I love comfort foods. My sister in law Sheri married Scott, a true Southerner. When they lived in Alabama we made a few trips to “The South”. Sheri and I love to eat. She knew where all of the best cafes and food spots were, and when I would show up,we would eat our way through the town/state for a few days. My favorite places were the barbecue restaurants, or the “meat-and-three” places. These are restaurants where you stand in a line, and go through ordering cafeteria style. Mashed potatoes, green beans, fried okra, black eyed peas, macaroni and cheese,candied yams, corn, collard greens, and skillet apples were some of the standard items offered. Meals usually include a home baked bread like cornbread or biscuits. I still remember eating at a cafe where we ordered chicken, baked beans, collard greens, mac and cheese and cornbread. I am not a huge black eyed pea fan, but I still remember those peas. They were so buttery, with chunks of bacon and onions. I’m sure that bacon grease was probably a key ingredient too. Goodness. Enough about the black eyed peas. I also loved the home made mac cheese. SO, so good. So easy, so good.
Foster Fam Favorite Mac and Cheese
2 cups Macaroni or other pasta
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 tablespoons Butter
4 tablespoons Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
2 1/2 cups milk (2% or whole)
4-5 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
Cook macaroni in boiling water. Drain well. In sauce pan, cook onion in butter until soft, not brown. Add flour and seasonings. Add milk all at once. Whisk until smooth. Cook on medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Add shredded cheese, stir until melted. Add the macaroni to cheese sauce, pour into casserole dish or 9 x 13 pan that has been greased. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.