Sunday Sweetness

Yesterday was the last of our "family" christmas trips.  We ventured to Cameron, MO to see Tim's family.  It was a good time and fun to see Tim's parents, sister and brother-in-law, nephew, and maternal and paternal grandparents.
I got new bake and serving ware from my mother-in-law and father-in-law.  I love it and cant wait to use it!

I think the first thing I am going to make it on of my favorite "baked" dishes.

Sweet Onion Macaroni and Cheese


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound whole wheat macaroni or penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large onions—peeled, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 2 1/2 cups grated gruy√®re or swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente; drain.
  2. While the pasta is working, heat a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter to melt, then add the onions, bay leaf and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light caramel in color, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Discard the bay leaf. Stir the flour into the onion mixture. Stir in the milk and beef stock and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted, then stir in the mustard.
  4. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss. Spoon into a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, top with the remaining 1 cup cheese and broil until brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Top with the chives and serve immediately.

Stay Sweet,

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