I have been biting my tongue for months and months and months and months.
But I finally get to spill the beans, and I-AM-SO-FREAKING-EXCITED-I-CAN-BARELY-STAND IT! Pant, pant, pant….
I wrote a book. A real live, big-fat book. And it’s going to be published this coming Spring!
I didn’t mean to hide it from you- It was more one of those paranoid, “it’s not done till it’s done” kind of things, you know? But if anyone I know has seen me in the past year and noticed that I looked particularly haggard (seriously) or only wearing yoga pants for most of last Spring and part of the Summer (recipe testing doesn’t bode well for skinny jeans) now you know that this is what I was up to!
Filling pages with tried and true recipes, photo’s and hoards of entertaining advice. I wrote my readers a love letter in the form of this book, and I CAN’T WAIT to share it with you!! (OK, I will stop screaming at you in all caps).
As the publishing date gets closer, I will share more details and little sneak peaks, but until then, basically I couldn’t hold the secret any longer.
I also wanted to give a huge thank you to you guys, my very faithful and wonderful readers who made this book possible. You guys are the very best, and I am thankful to each and every one of you.
That’s why I am celebrating this wonderful news with my favorite comfort food- revamped. Macaroni and Cheese. Only it’s green….
Green Macaroni and Cheese. Really good Green Macaroni and Cheese- I swear! Fresh spinach is what gives it the gorgeous color, without a lot of leafy taste! Basically my husband and kids who are purists when given the opportunity loved it- so that’s saying something…
To make this Green Macaroni and Cheese, this is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until just shy of al dente (about 6 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. **Before draining pasta, remove ½ cup of boling water for the spinach)
In a small pan, melt the butter and add the onions and jalapeno. Let them gently cook over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes. Set aside.
In the jar of a blender, add the 6 cups of spinach and the boiling water. You probably need to use a spoon to push the spinach down. Blend to a fine, bright green puree.
In the pot that you used to cook the pasta, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir until smooth and cook over low heat about 1 minute.
Add the milk and stir until very smooth. Simmer about 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened.
Add the cheese and stir and stir until melted, very smooth and thickened.
Add the spinach puree and stir until smooth. Season to taste with Kosher salt.
Pour the pasta into the pot of sauce, and add the onions and jalapeno and toss until everything is well combined.
Pour the macaroni into a 9x13x2” baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes until golden around the edges.
Recipe: Green Macaroni and Cheese
- -1 lb macaroni noodles
- -2 Tablespoons butter
- -1 yellow onion, minced
- -1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- -6 cups packed fresh spinach
- -½ cup boiling water
- -½ cup butter
- -½ cup flour
- -2 cups milk
- -8 ounces white cheddar, grated
- -8 ounces fontina, grated
- -Kosher salt to taste
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- 2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the macaroni until just shy of al dente (about 6 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. **Before draining pasta, remove ½ cup of boling water for the spinach)
- 3. In a small pan, melt the butter and add the onions and jalapeno. Let them gently cook over medium-low heat for 7-10 minutes. Set aside.
- 4. In the jar of a blender, add the 6 cups of spinach and the boiling water. You probably need to use a spoon to push the spinach down. Blend to a fine, bright green puree.
- 5. In the pot that you used to cook the pasta, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir until smooth and cook over low heat about 1 minute.
- 6. Add the milk and stir until very smooth. Simmer about 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened.
- 7. Add the cheese and stir and stir until melted, very smooth and thickened.
- 8. Add the spinach puree and stir until smooth. Season to taste with Kosher salt.
- 9. Pour the pasta into the pot of sauce, and add the onions and jalapeno and toss until everything is well combined.
- 10. Pour the macaroni into a 9x13x2” baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes until golden around the edges. Serve Hot!
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 hour(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
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Yay!!! What a wonderful thing to be able to do!! Let me know if we can buy it online or in italy!!
I hope you took the pictures for the book yourself, its the reason i even found you on the internet!!!;-) good luck!!
Thanks Vittoria! It actually will be for sale all over Europe since I signed with a British publisher, so maybe that will make it easier to find for you? I did take all of the food photo’s myself! Thank you!!
Can’t wait to get the book. Save one for me!
Thanks so much Barb!!! of course!!
Heather, I couldn’t be happier for you!! I’ve been reading your blog since way before I started myself and it has always been such an inspiration. Congratulations!! I’ll be first in line to pick it up (or pre-order!) 🙂
Oh Katrina- thank you so much, that means so much to me. Warm Vanilla Sugar is so lovely, and I am happy to think I could have had the toniest part in inspiring you. Thank you, thank you 🙂
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This is fabulous news. Can’t wait to see it! Please come to Sacramento on your book tour. No one ever comes to Sacramento!
Thanks Vicki!! I am actually TOTALLY coming to Sacramento! I have a friend who lives there, and I am going to do a charity event there with her, and will add on a book signing! CANT WAIT to meet you in person Vicki!!
Congratulations! I can’t wait to read it.
Thank you very, very much AC!
Wow! Congratulations, Heather. What an awesome achievement and labor of love! I can’t wait to see the book. I am sure it will be beautiful and inspiring just like your blog.
Thank you so much Beth, what a lovely thing to say 🙂
Congrats on the book! Can’t wait to see it. I love this mac and cheese recipe, too. mmm…
Thanks so much Ginny- yes the mac n cheese is awesome!!
