Tag Archives: mac and cheese

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

 Vegetarian butternut squash mac and cheese is the creamiest, most velvety, delicious mac and cheese ever, it’s so easy to make and kids will love it!

Butternut squash mac and cheese in orange crock with copper spoon, with white crock of mac and cheese in background and fresh parsley

It’s officially Thanksgiving Week on the blog! My favorite week of the year, where I share delicious new appetizers, sides, drinks, desserts and turkey recipes to make for the big meal!

This is my 8th year of sharing Thanksgiving recipes on the blog and with so many fan favorites, I began compiling a list every year of the Top 15 Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes.

Rosemary Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast and Cranberry Apple Sangria are a few of my personal favorites!

This year, the line up includes:

The menu this year includes so many easy, delicious recipes, I can’t wait to share them all this week!

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Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni, it’s like Hamburger Helper, but so much better! This meaty, cheesy pasta dish is so delicious and made in under 45 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Buffalo Cheeseburger Macaroni in bowl with spoon

From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, there’s a reason I’ve been called “The Queen of Buffalo Sauce”!

Cheesy pasta recipes with buffalo sauce are totally my jam! It’s quick, easy comfort food with a kick!

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Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese

Mexican Street Corn is taken off the cob and tossed into this incredible mac and cheese recipe, which can be served as a side dish or vegetarian entree.

Mexican Street Corn is taken off the cob and tossed into this incredible mac and cheese recipe, which can be served as a side dish or vegetarian entree.

OMG y’all! This creamy, dreamy mac and cheese recipe is EVERYTHING!

As the biggest Mexican Street Corn fan ever, I’m determined to add it to as many recipes as possible. I began this recipe journey last fall when I made Mexican Street Corn Enchiladas and they turned out to be the BEST ENCHILADAS EVER! I then had the idea to make Mexican Street Corn Mac & Cheese. Because what could be better than creamy, spicy Mexican street corn paired with cheesy, velvety mac and cheese?! Nothing, I tell you, absolutely nothing!

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Philly Cheesesteak Mac & Cheese

This insanely delicious Mac and Cheese recipe is a seriously scrumptious twist on the Philly Cheesesteak and it’s easily made in only 29 minutes!

This insanely delicious Mac and Cheese recipe is a seriously scrumptious twist on the Philly Cheesesteak and it's easily made in only 29 minutes!

Allow me to introduce you to the BEST MAC & CHEESE EVER! What started as an experiment almost 2 months ago, lead me to the most amazing twist on a Philly Cheesesteak ever!

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Bratwurst Beer Mac & Cheese

This Mac and Cheese Recipe is kicked up a notch with the addition of grilled bratwurst and amber beer, putting a fun and flavorful twist on mac and cheese!

Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese Recipe

Alright guys, it’s confession time, I might be a tad bit obsessed with mac and cheese 😉

Whether it’s Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese,  Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese, or this new Bratwurst Beer Mac and Cheese recipe, I just can’t get enough of the creamy, cheesy, pasta goodness!

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Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Taco seasoned ground beef and hot sauce add delicious flavor and spice to this Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

Slow Cooker Taco Macaroni and Cheese

Today I’m combining 3 of my favorite things in life, the almighty slow cooker, tacos and macaroni and cheese!

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Buffalo Crock Pot Mac And Cheese

Buffalo sauce, spicy cheddar cheese, tomatoes & green chilies add a kick of spice & flavor to this super easy vegetarian Crock Pot Mac and Cheese recipe!

Buffalo Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Now that football season is in full swing, I’m all about the “game day grub”! When it comes down to my favorite recipes to make while watching football, I’m a big fan of anything you can put in the crock pot, and anything you can add buffalo sauce to!

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BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese Recipe

When it comes to creating new recipes for the blog, I love to get creative with old favorites.

The most popular recipe on the blog is the Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne recipe I created almost 3 years ago to the date.

It’s simple, cheesy, pasta deliciousness and that’s what has made it a hit on the blog, and a favorite on Pinterest!

