Spaghetti and Cheese – from Elizabeth McKenzie
I dearly love getting to hear the stories and memories of your childhood. Knowing how much recipes are a part of our heritage, when you share one of your treasured recipes with me I take it to heart and consider it a great honor to receive such a gift. Today’s recipe is from Elizabeth McKenzie, a dear and fun person (after reading this I know she must get that from her Granny!) that I was fortunate enough to get to meet at one of my book signings (love you, Lizbeth!). I know you’ll enjoy the story and recipe as much as I did. It left me giggling and plotting this dish for supper tonight (I gotta run to the grocery store!).
From time to time I send out a call for submissions to email subscribers with details on where and how to submit their family recipes. I have a great collection now but as I share more of those I’ll send out another call in a few months so if you’d like to be a part of the Heritage Recipe collection on SouthernPlate.com, make sure you’re subscribed and be thinking over what you’d like to share!
Here is what Elizabeth says about her dear Granny:
So here is my info about Granny… My grandmother was Claire Gibbons St.Clair. She was a spunky firecracker of a woman who was/is loved by so very very many. She was a DIE HARD Alabama fan who lived in Tennessee. She could stand on her head up until her 70’s. After my grandfather passed away she found a loving man who brought her much love and happiness in her later years. Hank is a retired pilot and veteran. They flew places, went gambling, loved to dance (you name it and they would CUT a rug, people!). She kept a BOX (not bottle) of wine in the fridge and a bottle of Kahlua on the counter in the kitchen. I can’t put into words how spunky and special she was.
I spent alot of time at Granny’s condo during my childhood. We swam, ate pb&j’s, watched football, played games, and on and on… But the thing us kids loved the most was holidays. We loved the holidays because you KNEW what was coming… Spaghetti & Cheese!!!! (** on a side note, almost all of the girl grandchildren have Claire in their names, ie me – Elizabeth Claire, Kiffin Claire, Claire Elizabeth…) Granny was a fighter up until she lost her fight with cancer. She loved us all so very much… and I know she sent me to your blog to tell me she loved me again with that Strawberry Candy...
- 16 ounce Package Spaghetti
- 16 ounce Box Velveeta cubed
- 3 eggs
- 1 Cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1-1/2 Cups Milk
- Butter or grease a 9x13 baking dish. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and eggs, set aside. Drain spaghetti and place it back in pot. Stir in cheese cubes. Place in 9x13 pan and pour milk and egg mixture over it. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350 for one hour.
You can find more of Elizabeth’s recipes on her blog, Honey The Water’s On Fire. It’s a fun read!
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