love. Just know when to indulge and when to cut back. So, first up for Foodie Friday today is a link to a bunch of dessert recipes that have under 300 calories per serving, and taste great!

Now you can have your dessert and eat it too!

Next up?!

My daughter's first birthday is February fourth and the theme is princess, of course, right?!
Well, I found these AMAZING princess themed cookie cutters at Williams Sonoma and wanted to share, just in case someone else is looking. I'm making cookies, as well as finger sandwiches and am going to cut the sandwiches with the cookie cutters!

And now, for the main event!

Baked Macaroni and of my favorite things to make! I just loved the baked, crunch topping, it really makes the dish!

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.


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