PH5Food for Thought, by Minister Hugh Bradford

“And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.”  — Hebrews 1:6

Let us keep Christmas, holding it close to our hearts, for its meaning never ends and its spirit is the warmth and joy of remembering that Jesus is the reason for the season.

‘Over the Rainbow’ macaroni and cheese, by Leslie J. Ansley

macThis is Patti LaBelle’s famous “Over the Rainbow” macaroni and cheese recipe. I made this once, about five years ago, following the recipe to the “t”. It was the first and last time I’d ever used Velveeta. I still don’t know what Velveeta is or why anyone would call it cheese, but I have to admit — it made this dish really, really good, and I’ll probably make it again.

One look at the ingredients and you’ll see it’s a heart attack on a plate — more  than a stick of butter, five different types of cheeses, eggs and half-and-half.  Like everything else during the holidays, consume it in moderation.

This is a great recipe to use as a base for whatever type of macaroni and cheese you prefer. I add minced onions to mine and often just use whatever cheeses are in the house, including Parmesan and pepper jack. The trick is having the mixture very wet and creamy going into the oven so it won’t be dry and crunchy when it comes out.

PATTI LABELLE’S  ‘OVER THE RAINBOW’ MACARONI AND CHEESE

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb macaroni
8 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup muenster cheese, shredded
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 cups half-and-half
8 ounces Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart baking dish.
  3. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a rapid boil.
  4. Add macaroni and the 1 TB oil.
  5. Cook for 7 minutes, or until somewhat tender.
  6. Drain well, and return to the pot.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt 8 TB of the butter.
  8. Stir into macaroni.
  9. In a large bowl, combine all of the shredded cheeses.
  10. To the macaroni, add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheeses, half and half, the cubed cheese and the eggs, and the seasoned salt and pepper.
  11. Transfer to the prepared casserole dish, and top with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  12. Dot with remaining 1 TB of the butter.
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and bubbly.

Serve hot. Serves 8.

Get your Christmas tables ready, by Donna Wright

Here’s an idea for a centerpiece, a coffee table, sofa table, mantle, etc. — use a teapot or a water to make these simple table decorations.

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tablerunnerYou can also make a table runner with ribbons and pine cones, ornaments, or whatever you prefer. These are very easy to make by simply gluing ribbon to the top of the pine cones, then adding a bow or Christmas greenery, berries, etc.  Run the long strips of ribbon the entire length of the table with the pine cones on each end.