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Four-Cheese Macaroni from Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters

This recipe is so so good! So so rich! And so so EASY! AND GLUTEN FREE!!! I served MaryJane’s Four-Cheese Macaroni with baked ham and steamed broccoli.  It was a great supper shared with family.

  • 12 ounces of brown-rice macaroni
  • 1/2 cup feta
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/4 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Asiago, shredded
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook macaroni until al dente. Drain and pour into a large bowl. Stir and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until golden brown (about 6 minutes). Add dry mustard, salt, pepper and cream.  Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until the cream is slightly thickened and reduced – about 8 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350
  4. Stir sour cream into the cream mixture and bring to a slow simmer.  In a medium bowl, combine Asiago, Monterey Jack and Parmesan. Reserve 1 cup for topping. Slowly stir in remaining cheese to cream mixture.
  5. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the macaroni and stir.  Pour into an 8 x 8 baking dish, top with reserve cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

I used bought dairy products for this recipe but there are recipes and instructions for ALL the dairy you will ever need in Milk Cow Kitchen!  Y’all are going to love this book!  I want to remind you how to win an autographed copy and how and where to find MaryJane’s websites.  Check just below this scrumptious looking photo of  MaryJane’s Four-Cheese Macaroni :)


Now everyone here is how to enter to win an autographed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen:

Super simple! Leave a comment at the end of this Q &A and the other posts that will follow this week (recipes! YAY!!) and consider yourself entered for each comment. So the more you have to say, the more chances you have to win! This book is beautiful! You will love it! And chock-full of not only information but wonderful recipes for you to try. At the end of this week a winner will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen! Woot!


You can find out more about MaryJane Butters by visiting:


Farm Fresh From Vermont

Update: The goal was met and Swan&Stone are headed to NYC!!! Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!!

If you have ever visited my blog you know my love of all things Vermont. Vermont is my happy place. Anytime I get the opportunity to share it, I take that opportunity. And I take it seriously. I have something really special to share today.


It’s not often you see the word millinery. I found Swan&Stone a couple of years back when they were Little Hill Woolworks and bought a hat right then and there!

Collaborators Samantha Stone and Nora Swan, both former New Yorkers, are the brains, hearts and hands behind Swan&Stone. Both have contributed fascinating halves that make the whole of all that is now a thriving millinery housed in The Granary in quintessential, bucolic Brandon, Vermont.

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Robbin, my oldest and dearest friend, and I were treated to a personal tour of Swan&Stone when we were in Brandon last October. Yes, Vermont in October. Heaven on Earth! Our tour guide was Kelly, whom I met through the wonderful world wide web when we were both in business – she owned a handcrafted lollipop business and I owned Dahlem’s Soapworks. I don’t remember exactly how we met, but it was meant to be. Kelly is an amazing mom and friend AND an extraordinary photographer. I have given her credit on the photos that belong to her – though you could probably tell already – they are amazing.


Stepping into Swan&Stone is a feast for the eyes for anyone – but for a couple of women who love Vermont, LOVE handcrafted, LOVE sustainable products, LOVE locavore culture, LOVE farms and sheep and hats…well our breaths were taken away! We tried on hats, admired and admonished our choices, and had an amazing and educational visit with Samantha. I am kicking myself for not purchasing my favorite of the day – a felt beauty that was a little steampunk, a little country with lot of attitude – you know, like me! LOL! The trim on it was bits & bobs of metal found after Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on beautiful Brandon back in August of 2011.

There are numerous articles written about Swan&Stone online and I will give you links at the end of this post. But the words that are their own are the best. What interesting women, business owners, and artisans. I have to admit, I will never look at hats the same. I say all the time: I wish people still wore hats. WELL, people do! Bold people. Confident people. People who don’t bend and give to the latest fashion trend. That’s what I love about Sam & Nora’s creations – they are timeless. Beautiful, extraordinary, handmade hats for now and forever.


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one of a kind hats for men

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hats waiting for embellishments

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LOVE the blue!!

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there’s something for everyone!

felt hats, straw hats, fascinators, kids’ hats, hats for brides

These are literally farm to head hats!


photo credit: Kelly McCullough


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photo credit: Kelly McCullough (I need this one framed)

Now Samantha and Nora have a once in a lifetime chance to show their hats to the world! After a rigorous jury process they have been invited to show and sell their hats at the 2014 Grand Central Holiday Fair! Yes! THAT Grand Central – in New York City! There is a little bump in the road, a catch if you will – the $16K entrance fee. But you know what? This is very doable – and you, me, we can help them meet that challenge head on (no pun intended) and become the famous milliners they are destined to be. I believe in what Swan& Stone is doing. Grass to market isn’t just about food anymore. Every product that is made from sustainable goods should be readily available to consumers who care about that very important factor in producing goods & services. Fine hats should be no exception. So please visit their KickStarter page and contribute.

Every little bit will help them realize their dream.  AND you too can own an original Swan&Stone creation with your contribution.


Please do you and me both a favor and follow the link, visit Swan&Stone’s Kickstarter Page and help this woman owned and operated business show in NYC! You know what they say: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. And Samantha and Nora deserve this opportunity – they have worked so hard and offer beautiful handcrafted hats that anyone would love.

Be sure and watch the video on your visit to their kickstarter page. There is also an easy “go to” link in the right column – check it out!

You can read more about Swan&Stone here:

You can also follow them on twitter @ and find them on Face book @


With warmest regards,



Tree-hugging (and Testy) Tuesday

So after my promise to post a little something (almost) everyday, my internet has been down since last night! That’s how things go sometimes.

Back in the day when I was a regular blogger Tuesdays were designated Tree-hugging Tuesday. In fact I designated a theme for each day of the week. And it worked well so I think going back to those self-imposed guides will help me stay on track.  I found this yesterday and found it fascinating.  I will be in New England in October, and Plymouth is one of the planned destinations and I think visiting one of the first fruit trees planted in America would be pretty great. You can click here and read the article.


I will post my own pictures if I get to make a pilgrimage.  Get it?  Plymouth, pilgrims, pilgrimage?  A little lame?? oh well.

It will take me a while to get back in the blogging habit and I hope you will bear with me.  To set aside time to do it AND find something interesting to tell you.

Have a great Tuesday filled with peace and love.


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