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This recipe comes with a little twang from our friend and hall-mate, Deanna Steffy. What could be more easy-going than a comfort food with a Southern twist?!

Ingredients:
– 1 box of elbows (noodles that is)
– 1 package/block sharp cheddar
– 1 package/block of colby jack
– (Any other cheese you like)
– 2 eggs
– 1 stick butter (REAL BUTTER!)
– 1 can evaporated milk
– 1 T. mustard
– 1 t. paprika
– 1 t. cumin
– pepper & salt to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 375. Put a pot of water on to boil, add a dash of olive oil (so the noodles don’t stick together!). Add the elbow mac once the water has come to a rolling boil.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, butter, mustard, and spices. Stir well. Using a grater, shred your cheese. Combine half the cheese into the egg & milk mixture. Stir.
3. Once the noodles are al dente (just about done, but could cook a little bit longer). Turn the stove top off and drain the noodles. Rinse them in cold water (so you stop the cooking process… otherwise the eggs will start to cook when you stir in the cheese mixture). You can now add the cooked noodles to the egg/milk/cheese mixture. Give it a good stir.
4. Spray/ grease a large 9″ x 13″ pan. Poor about half of the mac and cheese into the pan. Layer some of your extra cheese on top of that. Pour out the rest of the mac and cheese. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top. (Sometimes, if I want it to look really pretty I will sprinkle some more paprika or bread crumbs on top).
5. Put in the oven and bake for 30 mins, uncovered.

Enjoy!

 

Hello again, lovely ladies of 2nd floor CHA! Here is yet another tried and true fall recipe for you to give a try. Brought to us by my sister, the mother of three rambunctious boys who is presently expecting a fourth, this recipe has been through the fire of their picky eating and has withstood the flames, having been savored by all…

Ingredients*:
– 1/2 c. salted butter, melted and cooled
– 1 c. all purpose flour
– 1 t. ground cinnamon
– 1/2 t. baking powder
– 1/2 t. salt
– 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 c. sugar
– 1 large egg
– 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
– 2 large, firm and sweet apples, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8″ x 11″ baking dish.
2. Whisk together all dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter, sugar, and egg with mixer for approximately 2 minutes. Add the walnuts and apples to this mixture and stir by hand. Add the dry mixture to this and stir until thoroughly combined.
3. Spread the batter in the baking dish and bake until golden brown, approximately 40 minutes. Let cool for about 30 minutes and then cut into 12 bars.
4. Enjoy!

*Remember the recipe substitutions from a few posts ago: you can always find things that can be tweaked in a recipe in order to make it even just a bit healthier!

I must admit, I have not yet figured out why these are called apple “brownies” and not simply apple cake bars, or something like that, but I am confident that they are delicious nonetheless. I intend to make a batch soon, but if you get to it first, let me know how it goes!

Happy baking!!