What are you feeding those boys?

What am I feeding those boys?

I have been the team food coordinator for Brayden’s Friday night dinner before the game. Here is one of the recipes I used last week, doubling it of course when feeding 55 kids and coaches.

Macaroni and Cheese

1 1/2 lbs macaroni (I like to use the big elbow macaroni but you can use what you please)
3 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cups butter
1/2 cup flour
tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
pinch of paprika just for color
3 cups of half and half
1 cup of milk
4 cups of shredded cheese (I use sharp cheddar)

Cook macaroni until tender.
Add together butter and flour in a large pan. When blended and melted together add half and half to mixture and when blended and warm add the cottage cheese, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Then slowly add the shredded cheese until blended and melted in. Then add the last cup of milk.

Place the macaroni into a 9X13 pan and add the cheese mixture to the macaroni and stir together. Add a little paprika for color on the top and bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Super creamy and super good. It was a hit with the football players!

Then I made my favorite sugar cookies in the shape of a football, so much fun!

1lb (4 sticks) butter  divided (do not use vegetable or oil spreads)
2 3/4 cups flour
1 package (18.25 oz.) white cake mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Microwave 2 sticks of butter until melted. Slice remaining butter into 1/2 inch piece; add to melted butter, tossing to coat. Allow butter to sand 3-5 minutes or until softened.

In a separate bowl, add cake mix to flour; blend well to break up any large lumps.

Mix butter until smooth and free of lumps. If necessary, return butte to microwave for a few more seconds until creamy and pourable. Do not melt completely. Pour butter, all at once into dry ingredients, thoroughly scraping the sides.

Drop cookies Bake 15-17 minutes, very light golden brown. Cut-out cookies; Put dough onto well-floured surface (I use powdered sugar to roll it on rather than flour). Add up to 1/2 cup additional flour as needed to form firm dough. Divide into 3 portions. Roll out and cut the cookie shapes. Bake 15-17 minutes very light golden brown.

A picture of what the butter consistency should look like when adding to dry ingredients.

Feeding the football players this season has been an honor especially when they show their gratitude with a big “Thank you Mrs. Lasher” after each meal.

hose boys? Photobucket

October 21, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Brandee Shafer - That first photo is so touching. I hope you’ve framed it…or turned it into a canvas. I’ll be trying this casserole! love you

October 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

mountain mama - yum, yum….that is such a blessing for them…a BIG job for you! 🙂 i know you are enjoying it!!

October 21, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Jenay - You are a football team cooking rock star. Love it. I can’t wait to try the Mac and cheese. Way to go sis. Proud of you….way to put your talent to good use.

October 21, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Anonymous - You are Super Mom! Your family is beyond blessed!
Love you!

October 21, 2013 - 6:36 pm

Shauna - I have not had your cooking for awhile….. make me want to load up my crew and head North! Your stuff is always SOOOOOOOOO yummy! Your boys are going to have high expectations in a wife – you’ll just have to teach them. 😉

October 21, 2013 - 6:43 pm

Optimistic Existentialist - Please send me two pounds of mac and cheese!!! 🙂

October 21, 2013 - 9:15 pm

marlece - Dang, this makes me miss you!

October 21, 2013 - 9:17 pm

marlece - ha! I this particular post I thought of you. You always love the ‘comfort’ of food that it brings. This makes me smile!

October 21, 2013 - 11:53 pm

Karen and Gerard - How nice of you to feed the whole team! Great looking cookies!

October 22, 2013 - 2:14 pm

bluecottonmemory - I love a team family that works like yours does:) We’ve been involved in high school sports since 1998 – soccer mostly with a few years of football – so many love family’s joining together to support these boys – it’s a blessing, doing that! We mom’s of sons – we find a place – don’t we!!!

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