Saturday, October 26

Pumpkin and Cider Stove Top Mac n' Cheese with Crispy Bacon


I posted "Sleeping in is for schmucks." on my facebook fan page at 6am today. I was super tired (what's new) because I was up working on a blog post till midnight (what's new...) and then woke up with Mads at 5ish (again... same story every day). I will be the first to say I am so incredibly jealous of anyone who gets 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I want to be the schmuck that sleeps till 10 am so bad! I was being sarcastic when I posted that status. I guess I need to learn that there will be a lot of people who just don't get my dry sense of humor... and in those instances there could be back lash.

And that is OK.


I sometimes let the things people say to me on the Internet get under my skin. And every time I do I think back to a facbeook post that Joy the Baker posted a long time ago, after her book was released. She had gone on Amazon to read some of her reviews. A couple of people had taken the time to write some lengthy not so nice reviews (which is I think is bat shit crazy, because I've made 75 of the 100 recipes in her book and they are the bomb). She said that she realized that it is OK. Not everyone has to like you.

And so that is it. I will continue to be me, a tad crazy, enthusiastic about baking, dry, sarcastic and a little rough around the edges. If people don't like it... that is SO OK. Just move on and find a blog or recipe page that is a better fit for you.

Some people may not like pumpkin. I should say OK. But I'm not... all the cool people are on the pumpkin train and you my friends are missing out.

Pumpkin mac is one of those trendy dinner ideas that I see popping up this fall. Some people are weirded out by it. But cheese and squash work so well together. You get to add some extra vitamins and some color to your cheese sauce. It's the perfect sneaky mom move, the kids can't tell. It gets that beloved classic orange color that they see on the Kraft box.  For this mac, I used a little cider to start my sauce. Some Cabot Seriously Sharp, pumpkin and of course BACON. Start to finish this dinner takes 15 minutes.



Pumpkin and  Cider Stove Top Mac n' Cheese with Crispy Bacon

Ingredients: 

1 16 oz box of dry pasta, prepared according to box directions
3 tbs butter
3 tbs flour
1/2 cup apple cider
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 cups shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar
4 oz cream cheese
3/4 cup pumpkin puree 
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 pound of bacon, cooked until crispy and then crumbled
sage leaves for garnish

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan melt butter with 3 tbs of butter over medium heat. Whisk until a paste forms.

Whisk in cider and milk, and bring mixture to a low boil. 

Mix in shredded cheese, cream cheese, pumpkin, salt, and pepper. Mix until smooth.

Toss with prepared pasta. 

Serve each bowl with bacon crumbles and garnish with fresh sage.    
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35 comments:

  1. Yum, this looks delicious, I'm definitely putting on the recipe list for this week! And good heavens, people get so easily offended! I saw your FB post this morning and it made me smile, because I was in the same boat as you - love those little ones, but wish they would sleep just a little bit later in the mornings! The internet must be a rough place for people with no sense of humor.

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    1. People will get their panties in a bunch over some silly stuff. I hope you make this! We loved it, and it's quick and easy.

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  2. One of the disadvantages of the Internet is that cowards can hide behind their comments and say things that they would never say in person. For crying out loud...people, get real. Unfortunately, sleep gets less as you get older. Sorry for that piece of information. Every woman I know that's my age has trouble sleeping through the night as our hormones go weird. I don't even remember a night with 8 hours of sleep, so yeah. No schmucks here! :) I've learned to enjoy my early mornings...a cup of coffee, my paper and my devotions. So, you learn to deal with it. I guess that's why we love you...we have more poop than the Christmas goose and sarcasm runs rampant in our family! Hold your head up and keep making these kick-butt meals! xoxo Momma Swope

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    1. Seriously, yes! Does this mean that I can keep that adorable blond baby girl that reminds me of someone else on occasion? lol I promise to spoil just like a grandparent would.

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  3. I saw your comment today too and it didn't bother me one bit. I would have posted the same thing on any given weekday. That darn alarm goes off at 545AM for goodness sakes.

    Anyway, I might have to make this recipe. I'm intrigued by any recipe that uses pumpkin. My family..........always has their doubts, then they scarf it down LOL

    Keep being yourself. The people that mind don't matter and the people that matter don't mind!

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    1. My alarm will be set for 5:45 tomorrow too Pam.... oh how I wish I could sleep to just 7!!

      I hope you try it. Be sneaky... don't tell them there is pumpkin in it!

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  4. OH yum, this looks amazing! Can't wait to make this.
    hello, rigby!

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  5. Girl. This mac & cheese is calling my name, loudly! Pinning to my mac & cheese board. ;) Never enough cheeeeeeese and pasta!

    PS: I like you, lots! Pumpkin too.

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    1. Thanks, I like you too! And pumpkin... always.

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  6. My dad used to say of the highly wound people, "His asshole is so tight it squeaks". I went and read that thread on your FB, and that's the first thing that came to my mind.

    Maybe they just need this AWESOME mac 'n cheese!

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    1. Hahaha that is awesome. I might start saying that...

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  7. This looks awesome! When is mac n cheese ever a bad idea? For real. I love the tray in the background. Super cute! Please don't tell me you made it. I will hate you just a little bit more. :)

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    1. Thanks! I did not make it... I bought it at Marshalls on sale for like $8!!!! I love it.

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  8. I for one like you a whole lot and love your wit ;) I too think that sleeping is for schmuck's and I soooooo wish I was a schmuck most days (like yesterday... hello 3 am wake up with boy #1).

    And btw: this looks over the top yum.

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    1. Thanks Regan! Those 3 am wake ups with the kids are the worst. It makes for a really long day for both of you!

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  9. I'm not a fan of pumpkin in sweet recipes, but pumpkin in savory...like this...brilliant. I am in love with this and plan to make it a staple! PS Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thanks Candace! Most people are the other way around! Anytime I post a savory pumpkin recipe people get weirded out by it.

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  10. So many flavors! Has to be good. So curious about the cider in there.

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    1. Apple and cheese go hand in hand. I love using cider with anything sharp like this. It gives it just enough sweetness. Super yum!

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  11. This looks amazing and the fact that it seems like the perfect Fall recipe for our chilly NH nights? Even better. Oh and I agree - sleeping is for the shumucks....especially when you're a Mama/Blogger/Short order cook/etc!

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  12. haha people are redok. Im with you, sleeping in IS for schmucks...people that aren't on this pumpkin train, especially this savory one, are omg missing out...I wish this was so bad my lunch right now!

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  13. You are killing it with these pumpkin pasta recipes!

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  14. these photos are gorgeous! This is such a wonderful comforting dish :) I love it!

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  15. oh wow, this sounds like seriously delicious mac and cheese!

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  16. Now this is mac and cheese! I love the bacon and pumpkin combos!

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  17. Little did my mother and father really comprehend aboutbest macaroni and cheese recipe all the additives and non-foods that were in this! Modern mother and father are much more delicate to additives and non-natural meals,

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  18. Oh so good! Absolutely loved the autumn flavor combination. I may have used the addition of apple cider and pumpkin as justification to go for seconds. Beautiful photos!

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