First, prepare your pasta. I always cook the pasta so that there is a bit of chew left. Not too over done. I like to use a medium sized elbow macaroni.
I make the roux, using about 1/2 a stick of butter and a few tablespoons of flour. Cooking it off until lightly browned, then adding the milk. Mom always uses a can of evaporated milk. And so did I.
I like to use sharp cheddar cheese for this, but use what you like. And use a lot! This is not a diet dish, so go for it! Start adding handfuls at a time, and stir it together.
The ultimate comfort food!!!
Next up, I made Pioneer Woman's Potatoes Au Gratin. I have one word for these....OH MY! Wait, that's two words......
We brought everything to Gennifer's house and had a wonderful meal with the family. Honey baked ham, potatoes au gratin, creamy mac n cheese, green salad with berries and walnuts, dinner rolls, tamales and home made refried beans.
I was not done cooking yet. I made the strawberry pretzel jello salad that I was bringing to my Mom's on Christmas. This is a recipe I got from my friend Lori, many years ago. It is a family favorite, and I make it every Christmas. I was certain that I had purchased all of the ingredients I needed, however at 10:00 PM, I discovered that I did not get the cool whip! I had to put my clothes back on and run to the market.
And the closest market to us had just locked up! On to another, cool whip in hand, and back home to finish the dish. First, you crush 2 cups of pretzels, add 3 T of granulated sugar, then add two sticks of melted Imperial Margarine to the dry mix, forming a sweet and salty crust for your jello.
"Mrs. Claus" stuffed the stockings, then kissed Mr. Claus goodnight to wait for the arrival of Santa.
I will see you tomorrow for more of the Grover Family Christmas.