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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

We are excited to bring you this cheesy delight! Smarty Marty take on Macaroni and Cheese is sure to delight your family with this quick delicious sensation . 

What you'll need for this dish : 

Creamy Mac & Cheese

1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter, melted n white pepper
3 cups milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. Pour in remaining milk and whisk again. Bring the sauce just to a simmer.

Stir in nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of Cheddar cheese; stir until melted and combined. Add Dijon mustard.

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.  Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. Pour in remaining milk and whisk again. Bring the sauce just to a simmer.  Stir in nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of Cheddar cheese; stir until melted and combined. Add Dijon mustard.  Transfer the macaroni into a casserole dish, then pour in the cheese sauce; stir to thoroughly combine sauce with pasta. Mix panko bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a small bowl, and sprinkle crumbs on top of macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of Cheddar cheese on top.  Bake in the preheated oven until bread crumbs and Cheddar cheese topping are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through but still slightly firm, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When the butter starts to foam and bubble, stir in the flour; cook on medium heat until flour just begins to turn pale yellow, 3 to 4 minutes. Add thyme, cayenne pepper, and white pepper; cook and stir another minute, then whisk in 1 cup of milk until smooth. Pour in remaining milk and whisk again. Bring the sauce just to a simmer.

Stir in nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce, and salt; simmer on medium-low heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking often. Turn heat off, then add 2 1/4 cups of Cheddar cheese; stir until melted and combined. Add Dijon mustard.

Transfer the macaroni into a casserole dish, then pour in the cheese sauce; stir to thoroughly combine sauce with pasta. Mix panko bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon melted butter in a small bowl, and sprinkle crumbs on top of macaroni and cheese. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup of Cheddar cheese on top.

Bake in the preheated oven until bread crumbs and Cheddar cheese topping are golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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cheesy mac and cheese
Recipe By Chef John   Styling and Food Preparation By: Smarty Marty 

Recipe By Chef John 

Styling and Food Preparation By: Smarty Marty 

cheesy mac and cheese by smarty marty

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty - White Chicken Chili

Depending on what part of the country you are in the weather is getting a little cooler.. so when the weather is a bit cold a nice delicious chili will do the body good. Smarty Marty Foodie Tuesday dinner idea this week is her White Chicken Chili 

1st things first gather all your ingredients   What you will need :   1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped  1 medium onion, chopped  1 tablespoon olive oil  2 garlic cloves, minced  2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth  1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies  2 teaspoons ground cumin  2 teaspoons dried oregano  1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper  3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided  1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese  Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

1st things first gather all your ingredients 

What you will need : 

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (14 ounces each) chicken broth

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) great northern beans, drained, divided

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Sliced jalapeno pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS

In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook chicken and onion in oil until lightly browned. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low. With a potato masher, mash one can of beans until smooth. Add to saucepan. Add remaining beans to saucepan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender.

Top each serving with cheese and, if desired, jalapeno pepper. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts)

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Recipe from - www.tasteofhome.com

Prepared and Styled By - Smarty Marty 

Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty - Egg Plant Parmesean

This week dinner idea is Egg Plant Parmesean! 
 

Ingredients   1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices 1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs 1 egg 1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese 1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce 2 garlic gloves 1 tablespoon of minced basil 1 tablespoon water 1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant cut into 3/4 inch slices
1cup seasoned dried breadcrumbs
1 egg
1 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce
2 garlic gloves
1 tablespoon of minced basil
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon red crushed pepper flakes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl beat the egg and water together. Place the bread crumbs in shallow dish. Dip eggplant slices in egg mixture then in crumbs, being sure to coat thoroughly.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add eggplant slices and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and tender.
While eggplant is cooking, combine spaghetti sauce and pepper flakes and minced garlic cloves in a saucepan over low heat.
Place half of the eggplant in a greased 1-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the basil and Parmesan cheese. Arrange spaghetti sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining basil and Parmesan
cheese. Layer with half of the mozzarella cheese and the remaining eggplant; top with remaining mozzarella. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 5 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.

eggplant parmesean
Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

Images & Food Styling By Smarty Marty!

Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty! - Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

This week Food idea from Smarty Marty is Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast 

Healthy Choice and creative idea to include in a boneless chicken breast dish.

 

Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast  4 boneless skinless chicken breast 8 oz. Feta cheese sliced 6 oz. mozzarella cheese 1 medium white onion 3 or 4 large garlic gloves 1/2 red bell pepper 2 cups of fresh chopped spinach 1 cup of chopped mushrooms 1/2 teaspoon of flaked pepper 2 tablespoons of olive oil salt and pepper to taste  

Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz. Feta cheese sliced
6 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 medium white onion
3 or 4 large garlic gloves
1/2 red bell pepper
2 cups of fresh chopped spinach
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon of flaked pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice the chicken breast in half not going all the way through and spread open, lightly tap down flat with mallet. Salt and pepper breast on both sides to taste Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms and onions soften. Now add spinach until spinach softens Remove combination from frying pan and place in a bowl to add the feta cheese, the last garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste; add flaked red pepper mix completely. Place equal amounts of mixture on the breast and roll the breast. Secure with toothpick or string. Lightly spray a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil (any pan will do) lined with foil or parchment paper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Top chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and bake a additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the chicken breast in half not going all the way through and spread open, lightly tap down flat with mallet.
Salt and pepper breast on both sides to taste
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms and onions soften.
Now add spinach until spinach softens
Remove combination from frying pan and place in a bowl to add the feta cheese, the last garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste; add flaked red pepper mix completely.
Place equal amounts of mixture on the breast and roll the breast. Secure with toothpick or string.
Lightly spray a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil (any pan will do) lined with foil or parchment paper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Top chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and bake a additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Image and Meal Styling By Smarty Marty! 

Image and Meal Styling By Smarty Marty! 

Foodie Tuesday -Smarty Marty's Independence Day Meal Idea!

Happy 4th of July! On this date lots of folks are enjoying family food and later today fireworks! 

So to get your taste buds watering we are presenting this scrumptious summer meal to you! 

Chicken Wing Kabobs! 

These creative kabobs can be placed on the grill for a delicious non tranditional treat for the 4th! 

chicken Wing Kabobs

Image By Smarty Marty! 

Foodie Tuesday- Smarty Marty Presents Turkey in The Summer

We are excited about this colorful summer meal that would be delicious delights for lunch or dinner for a summertime specialty.  

This week's meal is a Baked Turkey leg with a side salad and corn on the cob.  Simple and Delicious! 

Great way to have a turkey dinner all year around 

Great way to have a turkey dinner all year around 

Images from Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday- by Smarty Marty

WE are so excited to team up with Smarty Marty and presents food recipes ideas and beautiful settings to our blog. Smarty Marty is a self trained cooked who's has been cooking delicious delights for a number of years. With raising six children and having a host of nieces nephews and family members she became very creative created home cooked meals and providing healthier options for her family. We are so delighted to add this segment to our blog.

Delicious meal in minutes... Happy Tuesday y'all

Linguine and Clams

Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add thyme, red pepper, anchovies, and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in wine and clam juice. Add clams; cover and cook 4 minutes or until shells open. Remove from heat; discard any unopened clam shells. Add cooked pasta, butter, and remaining ingredients to pan; toss well. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add thyme, red pepper, anchovies, and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in wine and clam juice. Add clams; cover and cook 4 minutes or until shells open. Remove from heat; discard any unopened clam shells. Add cooked pasta, butter, and remaining ingredients to pan; toss well. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Images by Smarty Marty

Images by Smarty Marty