New Year’s Day

Happy 2013! I hope you rang in the New Year by doing something fun and festive. My New Year’s Eve was fairly tame, with a late dinner with my husband, sister-in-law, and her boyfriend. New Year’s Day was spent with family and friends relaxing. I couldn’t help but think about our past several New Year’s Days that were spent in Chicago. We developed somewhat of a tradition with our New Year’s Day Mattress Parties. Our friends would come over with air mattresses, and our entire living room would be wall to wall mattresses. The day was spent laying horizontal, watching movies, and only arising to eat snacks that I had prepared for the day. I know this may sound sloth-like, but I assure you, it was nothing short of amazing. While this year’s New Year’s Day didn’t come close to resembling years past, there was one similarity: like last year, I made Mac and Cheese!

I was searching for a recipe that was super easy, creamy and cheesy, and this Alton Brown recipe for Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese seemed to fit the bill. At first I was hesitant to try this recipe because I wasn’t sold on the egg and evaporated milk that’s in the recipe; but with 667 reviews on the Food Network, and the majority of them seemingly positive, I thought I’d give it a whirl. I was glad I did, because this recipe did not disappoint. It look almost no time to throw together, and it was every bit as creamy and cheesy as I had hoped. The recipe called for a dash of hot sauce and dry mustard, but I left out both to keep it pure.

Although mattress parties are a thing of the past, I’m glad delicious food on New Year’s Day is still status quo.
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Stove Top Mac-N-Cheese

What You Need

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or shells
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard (optional)
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded

What To Do

  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente and drain. Return to the pot and melt in the butter. Toss to coat.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, pepper, hot sauce and mustard (if using). Stir into the pasta and add the cheese. Over low heat continue to stir for 3 minutes or until creamy.

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