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Welcome to March!

If it weren't for St. Patrick's Day, March might possibly be the most boring month of the year! The weather is iffy ... teasing us with a hint of spring and then snatching it away beneath eight-ten inches of snow. It's a good thing I'm in the middle of a couple of projects at the moment, or I'd be stir-crazy waiting for good weather.

There are few things I like more than good white chocolate. I'm always looking for ways to use it in a recipe, rather than just stuffing it in my mouth willy-nilly. When I saw this online I thought ... what???? But, then I tried it and I have to say, the name fits. It is definitely comfort food crack!
Crack Mac (White Chocolate Mac and Cheese)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 pound large elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sage leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 pound brie
  • 1/2 pound white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shaved
Directions:
  • In a large stockpot, bring generously salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until al dente, about 5-7 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Wipe stockpot clean.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk, half-and-half, nutmeg, and pepper over low heat until small bubbles begin to form, about 7-10 minutes. Add white chocolate chips, and stir until melted. Turn off the flame, but keep the pan on the stove for later use.
  • Meanwhile, in another small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. When it starts to foam, add sage and cook until sage is crisp and the butter begins to turn golden brown. Turn off the flame, but keep the pan on the stove for later use.
  • In the stockpot, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add flour, and whisk constantly for 2 minutes, until a smooth paste forms. Slowly stir in the milk mixture in 1/4 cup increments. Be careful, as it will bubble. Stir with each addition of milk, so no clumps form in the sauce. Continue to stir and cook for 1-2 minutes more, until it thickens and is smooth. Add the brie and cheddar, and whisk until the cheese melts completely into the sauce. Stir in the sage browned butter and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the pasta, and continue cooking until mixture is heated through and simmering.
  • Garnish with shaved parmesan.
Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day everyone!
March's Gift-away Book

Be among the twenty authors to receive a free digital copy of my western historical novella, A Saved Woman, part of the Lawmen and Outlaws  series from The Wild Rose Press. To get on the list, please fill out this Google Form. Also, reviews are always appreciated but not required to receive your copy.

About the Book
 
In her first twenty years, Katy Anderson has experienced more heartache than most know in a lifetime. Given to a man old enough to be her father, she has spent the past six years secluded from everyone except for her three young children. Her husband’s untimely death brings relief that ... finally ... she and her children are free.

When Sheriff Mitch Logan arrives at the Anderson homestead, he is moved by Katy’s sad circumstances and vows to right the wrongs done to her. Mitch has always shied away from marriage due to his dangerous profession, yet he quickly changes his mind when Katy comes into his life, and into his heart.

A Sneak Peek

She turned toward the kitchen, leaving Mitch to entertain her children while she went back to her sink full of dishes.
 
A new, totally unexpected twinge poked at Katy’s belly when she thought of the sheriff, of how he’d come into their lives through tragedy and accepted her, and her children, without question, without judgment. Mitch Logan was a decent, honorable man.
 
“Mama,” Susan called out from the kitchen doorway, “come listen.”
 
“I’ll be there in a few minutes, Susie-girl. I’m almost done with the dishes.”
 
“Don’t try to carry out the tub,” Mitch warned, his voice carrying easily from the parlor to the kitchen. “It’s too heavy. I’ll do it for you when you’re done.”
 
“Yes, Sheriff,” she called back, a light chuckle escaping her lips. The flutter came again and Katy pressed her hand against her stomach, wishing away the confusing emotions clouding her thoughts every time Mitch came near.
 
She was used merchandise, stale bread, and nothing good could come from her attraction to the handsome sheriff. She wouldn’t let it.

 
 
Copyright © *2017* *Nancy Fraser, Author*, All rights reserved.
*Vol. 3, No. 3*

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