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Crock pot mac & cheese

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    I have learned something new today. I never knew you could make mac & cheese in the crock pot. A friend of mine swears by this recipe. I Love Paula Deen. She uses butter mmmmmm :p Always trust a pudgy southern woman!


    This is a Paula Deen Recipe.

    2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (an 8-ounce box isn't quite 2 cups)
    4 tablespoons (1/2 stuck) butter, cut into pieces
    2 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
    3 eggs, beaten
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed Cheddar cheese soup
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 cup whole milk
    1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper

    Boil the macaroni in a 2 quart saucepan in plenty of water until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain. In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese. Stir until the cheese melts. In a slow cooker, combine cheese/butter mixture and add the eggs, sour cream, soup, salt, milk, mustard and pepper and stir well. Then add drained macaroni and stir again. Set the slow cooker on low setting and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
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    Now, exactly *how* does a "stuck" convert in American measurements? :wink:

    Goodness that sounds yummy.
     
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    :oops: that should be a stick
     
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    Wow..that does sound good!!
     
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    Ummmm...it sounds mushy. :sorry: I can't imagine the condition of the macaroni after being in a crock pot for three hours? :unsure:

    I have a confession to make. I'm not a Paula fan. :( :sorry:
     
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    You don't like Paula? Her food is by no means healthy but it is good.
     
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    No. :sorry: Her food is way too sweet for me. :sorry: I've tried a few of her recipes and I just don't care for them.

    I like more of a southern cooking than her's, if that makes any sense? Collard, ham hocks, corn bread (no sugar thank you!) fried okra, that sort of stuff. :(

    I don't know why, but I feel really bad for not liking her! :eek: She just doesn't do me, I guess. :sigh;
     
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    All I can see in your post right now Tink is fried okra...and this is what it sounds like in my brain right now...

    FRIED OKRA FRIED OKRA FRIED OKRA FRIED OKRA I WANT FRIED OKRA!!!!!

    And it's only 6:45 in the morning. :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh, wouldn't that be divine! :yes: Fried okra for breakfast. :yes: I haven't had it in years to be honest, but boy I sure do love the stuff. :yes:

    (Fried okra, collard with ham... fried chicken...:D :D ). Better not go there! :eek:
     
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    I haven't had it in forever either...and quite honestly wouldn't know the first thing about making it...(which is probably a good thing; self preservation in a sense :yes: ) My grandmother could fry a chicken that would make you cry...and her okra.... *sigh* My goodness I'd forgotten how much I love her cooking.
     
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    And let's not forget hot biscuits with the crisp exterior and cloud soft interiors. :sigh;

    You know? This is just torture! :(
     
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    Oh my. I used to help my grandmother rooooooooooooooooooooooooll 'em out and then we'd use her plastic tupperware cup to cut them.....I was always a MESS when we were done..and my grandfather would just laaaaaaaaaaaaugh at me :D

    Torture INDEED!!! Guess though, it's better to TALK about it then EAT it!!!!
     
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    Yes, I guess it is!

    My grandmother (and my dear friend Lareeta, a true southern woman in her own right) made biscuits like this.

    Using one of those big old crank sifters, they'd sift flower into the bowl (Martha White Self Rising, of course!) make a well in the dry ingredients add a handful of fat (usually Crisco for Lareeta, but sometimes my grandmother would use other fat) mix by hand and then break off bits and shape the biscuits. They didn't roll them out.

    I do it either way. If I want them for company, or other presentation I do the roll and cut, but if it's for family I do the free hand shape and put them (touching) in a glass pie plate). :yes:

    Is it time to talk about smooth, rich, savory gravy yet? :D
     
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    ABSOLUTELY!!! What are biscuits without gravy?!?!?! LOL.

    The first time I brought Jon "home" to meet my family, my mom made breakfast...the works...the gravy started going 'round the table and Jon leaned over and whispered in my ear "What am I supposed to put that 'sauce' on?" My dad heard him. I still don't think he's lived it down.

    I remember...when my grandmother was in a hurry (read: I wasn't in the kitchen :) ) she would sometimes make what she called "drop biscuits" which sounds very much like the ones you describe...years later and I'm pretty sure she made the roll and cut type simply to spend a bit of time with me ;)
     
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    Oooh meant to say...my grandmother would always make her gravy with the "drippings" from the bacon she had just fried....

    *sigh* I'm pretty sure my arteries are clogging just talking about this :D
     
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    They are sort of drop like. You break off a bit of the dough (keeping all bits the same size) and with a little flour in your hand, knead the dough about three to four times to shape and smooth it, pat into a circle and lay it in the pie plate.

    Poor Jon! :lol: I don't mean to laugh (as I truly am a northerner, not a southerner) but that is really funny! :D

    The first time I saw a woman mix scrambled eggs in her bowl of white stuff, I asked why in the world anyone would want to mix eggs with cream of wheat! :eek: It was of course, grits.

    Mmmmmmm, cheesey grits and shrimp with just a touch of bacon, eh? :D (The only grits I like, and don't cringe-they have to be the little packets of the quick grits. I don't like "real" grits). :lol:
     
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    LOLOL! Oh yes! :yes: My arteries are clogging and I am putting on weight with just the conversation alone! :D

    Banana pudding anyone? :D
     
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    PSSSSSSSSSSST...I'm an intstant grits sort, too....and they HAVE to be HOT...I canNOT stand cold or tepid grits BLECH.

    Jon lived through it...and about eight biscuits later he said, "WOW. You people know how to eat."

    Pass the pudding...and I'll have some more coffee too :D
     
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    :D LOL.

    Now, let's talk about something I consider very northern and my single favorite pie of all time. :D

    RHUBARB pie with that coffee, Miss Becca? :D :D
     
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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH HEAVEN...I'll take two slices. The "rhubarbery" the better. My appetite knows no geographical boundaries.
     

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