Monthly Archives: February 2012

Free Write: How to make slow-baked Mac and Cheese

The ideal blog I would like to create in-visions pictured recipes with a critique of the recipes. The genre will be a product review. I will find/post my favorite recipes and try to replicate them giving pictures of my final product and my thoughts about the recipe.

Below is a blog that is similar to one I would like to create…

Here is my take with  a new favorite recipe it’s critiques:

Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in many households. After all who doesn’t love this comfort food? I made this recipe Sunday for my boyfriends birthday along with steak and green beans.


  1. Milk- 1 1/2 cups
  2. Evaporated milk- 12 oz can (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
  3. Unsalted Butter, melted, cooled to room temperature- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick)
  4. Eggs- 3 large
  5. Salt- 1/2 tbsp.
  6. Shredded Cheese- 3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
  7. Elbow Macaroni- 1/2 pound partially cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
  8. Black pepper- add to taste
  9. Grated Parmesan cheese- 1/2 cup

Spray the inside of your slow-cooker with cooking spray or grease it with olive oil. Combine milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and salt in slow-cooker and whisk until until smooth (or you can use an immersion blender to do the whisking for you).

Add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper (and whatever other spices you want to use). Stir gently with a spatula to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to LOW and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until custard is set in the center and the pasta is tender. The macaroni and cheese may sit in the cooker on the KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes before serving. Before dishing it up, I sautéed some bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkled them over the top to make it a little fancier.

It turned out YUMMY and he had 3 helpings!


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30 minute meals and social media

Connected: The Surprising Power Of Our Social Networks is a book about how we are connected to everyone we encounter and even those that we don’t. If you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it. It explains how our friends, friends, friends, friends affect everything we feel, think, or do (kind of scary if you think about it). This is especially true in today’s society with all of the advances in technology and social media. Twitter allows you to follow anyone that interests you. If your friend follows a person that is interesting you might join the revolution and follow that person as well, and the following trend would continue throughout friends. Facebook actually recommends people that you might know and suggests people for you to be friends with. It is all a product of who you are friends with or groups of people who share common likes, networks, or check-ins. Pinterest is one of the best places to “connect.” The goal of Pinterest is to re-pin the things you like. Your friends follow you and if you like something, pin it, and your friends like it also they will re-pin it. This action connects your friends to you, the person you re-pinned the item from, who they re-pinned the item from, etc. ultimately all the way to the original pinner. Wow! We are a world of connected people! Below I have listed ways to find Quick/Easy meals through Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Some of the sites I researched are similar thus connecting us. Enjoy!

Quick/Easy meals on Twitter:

@Quickandtasty – Many 30 minute meals made with potatoes. A website is linked to their twitter; Many faces of potatoes. All of the recipes listed are with potatoes and they are quick, simple, and easy to make.

@Foodista is a recipe, cooking, and food news source. They have their own website; On their website it features many recipe and cooking ideas, food news, holiday meals/treats, and also health and nutrition. They also feature community added recipes to get consumers involved.

@My_Recipes features thousands of different recipes. Some of the readers/users favorite recipes. They also have a webpage; The website has a section specifically dedicated to quick and easy meals. They have weekly meals planned out, menus, healthy foods, how-to-videos, kids recipes, etc.

@cooking_light is a website that features numerous recipes. Their website has multiple recipes, including 30 minute meals. They have sections for healthy, holiday, entertaining, community, and even a spot for Valentine’s day recipes.

Quick/Easy meals on Facebook:!/QuickandEasyRecipes
This site posts recipes from other blogs daily. Their recipes are quick, easy, and budget friendly.!/pages/Quick-Recipes/184580018241125?sk=wall
She posts recipes daily from her blog. Most meals are 30 minutes and under to create.!/pages/Quick-Recipes-Community/321291421225709?sk=info Their Facebook is full of quick and simple recipes, and they allow you to share your cooking experience and recipes on their page.

They also have a website; it features recipes that are quick, healthy, and have a recipe guide and tips.

