1 pound elbow macaconi
8 tablespoons (one stick) plus 1 tablespoon (one pat) butter or margarine
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese (or 1/2 cup mild, 1/2 cup Muenster)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar (or 1/2 cup sharp, 1/2 cup Jack)
2 cups half-and-half (I use fat-free version. Why, I dunno, considering all the cheese.)
1 cup (8 oz) Velveeta, cut into cubes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper. (I’m a pepper junkie so I use WAY more than 1/8 teaspoon.)
Optional: 1/2 cup bread crumbs sauteed in butter to scatter over the top before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter or PAM a deep 2 1/2 quart casserole.
Bring large pot of salted water to a boil, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cook macaroni until tender, about 7 minutes. Drain well and return to pot.
In small saucepan, melt 8 ounces of the butter and stir into the mac. In a large bowl mix the shredded cheeses. To the mac, add the half-and-half, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheeses, the cubed Velveeta, and the eggs.
Mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Transfer to the casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheeses and dot with one tablespoon of butter. Add optional bread crumbs which I highly recommend.
Bake until bubbly around the edges, maybe 35 minutes. Serves about 6.
"If you love surprises and great historical writing, this is the book for you." --Charlene Sands, 2008 and 2009 Winner, Bookseller's Best Award
"....I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romance. I expect anyone to enjoy this book and quickly become addicted to this author." --The Romance Studio, Five Heart Review
"This story was well written and very hard to put down...very descriptive and flowed well. I am excited to read more stories from this talented author. " --Between the Lines Reviews
"Minda and Brix are wonderful characters whose individual strengths and weaknesse balance each other out fantastically....and the intimacy that blossoms was very well written." --Love Western Romance Reviews, Four Spur Review