Bready or Not: Legendary Macaroni and Cheese

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Blog, Bready or Not, main dish, side dish | 0 comments

I needed a make-ahead macaroni and cheese recipe. I already have several other reliable ones like Civil War Macaroni and Cheese and the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, but I didn’t need to babysit boiling milk or dirty a score of pots and pans as I was enjoying company over for a visit.

Legendary MacNCheese

I have had John Legend’s recipe saved on Pinterest for years. I watched a video of him cooking the recipe with Martha Stewart and read tips from other cooks. I decided to halve the recipe, since this was a side for four people, and otherwise tweak things.

Legendary MacNCheese

I did the bulk of the recipe in the morning. When it was time to start supper, all I had to do was heat the oven and add the paprika and bread crumbs. It baked up into an oozing, cheesy mass. Everyone raved over it. There were no leftovers.

Legendary MacNCheese

My other mac and cheese recipes are great but this is the one I’ll keep handy for holidays or when company is coming. Tastiness and convenience? Heck yeah!

Halved and modified from John Legend’s Macaroni and Cheese, as featured on Martha Stewart.

Bready or Not: Legendary Macaroni and Cheese

Legendary MacNCheese

This modified version of John Legend’s recipe, as featured on Martha Stewart’s show, can be prepared in the morning and cooked later in the day! It’s everything macaroni and cheese should be: cheesy with a crunchy baked crust.

  • 2 Tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces sharp and/or mix of cheddar cheeses, shredded
  • sprinkling of paprika
  • bread crumbs

If you plan to bake this right away, preheat oven to 375-degrees. Butter or spray a 9x9 baking dish.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente. Drain the water and return the macaroni to the pot. Add butter and stir until it has melted.

In a medium bowl, whisk together evaporated milk and egg. Add seasoned salt, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Place about 1/3 of the macaroni in an even layer in the bottom of prepared baking dish. This should be just enough to cover the bottom. Cover with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat twice more with remaining macaroni and cheese.

Pour the milk and seasonings mixture evenly over the contents of the baking dish. At this point, you can stash the dish in the fridge overnight or during the day until it's meal time.

When you're ready to bake, make sure the oven is preheated. Sprinkle the top of the macaroni with paprika and bread crumbs.

Bake until top layer is lightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



Legendary MacNCheese


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Later this fall…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments

Later this year, a reprint of my story “Red Dust and Dancing Horses” will appear in an anthology from Lethe Press called For Want of a Horse.

For Want of Horse

There will recent stories like mine, as well as reprintings of fairy tales and classics by authors like Ambrose Bierce, L. Frank Baum, and Washington Irving. I’m rather tickled by the table of contents. Me and the writer of The Wizard of Oz, hangin’ out.

Look for more info on the book’s release this fall!

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Sunday Quote loves Crystal Light with Caffeine

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Blog, Quote | 0 comments

“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.”
~ Meg Cabot

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Fae Friday

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in anthology:story, Blog | 0 comments


Last year my story “The Cartography of Shattered Trees” was included in a wonderful anthology called FAE. Well, the ebook is now on sale for just 99-cents!

Meet Robin Goodfellow as you’ve never seen him before, watch damsels in distress rescue themselves, get swept away with the selkies and enjoy tales of hobs, green men, pixies and phookas. One thing is for certain, these are not your grandmother’s fairy tales.

Fairies have been both mischievous and malignant creatures throughout history. They’ve dwelt in forests, collected teeth or crafted shoes. Fae is full of stories that honor that rich history while exploring new and interesting takes on the fair folk from castles to computer technologies to modern midwifing, the Old World to Indianapolis.

Fae bridges traditional and modern styles, from the familiar feeling of a good old-fashioned fairy tale to urban fantasy and horror with a fae twist. This anthology covers a vast swath of the fairy story spectrum, making the old new and exploring lush settings with beautiful prose and complex characters.


99-cents at all the places!


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