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Becky and Morgen’s World Famous Mac ‘n Cheese

I can’t stop looking at the picture. Serious drool happening over the picture. Check out this amazing mac ‘n cheese recipe from Becky Flade,  y’all.  Also, Becky’s new book, Fated Hearts, which I will read while floating in and out of a cheese coma.


There are a lot of things I love about being born and raised in Philadelphia. We have history and culture; our sports teams are legend; a legacy of entertainers call, or have called, my hometown their own; and we have a reputation for being fierce, loyal and passionate. But above all that, we have FOOD: Tastykakes, cheesesteaks, scrapple, Peanut Chews, soft pretzels; there’s a veritable plethora of options that taste just oh-so-good in the City of Brotherly Love!

One of my favorite Philadelphia staples, something I didn’t realize until I went to college in a different state was specific to Philadelphia, is Cooper sharp cheese. I’ve been informed that, like Yuengling lager, the cheese has broadened its horizons and can be found in other locales, but, like me, it is a Philly native. MMM. I think it’s widely known that anything is better with cheese, but until you’ve layered Cooper on your mashed potatoes, or baked ziti, you haven’t lived.

Philly Food

Everyone enjoys the comfort and tradition of baked mac ‘n cheese but my youngest and I experimented with a pound of Cooper and some heavy cream. We came up with what we call our “World Famous Mac ‘n Cheese.” Of course, the world is my house and our closest call to fame is the adoration of my brother, currently living in southern Maryland, who had the opportunity to sample some and fell in love with it. Each time we make this rich dish, I snap a picture and send it to him via our cell phones to tease and torment like a good big sister should.

Cooper Sharp Cheese


16 oz elbow macaroni

1 lb cooper cheese, block, shredded

½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

¼ cup scallions, diced

3 cups heavy cream

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Cassandra Carr: 5 Mac n Cheese Recipes You Need to Try Today

Say CHEESE! Y’all know I’m a huge cheese fan. When I found out Cassandra Carr had set her latest release in a Mac-n-Cheese food truck right here in Austin – I knew I had to get her on the blog!

Melting Into You by Cassandra Carr - Foodie RomanceCassandra:

Hi everybody! I’m Cassandra Carr, and I’m going to talk to you today about macaroni and cheese. *Yawn*, you say. Nay, I say. For lowly macaroni and cheese can be elevated to a culinary art form- provided you have a great recipe.
The first two books in my new Savor Series revolve around a food truck named Macarollin’. Guess what they sell? During the course of writing the books, I, of course, had to do research into possible combinations for mac n cheese to see what the truck might have on the menu. Here are some delicious combinations I found:  Continue reading

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Racheline Maltese: Gourmet Grilled Cheese – 4 Ways

I’m not going to lie to you. I drooled a little when I got the picture for this Friday’s foodie post. Grilled cheese is one of my absolute favorite  comfort foods.  Racheline Maltese is here to show us how to make some yummy gourmet variations on the classic including an amazing dessert. If you’ve been slapping a single-slice of American between two pieces of white bread, it’s time to up your game!

Make sure you  scroll down to get a preview of Racheline’s new book, Doves and don’t forget to enter my $25 Amazon Gift Card  giveaway!

The Perfect Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Perfect Grilled Cheese!



In some ways, I’m not a cook at all. I don’t own any fancy tools, I don’t use cookbooks, and I rarely plan meals out in advance. But I am the person who will look into the refrigerator and make something up on the fly that is often pretty great. Like some people have a strong internal sense of direction, I have a strong internal sense of food logic, which has carried over to Victor, one of the secondary characters in the Love in Los Angeles series I co-write with Erin McRae.

Sometimes, this character goes for the fancy, planned, and sophisticated food I never bother with. Certainly, he has more expensive cookware than me and better knife skills. But like me, he brings his internal food logic to making ordinary meals extraordinary.

For example, he’s happy to whip up a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup as comfort food when his boyfriend Liam is having a bad day, but nothing about that grilled cheese is simple.

In fact, all the ways grilled cheese can be dressed up without a lot of ingredients or a set recipe makes it one of my own favorite go-tos. It’s also one of Erin and my staple foods when we spend time in our Philadelphia writing office. There’s a place in Reading Terminal Market that makes absolutely divine grilled cheese, and those sandwiches have gotten us through many a long day of writing and editing.

If you want to try your own hand at grilled cheese, here are some of my (and Victor’s) favorite combinations. Continue reading


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