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Crazy E-Z Grilled Veggies

This is good as a side dish, or turn it into your main meal by adding chicken, steak, turkey or even beans. My favorite is black beans. Plays nicely with other flavors being added. Be creative! Use this as a springboard for a variety of options!

Yield: 5 cups cooked vegetables.


Faux-made Mak and Cheez

Oops! I did it again!

I made With the help of  “Captain my Captain”  we made some off the hook smoked Boston Butt Pork. I added homemade coleslaw and Corn Casserole ala Pudding. Knowing Blossom would not like the coleslaw and proclaimed the Corn Casserole “weird tasting” I decided another side dish was in order. Wandering and wondering in the grocery store I glanced upon a container of “Macaroni and Cheese”. You know the stuff. All made up and you simply nuke it in the microwave or warm it in a saucepan on the stove? I thought OK. We can have one cheater, but THAT IT! So I grabbed a tub of Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese for two.

After consideration and reviewing the actual contents of said tub, I decided to make some alterations. I wanted it to be a little closer to homemade instead of cooked elbow macaroni with watered down cheese whiz poured over the top.

I dumped the contents into a small casserole dish, added a 1/2 cup of bread crumbs and a cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. In hindsight, a dash of Colemans Mustard (dry mustard) and another dash of cayenne pepper would have been a nice addition. After stirring this together, I topped with another handful (1/4 cup) of shredded cheddar and baked it in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Wow! What a difference a few ingredients make to the texture and appearance and it was really good! Warrior Girl (Granddaughter #2)  had seconds and Blossom declared it edible as well. (and she says Princess [Granddaughter #1] is a picky eater!)

So, if you want but don’t have time to make homemade Mac & Cheese try “Faux-Made Mak and Cheez”. Heck make it to share at a “bring your own dish affair” , and if you say it fast enough no one will know.

Here it is recipe style:


Faux-Made Mak and Cheez


  • 1 package 2 serving Macaroni and Cheese (Bob Evans or Country Crock or whatever)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian Seasoned but think Panko would be the bomb! [I was out]  )
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
  • dash of dry mustard
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into a greased 4 cup Casserole and top with 1/4 cup of Cheddar. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

In The Beginning – Corn Casserole ala Pudding

A new blog deserves a new recipe. This one was born out of desperation and necessity due to an epic cooking fail. Did you know, you CAN’T boil sweet potatoes for three hours? Well, silly, you can’t and expect them to become delicious Sweet Dreams Sweet Potato Casserole.

The despicable error of forgetting to start a timer had me frantically trying to think of another side dish to prepare for Christmas Dinner at Mom (Doctor of Mad Science)  and Dad’s house. It had to be something from ingredients from my pantry and fridge because HELLO! It was 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve!! I knew I had corn and remembered seeing a corn casserole posted somewhere recently.

After a good night’s sleep and a house newly destroyed in the aftermath of the Jolly Old Elf’s annual trip to my house, I got to work. Four different recipes were found and printed because a Mad Scientist can’t exclusively use someone else’s recipe and I got to work. The  result was, well Delicious!

Corn Casserole ala Pudding


Corn Casserole ala Pudding


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

  • 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained (15 1/4 oz)
  • 2 cans cream style corn (15 1/4 oz)
  • 5 eggs beaten
  • 1 rib celery chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup yellow, orange or green bell pepper (you choose preference or on hand)
  • 1 package corn muffin mix (not a snob here, use what you can find)
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (Ricotta cheese would be good here too!)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large bowl stir together all ingredients (1/2 of the cheese). Pour into greased 9 X 13 cake pan/casserole dish and bake   45 -60 minutes or until center is set and inserted knife comes out clean. Remove from oven, top with remaining cheese and let the heat from the dish melt the cheese until it’s ooey gooey!



You can thank me after you fix this and decide for yourself that it’s delicious and truly worthy of the first ever recipe on Cooking-The Mad Scientist Way.

Your Welcome 🙂

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