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  I was curious how you all spice up your regular mac 'n cheese? An outlet store had some chopped up salami for a good price and even though I didn't know what I was going to do with it at the ti
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GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 9:54 AM EST
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 I was curious how you all spice up your regular mac 'n cheese? An outlet store had some chopped up salami for a good price and even though I didn't know what I was going to do with it at the time I discovered how good that chopped salami was in my mac 'n cheese! The price was just too good to pass up. I was happy I got it! :) Maybe not so good for me but...

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 10:39 AM EST
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I like to add cubed cooked chicken and either a can of mixed vegtables or some broccoli.  Sometimes just a can of corn (any kind) does the trick.  I like adding ingredients to certain casseroles, just to jazz it up from time to time.  The same ole ones get a bit boring. 

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 10:46 AM EST
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My niece adds fried bacon and sliced tomatoes on top.My dad used to put salami in omelets and that was tasty.

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 10:53 AM EST
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When our children were young and we had an evening of activities, I would make macaroni and cheese and add tuna and peas along with a dash of lemon juice.  Amazingly, my now adult children now make this for themselves when they want a "comfort meal".

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 1:44 PM EST
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we sometimes put shrimp in mac ,cheese i sometimes i put tomatoes mixed in it

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 4:13 PM EST
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There is a store near me that has a small chest refrigerator and they always have bags of "meat ends" and "cheese ends".  I pick up a bag of cheese ends and take it home and process it. Toss it in the freezer and I use that for the cheese.  It is usually a mix of cheddar, mozzarella, Colby, and whatever else.
I use this as my cheese base for Mac-N-Cheese.
If I am making it for myself I add bacon if I have it.  I do like it with tomatoes sometimes.
A week ago a store had lobster on sale and I have a tail in the freezer so I am planning on a Lobster Mac-N-Cheese this weekend.
I bake mine so the top gets browned and bubbly.
My Grandma and Mom always added a bit of cheese on top before baking so I do the same.
 Sometimes they added a sprinkle of bread crumbs.  I usually don't do that, I have to cut the calories somehow!
But Mac-N-Cheese is a standby for nights when my Grandson comes over to spend the night.
He always reminds me to add the "secret ingredient"...I was told by my Grandma and Mom that a bit of Coleman's Dry mustard goes into the cheese sauce. So I do that as well and now I am sure that my Grandson will do the same.

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/26/2013 9:50 PM EST
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When my sons were small and at home, I used to add sliced hot dogs to their mac 'n cheese...boys have to have meat. LOL I don't make mac 'n cheese very often any longer, but I like to add some red pepper to mine!

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 10:33 AM EST
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I have tried to make creamy mac and cheese and the mac always absorbed all the sauce.I started using a cheese sauce from the store R- -U I cook this in my crock pot.I add at least three different cheeses to this usually sharp cheddar,Swiss and American and a can of evaporated milk..I let it cook until the sauce is smooth and the cheese has lost it's stringiness I then cook my macaroni al dente drain and stir in a little butter and add this to the cheese sauce.Then I top with buttered bread crumbs and let it cook awhile longer. If you like the top a little brown this can be finished in a pre heated oven for a few minutes.I think good mac and cheese needs at least three types of cheese.

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 11:52 AM EST
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Dry mustard sounds good would not have thought of that thanks

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 12:07 PM EST
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 Such good sounding ideas! (except for the weird stuff that comes in water! Shrimp, lobster Tongue Out) I was starting to think about the salami and olives and then it turned to pizza mac 'n cheese. hummm...must think...

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 2:15 PM EST
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Just a thought...If you add salami or other sausage type meat I would fry it a bit to get some of the grease out first.  Just so the Mac-N-Cheese does not end up being greasy. 

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 4:43 PM EST
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My Mom used to put chopped up hotdogs in ours. Love the idea of bacon and the cubed chicken (maybe both of them together??)

Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE

posted at 2/27/2013 5:01 PM EST
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In Response to Re: GOOD OLD MAC & CHEESE:
Just a thought...If you add salami or other sausage type meat I would fry it a bit to get some of the grease out first.  Just so the Mac-N-Cheese does not end up being greasy. 
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 Good idea Nikki. I was just squeezing it out on a paper towels.

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