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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!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Foodies at Home: Creamy Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

I first found this recipe on CookingLight.com and was instantly in love. It is very easy to make and really loved how it tasted. Totally a light version of a classic comfort food.

4 cups uncooked medium elbow macaroni
3 tbls. All-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 1/4 cups fat free milk
1/4 (2 ounces) /1/3-less fat cream cheese
2 tsp. dijon mustard
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 cups shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
Garlic salt to taste

How to make it:
1) Cook and drain the pasta.
2) While pasta is cooking, place flour, salt and pepper in large saucepan.
3) Add milk and stir with a whisk until well blended.
4) Drop cream cheese by teaspoonfuls into milk mixture.
5) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
6) Reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occassionally.
7) Stir in mustard, Worcestershire, and garlic salt.
8) Simmer 1 minute.
9) Remove from heat and add cheddar cheese, stirring until cheese melts.
10) Add pasta and mix until well blended.

That's it! That's all it takes to make delicious macaroni and cheese with under 275 calories per serving (6 servings per recipe). Have some fun with it. Try different cheeses (we tried a shredded Mexican blend and it was DELICIOUS) or different pastas (we used rotini one time and I liked it more than the elbow macaronis). An easy version of a classic comfort food!

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