Well we had a few people over for dinner last night and it went well. The kids LOVED Cricket...they are hilarious.
I wanted to make this dinner kind of a farewell to summer as well as a hello to fall. The pork chops had a nice maple-garlic glaze, and as we know very well maple is one of my favorite flavors. We had mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, and biscuits which are three of my favorite comfort foods. I also made a spinach salad with strawberries and blueberries...I love fruit in summer. For dessert, of course, we had peach cobbler.
My best part of the dinner, though, was the mac and cheese! I made it in the slow cooker, which I didn't think was possible.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
One 12 oz can evaporated skim milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, cooled to room temp
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar
1/2 pound macaroni, I used Cavatappi (my current favorite pasta), par cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
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.
Add the shredded cheese (except the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper, oregano and garlic pepper, stir to coat.
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 hours. My crockpot has a "simmer" setting as well, which is lower than low... I did 1 hour on low, 1 on simmer, 30 minutes on warm.
Oh! And by the way, here's the peach cobbler.
Also, I don't know if I mentioned this last time I made the peach cobbler, but to peel the peaches effectively, boil them for one minute, and then plunge them into icy water... the skins are really easy to peel off after that. And peaches are so gorgeous when you peel them!