Spicy Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

I’ve been drooling over carbs lately… I’m a totally carb lover. And I love love love baked Mac ‘n Cheese so of course when I made a batch this weekend I decided to spice up my normal Mac ‘ cheese! It got my super picky eater roommates approval with “the perfect amount of spice” not so hot you can’t keep eating but enough to give it a kick. Woohoo success!

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You’ll need:
2 cup of macaroni noodles
4 tbsp of butter
5 tbsp of flour
1.5 cups of milk
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 cups of shredded cheddar
2 cups of shredded Italian cheeses
Paprika
Cayenne pepper
Diced jalapeños
Bread crumbs
Garlic powder (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil macaroni noodles in another pot until al dente.

Then start on cheese sauce.

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In a pot, melt butter and then whisk in flour.

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Next, add milk and whipping cream. Whisk until completely blended with flour.

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Next whisk in paprika and cayenne pepper. I started off with a teaspoon on each. Taste test to get the amount of spice you like.

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Once you achieve your optimal spice level, add in a cup of shredded cheese at a time. Melt until smooth. Leave about a cup of cheese to use as a topping later.

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Turn off heat. Combine your cooked and drained macaroni noodles into your cheese pot. Add a few spoonfuls of diced jalapeños and mix.

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I mixed my bread crumbs with a little garlic powder for extra flavor.

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In a baking dish, spread about the Mac ‘n cheese and top with bread crumbs.

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Top with your last cup of cheese. Bake for 15-20 min at 350 degrees.

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Broily, cheesy perfection! Time to dig in!

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This will keep for a few days in the fridge.

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Enjoy!

Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons

So, it’s officially my favorite time of year! Christmas!! Earlier this week Lara Burns, Caroline Lomax, Sara Hull and I went to the Four Seasons for the annual Gingerbread Village unveiling. It’s a great way to kick off the season, these ornately decorated gingerbread houses and creations will be on display in the Four Seasons’ lobby until New Year’s so stop by and take a look.

The Gingerbread Village is dedicated to Texas history this year.

The Frost Tower

It’s all edible, incredible!

Hook ’em Horns!

During the unveiling, there are drinks and cookies, a singer who walks around serenading everyone to Christmas tunes and its all finished with a countdown to the Christmas tree lighting. Of course there is a Santa you can take pictures with but we left that for the kiddos.

Dallas

Lara, Sara, Me, Caroline

Christmas is here!

Afterwards we headed downstairs to TRIO, to take advantage of their awesome happy hour. Which after sampling all they had to offer, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself there much more often.

Can’t beat half price glasses of wine and champagne.

Delicious Cheese Plate

Steak Fries with Truffle Aioli topped with parmesan and rosemary… I die.

Pork Sliders= Divine.
Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese… we’ll take 2!!
 If you ever need a partner to hit up the Four Seasons with… I’m your girl!

Aspen, Colorado

I recently visited Aspen, CO for a friends wedding. The wedding was beyond gorgeous (see mountain top picture) and the food was delightfully inspiring! I wanted to share all the amazing photos and you will definitely be seeing me try to use some of these things in my cooking!

Check out some of the cool places I visited:

The Little Nell 

Junk Aspen