LAN Party Weekend and Fancy Macaroni

A couple of weekends ago, Normy and his buds had a LAN party which means: Lame Ass Nerds party, but not really, That’s what I call it. I think it means Local Area Network, also known as WoW weekend or Diablo. Where a bunch of dudes get together and bring their PC’s or Laptops and compare who has the biggest and best computer, no not really but they do play computer nerd games together. (Sorry Normy, I had to say it).

I don’t mind it so much as I cook for them. I have cooked them food the last few times and I love it! So I feel it should be a tradition, so I will cook every time. So it’s all good that they nerd out every now and again.

This year the LAN Man party was at Kelli and Dan’s, so Kelli ordered cupcakes from me as well.
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So Friday night I made the cupcakes while Normy was with the dudes.

So since I was on my own Friday I stopped at Whole Foods and got me some Sashimi Salmon for my dinner
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salmon

LOVE!
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I also got a cucumber too
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and heirloom tomatoes
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I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Heirloom Tomatoes! LOVE!

So I made me a salad too

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So I took the cucumber that I took naughty pictures with and peeled it and sliced it up, like so…
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Then I took the 2 heirloom tomatoes and washed them and took a picture
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Then I sliced them and arranged the sliced cucumbers and tomatoes and put them on a plate. Then I squeezed the juice of one lemon over them and sprinkled salt and pepper over them and chopped up 4 green onions/scallions and sprinkled that over them too.
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and you have a cucumber, Heirloom tomato salad
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Then I sipped Champagne while I baked
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A PERFECT Jamie Night!

I was up till about 3AM baking and cooking.

Then the next morning (Saturday) I got up and made Normy and me Breakfast (will post that recipe after this one) and then started cooking for the big dinner at Kelli and Dan’s.

Of course I made Pioneer Woman Recipes, because well they are THE BEST! and they make people and their tummy’s happy!

So I made her Pork Sandwiches with Cilantro Jalapeno Slaw

and I made two Pork Roasts because I had to feed 10 people!
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The pork cooked all day

So then I ended up adding both to one pot to finish cooking. Which I should have done from the start, but didn’t think they would fit. But I only wanted to have to carry one pot to Kelli’s instead of two.
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made the slaw in the morning so it could sit all day too
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So I have been wanting to make Pioneer Woman’s Mac and Cheese and I thought this would be the perfect time to make it!

but not just Macaroni and cheese but Fancy Macaroni, it has BACON!

One Year ago: Sweet Spicy Glazed Salmon

recipe

4 cups Macaroni
8 Tablespoons Butter (Salted Butter)
2 whole Medium Onions, Cut In Half And Sliced Thin
10 slices Regular Bacon (I did more than 10)
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I LOVE Bacon!
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1 Tablespoon Bacon Grease (reserved From Bacon Slices)
1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
2 cups Whole Or 2% Milk
1/2 cup Half-and-half
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2 whole Egg Yolks, Beaten
Salt And Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Grated Gruyère Cheese
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1/2 cup Grated Fontina Cheese
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1/2 cup Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
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4 ounces, weight Chevre (soft Goat Cheese)
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook macaroni for half the time of the package instructions.
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Drain and set aside.
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Fry bacon until slightly, but not overly, crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Reserve grease.
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Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet
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and then saute onions over medium-low heat
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for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Set aside.
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In a pot, melt 4 tablespoons butter
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(and add 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease for good measure!). Sprinkle in flour
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and whisk to combine.
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Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour in milk
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and half & half,
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then cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until thick. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Do not undersalt!)
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Beat egg yolks and drizzle 1/4 cup hot mixture into the yolks, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Pour egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute.
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Add cheeses
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(all the cheeses I added were smelly lol)

and stir until melted.
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Add onions
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and bacon
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at this point I added in about 1/2 a cup of extra sharp cheddar to calm the taste of the other stinky cheese’s down. It was too strong for me.
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and stir. Taste for seasonings and add more salt if needed. Add cooked macaroni and stir to coat.

Pour into a baking dish
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I added extra bacon to the top of the macaroni
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I covered mine and refrigerated it until I got to Kelli’s and then baked it there…

So I baked it for 15 to 20 minutes or until sizzling and hot. Serve

There was a little girl who was really excited for mac and cheese
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See all the computers – this is a LAN party, incase you were wondering
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Nerd Central
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There’s my Normy
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So I got to Kelli’s and starting toasting some buns for the pork Sandwiches
but 1st I had to do this
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This sandwich would make anyone happy!
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So I ate my dinner and had entertainment while I was eating by Kelli and Dan’s Daughter Kenzie
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Cupcake face
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She cracks me up!
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so Kelli and I were being dorks and I brought my lap top with me and we said we could have our own little nerd girls night too.
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