I have a wonderful college friend who used to “dog sit” for Matt and I when we still lived in New Hampshire (our first “baby” was a black labrador named Taylor). Her payment was always a meal of Macaroni and Cheese a La Burkholder. It is also one of my girls’ favorite meals, and both of the older two are pretty adapt at cooking it.
They think that it is an “All American Meal”…
JP–from Nebraska to New York City–this one’s for you!
Needs: Butter, Flour, Milk, Cheddar Cheese, whole wheat macaroni noodles, and all BEEF hot dogs (I like the Wrangler brand best)
Directions: In a sauce pan on medium/medium low heat melt 2 tablespoons of butter. When melted, blend in 2 generous tablespoons of flour followed by 1 and 1/4 cup of milk.
Stir the mixture until the white sauce thickens and bubbles. Be patient–it is best if the sauce thickens adequately!
Turn the heat down to low and use a cheese grater to grate a bar of sharp cheddar cheese into the sauce and mix until it is melted.
While you are preparing the sauce, boil water on the stove top and cook the macaroni noodles until soft (whole wheat noodles usually take about 10 minutes in boiling water). Strain the noodles when they are cooked and put them in a casserole dish.
Cut up 4-5 hot dogs into small pieces and mix them in with the noodles. Finally, mix the cheese sauce in with the hot dogs and noodles.
Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Enjoy 🙂
The Flat Iron steak is a portion of the chuck roast (shoulder roast). Dr. Chris Calkins at the University of Nebraska discovered the “Flat Iron” doing tenderness tests on cuts of beef. It is one of the most tender cuts of beef and is one of Megan’s favorite steaks!
It’s one of her favorite meals…
During the summer months, we cook our Flat Iron steaks on an outside grill. When the temperatures are holding in the single digits during January, we cook our Flat Iron steaks on Matt’s grandmother’s Farberware inside grill. They take longer to cook on the Farberware grill than our charcoal grill, but you stay much warmer cooking them inside!
The type of grill will determine the cooking time. Flat Irons are meant to be served medium rare to medium in doneness.
Needs: Flat Iron Steaks, Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing, a container or plastic bag to marinate the meat, a grill.
Marinate the meat with the salad dressing and let it sit covered in the refrigerator for several hours.
Cook on the grill. It takes 10-12 minutes on our inside grill, but only about 7 on an outside charcoal grill. You will need to experiment with the cooking time depending on your choice of grill, the thickness of the meat and how hot the grill is.
Feel free to use a knife to determine whether or not the steak is finished to your taste.
Megan also make Chocolate Crinkle cookies to serve for dessert. They were almost as good as the Flat Irons!
The cookies turned out to be “super sized”—I am still trying to get her to super size her vegetables just like her cookies!