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Tasty KRAFT Macaroni recipe idea 
May 26, 2014 11:51 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2014 5:25 pm
I wanted to share a couple of recipes from last week that I liked.  The first is a follow up from my last blog entry about Kraft macaroni and cheese.  I am working on finding some quicker recipes since every night cannot be a new, complicated recipe night.  You can find this recipe and many others at www.youknowyouloveit.com, and there are quite a few options to vary macaroni and cheese.  I like how they are all fairly simple and don't require a lot of ingredients.

KRAFT Cheddar Macaroni Beef Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 can Italian style diced or crushed tomatoes
1/2 tsp. drien oregano
1 package KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat oven to 350F.  Brown meat in a large skillet; drain.  Stir in tomatoes and oregano, cook 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.  Meanwhile, prepare dinner as directed on package, omitting butter. 

Add prepared dinner to meat mixture, mix well.  Spoon into 9-inch sqaure baking dish and top with cheddar.

Bake 10 minutes or until cheddar is melted on top and casserole is heated through.

Kraft Cheddar Macaroni Beef Casserole photo
This might not look like anything awesome, but it is actually very good.  The recipe called for stewed tomatoes, and the ones I bought were whole.  I wouldn't recommend this because the chunks were pretty big.  I would buy the crushed or diced canned Italian style tomatoes.  However, as I said, I really did like this.  It reminds me a lot of cheeseburger with the tomato, like ketchup.  I guess it's not too different from Hamburger Helper either, but just give it a try; it is not bad, I promise.

Another recipe I really liked it for pork chops.  I don't make pork chops very much for some reason.  I think I have trouble with them drying out.  However, I loved this recipe because the chops are breaded in a cracker meal first.  This recipe comes from the Southern Living Heirloom Cookbook, and is the Pork Chops with Cream Gravy.  I think this helped them stay moist, and they were very tasty, especially with the cream gravy.  I really recommend these with homemade mashed potatoes.

Pork Chops and Cream Gravy

1/2 cup cracker meal (or crushed Saltine or Oyster crackers)
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
4-6 (1/2 inch thick) pork chops
4 bacon slices
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1-2 cups milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 tsp pepper

Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Dredge pork chops in cracker meal mixture.  (If making potatoes, boil water on stove, peer and cut potatoes.)

Cook bacon in large skillet over medium high heat until crisp.  Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.  Cook pork chops in hot drippings 5-6 minutes on each side until browned.  Place chops on serving tray and keep warm, reserving drippings in pan.  (To keep warm, I covered the chops with two layers of foil and a towel.)  Cook potatoes during this time. 

Add flour to drippings, stirring well until blended.  Cook over medium hear for one minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually add milk stirring constantly until thickened, 10-15 minutes.  Add more milk as desired if mixture is too thick.  Stir in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Keep on low heat.  (Drain potatoes, add milk and butter, and mix with electric mixter. 

Serve pork chops immediately with gravy.  Makes 4 servings.  Serve with homemade mashed potatoes.

Pork Chops with Cream Gravy photo

The last few pictures are from a trip to Chicago a couple weeks ago.  Kelly and I went to our favorite restaurant in the whole world - Maggiano's Little Italy.  I know it's a chain and there are over 50 restaurants in 20 states, but it is really excellent.  We have only eaten there twice, but the downtown location is the type of place where you walk in and completely forget about your troubles.  The food looks awesome, so get ready...

Sausage flat bread appetizer


Dessert sampler - it is impossible to have a favorite!

We liked how this said Chef KB since it is both our initials - this could be my nickname!

I hope you can try these recipes soon.  Now I am going to work on finding some recipes for this coming week.  I hope everyone has a good Monday and happy cooking! ~

May 26, 2014 3:18 pm
Hi Kate! I also love Kraft Mac n Cheese. It is practically the only processed food I will eat. Alas, my husband won't hear of eating it. When I think about it, I'll make it for our grandsons at their house when babysitting. One last thing. Maggiano's is AMAZING! The Chicago site was our first time and I was TOTALLY thrilled. Now, you know as a foodie, that it's very difficult for us to be impressed. I was impressed! In part, their way of cooking Italian is very close to my own. So happy that you had a wonderful time!
May 27, 2014 9:07 am
Kraft mac and cheese is also one of the very few processed foods I buy. I make a Cajun macaroni that my grandkids will even ask for. It's always a hit. Think I found it on Allrecipes. My only change is I use Rotel. Those pork chops look amazing.
May 28, 2014 7:52 am
Apparently, I messed up my blog when I was trying to fix the double picture, so I will have to add my Maggiano's pictures again when I get home. :( Thank you both for your comments! I'm glad to see others still like Kraft. The cajun mac sounds really good; I will have to check into this!
May 28, 2014 8:52 am
When the grand kids were younger they liked macramen. http://www.food.com/recipe/ichi-kraft-ramen-and-kraft-dinner-189314
Jun. 1, 2014 5:25 pm
I am also a Kraft lover. While I love to make homemade mac and cheese, sometimes I just don't have the time. Both of your recipes look and sound delicious, I just took out some porkchops for tomorrow so may try that one!
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My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
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My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
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I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
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I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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