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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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Rebecca E. Neely: Make an Authentic Diner-Style Hoagie

I’m so not showing Bones this post. In case you didn’t guess, Carlo’s meatball sub fetish came straight from my hubs. This yummy hoagie recipe from Rebecca Neely looks like something he might love better than me. Rebecca’s brought a tasty excerpt in addition to the hoagie-building lesson and if you make it to the bottom of the page you can find a rafflecopter giveaway!

Author Rebecca NeelyRebecca:

I grew up in my family’s restaurant business, an actual, cool, Mom and Pop style diner. Only at the time, it wasn’t yet retro! In true 1970s fashion, it sported lots of brown and Crayola orange, from the countertops to the paneled walls, to the vinyl covered booths. Design crimes and all, it’s a place that’s part of my soul, and though long gone, lives on graciously in my memory. Continue reading


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Irene Vartanoff: Substitution Salmon Salad

Hey, hey everyone. Today you have two Irenes for the price of one! We have other things in common, which you’ll probably figure out shortly. (Honestly, do I ever make anything without a substitution?) Irene Vartanoff has brought a delish salmon salad recipe and an excerpt from Captive of the Cattle Baron. My contribution to this post is eating the yummy salmon while I enjoy the excerpt…


Salmon Salad Recipe by Irene Vartanoff Irene V:

I find recipes on the net by googling them, and then I copy down the ingredients and maybe a few direction. Sometimes I don’t copy very well. That’s how I ended up making a Substitution Salmon Salad that I adore.

I never, ever follow recipes exactly although I always mean to. After I found a salmon salad recipe online that didn’t have any ingredients I dislike or that dislike me, I went shopping for them. That’s where the substituting began. I wasn’t about to buy the dry mustard the recipe called for, not when no one in the house eats dry mustard. My husband always has some Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard around, so I figured I could use that. Substitution Number 1. The recipe called for chives. By the time I got to the grocery store, I thought I was supposed to buy dill. Oops. Substitution Number 2. Continue reading

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