Pumpkin is one of the healthiest veggies around! It’s low in calories but chock full of fiber and vitamins. This quick and easy recipe allows you to serve up veggies as a delicious (and healthy) dessert! Your secret is safe with me. Continue reading
Between the garden harvest and the back-to-school commotion around here, dinners in September need to be fuss-free. Penne with Glazed Vegetables is easily prepared around busy schedules, yet still captures the best of the season’s fresh vegetable flavor. Let’s get started! Continue reading
Pineapple relish is incredibly versatile and easy to prepare. Try this relish as an alternative to cranberry sauce with your holiday dinner – it pairs wonderfully with meats, adds lovely color, and Continue reading
So, the fam asked for pancakes for dinner. I don’t mind making pancakes, but have you ever seen the number of pancakes that a table full of hungry kids can work their way through? It takes time to make pancakes for this bunch!
What about Dutch Babies? The pancakes, not the people. 🙂
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If the kiddos in your life are asking to bake something, and you don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, Cake Mix Cookies are a perfect 15 minute treat. That’s right – it will only take the kids 5 minutes to Continue reading
Mac ‘n Cheese is the ultimate Midwestern American comfort food. If you’ve been following Crowded Earth Kitchen for a while, you know that we have a big old foodie crush on Paris… but not even Paris does Mac ‘n Cheese as well as the American Midwest. We’ve been experimenting with recipes for Ultimate Mac ‘n Cheese for a while, working to create a recipe that just simply doesn’t need to be improved any further. This is it. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup light cottage cheese
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/2 teaspoon sweet curry powder
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 pound box of medium shells or macaroni noodles
Step 1) Pour chicken stock into a large saute pan and boil for 10 minutes or until reduced until only about 1/2 cup of liquid remains. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Step 2) Add shells or macaroni to a large pot of boiling water. Cook until al dente, or just a bit chewy – don’t overcook! Drain when al dente is reached.
Step 3) While pasta is cooking, add mild cheddar, Monterey Jack, and sharp cheddar cheeses to the saute pan with the reduced chicken stock. Heat on a low setting, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted.
Step 4) After shells or macaroni are cooked and drained, add the cottage cheese, sour cream, and curry powder to the melted cheese mixture. Stir over low heat until thoroughly blended.
Step 5) Combine the cooked, drained noodles and the cheese mixture. Stir until noodles are evenly coated, and transfer the mixture to a greased deep dish pie plate or casserole dish. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
Step 6) Cover with foil and bake your Ultimate Mac ‘n Cheese in a preheated 325 degree oven for 30 minutes. Serve immediately with a fresh green salad.
Summertime is not the time for fussy recipes. No, summertime is the time for featuring fresh-from-the-garden delicacies at their understated best! Try this… slice a few sun ripened heirloom tomatoes. Top them with a few slices of fresh mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Tuck a few sprigs of fresh herbs here and there (I used pineapple mint). Serve immediately.
Really, that’s it. We’ll have plenty of time for fussy tomato recipes next winter. Today, just enjoy a simple salad in the sunshine!