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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mama's Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Edmond Gray was, too say the least, an unusual man. Some thought that he was abrasive and cold. He was an old Navy man. For those who knew him, there was much more to him. Edmond was Mama’s favorite cousin. In November before Mama died, she wrote in her date book:

"Billy & I drove to the beach in the grey 220SEL. Edmond & Pat came down. We went to Shoneys for supper. Edmond and I stayed up until 2am!"
To me, this said a lot. If you knew Edmond, he didn’t spend that much time talking to anybody. One day, I got a splinter in my finger. I came to the table where they were drinking coffee and displayed my finger. Edmond looked at it, then me and said, “If you’re looking for sympathy, I can tell you where to find it. It’s in the dictionary between sh*t and syphilis!”

Edmond and his family came down one weekend for a visit. Mama, as always, had fixed a big meal. She went to the oven to get the casserole out, and it slipped or the dish broke. The casserole flipped onto Mama’s forearm. She screamed and Edmond came running. He was an EMT at one time. He smeared butter on her arm and wrapped it in an ace bandage. Mama called Dr. Perry and asked him about it. He told her to come in and see him on Monday morning, but to expect some scaring because that would be a 2nd to 3rd degree burn. A casserole with cheese at 375 degrees could do a lot of damage to the tender skin on the forearm. Mama went to see him on Monday and he asked about the bandage and Mama told him about Edmond. With eyebrows scrunched together, Dr. Perry unwrapped her arm carefully. He stood there staring and said “Judy, if you burnt this arm, I can’t tell it!” There was not a mark on her arm.
In memory of Edmond, I'm posting Mama's Mac-n-Cheese recipe.

1 cup Macaroni, uncooked
2 Eggs, beaten
2 cups, Milk
½ pound, Cheddar Cheese
Salt & Pepper
2 T Butter

Cook macaroni, drain. Combine eggs and milk in a large bowl. Stir in macaroni, cheese and seasonings. Spoon mixture into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with oil. Dot with butter and bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 60 minutes or until set. You can try the knife method. Stick a knife in the center. It should come out clean. Mainly just check that it's not watery.

This was the only picture I could get... It's like a feeding frenzy when you serve this mac-n-cheese!

Note: Add a little extra cheese on top, if you like the ‘Crunchy Cheese Top’.

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