Friday = Macaroni & Cheese!

Given that we still observe the meatless Fridays, this recipe is a go-to one especially when the day is going faster than I can catch up with it and dinner time appears out of no where! I never cared for Macaroni and Cheese when I was growing up until I discovered the major difference in using ‘real’ cheddar cheese and not the processed stuff! If you want to sneak in some vegetables, steam and puree a cup or so of cauliflower and mix it in the cheese sauce! A small can of diced chilis (mild or hot) makes an interesting change of pace. In fact, you can substitute the bread/panko topping with crushed tortilla or corn chips.

Macaroni & Cheese

2 cups grated, sharp cheddar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 pound macaroni, just cooked. It should be a tiny bit underdone as it will finish in the oven.
1 cup milk. You might need a bit more
1/4 cup butter
Panko or bread crumbs

Toss the cheese with the dry ingredients.

Gently heat the milk and butter until very warm. Add the cheese mixture and keep stirring until it is melted and well combined. If the sauce seems too thick, add spoonfuls of milk until it reaches the consistency you want.

Pour the sauce into the prepared macaroni and mix well. Top with either the Panko crumbs or bread crumbs. Instead of drizzling melted butter or margarine on the topping, I just spray it with vegetable spray. It cuts the calories and helps it brown.

Put into a preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 20 minutes or until bubbly and hot through.

For variety, I like to mix in a can of drained, diced tomatoes into the dish.

Voting for the America You Want for Your Children and Grandchildren

So far, the first votes of the election season have been anything but stellar for the Republicans which leads me to wonder . . . Where were all the Republican voters that helped turn the tide on the Democrats in November 2016?

We still have a good many more state elections on list for 2018 and if the results continue with such a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the Republican voters we will face all the guaranteed promises of the Democrats listed above.

How soon the Republican voters seems to forget the joy the morning after voting November 2016. It was a pleasant surprise to the Republicans and, obviously, a horrible shock to the Democrats who believed what they wanted as that elections season progressed rather than  recognize the snowball that was building momentum.

As we all know, from the moment the presidential votes were confirmed, it has been open season on Republicans and their elected choice for president. Given the turmoil, untruths perpetuated by the press, the grief of the Hollywood actors, and the subsequent verbal and physical attacks on anyone with some unapproved (by the left) bumper sticker or hat, you’d think the Republicans would have gathered forces to repeat their victory across the board again. Complacency  just two years down the road from 2016 doesn’t bode well for the final election results of 2020.

Think about the previous eight years before the election of President Trump . . . Do you really want obama supported candidates to have a chance at our laws, our Constitution, and our freedoms, again?

 

The Pope and the Death Penalty

http://www.dennisprager.com/pope-francis-rewrites-catholicism-and-the-bible/

Recently, the pope came out with a change in the Church’s view of capital punishment. I’m sorry to say that he doesn’t seem to have gone beyond an emotional view on this versus the Church and Church History. One of his main concerns is that capital punishment executions takes away a person’s dignity and time in reviewing his redemption. At no point did he mention what was taken away from the victim(s) or their families. Before victims were brutally murdered, were they allowed reflection on their pending mortality and redemption before being forcibly pushed into the afterlife on the whim of a murderer?