We had a great dinner tonight. I'm sure Andy was glad since he was NOT pleased with the cornbread I made last night. I used my mom's recipe but it was my first time making it and it didn't turn out as nicely as hers. BUT to me it still tasted like cornbread...Anyway! I redeemed myself tonight, with Andy's help.
He put meat in the crockpot today while I was at work for Barbecue Sandwiches. He's so good to me. I left the recipe out and open to the right page and he did it! It saves me from fighting the meat with two large tongs. Both of the recipes I used tonight were from my sister. Try them!
Homemade Mac & Cheese- (Everyone had seconds. Luke kept saying "yum!")
3 T butter (I used margarine)
1/3 cup flour
3 cups milk (I used skim)
2 1/2 cups shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
12 0z cooked macaroni (I used the 14 oz box)
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 2 qt dish. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour and cook over medium heat, whisking for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in milk. Whisk well and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until sauce boils and thickens. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add cheeses, salt, and pepper. Stir until cheeses have melted. Fold in macaroni. Place mixture in baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes, until bubbly.
**I omitted 1/2 cup sliced scallions and the following step b/c I was out of bread crumbs: Put 1 T butter in small skillet and melt. Add 1 cup bread crumbs and stir until lightly toasted. Sprinkle over mac and cheese and then bake.
Chuck Roast Barbecue- (made by Andy)
2 1/2 lb. boneless chuck roast
2 small onions, chopped
12 oz. coke
1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 T apple cider vinegar (he used white vin. since we were out of the other)
1 1/2 tsp. beef bouillon granules
3/4 t. dry mustard
3/4 t. chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper (Andy used 1/4)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T. butter
1 c. ketchup
Place roast in crock pot. Add onions. Combine cola and next 7 ingredients. Cover and chill 1 cup of sauce. Pour remaining sauce over roast. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or on LOW for 9 hours, or until roast is very tender. Remove roast and onions from crockpot using slotted spoon. Shred roast with two forks.. Combine reserved 1 cup of sauce, ketchup, and butter in saucepan. cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Pour sauce over shredded meat. Stir gently; spoon onto buns.
**The boys ate both things. Wilson even had some salad as did Andy and I! Mine and Andy's stubborn-ness over Luke's picky eating habits (see here and here) and REALLY paid off!!!!
Thanks to Cara for some yummy recipes!