This past week, I've been watching Mary while she's out of school. One good way to pass the time while baby-sitting is to have a large cooking project that the kid can help with.
So we did lasagna from scratch and macaroni and cheese from scratch.
The mac and cheese has 3 tablespoons melted butter, mixed with 2 Tble flour, 1 teaspoon salt, optional pepper, optional pepper sauce, optional dry mustard. Mary didn't want pepper. Add 1 1/2 cups of milk, then microwave for 4-6 minutes to thicken the sauce. Stir in two cups of cheese and microwave for a half minute to melt the cheese. Then add the already-cooked macaroni.
Wait, what. The macaroni is supposed to be cooked at this point?! Why didn't the recipe mention that earlier?!
Well, stir the macaroni into the cheese mixture for mac and cheese. The recipe went another step and had you mix bread crumbs with melted butter, then you pour that on top of the mac and cheese. Microwave the whole thing at 70% for 5 to 7 minutes. We used the wrong type of bread crumbs, apparently. Like, we took a piece of bread and crumbled it up. You're supposed to buy crumbs at the store. Because some crumbs are better than others?
The recipe ended up being okay, for old-fashioned mac and cheese. I would remove the butter/bread crumb mixture, because there was too much butter for my taste. Also, I'd put the noodle cooking FIRST in the recipe. Other than that, I'd say it's good enough to go into my official recipe book!