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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great.


Ranch Macaroni and Cheese

Cassie Craves Week continues! I'm glad Cassie is such a good sport and doesn't mind that I am posting a bunch of her recipes from her blog. You might have noticed I really, really like her recipes. Next up is this Ranch Macaroni and Cheese. Made from scratch and the definition of comfort food: cheesy, carby goodness.

My only change was that I toasted the crushed Ritz crackers with butter in a pan and added them to the top of the macaroni as opposed to stirring it in when the cheese sauce is added. This recipe makes a ton so if you are worried about too many leftovers, you might want to cut the amounts in half. Enjoy!

Ranch Macaroni and Cheese
Makes about 8-10 servings

  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (Freshly shredded is preferred and the texture is much better)
  • 1 cup shredded Colby cheese (Freshly shredded is preferred and the texture is much better)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the milk, butter, dressing mix, garlic powder and salt and pepper; heat through. Stir in Monterey Jack and Colby cheeses until melted. Stir in sour cream.

2. Drain macaroni; stir into cheese sauce with the Ritz crackers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

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  1. Are you kidding, Ali?! I am so flattered and just thrilled that you like my recipes enough to share them! :D This particular mac and cheese is a favorite in our house, so I'm really glad you liked it!

  2. Mmmmm...this sounds wonderful...I am intrigued by the Ranch Dressing and the Ritz Crackers! Pinning....thank you!

  3. Now this is seriously great mac & cheese. Nothing better than homemad. The ranch and Ritz make it even better.
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

  4. Oh Wow! I love macaroni and cheese so much, thank you for a new way of making it.

  5. Mmmm I haven't had mac & cheese in forever, thanks for the reminder to have some soon :) Awesome creative way to have it too!

  6. She is some kind of amazing, isn't she??

  7. This looks so good. I'm came accross your blog from Pinterest. I can't seem to find the link to pin this to my boards on Pinterest? I see the link for other recipe posts on the side, but not for the recipe I clicked on? Any ideas?


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