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Main Dish | October 9, 2008

Foster Fam Favorite Mac and Cheese

Foster Fam Favorite Mac and Cheese
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


  1. Cook macaroni in boiling water. Drain well. In sauce pan, cook onion in butter until soft, not brown. Add flour and seasonings. 
  2. Add milk all at once. Whisk until smooth. Cook on medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Add shredded cheese, stir until melted. 
  3. 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.

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  1. Si, my mouth is WATERING like crazy!! All of these recipes sound ssoo good! Can’t wait to try them!
    (Oh, by the way, this is Courtney Wallace, we lived with the Cutler’s while my husband went through treatment for his cancer.) You take such beautiful pictures of food…are you a professional? I am working on a cookie cookbook and need a photographer for it. If you know anyone (or are one), let me know! I have a blog as well–
    (It is not nearly as deliciously decadent as your blog though–be forewarned 🙂

  2. Si. . .??? Si??? WAKE UP AND POST SOME RECIPES!!! Enough with the jet lag. . . .we’re all over the fact that you went to Japan, and we’re hungry now. . .