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Bonnie Aeschliman: Think on good causes; bake mac & cheese

  • Published Tuesday, Sep. 4, 2012, at 11:59 p.m.

MAMA’S REAL MACARONI AND CHEESE

Serves 6.

1/2 pound elbow macaroni

4 tablespoons butter

4 tablespoons flour

1 tablespoon powdered mustard

3 cups milk

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 large egg

12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded, divided use

1 teaspoon salt

Fresh black pepper to taste

TOPPING:

3 tablespoons butter

1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta according to package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Add milk, onion and paprika. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.

Whisk the egg in a small bowl, and temper with ½ cup of the hot milk mixture; then add it to the pan. Whisk and stir until combined.

Stir in ¾ of the cheese. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if needed.

Fold mixture into the cooked macaroni and pour into a greased 2-quart casserole dish. Top with the remaining cheese.

To make the topping, melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

THE WICHITA EAGLE — Sept. 5, 2012

When you are a child, it’s a long road from escaping a troubled home of abuse to emerging as a competent and capable adult. Wichita is a very caring city, and there are several local charities that reach out to these youngsters and are doing an excellent service for our community.

One local faith-based charity, Carpenter Place, has a beautiful residential campus located on 13 acres. Its goal is to provide a home for girls struggling with family problems, abandonment and other emotional and physical issues. It provides young ladies from 6 to 24 years of age with the support, structure and skills to overcome their life situations and become healthy, functioning adults.

Carpenter Place will host its annual fundraiser, a Ladies Brunch, at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, and the theme will be culinary-based. I am honored to be the guest speaker for the event. I invite you to come out for a morning of food and fun. I will be sharing my culinary journey, along with a cooking demonstration that you won’t want to miss. And yes, there will be samples!

Also scheduled will be a silent auction of an amazing array of culinary items that you will enjoy using or giving as gifts. All proceeds benefit the charity. For more information or to make a reservation, call 316-942-3221. I hope to see you there.

With my thoughts focusing on the homeless, my inclination is to create comfort food. Today’s recipe will be one for the ultimate comfort food. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese, especially if it is made from scratch. It is not difficult to make and is inexpensive. My version smacks of good home cooking — and warms the heart and creates happy memories.

Bonnie Aeschliman is a certified culinary professional who owns Cooking at Bonnie’s Place in Wichita. For more information, call 316-425-5224 or visit cookingatbonnies.com. To submit a question to Bonnie, e-mail her at bonnie@cookingatbonnies.com.

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