Chrissy Teigen's Mac And Cheese With Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs


Mac And Cheese
Kosher salt
1 pound pasta shells
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the baking dish
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
5 cups whole milk
3 cups grated cheddar cheese
3 cups grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese
3/4 pound orange American cheese (about 16 slices)

Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
8 slices white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
6 cloves garlic
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
5 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


Mac And Cheese
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta a minute less than called for on the package. Drain, rinse, and toss with the oil to prevent sticking.
2. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with a little butter.
3. In a large saucepan or soup pot, heat the 1 stick butter over medium-high heat until melted but not browning. Add the flour and cook, constantly whisking, until it turns a light and toasty brown color, 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually add the milk while whisking, then increase the heat and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, whisking, until it thickens, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cheeses, a few handfuls/slices at a time, reserving a handful of the cheese, and whisk the sauce until smooth. Whisk in 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 black pepper, and the cayenne.
4. Stir in the cooked pasta, season to taste with more salt and pepper and cook until the pasta is hot again.
5. Pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and spread the bread crumbs evenly over the top. Bake until the topping is browned and crisp, about 8 minutes.

Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
1. In a food processor, process the bread until it forms fine crumbs (you should have about 4 cups crumbs). Transfer the crumbs to a bowl. Add the garlic to the processor and process until finely minced (or do it by hand).
2. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium-low heat. When it foams, add the garlic and cook, stirring until the garlic smells great but hasn't browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the bread crumbs, increase heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently until toasty and browned, 7 to 9 minutes. Stir in the salt and pepper, remove from the heat, and transfer to a large plate to cool for 5 minutes. Toss in the Parm.

Mustard Dill Potatoes With Colman's Mustard

This is the perfect side dish for a holiday party or get together. I used Colman's mustard to give the potatoes a little spicy kick. I think the mustard and the dill compliment each other really well. I add the potatoes to the rest of the ingredients fresh out of the oven and toss everything together so the heat from the potatoes softens the arugula perfectly. 
This is the perfect side dish to pair with chicken, steak, or fish. So whatever you're cooking this holiday season, you can't go wrong with these mustard dill potatoes!


1 pound fingerling potatoes, or the smallest potatoes you can find
Pink Hymalayan salt
1 tablespoons Coleman's Dry Mustard Powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1 dill pickle, chopped
Fresh dill
Black pepper
2 cups arugula
Extra virgin olive oil


1. Cut potatoes in quarters. Place in a pot with cold water and let sit for 30 minutes. Add salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes or until fork tender. Lay potatoes on a towel to dry.
2. In a large bowl, mix together mustard, apple cider vinegar, pickle juice, chopped pickle,  arugula, a sprig of dill, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix well and place in fridge until potatoes are done.
3. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with EVOO, place potatoes on sheet and mix to coat in oil. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Remove potatoes from oven and mix together with the bowl of ingredients until all potatoes are evenly coated. Serve immediately.

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Special thanks to Colman's Mustard for sponsoring this post!

The Vintages

Last weekend we headed up North to stay in a trailer park.. yes you read that right, a trailer park. This is The Vintages trailer park.. Full of 33 vintage Airstreams and trailers, completely redone for you to stay in! They were featured in August 2018's Sunset Magazine! We stayed in 'The Couples Neutron' which included one big bathtub. I have been excited about this for months, just because I was going to get to take a bath! Yes, I packed my Lush bath bombs, bubble bath, and bath oil! Super prepared! 

Each trailer comes with these cute cruiser bikes you can go ride around the park on. The park has a club/fitness house, a pool, and a fire pit/outdoor section. It is also located in the hear of Willamette Valley wine country! 

Saturday morning we drove around to two wineries, Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, and Hawks View Cellars. I guess the new trendy wine in the Willamette Valley is a white pinot noir! Unfortunately Blakeslee was all sold out of it, but we tried Hawks View's, and it was really good! Both wineries had amazing wines and I highly recommend checking out both. (They are right down the street from each other). 

If you want a weekend getaway filled with wine tasting and relaxation, then this is the place for you! I highly recommend this little treasure and can't wait to go back again!
Now, until November 21st you can use the promo code 'insta' to get 10% off your booking plus a bottle of wine! See this instagram post for details.

