Mac and Cheese Review: Goldfish Butter Parmesan

I know I already reviewed Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mac and Cheese, but I saw this Butter Parmesan flavor and had to try it. Sadly, I wasn’t that impressed.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Butter Parmesan Mac and Cheese Review:

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mac and Cheese Review

Sauce: This sauce was a creamy consistency, but the flavor was just lacking. I didn’t think it tasted like parmesan at all, but more of a white cheese sauce without much flavor.

Goldfish Butter Parmesan Mac and Cheese

Pasta: I love shaped pastas and think they hold sauce really well. These fish are cute and I have no complaints!

Overall: I didn’t really like this mac and cheese. If you’re looking for a boxed mac and cheese with a Parmesan flavor, you should definitely try: Annie’s Homegrown Spirals with Butter and Parmesan.

Goldfish Butter Parmesan Review

Would I buy this again? No.


Garlic and Lemon Butter Shrimp with Fettuccine

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe

I was searching for something to make for lunch this week and realized I hadn’t had shrimp pasta in a while. I was able to whip up this buttery lemon shrimp in less than 30 minutes and use items I already had in my cupboard. That is always my favorite type of lunch recipe. Not only is it quick and easy, I can use up some of my spices and lemons before they expire or go bad!

Garlic and Lemon Butter Shrimp Recipe:

(makes 2 servings)
1/2 lb. fettuccine
15-20 large shrimp
2 cloves of garlic (or one large clove) – minced
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Juice from one lemon
Zest from one lemon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese for topping

Cook your pasta according to the box in salted water.

In a skillet, melt your butter and olive oil. Add your garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice.

Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

Stir in your shrimp and saute until they’ve just turned pink.

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

Stir in your salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.

Garlic Lemon Shrimp Sauce

Instead of draining your pasta, scoop it with tongs or a pasta scoop right into your shrimp. The extra pasta water clinging to the noodles will help make the sauce perfect. Top with parmesan and a little extra lemon.

Shrimp Fettuccine Garlic Butter

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine


Stovetop Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe

It is cold. Last weekend, I went to my first WVU Mountaineers game and I wore a shirt, a sweater, two fleece zip ups, and a tee shirt over those (I had to wear gold or I would have been ostracized!) and I still left in the fourth quarter because I couldn’t stand it anymore. I hate cold. I can actually only think of one good thing about cold weather. HOT CHOCOLATE! Okay, so maybe cold isn’t that bad when you get to sit with a mug of hot, creamy chocolate. Oh, and you can add pumpkin!

Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe:

(makes two 8 oz. mugs)
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half
3/4 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (whichever you prefer)
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Start by warming your milk and half and half in a small saucepan on low-heat. Once you see a little steam coming from the milk, stir in your chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chips

Next, add your pumpkin, turning the heat up a little (still below medium-heat) to melt everything together.

Pumpkin Puree

Once it starts melting, stir in your cinnamon. Keep stirring until you have a creamy hot chocolate that you can’t wait to drink.

Pour it into your mugs, top with marshmallows and a little extra cinnamon.

Stovetop Pumpkin Hot Chocolate Recipe

Homemade Pumpkin Hot Chocolate

You can also make this caffeinated by stirring in 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder, or by halving the dairy and pouring in some hot coffee. Either way is good!

I already know what you’re thinking, But, can you add booze? The answer is yes. Yes, you can. Just cut the milk down to 5 oz. and melt everything together as mentioned above. Just before serving, stir in 3 oz. vodka (or your favorite liqueur) and serve.