Quick - get the last of the flowers from the garden and put them in the powder room! Use Martha's very own trick of arranging them in a toothbrush holder, it works every time!
What will I serve her? This is a conundrum... I make so many of her recipes. Do you remember when I made my nephew the baked potato sundae? How utterly adorable.
Or the time I made all of those cute potted-plant cakes for Mother's Day gifts? When Martha tries something, I try it too.
Surely I should make her some of my own famous cupcakes, like the ones I made James Taylor. Celebrities lurrve my cupcakes.
I can't decide. The stakes are too high. It's getting cooler outside so I am craving comfort food at any rate. I'll make her my famous homemade mac and cheese. Loopy adores it.
Saucy's Famous Homemade Mac and Cheese
3 cups pasta (penne or macaroni)
1/4 cup butter (real butter please)
1/4 cup flour
3 cups warm milk
pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper
3 cups shredded medium or old (sharp) cheddar cheese,
plus 1/2 cup for topping
croutons or bread crumbs
Prepare the pasta according to cooking directions.
Melt butter. Add flour; cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes. Gradually whisk in the warm milk and cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Stir in cheese until melted. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat.
Pour into a lightly buttered oven-safe dish. Sprinkle liberally with croutons or bread crumbs and the remainder of the shredded cheddar.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes until the topping is melted and browned.
Well, that should do it. I hope she likes it. It's certainly not the fanciest dish that I make, but I was feeling for it and it's always a crowd pleaser. I wonder if she remembers that I sent her a resume years ago when she started her magazine? I don't want to seem stalker-ish but I've been reading her blog since she started it... I'm so glad I got my new banner up over the weekend, this place of mine is spruced right up!
Check in tomorrow for a fabulous giveaway to celebrate our time as inspired friends!