Pinterest quick/easy meals:

Like I mentioned in my previous blog many of the 30 minute meals were from pinterest boards. All of these boards feature a website where a 30 minute recipe was listed. I will list a few just for the sake of refreshment..



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Celebrating 30 minute meal blogs

With this being my first blog post I want to inform readers of my initial goals and objectives. I would first like to educate my readers about 30 minute meals. I am currently a senior a Georgia Southern University. Taking 16 hours of class and working part time I know how hard it can be to even breathe, let alone cook a nutritious meal at home. I love to cook, and thought what a perfect way to share my love of cooking, fulfill my class requirements, and share easiness of 30 minute meals. Also, I will be getting most of 30 minute meal recipes from Pinterest, if you don’t know about Pinterest, you should definitely check it out, and follow my boards. or

Attached are 20 blogs that I found to fit into the 30 minute meal category:

** The following blogs feature simple meals and are home to other categories such as gardening, parenting, health, and crafts.** This was a very simple blog that featured 5 “fast meals.” They also blog about gardening. A whole section is dedicated to 30 minute meals, how awesome?! The site also features recipes pertaining to recipes, celebrations, parenting, health, diet and nutrition, and pregnancy/baby names. This site features a 30 minute meal section as well as numerous other recipes. They also feature crafts & family ideas, and tips/tutorials.

** These blogs feature a variety of recipes including 30 minute meals ** I absolutely love shepard’s pie so I had to post this blog on the Shepard’s pie page. Six sisters manage this blog and as you could imagine they have a variety of everything you could dream of cooking. It all looks so yummy! I also posted this blog on a very interesting recipe that I can’t wait to try, fried mashed potato balls. I can’t wait to try some of these! Another website that features numerous recipes. She is a mother of four growing boys with one on the way so she has a lot of quick/easy meals. She also offers giveaways on her site. When I found this blog I couldn’t help myself I had to browse all of the yummy Valentines treats recently posted. The recipes look delicious and the pictures definitely made my mouth salivate. This is a wonderful starter website with all sorts of recipes. It also features a talent show Tuesday where new chefs can display their skills. This cute couple started a blog due to their love of cooking. They blog about everything from appetizers to desserts. This blog was created by Greg, an awesome individual. He has recipes galore! I posted his website on a hangover remedy that is possibly guaranteed to work. Being a college student, I thought I could help out my fellow students. 🙂 One look at their favorite recipes and I was in the mood to eat, well cook then eat. The site features yummy recipes which most are quick and simple.

** These blogs feature simple and affordable recipes ** This site has it all. How could you not be drawn to a site named “pennies on a platter?” I posted this website on a scrumptious recipe for quick, baked, creamy-chicken taquitos. Her love for cooking began as a newlywed family and friends took notice, and she decided to post her recipes on a site to share with the world. The name of the blog says it all. It features bountiful recipes that are good as well as cheap to make. This site features simple and affordable meal ideas.

** This blog celebrates appetizers ** This blog features mainly appetizers, which could also be substituted as a meal if need be. They also have a food for thought section that talks about the neat facts about food. There is also a section about tips and tricks. It is quite useful to gaze over before cooking for neat tricks and ideas.

** These blogs feature planned meals. Meals are planned by the month, week, or daily. **   I was immediately drawn to the sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken.. YUM! From planning meals by the month, week, or day this website has it all. They have every recipe imaginable from quick, easy meals to slow cooker recipes. Meal plans already made? How awesome. This site has it all. You are able to search this website through the archives by the month or the recipe.  They also  have a section devoted to $10 dollar meals which are great for the average college student.

**These blogs are dedicated to baking and desserts. ** It features recipes and desserts for every food lover. This blog is mainly about baking but most of the recipes are around 30 minutes cook time.

Many of these blogs/sites feature each other, share their stories and recipes among the blogger world. Most sites also let you link-up and follow them and join their blog-group sessions on certain days.

I can’t wait to make some of these recipes and share my own! Check my Pinterest board for some of my favorite recipes and some of my own.

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