Congratulations! How exciting – I can’t wait to get it in my paws! It will be fabulous, I know. xo
Thnks soupista 😉
HUGE Congratulations Heather. That is incredible. Cheers to all of your talent and hard work and look forward to buying your book!
Thank you so much Nicole!!
I am so excited for you, Heather! I have no doubt the book is going to be incredible. Be sure to let us know when we can pre-order it. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment!
Thank you Marianne!! I will let you know all the details as soon as I know them!!
Congratulations Heather!!! That’s so, so exciting, and I’ll be in line to buy it the day it comes out!
I totally appreciate it Maggie!!!
We love your recipes and cannot wait for the cookbook!
Oh Anna- thank you so much!
Yeah!!! Looking forward to getting your BIG book. I’m sure it will be a great resource to use daily. Thanks Heather.
Thank you Angela! I hope that is the case SO MUCH!!
Such great news, Heather! I am sure it will be beautiful and I can’t wait to see it. And the spinach puree in this pasta – so genius!
Thank you very much Cassie 🙂
Recipe is yummy :)) But…. I’m just thinking about your book…. I’d love to buy it!!!! hope will be available for online purchase 🙂
Thanks Alice! For sure it will. I will put up on my sight for pre-order as soon as it is ready- probably just another few months 🙂
Congrats, that is just so exciting for you!!!
Thanks so much Lauren 🙂
Congratulations!!! What a huge thing!
Thank you very much 🙂 For me it feels like the biggest thing ever!
Let me wipe the tears of joy away so that I can CONGRATULATE and THANK YOU at the same time!!! I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and this recipe looks YUMMY.
OMG AMY!! you are so nice! Thank you so much, that is such a nice note!! Thank you!!!
Congrats Heather! I cannot wait for the book to come out so I can get not only some delicious recipes but also some creative ideas of yours in my hot little hands!!
Thank you Julie!!
Love the green mac ‘n cheese and a BIG congrats on your BOOK??!! Can’t wait to see it 🙂
Thanks so much Marla!
I am very excited to buy your book! Every recipe I have tried of yours has turned out beautifully, but more importantly DELICIOUS! Congratulations!
Thanks Lindsey! That is so important to me- thank goodness!!
CONGRATULATIONS – you clever beautiful stylish woman – can’t wait to get a copy of your book as I know it’s going to be inspiring.
Thank you so much Lucy- you are the best!
And to think last week I even hinted in one of my comments that you should do a cookbook! Too funny!
I can’t tell you how glad I am you have a book of your own. It is obvious how much work and effort and how much of yourself you put into making this blog great. Your beautiful blog and awesome recipes have been an inspiration to me to start my own blog, which I am just getting ready to launch. Let me be one of many to wish you congratulations. Where can we pre-order our copies?
Kelley! I know- I bit my tongue on your comment 🙂
Thank you so incredibly much-I do try really hard to make you guys happy!! I love it here in my “virtual world”!
Please let me know when your blog is ready- I can’t wait to see it.
I think you will be able to pre-order in the next few months- I am so excited!!
congats, Heather. You so deserve this! I love the color of that mac – green, afterall, is my favorite color! Can’t wait to see your book, your ideas, and all of your success!
Oh Susan- thank you so much 🙂 very kind.
Congrats!! I’m thrilled for you!
Thank you so much Carrie 🙂
OMG! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to hear more about it! And to eat this insanely yummy green shiz!
lol! THanks so much BEV!!!
Congrats!! That is FAB news!! xo
thanks Maria- I’m so excited!!
So exciting, you’re own book!!! I can’t wait to find out more about it!
BTW the Green Mac & Cheese is sooo fun!
How exciting! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and had hoped you would have a book out someday! Your recipes are wonderful!
Thank you so much Chris!!
I am SO loving this green mac-n-cheese btw. Yum.
Congrats on the book! Love the green mac. I need to try that.
How wonderful about your book! Plus, this green mac and cheese looks wonderful! Yum!
CONGRATULATIONS, Heather!!! I have no doubt it will quickly become my favorite cookbook (and now I know what all my girlfriends are getting for Christmas next year!). I’m so happy for you. And what a beautiful gift to your girls!
Clearly I am late to this party, but I wanted to tell you I made this with a few modifications- mustard greens instead of spinach, and I added a bit of bacon to the sautéing onions- and it was a delicious creamy meal! Such a great idea to blend the greens with the boiling water, really good technique. I’ll be playing with this some more for sure.
hi… Can I buy your book online?
Yes, you can buy it on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble!
Hi.. I’ve been browsing your blog since a couple weeks ago, and I’ve tried some of your recipes.. Like coconut coffee blondies.. And I like it very much.. Also succeeded in selling it in my mom’s cafetaria 🙂 I wonder if you sell your cookbook in electronic version?
Heather, this looks fabulous! Does the jalapeno pepper make the Mac & Cheese spicy?
I think it just depends on the pepper you get Sarah- they have been REALLY spicy this year, so if you don’t like that, start with a small amount and add as you taste!
This Mac & cheese was so good. I made it last week without the spinach then made it again with the spinach for St Patty’s Day. The only difference I made to the recipe was an additional two slices of bacon(we like bacon) and I used frozen spinach instead of fresh and it worked great.
Wondering how this recipe might be without onions? Friend has an allergy.
Wow! This is the best homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe I have made. My family loved it and asked that we not just save it for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Awesome Sarah!! so glad that you liked it!