Wednesday, December 21, 2011

J Alexanders Macaroni and Cheese

J Alexanders Macaroni and Cheese

Found somewhere on the internet, but do not remember where!!
Serving Size: 4

2 cups (8 ounces) elbow macaroni** good italian pasta**
3 tablespoons butter -- divided plus extra for greasing pan
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups Heavy cream
1/2 onion -- minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 1/4 cups grated gruyere cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs**Panko are best**

Bring 6 cups water and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt to rolling boil in medium
saucepan. Add macaroni and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
Drain and put in large bowl. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in large
saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking
constantly, 3 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk. Stir in onion, bay
leaf and paprika. Simmer gently, stirring often, 15 minutes. Remove
from heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese. Season to taste with salt
and pepper. Remove bay leaf. Stir in macaroni. Pour half of mixture
into greased, deep 1 1/2-quart baking dish and sprinkle with half of
remaining cheese. Top with remaining macaroni and remaining cheese.
Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in small skillet over medium heat.
Add bread crumbs and toss to coat. Sprinkle buttered crumbs over top
of macaroni. Bake at 350: F. until bread crumbs are lightly browned,
about 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Maraschino Cherries Homemade

Yum Yum... can't wait to try theses :)

Maraschino Cherries

Fresh cherries of your choice (marascas are the best choice but very hard to find)
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Small Jar

Choose the best cherries from your batch, enough to fit tightly into your chosen jar (no need to buy a special jar. Remove the stems and pit the cherries. Pack into the jar and add sugar. The amount of sugar is up to you, depending on how sweet you like your cherries. Close the lid tightly and refrigerate for one full day.

The following day add enough Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur to fully cover the cherries. Cover, shake, and marinate in refrigerator for one week, give or take a day or two.

Pop one of these homemade Maraschino cherries in your next Manhattan and become a cocktail hero, extra points if you serve them to a cocktail party crowd.


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Snickers Salad

Snickers Salad

Prep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 1 hrs 30 mins Servings: 8
1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (12 ounce) containers Cool Whip, thawed
6 Snickers candy bars
4 -6 granny smith apples
Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until thoroughly blended.
Fold in Cool Whip.
Cut Snickers into bite size chunks and add to cream cheese mixture.
Chop the apples into chunks and stir.
Chill 1 hour before serving.
Chilling for a long period of time (such as overnight) will result in liquid being released from the salad.