Jamie and Jade’s Favorite

In the first book of my Living After Midnight Series, HOUSE OF THE RISING SON, we meet Cheyenne and his young children, Jamie and Jade. We quickly learn that an incubus on a budget feeds his kids mostly simple, delicious, and inexpensive food. One of their biggest favorites is macaroni and cheese. Sadly, Cheyenne doesn’t cook and he hasn’t much money so they eat only the boxed variety, yummy despite its powdered neon orange cheese. But when they taste their Uncle Zander’s family’s version of their boxed favorite, they are hooked.

There’s nothing like the comforting gooey goodness of homemade mac and cheese. Here’s Zander’s sister’s take on it, with nods to my mom’s flair for convenience and Martha Stewart’s penchant for flavor bursts. The result is simple, rich and amazing.

The Most Amazing Mac and Cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 5 cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups grated Gruyere cheese
  • Large(13×9) buttered baking dish.

macaroni and cheese macro in bowl with white background

DIRECTIONS Cook macaroni, rinse in cold water to stop it from cooking and set aside. Melt butter in a deep skillet or pot over medium heat. When melted whisk in flour. Keep whisking 1 minute then slowly whisk in milk. Continue cooking and whisking until it thickens. Turn off heat. Add salt, cayenne pepper, the Gruyere, and all but a half cup of the cheddar cheese. Stir macaroni into the cheese sauce. Pour mixture into buttered baking dish. Mix bread crumbs with remaining half cup of cheddar and sprinkle over top. Bake until bubbling and golden brown (30-40 minutes). Enjoy!