Oh wow. Something really disturbing happened today.
I found my first gray hair.
It is true.
This is bad. Really, really bad.
You know what this means?
I have to spend more money getting my hair highlighted more often….or some would say…I am getting old.
The weirdest thing about this gray hair thing is that it wasn’t just laying on my head, quietly announcing its arrival. It was sticking up in a sort of…strange…zig zag pattern. I mean, really? Is this how the gray hairs are going to enter into my existence? In a short time will I have a head full of gray zig zaggy hairs?
This thought was starting to really horrify me.
So, I thought of something to make me feel better.
Mac and cheese.
And, no, not the kids kind that comes in a blue box that always seems a little more orange than normal cheese should be, the kind that is creamy and melty and flavorful. In other words, grown up mac and cheese. But guess what? The kids still love it!
The perfect antidote for weird hair troubles that make you wonder….or just an easy and delicious dinner that goes perfect with some grilled Buttermilk Rosemary Chicken and steamed veggies.
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
4 tblsp butter
3 tblsp flour
1 1/2 cup skim milk
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp dried thyme
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (I used 2% milk light cheese)
4 1/2 cups cooked pasta (recommended shells, rotini or elbows)
In a large saucepan begin to melt butter at a medium heat. As it is melting, sprinkle in flour and whisk until a paste is formed. Slowly add in milk while whisking continuously until it is smooth and creamy. Turn up heat and cook until just before it starts to boil. Turn heat down to medium. Add salt, pepper and thyme. Add in cheese slowly, stirring until cheese is completely melted and sauce is thick, rich and smooth about 5 minutes. Add hot cooked pasta, stirring to coat pasta completely with cheese sauce. Continue cooking until heated through, 3-5 minutes.
*This recipe makes a lot but can be cut in half easily. I like making a big batch so the leftovers can be for my kids’ lunches for a few days! :)*