buffalo mac and cheese Sometimes mellow, mild  and creamy macaroni and cheese is just what you need for ultimate comfort food.

Other times, you need a little kick, but not just a few splashes… you need a kick that’s part of the dish, where it’s fiery flavor mingles with the creamy cheese and chewy pasta.


That’s where this comes in.

Taking a good thing and making it even better.

It’s recipe refinishing.

Speaking of refinishing… I must share my latest project:

furnitureI found the bench months ago in a curbside trash pile (yes, months ago and I finally got around to do something with it)

The paint was a high gloss spray version and the fabric was Walmart. Total cost was around $6.47, and I even had fabric left over to make a pillow.  Woo hoo to that.

I took something very 70’s and made it very Keys-ish. 🙂

It’s summer  time, after all.

And here I am sharing a “hot” recipe….





I know it’s summer, and the last thing you may want is something spicy; but…. you know those stormy, rainy afternoons? Yes. This is what you make for those.

If you need something for the sweltering dessert days… hold tight, I have that, too.

And, If you need me to inspire you to go diving in the neighbors trash for things to spray paint…. well, I guess you can blame me for that one, too.

Happy Tuesday everyone. 🙂




buffalo macaroni and cheese

Author Michelle Keith/ The Village Cook


  • 8 ounces cooked macaroni noodles
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 2 TBS flour
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1 cup shredded Colby/jack cheese
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 TBS buffalo wing sauce
  • salt/pepper to taste


  • Cook macaroni and set aside
  • In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add flour to make a paste and slowly pour in the beer
  • Cook and slowly add the milk and cook until mixture is smooth and thick
  • Stir in the cheese and stir until melted.
  • Add buffalo sauce and season to taste.
  • Fold in cooked noodles and place in a casserole dish
  • Serve immediately or top casserole with panko crumbs and bake in a preheated 350 oven for 15 minutes, or until golden on top.