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Creamy Three Cheese Macaroni

One of my number one foods in the whole world is Macaroni and Cheese.  My sister created this recipe and it is my favorite.  I love the combination of these three cheeses!  But the best part, it stays creamy even after being in the fridge and reheated.  This recipe makes a huge pot.  So you might want to half the recipe if it's a side dish.  I personally always make it all and save the leftovers.

Creamy Three Cheese Macaroni
{Recipe Courtesy of Andria Lightfoot}

8 oz. block Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded
8 oz. block Sharp Cheddar, shredded
16 oz.  block Velveeta, shredded
4 cups dried macaroni noodles
5 cups whole milk
3 Tbl butter
3 Tbl flour
1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
2 to 3 dashes of Tabasco
Cook noodles according to package directions and strain
In a small pot, warm milk
In a separate large pot, melt butter
Combine flour with butter until the roux is blonde
Using a whisk, combine the warm milk into the flour/butter roux adding a cup or so at a tim…

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

This is one of my favorite appetizers.  You can serve it with tortilla chips like they do in a restaurant.  But my preferred way is to slice a baguette and lay them on a cookie sheet.  Brush each slice with a little extra virgin olive oil and toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp garlic salt, or to taste
1/2 tsp chili powder, or to taste
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
3/4 cup mozzarella, divided
1 small box frozen spinach, thawed
1 jar artichoke hearts, drained & chopped

In a medium bowl blend cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic salt and chili powder.
Stir in parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella
Remove thawed spinach from box and squeeze out excess water using paper towels.
Fold in spinach and chopped artichoke hearts.
Pour mixture into a small oven safe dish
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese
Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until hot an…