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Salutations Readers!

Kalamazoo has good food.
Great food, in fact. We have made it our mission to check out all the local eateries one at a time - and more for our own poor memories than any other reason, we'll be chronicling our adventures in food here. And some places float our boats way more than others, which is why we have developed the very scientific
five golden forks rating scale. Ok. It is not scientific at all. It is actually quite unscientific. But, it is something. And now, you can search all of our reviews by the forks rating. YAY!

But, wait! There's more!
Kalamazoo Foodies no longer just eat at restaurants then review them. There are recipes posted, some easy, some less easy, all delicious. There are, or will be, book reviews, the new
Foodie Movie Review-y which will focus on movies about food or ones that have a lot of beautiful food in them. There are other food musings, and hopefully soon contests and so much more. But, Foodie Friends, it is all about food. Because we love it!
And, we want to hear from you!

We want to hear your comments on our recipes and reviews. We want to know where you love to eat. And, we are looking for GUEST bloggers to broaden our horizons a bit. And, if you haven't found us on Facebook, you should do that too. Like our page for other fun Foodies stuff like photos, polls, and more.

SO KALAMAZOO PATRONS - where do YOU love to eat? Because we'd love to check it out and share our thoughts here. Give us a comment below, and quickly! Our tummies are grumbling in anticipation.

A Note from the Foodies about our typical fair:
So, you may notice as you read our blog that we often order the same thing wherever we go. OK, maybe not quite, but we do often order similar things. Kristin has her caprese salads and mushroom dishes. Kate has her baked goat cheese and things with tofu. Well, readers, we wanted to let you know that this is absolutely intentional. A) We love those things, so why not order what you love? And, B) It is a lot easier to compare apples to apples than it is to compare apples to comquats. So, we like to order similar things to have a good sense of how to compare them. Just wanted to let you in on that little secret. Bon appetit!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Foodies at Home: Not so bad for you Macaroni and Cheese

5 cups milk
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces nonfat cream cheese
1 ounce goat cheese
6 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
12 ounces macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese

How to prepare:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a medium saucepan, combine milk and flour.
3) Stirring constantly, cook over medium high heat 7 to 8 minutes. Cook until mixture has thickened.
4) Stir in dry mustard, salt, paprika, pepper, and cheeses.
5) Continue to cook until cheeses are melted.
6) Add in green onions.
7) Combine cheese sauce with cooked macaroni.
8) Pour into a 9x13 inch pan coated with non-cook spray.
9) Combine bread crumbs and 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture.
10) Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

This recipe claims to be about 195 calories per serving. Well, the recipe I printed off did. However, it didn't tell you how big a serving was... so it was kind of a guessing game as to the real nutrition facts.

What you see above has a few embellishments to it (the goat cheese, mainly). I think it is still less than 300 calories for a 1 1/2 cup serving.

Paul was really blown away by this recipe. I thought I could do better, but it still was pretty good. When we make it again (which will be soon, I think, Paul is already begging for it!), I think I will play around with the seasoning. I thought it was a bit bland as it. But, there is always next time.

That said, it was still very satisfying, and it made a lot. We had mac and cheese for probably about 4 meals. So, that was a nice perk.

Try it. Make it your own. The foundation is here!


Anonymous said...

I just happened across this blog and this recipe looks fantastic! I'm going to try it tomorrow, thanks!

Kate L said...

Glad you found us! Hope the Mac and Cheese turned out as good as it did for us!

I will try to post some more recipes soon!