11 In Misc


Last night I made old fashioned comfort food–macaroni and cheese.  Carol is coming down with a cold, so it seemed like the perfect thing to make for her.

Mac and cheese 


A simple salad was all that was needed to complete this meal.  Recipe to follow.

Close up 


5 tablespoons butter

1 pound elbow macaroni

1/2 up all purpose flour

6 cups whole milk

2 cups grated Gruyere cheese.  (8 oz)

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar  (6 oz)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

kosher salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking dish or some other shallow 3 quart baking dish.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Wipe out the pasta pot and melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes (do not let it darken).  Still stirring, slowly add the milk.  Cook, stirring occasionally , until the sauce thickens, 6 to 8 minutes.  

Add the Gruyere, Cheddar, cayenne, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and cook just until the cheese starts to melt.  Mix in the pasta.  Transfer the pasta mixture to prepared baking dish and bake until golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

*I omitted the salt.  It seemed like too much, and it tasted fine with out it.



I found this little guy in my window last week.  He is safely outdoors now, I don't want a repeat of the Fido incident!  This is a green Anole.  They are often called Texas Chameleons because of their ability to change colors.  They're so cute–but very territorial.  


  • pink
    September 18, 2010 at 10:49 am

    wowww that macaroni cheese looks extremely YUMMYYYY
    im a big fan of you:-)

  • Marit
    September 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

    He`s so cute, but I understand that you want him ouside. Where I live we have deer in the garden and a badger in the barn. Love your style and your pictures. Have a nice weekend.

  • Mel
    September 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    YUM I’m always looking out for the perfect Mac and Cheese recipe, and this one looks delicious! Will have to try it soon! Oh how cute, I adore lizards! When I was a kid I wanted a pet iguana or chameleon πŸ™‚ I love all the recipes you’ve put out, thanks again for sharing all of them!

  • tiffanyssmallworld.blogspot.com
    September 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    looks yummy!great shots as well.

  • Jasmin
    September 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    awww that little thing is too cute! Her colour is so gorgeous!!
    your recipes look delicious as always Judy πŸ™‚

  • Rand
    September 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    if you’re interested, I have a recipe for macaroni with cream cheese in it. it’s the best!

  • Kimberly
    September 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Judy I’ve found two Lizards in my house in the last week! Try some green bell pepper in your macaroni and cheese, I make mine like this with sharp cheddar, sooooo good!

  • Hilary Inspired
    September 19, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, isn’t he sweet?! Being a new Texas resident, I am just now discovering these funny creatures…they’re really fascinating!
    I have also been a bit of a chameleon recently…embarked on a new adventure on my blog (starting tomorrow) and would love your feedback! http://www.hilaryinspired.com

  • SarahJayne @ Goldmine Trash
    September 20, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Awww, what a cute lizard!

  • debbie
    September 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Judy-it’s just the Geico lizard trying to sell you insurance.

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    September 20, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Debbie–he did ask about my homeowner’s policy. ;))