Special thanks to The Vintages for having us!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Kids

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The White Elephant

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Fitness Buff

1. Deep Tissue Roller $35 // 2. Workout Trainer $31 // 3. Workout Mug $10 // 4. Knotted Headband $18 // 5. Gaiam Cord Kit $30 // 6. Yoga Mat Spray $14 // 7. Apple Watch $400 // 8. Sliders $25 // 9. BKR Water Bottle $38 // 10. Yuni Sweat Kit $39 // 11. Foot Roller $15 // 12. After Class Bath Soak $34 // 13. Magic Bullet $60 // 14. Coffee And Cardio Sweatshirt $36 // 15. APL Sneakers $200

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Stocking Stuffers

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Beauty Lover

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Hostess

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Men

1. Hershel Duffle Bag $85 // 2. Vans Slip-Ons $55 // 3. Cold Brew Coffee Maker $60 $125 // 4. Insulated Canvas Sling $30 // 5. Moncler Drone $400 // 6. Suede Chelsea Boots $89 // 7. Leather And Smoke Candle $22 // 8. Yeti Rambler Tumbler $35 // 9. Breakfast Sandwich Maker $25 // 10. Ice Sphere System $40 // 11. Nixon Watch $150 // 12. Yeti Hopper Soft Cooler $300 // 13. Patagonia Pullover $130 // 14. Sorel Suede Loafers $85 $51 // 15. Alexa Wireless Sound Bar $100

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - The Girlfriends

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My Throw And Go Outfit

I love maxi dresses. To me they are an easy throw and go option. Throw one on, add some layers.. sweater, jacket, boots, hat. You look put together when really, you got ready in 10 minutes. 
For me, putting together an outfit is torture. Does anyone else feel that way?! I need a personal stylist.  I also hate putting on makeup, so If you ever see me in real life there is a 99% chance I will not have any makeup on. As long as my hair looks somewhat decent then I feel good. 
Anyway, back to this H&M maxi dress.. Its only $20! It comes in this olive green color, which i'm obsessed with right now, and also black. I like to tie a little knot at the bottom to open it up a little bit and show off my shoes. (see last photo) Scroll all the way down the post and get this perfect basic maxi dress before it sells out!

H&M Dress {$20}  // J Crew Denim Jacket {$65} // Vince Camuto Booties (similar here, and here// Prana Wide Brim Hat {similar here}

Photography by Living Image Photography

Breakfast Parfait

Easy breakfast options are a must for me, and i've been a fan of R.e.d.d. bars for over a year now. So, with all their new flavors out now, I decided to make some little yogurt breakfast parfaits. Before I tell you how I did it, let me tell you why i love R.e.d.d. bars so much..
R.e.d.d. bars are soy free (a must for me), vegan, gluten free, and have 35mg of caffeine! Also, 10 grams of protein, 11 superfoods, and 19 vitamins and minerals. Thats a lot of good stuff packing into one little bar. They're great on the go, camping, hiking, whatever. I always keep one in my purse and my car.


R.e.d.d. bars
Whatever toppings you like (I chose raspberries, crushed pistachios, and honey)


1. With a softened R.e.d.d. bar, line a ramekin squishing the bar on all sides.
2. Fill the ramekin with yogurt, and throw on your toppings.
3. Let set in fridge or freezer for about 2 hours or over night. (The freezer makes it more like froyo!)

Special thanks to R.e.d.d. for sponsoring this post.

The BEST Pretzel Recipe

This time of the year, I have a tradition to make home made pretzels (with all kinds of different mustards and dipping sauces), and taste all the different pumpkin beers that come out. It's so fun to get together and have everyone make their own pretzels in the kitchen. It's even more fun to see how they all come out. Prettiest pretzel contest?! I might be a just a little bit competitive. 


Frozen yeast dough, thawed
1 egg, whisked in a small dish
Course salt


1. Thaw the frozen yeast dough. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
2. With floured hands, roll dough into 18 inch length. Taking the two ends, place on a center on a floured bread board or counter top. Pull ends towards you, cross ends and overlap to opposite sides to form pretzel shape.
3. Let rise 20 minutes on floured board.
4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat. Used a slotted spoon or skimmer to gently lower the pretzels into the water, about 2 at a time depending on how big your pot is. Once the pretzels are in they should float to the top. Let them sit for 1 minute and then flip over to boil another minute. (extend the boil time to 2 minutes each side if you prefer a chewier pretzel).
5. Once you take the pretzels out, top with egg wash and course salt.
6. Once all pretzels have been boiled, transfer them to a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Caramel Apples


Here's the EASIEST caramel apple recipe you will ever use. You can use whatever toppings you want. I love crushed up Snickers and Reeces candy bars, although this time I tired something a little different and used crushed up Harry and David Moose Munch! They have a new Cinnabon flavor right now, and it is delicious!! Not overly sweet, creamy caramel, Cinnabon cinnamon, and topped with white chocolate drizzle!
Right now, if you head over to my Instagram you can enter for a chance to win a 3 month Moose Munch subscription!


