Amanda’s Daily Diner Mac n Cheese Everyone Will Love

July 6, 2009

My niece, Amanda, of My Daily Diner blog fame, designed this mac n cheese and with her permission I am posting here for all my fans to enjoy.

Amanda is a regular guest speaker at local businesses, schools, churches, and women’s groups. She can often be found in the halls of the California State Capitol advocating for nutrition and food. Amanda has been featured in both local and national media as an expert in the field of food and nutrition. Eat Your Roots is also dedicated to working with individuals, couples, and families to improve overall wellbeing by teaching clients to understand real food and Traditional Nutrition.

Amanda is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP, and Chairs their Legislative Affairs Committee.

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The Lady kicks this up a notch by using Tillamook Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar, Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar and Vermont Butter and Cheese Company Mascarpone instead of Philly Cream Cheese:

This recipe is simple enough for our kids and grown-up enough for us.


1 C half & half (although milk works too)
2 C cheddar, shredded or cubed into 1/2 inch peices
8 oz cream cheese, cubed for easy melting

Pour over 4 to 5 cups COOKED pasta

In a sauce pan, Add cheddar, cream cheese and milk. Stir constantly until mixed. Pour over pasta. Some people then bake their mac and cheese, but I don’t know why….I say heat, pour, and eat.

What to do with leftovers? I had enough leftovers for three small containers, perfect kid sized portions. Instead of heading for the boxed mac and cheese, next time reach into your freezer…you’ve got it right there.


2 Responses to “Amanda’s Daily Diner Mac n Cheese Everyone Will Love”

  1. deb Says:

    Mr Gray,

    How easy and wonderful this seems! I can taste it now.

    And the Lady is making a fine choice with the Tillamook white extra sharp cheddar, as I use it all the time, because a little goes a long way for flavor.

    Thank you, again!

    **side question** a piece on cheeses that do not contain msg – have I missed one on this, or perhaps, the Lady knows of some off hand?

  2. amandalouden Says:

    I love your kicked up version. Someday when I dont have picky kids I too will enjoy a more adult kicked up version!

    Thanks for the plug!

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