Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014

Made Macaroni and Cheese last night. Excellent, one added ingredient: 1/3 cup of white wine.

The Creamette box recipe:

2 cups elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cook macaroni in 5 quarts boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain macaroni.
In medium saucepan, melt butter.
Stir in flour, mustard, and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir until mixture thickens slightly.
Add 1 1/2 cups cheese to milk mixture and stir until melted.
Stir in macaroni.
turn into greased 2 quart baking dish.
Top with remaining cheese.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

Of course, you have to make slight changes. After two failed tries, I added one more Tbs. of flour, one more Tsp. of dry mustard (Coleman's), another 1/2 cup of milk, one more Tbs. of Margerine and 16 oz. (two packs) of sharp Cheddar Cheese. I used two packs to make the mixture and a 1/3 of a cup on top. That worked better.

My annual Christmas Shopping trip is tomorrow. Hitting the Christmas Villages at Grand Central, Bryant Park and Union Square. Staples and Barnes and Noble are also on the list. Will also pick up a Christmas Tree. Finally made some room in the Living Room. Starting to settle in.

Couldn't take the dead zone in the living room. Bought a Netgear wireless extender. So far, so good. $79 at Best Buy. Netflix seems to have a better signal on Roku now. Connects via wireless to your router and then you move it. Easy to set up. It establishes a new signal with a "ext" on the end. Now I have four to pick from. Netflix connect analyzed the signals, and I picked the strongest which was a 5G "ext" signal.

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