8 apples
4 bags soft caramels
3 tablespoons heavy cream
Assorted toppings
8 sticks

1. Wash apples thoroughly, and let dry. The drier the apples are, the more the caramel will stick to them and not slide off.
2. While apples are drying, unwrap caramels and place them in a medium saucepan. When ready, set stove top to medium low heat. Add heavy cream, and cook the caramels stirring occasionally until they melt and the mixture has a smooth consistency. Reduce the heat to low.
3. Dip each of the apples into the caramel mixture. Let drip and scrape off any caramel on the bottoms of the apples. Roll in preferred toppings and place on a lined baking sheet to set. You can place in the refrigerator to firm the caramel quicker.

It's Sweater Weather

About a month ago, I began my hunt for the perfect turtleneck sweater. After searching on ShopStyle day after day after day, I FINALLY found the best beige colored, perfectly tailored, turtleneck but not long turtleneck, turtleneck sweater on Nordstom. I so excitingly clicked on the photo and there it was.. the price. Disappointment flooded over me and I was back to square one. The perfect turtleneck sweater was only $695. 
I don't know why but I have this very special gift. I can pick out the most expensive item without even looking at the price tag. I'm just drawn to the great quality fabric I guess. It's both a blessing and a curse! Haha! 
So, since I have been trying so hard to up my sweater game for Fall, below are some of my favorites in all price points!

H&M Sweater {$30} // Rag & Bone Jeans {$190} // Urban Outfitters Panama Hat {$39} // Vince Camuto Booties {Similar Here, Here, and Here}

My Trader Joes Must Haves

Ok guys, I have finally rounded up all of my favorite Trader Joe's products that I get EVERY time I go. I definitely go to Trader Joe's at least once a week. Please tell me i'm not the only one! Haha!

Sweetened Dried Lemon & Orange Slices
These are the perfect little topper for a cocktail! They look cute and they taste delicious. Keep them in the fridge to have on hand for girls nights in!

'Gone Bananas' Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Slices
The perfect little treat to kill that sweet tooth! I haven't tried the strawberry one yet, but I bet it's just as good. Who doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?!

If you don't know about dolmas, do yourself a favor.. put your shoes on, get in your car, and drive down to Trader Joe's right now and get like 5 cans. These little bundles of heaven are rice rolled in grape leaves. Trust me on this. 4 of them are only 140 calories. The perfect snack or lunch for a vegan or vegetarian!

Rosemary Italian Style Crackers
I used to HATE rosemary.. until I tried these crackers. They are the perfect hint of rosemary and salt. Pair these with the cheese below with some wine and you have a great snack for girls night. This has actually been my dinner many of nights!

Tapas Sampler Cheese
I love that you get three different kinds of cheese in one back. And they all are great cheese! I'll use these on crackers, sandwiches, and more.

Pizza Dough
You can't beat amazing, pre-made, pizza dough for $1.19!! No explanation needed. 

Perfect Bars
I love Perfect Bars! I could eat one a day. This is the cheapest price I've found. I've purchased the bulk pack from Costco but I'm not a fan of one of the flavors, and it doesn't include the dark chocolate chip peanut butter which is my favorite.

Yellow Jackfruit Curry With Jasmine Rice
Such a yummy vegetarian/vegan option! And, with no soy! That is super hard to find! I always have one on hand in case I forget my lunch or need a quick dinner option. 

Channa Masala
Also a great vegetarian/vegan option. This is also really good with the above yellow jackfruit curry!

Kung Pao Tempura Cauliflower
So. Good! Over a little brown rice and broccoli, its a great quick dinner option. Only down side is that it doesn't reheat well so be prepared to eat all of it.

Chocolate Coconut Almonds
I just got these on my last Trader Joe's run after seeing them on Somewhere Lately's Inststories. They are addicting!! But if you like coconut, you'll love them!

Vegetable Masala Burger
These are always in my freezer. I actually made one for dinner last night. I throw it in my convection oven, and while it cooks I get a bed of lettuce ready, and half an avocado. Right before its crispy enough I'll throw some cheese on it in the oven and let it melt. Then I'll put it all together and top it with some Goddess dressing (also at Trader Joe's).

Shea Butter & Coconut Oil Hair Mask
I love this!! It makes my hair so hydrated and conditioned. I'll put it on in the shower and leave it on while I shave and do my thing. 

Honey Mango Shaving Cream
I was reluctant to try this at first. I didn't know if I would like a cream because I'm so used to a lather like regular shaving cream gives you. But to my surprise, I'm now addicted. It leaves my legs feeling moisturized! 

What are your favorite Trader Joe's products?! Leave me a comment on my latest Instagram. I feel like there are still so many products that I haven't tried yet. 

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