Monthly Archives: December 2012

White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon

Lately I have been addicted to Pinterest and have been trying lots of new recipes.  I think my hubby is getting spoiled, because the recipes I have been trying have been so good.  This one we made tonight was exceptionally good and I want to share with you all.

Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese with Kale and Bacon

YIELD: serves 8

PREP TIME: 5 – 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 35 – 45 minutes

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1 lb. macaroni
3 tablespoon butter
1/2 of a purple onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
3 cups whole milk
8 ounces sharp white cheddar, grated
1 ounce parmesan, finely grated
dash nutmeg
dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt, or according to personal preference
6 ounces center cut bacon or pancetta, cooked and crumbled
3 1/2 ounces fresh kale, chopped (about a half a bunch)


Cook pasta one to two minutes less than package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, cut the bacon pieces in half vertically, then into small bite sized pieces. Cook until crispy. Then drain, and set aside.

In a large French or Dutch oven, melt the butter. Saute the onion for 3 – 5 minutes over medium heat, or until tender and golden. Add the garlic and saute and additional minute or two, until fragrant. Whisk in the flour and cook over medium heat till golden. Slowly whisk in the milk while cooking over medium heat.

Stir in the sharp white cheddar and parmesan cheese, whisking until melted and creamy. Add the nutmeg, cayenne, black pepper, and salt (if desired). Bring to a slow simmer, and then stir in the pasta, bacon, and kale.

Transfer the pasta mixture to a 3 1/2 quart oven safe casserole dish or cast iron pan. Bake at 375 degrees F on the center rack in the oven for 10-20 minutes, or until the mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve immediately.



Have you made anything from Pinterest?  What’s your favorite recipe?

My blog stats: 2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 20,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

The end is near

…of 2012 that is.

I am sitting here reflecting on how fast this year has flown by and trying to remember all of the things that have happened through the year.  I remember some of the big stuff, such as the birth of my niece, having major eye surgery, getting engaged, getting married, going to the Bahamas and to New York, visiting family, wine tasting, moving yet again, and thats where the remembering stops.  I really wish I could remember more of the little things but I am stuck.  And since I barely spent any time documenting any of those things on my blog, I have little recollection of the rest.

I decided that I don’t want that to happen again next year.  So, thanks to the help of Pinterest, I decided to make a 2013 Memories Jar with my hubby.  This way when something happens that one of us wants to remember, whether a special moment, a trip, etc., we can write it on a slip of paper and put it in our jar. Then on New Years Eve, open the jar and read through all the papers and relive each moment again.

Here are some pictures of our decorated jar (sorry I didn’t do a step by step picture):


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I think we will also include some goals/resolutions in the jar as well.  It will be fun next year to look back to see if we stuck to them or not.

What was your favorite memory(ies) of 2012?  What are you looking forward to in 2013? Any goals/resolutions? Are you going to make your own 2013 memories jar?