This week at I Blame My Mother, we're working on Rachael Ray recipes for FNCCC. I learned to cook easy and delicious meals by watching Rachael Ray on Food Network about 7 years ago. If it weren't for her, I'd probably still hate onions (I still don't like this raw or boiled...I have to cook them until they are "caramelized"). I was so excited to learn she was coming to Atlanta for a book signing in November 2004. So my sweet husband drove me and two of my girlfriends to Peachtree Street:
I was really disappointed in her as a person. On her show 30 Minute Meals, she was so bubbly and fun, but in real life, she had a very bad attitude. I still watch her show, but not as faithfully as before.
I have several of her cookbooks. The recipe I'm using today is partially from Cheddar Cheese and Macaroni from her Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals 2 cookbook and from her Macaroni and Cheese with Ham recipe.
Macaroni and Cheese with Ham
1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked 8 minutes and drained
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
1-1/2 cup whole milk
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 slices of deli sliced ham
In a medium size pot, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Gently cook for two minutes. Slowly add milk while whisking. Gently bring milk to a simmer, whisking frequently. Once it has thickened, add cheddar cheese and stir until melted and smooth. Season with nutmeg, ground mustard and salt. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix well. Chop deli ham and stir into the pasta and cheese sauce. Serve warm.
The kids loved this!
I made extra cheese sauce and going to try to freeze it into quart bags. We'll see how it thaws out. I've heard it can become really watery. We'll see...
Be sure to visit I Blame My Mother to see what everyone is cooking up this week!
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