Comfort food is different for all of us. I am sure you all have that go to dish that you prepare when you are in need of a little pick me up. For some, it’s chicken soup…or a bacon samich….or a hot out of the oven casserole. For me, it is mac and cheese. But not just ANY mac and cheese. I’m talking “old school” mac and cheese, made with that ol familiar cheese we grew up with. Ahhhhh, yes……VELVEETA. My daughter used to request the “bacaroni with the cheese in the box”. She called it Belbeeta. ohhh, how I miss those days…but that’s another story. So, I made some old school creamy stove top mac and cheese. It’s not filled with all the gourmet cheeses out there…it is not baked and topped with crumb…It is just oozy goozy, creamy, cheezy yuminess. Each bite brings a YUM-m-m-m-m-m-m. Simple goodness.
Then, speaking of comfort….another comfort food that brings back memories from a childhood neighbor lady……Sheet Cake. Melt in your mouth chocolate goodness. The frosting is the star here. You can pretty much use any chocolate cake recipe. Even a boxed mix will do if you want something quick. But this frosting is one of my favorite chocolate frosting recipes. YOU MUST TRY IT.
So, whether you are in need of comfort or not…I highly recommend that you try both of these.
Mac and Cheese
1 box of elbow macaroni (cooked al dente and drained)
1/2 stick of butter
1 small box of Velveeta cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup of milk or half and half, +/-
Stir all of the ingredients together till cheese is melted and creamy. Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. You are done!! That simple. Grab a good book or movie, sit on the sofa and enjoy.
Chocolate Sheet Cake
Use your favorite chocolate cake recipe, baked in a jellyroll size baking pan…approximately 10×13. Seriously, it’s the frosting that makes this cake devine. The one in the picture is a Martha Stewart basic chocolate cake recipe that I used.
1 and 3/4 stick Butter
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
6 Tablespoons Milk or half and half
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
In a saucepan, melt your butter. Add the cocoa to dissolve. add milk, vanilla and powdered sugar. Whisk till satiny smooth. Pour over your cooled cake. The frosting will set up like a shiny glaze…so give it at least 20 minutes to do so. Enjoy!!