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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Moms Marvelous Macaroni and Cheese

1 pound elbow macaroni
1 Tbls. olive oil
1 stick of butter
3 C. shredded cheddar
1 1/2 C. shredded mozzarella or Monterrey jack
2 C. whole milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. season salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 tsp. salt

2 Tubes Ritz crackers
1 stick margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 350*. Spray a 15*10 inch pan with Pam .Boil macaroni water with oil for 12 minutes.  Drain and pour into pan.  Melt butter in microwave bowl, dump over noodles, stir.  Add cheeses, milk, eggs, salt and pepper, stir.  crush crackers in a large Ziploc, add melted butter, sprinkle over top of macaroni.  Bake til bubbly, about 40 minutes.
I often add 1/2 pound of cubed ham to this 

Salted Pretzel Toffee

3 Cups salted mini pretzels, chopped
1 C. salted butter
1 C. white sugar
2 Tbls. water
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
8 oz. semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 C. pecans or walnuts, chopped

Line a 15*10 inch pan with parchment paper.  line the bottom of the pan with pretzels in an even layer.  Cook the butter, sugar, water and salt over medium heat until the temperature reaches 305*, this takes about 10 minutes. stirring frequently.  Stir in the vanilla, and pour the mixture over the pretzels.  spreading evenly and quickly as it hardens quick.  Immediately layer chocolate chips on top.  and let sit for a few minutes.  When melty, spread evenly over toffee.   Top with nuts or sprinkles.  Cool completely, I place it in the fridge for about a half hour.  using a sharp knife cut into chunks.