Mac and Cheese Mania!
I am so excited to tell you all about Mac and Cheese Mania! My bud Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny and I have been planning this events for months partly to celebrate our blog anniversaries (my blog turned three this month!) but mostly to celebrate our love of all things cheese and mac.
Because it’s carbs.
Clearly this is something to be celebrated.
Grab a cup of coffee because there’s a lot of info (and a lot of mac & cheese) in this post! Sorry about that but it is all super important!
So here’s the deal about Mac and Cheese Mania. Each day this week, Brandy and I will be posting new Macaroni and Cheese recipes. I kicked today off with a copycat Panera Macaroni and Cheese recipe. It’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in ONE PAN! Win-win-win.
But we don’t just want to bombard you with amazing cheesy creations, we want you to get involved! We’ve teamed up with some great sponsors to make this event a success. Using the link-up tool at the end of this post, you’ll link up your favorite mac and cheese recipe (you don’t have to be a blogger to enter — details near the bottom of this post). Just by linking up your recipe, you’re entered to win one of the prizes! You can read all about the fabulous prizes in this post…just keep on keeping on…the details are all here! You have two weeks to link up recipes so you can even create a recipe, post it on your blog, and then link it up! You may enter up to four recipes. And you can get creative! Mac and cheese burgers, mac and cheese pizzas, mac and cheese muffins, dessert mac & cheese, whatever your little heart desires!
As an added bonus, if you are a blogger, we’ll be pinning many of these recipes to our Mac & Cheese Mania Pinterest board!
Follow Rachel Cooks | Rachel Gurk’s board Macaroni & Cheese Mania on Pinterest.
To get the creative juices flowing, we have a ton of amazing bloggers helping us kick off the event with super unique and original mac & cheese creations. I’m seriously blown away by what they all came up with. BREAKFAST mac and cheese! Healthy mac and cheese! Gluten-free mac and cheese! MAC & CHEESE ICE CREAM?!?!! I’ll stop now because I could call them all out by name because I think they are all phenomenal. But they are all listed below, so I guess that isn’t really necessary.
Mushroom and Swiss Mac and Cheese by Cookistry
Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese by Heather’s Dish
Buffalo Cheddar Mac and Cheese by Eats Well With Others
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese with Gouda by Sarah’s Cucina Bella
Light Sweet Potato Mac ‘n Cheese Recipe by Cookin’ Canuck
Macaroni and Cheese Fritters by Amuse Your Bouche
Skinny Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole by A Zesty Bite
Creamy Pancetta + Leek Macaroni and Cheese by Simply Scratch
Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese by Cravings of a Lunatic
Pizza Mac and Cheese by Very Culinary
Crab Mac and Cheese by Dine & Dish
Bacon & Eggs Breakfast Mac & Cheese by Sweet Remedy
Fried Mac & Cheese Balls by The Little Kitchen
Sweet Pork Macaroni and Cheese by Oh, Sweet Basil
Butternut Squash Quinoa Mac n’ Cheese Bake by Queen of Quinoa
Lightened Up Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese by Prevention RD
Butternut Mac and Cheese with Pretzel Crust by Healthy. Delicious.
Skinny Greek Mac and Cheese with Crunchy Pita Chip Topping by The Law Student’s Wife
Potato Skin Mac and Cheese by Eat Your Heart Out
Homestyle Baked Mac & Cheese by Pocket Change Gourmet
Bacon Mac and Cheese Egg Rolls by Miss in the Kitchen
Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese by Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Blue Cheese Bechamel Mac and Cheese by Sweetphi
Korean Mac & Cheese by Cooking with Books
Black and Blue Mac and Cheese by Fabtastic Eats
Tomato and Leek Mac and Cheese by Susie Freaking Homemaker
Healthier Mac & Cheese with Chipotle Peppers by Go Gingham
Mac and Cheese Ice Cream by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body
Blue Cheese & Bacon Macaroni & Cheese by Gimme Some Oven
Poutine Mac and Cheese with Andouille Gravy by Climbing Grier Mountain
Double Smoked Chicken Mac and Cheese by Girl Carnivore
Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese with Peas and Bacon by Running to the Kitchen
Nudel Gratin by Crumbs and Chaos
Mushroom and Truffle Sea Salt White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese by Big Bear’s Wife
Roasted Poblano and Goat Cheese Mac by Daisy at Home
Creamy Cauliflower ‘n Cheese with Bacon by Barefeet in the Kitchen
Wisconsin Cheese, Brats, and Onion Macaroni and Cheese by a farmgirl’s dabbles
Spinach Queso Mac & Cheese by Bake Your Day
Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese with a Pancetta Parmesan Crust by Mountain Mama Cooks
French Onion Mac & Cheese by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Healthier Macaroni and Cheese by Texanerin Baking
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese by CafeTerraBlog
Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Peppers by Cook the Story
Jack Daniels Mac and Cheese by The Slow Roasted Italian
Lobster Mac and Cheese by FoodieCrush
Green Chili 5-cheese Baked Mac and Cheese by A Southern Fairytale
Homemade Elbow Noodle Tutorial + a Recipe for Roasted Veggie Mac by Bakeaholic Mama
Salsa Verde Mac-n-Cheese (two ways) by Eat2Gather
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Crispy Panko Topping by The Lemon Bowl
Skillet Mac and Cheese by Jelly Toast
Door to Door Organics
May I start by saying that I’m completely obsessed with Door to Door Organics? I’m thrilled to have them sponsoring Mac and Cheese Mania. I get their weekly deliveries (paid for with my own $$$!) and I just LOVE it. Not only does it give me the mid-week burst of produce to get me through the week and avoid another grocery store trip, but the quality of the produce is so amazing. Some of the best looking fruits and vegetables I have ever seen. Keep an eye out for a mac and cheese recipe using rainbow chard that I got in my Door to Door Organics delivery. Follow Door to Door Organics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! You can also find great recipes on their site. If you’re new to Door to Door Organics, sign up and make sure to use coupon code RACHELCOOKS for $10 off your first box! You won’t regret it. Seriously, it’s the best produce. It’s like Christmas every time a box arrives. By entering your mac & cheese recipe, you could win one of three $100 gift cards to use for a Door to Door Organics delivery! (Must be in delivery area.) Door to Door Organics is offering up a $100 gift cards to three lucky winners!
