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Doha, Qatar Opens Wal-Mart

As seen between B and C ring in Najma when I was trying to find the Garden Vegetarian restaurant:

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Humor, Shopping | 10 Comments

Mac and Cheese Weather

I was visiting my sister, and our children were all very small. It was a cold day, a very very cold, snowy, icy day in Iowa and I told the kids I would make macaroni and cheese like my Mom used to make.

Their eyes got big and round and all day they went around saying “she’s making Macaroni and Cheese like Mom used to make!”

When I finally dished it out – there was utter silence as they stared at the macaroni and cheese – made from real macaroni and REAL CHEESE in a real, home made sauce!

They didn’t look delighted. They looked horrified, and like they didn’t want to embarrass me, but something was terribly wrong.

My sister started laughing.

“I think they all expected it to be orange,” she said, and I started laughing too – orange is also what my son grew up on, it was so quick and easy.

Mom’s Mac and Cheese was not a big hit.

But with the semi-chilly weather of January, I found this fabulous recipe for Macaroni and Cheese that sounds like it greatly ups the taste factor. I found it on, one of my favorite recipe websites and it is called Kicked up Macaroni and Cheese:

Kicked Up Macaroni and Cheese

1 1/2 cups rotelle pasta
4 tablespoons butter, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
3 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
1 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons chili powder

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. A little at a time, whisk in milk, mustard, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, then remove from heat and whisk in pepperjack, Cheddar and Parmesan until smooth. Stir in cooked pasta and pour into shallow 2 quart baking dish.

Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in bread crumbs and chili powder. Sprinkle over macaroni mixture.
Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Gotta go now. My tummy started rumbling when I read the recipe!

January 15, 2010 Posted by | Biography, Cooking, Cultural, ExPat Life, Experiment, Family Issues, Humor, Living Conditions, Recipes | 3 Comments