I bake bread for my family every week. Home baking is not that hard, not that time consuming, and certainly cheap! You don't need a bread machine or a lot of fancy equipment. This blog features a tutorial on home bread baking, tips on equipment and ingredients, and recipes for real home cooking.

Macaroni and Cheese

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This is the home made kind that we eat on special occasions.

  • 2 T finely chopped onion
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • a bay leaf
  • pepper
  • 1/2 t salt (or to taste)
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • bread crumbs

  1. In a heavy fry pan, melt butter and saute onion until golden.
  2. Add flour and stir to coat flour with fat.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Scald milk in microwave. (If you add cold milk to a hot pan you will have lumpy sauce.)
  4. Slowly add hot milk to flour and butter in fry pan, stirring to avoid lumps. Salt to taste, and season with pepper and a bay leaf. Cook on low heat, stirring often to avoid sticking, for 20 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Cook pasta al dente, then drain.
  6. Layer a greased baking dish with pasta, shredded cheese, and a ladle of sauce. Repeat layers. ending with sauce. You can add a little more milk if it seems dry. Top with breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees until it is browned and bubbling.

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There's more to food than just nutrition, otherwise we would all be eating custom-formulated kibble. I didn't exactly learn to bake from my grandmother, but my ancestors, even the ones I never met, have informed and influenced my lifelong exploration of cooking and food. Want to read more? Check out this entry from my home blog, French Road Connections