Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Foodday

Hey lovebugs! It's Friday Foodday! I'm so excited! Today I am featuring a special recipe and holiday tradition from a fellow blogger, an awesome recipe from a great friend and a classic holiday recipe from my friends from Orlando.

If you have a holiday recipe or tradition that you would like featured, please send it along to me! I would just love to see it!!!!

Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon
c/o Stilettos and Diaper Bags

With the holidays around the corner and the snow outside keeping everything cold, I decided it was time to make my yearly savory dish of macaroni and cheese with bacon. I make this dish just once a year because it is not very good for you, but it is VERY good! I'm sure you could tweak the recipe and make it lower fat, but what fun is that?! Here's what you will need to make this dish:

1 box of elbow macaroni
6 slices bacon, diced
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup (4oz.) shredded colby-jack cheese
1 cup (4oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
8 slices (6oz.) american cheese 

1) pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 3-quart broiler-safe dish with nonstick cooking spray. Bring a large post of lightly salted water to boiling.
2) cook elbow macaroni in boiling water, then drain. Meanwhile, in medium size sauce pan, cook bacon over med. heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels. Carefully pour off drippings, returning 2 tablespoons to pan. Add butter
3) whisk in flour until smooth. In a thin stream, whisk in milk. Stir in onion powder, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over med. heat, then reduce heat and simmer 2 mins. In a large bowl, toss together cheddar, colby-jack, and mozzarella cheese. 
4) remove milk mixture from heat. whisk in american cheese and 1 1/4 cups of the cheddar mixture. Toss bacon pieces with remaining shredded cheese. 
5) in pasta pot, combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce. Pour half into prepared dish. Sprinkle with a generous cup of the bacon-cheese mixture. Repeat layering. 
6) Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Then broil for 3 mins or until top is golden brown. Cool slightly before serving.

ENJOY! This is one of my favorite recipes. I pulled it out of a magazine a few years ago and don't remember which one. Sorry! Hope you all have a wonder holiday season! For more recipes check out my blog the week of Dec. 20-24 for cookie week. 

Cream Wafers*
c/o LPU
My family fights over them every year and they never last until Christmas!

1 cup softened butter                                        
1/2 cup granulated sugar
½ cup whipping cream (the real stuff)             
1 cup Creamy butter filling
2 cups flour

Mix butter and whipping cream together.  Whipping cream does not need to be whipped.  Measure flour.  Mix butter cream and flour together. Chill dough for at least an hour.
Heat oven to 375 °.
 Roll dough to 1/8". Cut into circles or stars.
 Place sugar in a pie tin.  Transfer cookie to sugar and coat both sides with sugar.
 Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Prick cookies several times with a fork.
 Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until cookies are slightly puffy and lightly browned. Put on cooling rack. They're delicate so be gentle with them.
Put two cookies together with filling.

Butter Cream Frosting
1/4 cup soft butter
3/4 cup confectionary sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.  Add powdered sugar until the filling is stiff enough to frost cookies.  Add food coloring of your choosing to make them festive!

*Note- I had the honor of stuffing my face with about 7 of these.  They're amazing.

Marshmallow Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies
c/o Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes Orlando Pastry Team

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of chocolate chips
1 bag mini marshmallows
2 sticks of unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs

-Preheat oven to 375.
-Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.  Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer until creamy.  Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
-Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Scoop out about one tablespoon of the cookie dough and shape into a ball.  With your finger make a hole in the center, stuff 2-3 marshmallows into the dough and then seal back up.
-Place each ball of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet and press lightly.  Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden brown.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.

If these recipes don't warm up your holiday, I don't know what will!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 
Be fabulous today! 


  1. Happy Friday Kels!! Hope you have a great weekend! The mac & cheese and the marshmallow filled cookies sound diviiiiine! :)

  2. Thanks for asking me to guest blog! I have a small typo where I say "wonder" but I meant wonderful but who cares! ;) Have a great weekend and wonderful holiday next week! xo

  3. Ohhhhhhhh, that mac and cheese looks a good way!

  4. Yum, yum, yum! Those all sound delicious!! I will definately be making that mac and cheese very soon!

  5. The mac n' cheese looks amazing! My husband would love it.

  6. Happy Friday Kels!! Hope you have a great weekend! The mac & cheese and the marshmallow filled cookies sound diviiiiine! :)


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