While I’m content to leave most comfort foods like stews and casseroles where they belong (in the harsh “arctic tundra” winter months), I have a hard time getting through an entire summer without a batch of homemade macaroni and cheese. It’s just so good . . . any time of year. I told myself that adding a boatload of vegetables from the farmer’s market would “summer-ize” it. To summarize, just go with it, OK? There’s candied bacon in it for you if you play along.
To start my Farmer’s Market Mac & Cheese with Candied Bacon, I sauteed my boatload of vegetables. The vegetable element here is totally customizable to what’s available at your farmer’s market. The important thing is just to saute each veggie until it is nearly tender before adding it to the macaroni and cheese.
I made a classic bechamel sauce using DairyPure milk. According to a new survey by Wakefield Research, 71% of people frequently worry about the purity or quality of milk they serve their family. DairyPure milk is a great choice, because it is the only milk backed by an exclusive Five-Point Purity Promise, which means: 1.) It contains no artificial growth hormones, 2.) it’s tested for antibiotics, 3.) it’s continually quality tested to ensure purity, 4.) it only comes from cows fed a healthy diet, and 5.) it’s cold shipped fresh from your local dairy.
After I added a combination of white cheddar and smoked cheddar cheeses (which I also bought at the farmer’s market!), it was time for that candied bacon. Oh yes, the candied bacon. It’s seriously the easiest thing to make – just saute sliced bacon until it’s almost cooked through, and add a few spoonfuls of brown sugar at the end. That’s it!
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Disclosure: This was a sponsored post written by me on behalf of DairyPure. Sponsored posts help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.