We are also thrilled to have OXO sponsoring Mac and Cheese Mania. The quality of their products is second to none and they make a gadget for your every need. You would see this brand everywhere you looked in my kitchen — I love their products. And wait until you see these awesome prizes! Two amazing prize bundles worth around $150 each. Keep an eye out this week for a couple of these to be highlighted in one of my mac and cheese posts. Follow OXO on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Wanna know what’s up for grabs? Lua salt and pepper grinders, medium silicone spatula, 4 piece mini measuring beaker set, 3 piece large bowl and colander set, triple timer, 5 pound food scale with pull-out display, stainless steel spice jar measuring spoons, 9″ silicone whisk, three ring trivet set and a compact grate & slice set. Who wouldn’t want all that??!
Enter to win Microplane Graters and Kitchen Tools – includes Graters, Cut Resistant Glove and Herb Mill. This prize is valued around $50.
Wüsthof knives. Sigh. They’re on my wish list. But you could win this great CLASSIC studio block! It includes 3 knives, kitchen shears, and a compact wood storage block — a $150 dollar value!
By linking up your macaroni and cheese recipe you’ll be entered to win this fun and colorful Rachael Ray Stoneware Casseroval – 4.25 Qt. Covered Oval Casserole — valued at $50!
By linking up your macaroni and cheese recipe you’ll be entered to win this Anolon Advanced Bronze 4.5 Qt. Tapered Stockpot – a gorgeous and versatile pan. Anolon pans are such high quality. This stockpot is valued at $50.
Our friends from Spiceologist are contributing an absolutely gorgeous Spiceologist Block (starter) with spices — valued at 139.95! This work of art will keep your spices right where you need them — next to the action!
If you’re looking for a unique food item, Marx Foods should be the first place you look. From fancy pastas to truffles to meats and seafood, Marx Foods has it. By linking up your recipe, you are entered to win a Risotto Kit valued at $54!
My friends over at Zak have such fun dishes to serve up all your macaroni and cheese in, including their new microwave-safe line. (Perfect for the DIY Easy Mac I have coming later this week!) By linking up your recipe, you’re entered to win 4 plates, 4 bowls and a pretty trivet! Valued around $45.
Cabot has offered up an awesome prize! When you link up you will be entered to win a YEAR of cheese! That means that once each quarter (for a year) you will get a big box (13 pounds to be exact) of Cabot cheese — the variety of your choice. Bring on the cheese! Valued at $312.
Perfect for housing that baked macaroni and cheese! Up for grabs we have a set of Tendance Swissmar bakeware which includes a small, medium and a large baking dish. Valued around $150.
This gift basket from Vermont Creamery is packed full of cultured butter, creme fraiche and goat cheese. If you’re a fan of cheese, you’re going to love this prize! Valued around $50.
You can’t have macaroni and cheese without PASTA! If you like Barilla pasta you’re going to love this gift basket. Up for grabs are 2 prizes– each one includes a box of original Barilla pasta, Barilla Veggie, Barilla Plus, a Barilla apron and a colander. Each prize pack is valued at $25.
What you need to do to participate in Mac and Cheese Mania:
- Find a macaroni and cheese recipe on your blog or create a newly developed recipe — you have two weeks! (If it is an older post, make sure to follow step #2 and you MUST still link back.) If you don’t have a blog — read step #4!
- If you are a blogger you MUST ADD: “Come join Mac and Cheese Mania at Rachel Cooks and Nutmeg Nanny sponsored by Door to Door Organics and OXO — Win prizes!” in your new or old blog post. (We will be verifying and you must include this in your posts to be eligible to win a prize.)
- Add your link to the Mac & Cheese Mania inlinkz link-up widget on either my site or Nutmeg Nanny (only do it on one site). Then, use the giveaway widget to confirm you entered and also earn extra entries. You must enter one to be eligible to win but you may enter up to 4 macaroni and cheese recipes.
- If you don’t have a blog — you are still eligible to win these awesome prizes! Leave your recipe or link to your favorite mac and cheese recipe in the comment section of my site or Brandy’s during the link-up (ends March 9th, 2014) and tell us why you love it. Then, use the giveaway widget to complete your entry.
- PLEASE NOTE: If you do not use the giveaway widget to complete your entry — you will not be eligible to win prizes.
- Be patient — it might all take a minute to load. Good luck! Can’t wait to see your recipe!
If you have any questions — you know how to contact me. Link-up will be open through March 9th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be announced that week. All winners will be selected randomly and will be notified via email. They will have 48 hours to respond. All giveaways open to US residents over the age of 18. Door to Door Organics gift cards only available to those in the delivery area.
Disclaimer: Thank you to OXO and Door to Door Organics for providing compensation and prizes for Mac and Cheese Mania. Thank you to our other sponsors for providing prizes. All opinions as always are my very own. Thanks for participating!