05 November 2008

Grandma's Macaroni & Cheese

Grandma's Macaroni & Cheese
  1. cook macaroni in salted boiling water; drain
  2. add cubed cheese (cheddar, Colby, whatever you like)
  3. add butter and stir all till cheese & butter is melted
  4. add a little milk if mixture is too dry
  5. season with salt & pepper (or add Cajun seasoning, like me!)
  6. stir mixture well and pour into a baking dish
  7. sprinkle shredded cheese on top
  8. bake @ 350F until just light brown on top

My grandma was never one for written recipes. She just cooked from memory most of the time. Sadly, dementia has robbed her of that and she doesn't remember how to cook at all now. She turned 90 this year though! She has had a long, wonderful life and has been blessed with a huge family: 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren!

I was tagged this week by Nihal to post the 4th picture from the 4th folder on my computer and when I was looking that up tonight it turned out to be one of my grandma with some of her children.

(left to right) Aunt Linda, my mom Evelyn,
Aunt Doris, Aunt Janie, Aunt Omi and (in front) Grandma Tapp


Betsy said...

Yum...homemade mac & cheese...one of the best comfort foods, huh! I love recipes that are handed down like this....they mean so much! I have a few that say 'pinch of this' or 'keep adding flour until'... Sweet picture of the ladies! :)

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

I love some mac and cheese. Avery eats it EVERY day. Yes, is that goofy or what? She loves it and is so fussy about what she eats. I think someday she'll change, but for now it's a steady diet of mac and cheese. Your family looks so sweet. That doesn't surprise me though. I'm sorry about the dementia. I got to see an aunt and two uncles in August. I hadn't seen them in years and it was so uplifting. Neat post!

Kelli said...

Mmm...one of my favorite dishes!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I don't have too many handed-down recipes, but one is our main dish at Christmas. I love reading about your relationship with your grandma. It reminds me a little bit of mine (she turned 93 this year) and she is not able to cook for herself and doesn't usually remember much. I guess you'd call it a little bit of dementia due to old age, but she's able to stay in her own home with someone always with her. We're thankful for that right now.

On a completely unrelated note, did you do a post earlier this year about tea? I seem to remember that you posted a picture of your tea tins and blogged about it. It may have been someone else, but I am just picturing it here. The reason I ask is that I have some specific questions about making tea without bags. I like to drink tea at night (coffee is in the earlier part of the day usually and only occasionally at night). I thought if it was you that you might be able to help.

Michelle M. said...

That looks incredible. I love homemade mac & cheese. Yum! My whole family would love this recipe.

KC said...

yummy.. that looks so good.. I love the picture of your grandma with her girls.

Kari said...

The only mac and cheese I'll eat! =) That was a good day for Grandma--her birthday. She kept reminding everyone that she was 90 now. =)

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Shannon said...

That mac and cheese looks so good! I like that receipe since it seems that a lot of them have sour cream in them and I don't like sour cream. :)

Nihal said...

Hi Lora,
Oh what a nice Family photo:) One step closer to your family, lol:)
Anyway, many thanks for continuing tagging stuff at your own.
My wishes for a blessed Sunday w/ your family.
Miles of Smiles.

Nancy said...

I LOVE homemade mac & cheese...another great recipe to add to my collection! Thanks! And what a wonderful photo of your mom's family.