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Friday, November 30, 2012

Three Cheese Mac & Cheese

Yes, it is Friday; however, I'll be taking a break during the month of December from the Seafood Frenzy Friday posts. I know how much you love them, so they will resume after the first of the year. :)

Instead, I thought I'd do something fun to get you all in the holiday spirit.  Starting this Monday, I will be doing a "12 Days of Holiday Baking" theme where I will share a new sweet treat Monday-Thursday over the course of the next three weeks; just in time for your holiday baking. And on Friday's, I will post a new savory recipe that I have created throughout the week.  

And now for today's post...

Today, is my daughter Rachael's 16th birthday...Yes, Sweet 16! And last month, we celebrated by having a Mardi Gras themed party for our immediate family and 100 of her closest friends. Well, she also shared the party with her friend so most of the friends were both of theirs. The kids had a blast, our immediate families were all there to celebrate and everyone danced the night away. (see pictures below). 

That brings me to the birthday girls dinner. As you know, when it's your birthday at my house, you get to choose whatever you want to have. So tonight, we will be dining on Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets with Bruschetta (we put it on top of the cutlets and everyone loves it this way!), this Three Cheese Mac & Cheese (which was so good that when I made this the first time, she told me to make it again for her birthday), a Garden Salad and she wanted an Ice Cream Cake. 

We'll have to wait until she gets home because she's going for her permit, then driving lessons with an old high school friend who owns a local driving school (Focus Driving School). I just hope she passes the written test so keep your fingers crossed!!!! 

Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
1lb. Macaroni Pasta
2 tbsp. Butter
2 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 c. Milk (I used 2%)
½ c. 2% Velveeta Cheese, cubed
¼ c. Asiago Cheese, shredded
¼ c. Pecorino Romano Cheese, shredded
1 c. Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. Melted Butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2.  Cook pasta according to package instructions, removing the pasta while it’s still al dente.
3. While the pasta is cooking, melt 2 tbsp. butter in a large saucepan, then stir in the flour forming a roux.
4. Whisk in the milk, then add in the cheese. Stir until all of the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened slightly.
5. Add the cooked pasta to the cheese sauce and mix well, then place the pasta in a oven safe baking dish (I used a 9”x9” corning ware).
6. Mix together the breadcrumbs and 1 tbsp. melted butter, then sprinkle on top of the macaroni.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are lightly browned and the cheese is bubbling. Serves 6.

And now to thank a few people for helping us pull this party together...

The Venue: Portobello Banquets 

Flowers Galore for the beautiful Mardi Gras Centerpieces and Sweet 16 Candelabra

Barbara Arnott for the chocolate mask favors

DJ's Steve and Mark from SPS Productions 

Cupcake Tower from All in the Icing

Happy Sweet 16 Rachael, we love you! 


  1. What a lovely party for a lovely young lady. And I don't blame her one bit for wanting this mac & cheese for her birthday! :)


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