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Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac And Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese

This dish is dedicated to my Facebook friends.

A couple of weeks back as I was planning out new recipe ideas for October, I asked my Facebook friends which new recipe they would like to see on LLB and there was an overwhelming response for Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese.

And I can’t say I blame them, it’s super flavorful cheesy pasta deliciousness, what’s not to love?

Roasted red peppers, good, chorizo, good, mac and cheese, good!

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Sausage Jalapeño Macaroni and Cheese

Sausage Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

One time my friends went on a “Macaroni and Cheese Crawl”. If you’re familiar with bar crawls, it’s the same thought, but instead of slamming beers and tequila shots, you head to the best restaurants for Mac and Cheese.

While I wasn’t able to make the crawl with them, I thought this was the best idea ever. Why, you ask?  Because Macaroni and Cheese is freaking awesome!!!!

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Chalk Art Painting, Live Music and Delicious Food at Little Italy Festa!

little italy, festa, san diego, food, wine, live music, festival, ItalianLittle Italy Festa is the largest Italian American Festival on the West Coast. I love living in this quaint San Diego neighborhood for events like this! One of my BFF’s PK, or as I like to call him, PKizzle, and I attended the event on Saturday afternoon.

Upon arrival the first thing that caught our attention was the free photo booth from La Jolla Photo Booths, for those of you that know us, this was an obvious first stop as we’re both known as “paparazzi” within our group of friends for our immense amounts of picture-taking!

whitney bond, little italy, festa, san diego, photo booth, photo booth props, italian, festivalDon’t worry about that top pic getting cut off, I was SO not prepared when the first shot happened!

Next, we traveled down India St to check out what else was going on.

little italy, festa, san diego, beer and wine garden, kids area, festival, ItalianWe spent some time walking down Grape Street checking out all the amazing Live Italian Chalk Art that was going on!

little italy, festa, san diego, chalk painting demonstrations, chalk art, live art, festival, ItalianThese artists have some serious talent!

little italy, festa, san diego, chalk art, live art, chalk painting, festival, ItalianIt is amazing that this is all done with chalk!

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Although I have memories of making some pretty legit chalk art on my parents driveway growing up, I think these might be a little bit more impressive!

We then traveled back up India to check out what else the Festa had in store.  We walked by the cooking stage where live cooking demonstrations were hosted by local Little Italy restaurants.

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Although we didn’t catch one, I think this is such a cool idea and every seat in the audience was taken!

Next, we ran into these people…

little italy, festa, san diego, gondola company, gondola hosts, stage, festival, ItalianThey were out promoting their San Diego Gondola business where they take couples or groups out for a cruise across the bay in an authentic Italian gondola.  Such a cute idea, now I just need to find a boyfriend to take me on one (haha)!

Then it was time for my favorite part, the food!

Although we could have gone the traditional route with Italian food from one of the many delicious restaurants in the neighborhood, we decided to steer off the beaten path and try some of Hunter Steakhouse’s tasty tri-tip which we had been smelling all day!

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PK and I split their tri-tip sandwich to save room in the belly for our next stop!

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We then wandered over to Stone Brewery. No, not for the beer, well not exactly.

little italy, festa, san diego, food, menu, stone brewery, stone catering, mac and cheese, festival, ItalianWe were there for the Beer Mac and Cheese.

little italy, festa, san diego, food, menu, stone brewery, stone catering, smoked porter, beer, beer mac and cheese, mac and cheese, festival, ItalianCheese. Beer. Sausage. In a bowl. Enough said.

little italy, festa, san diego, food, menu, whitney bond, stone brewery, stone catering, mac and cheese, festival, ItalianYum, yum, yum.

We took our bowl of mac and cheese (well the portion in which I hadn’t already annihilated!) and went to watch some live music!

 

This guy was amazing.  I could hear him from my condo all morning before we headed down.  I’m pretty sure I heard “My Way” by Frank Sinatra at least 6 different times throughout the day and I didn’t hate it, like at all 🙂

If you want to attend next years festivities check out the Little Italy Festa website for more information!

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