Certainly,  there was a wave of disappointment in America on Sunday when the USA Women’s Soccer team was unable to win the World Cup. Even though they did not take home the trophy(the bacon as one might say), I know we all  feel a great sense of pride behind the accomplishments of this outstanding team. Every game was played with heart, tenacity, and exceptional skill. Each post game interview revealed words that were humble and gracious. How exhilarating to see our nation represented so well!

Pride is one of the strongest emotions sports fans hold their hearts. It was prevalent throughout the entire world cup. People across the nation were  posting on facebook and tweeting play by play of each game. How could we not rally around these women? All of this posting and tweeting got me thinking about how sports fans display pride. As I mulled this over,  I saw it from two different perspectives. Actions fans take to represent loyalty and the gratitude felt when athletes/coaches show appreciation to their fans.  For starters the actions,  you have the fans who get tattoos, those who dress their pets in team attire, individuals that paint car/trucks/RV’s in team colors with emblems and logos everywhere, as well as some who create recipes for their teams (Terrible Towel Tortillas), and people who name children after a favorite athlete or team. Regardless of the action, it comes a place of true passion. The rhyme was not intended. As for gratitude,  athletes and coaches giving back to their communities and fans. Spending time with the people who anonymously support them everyday. Appreciation is experienced when athletes take the time to sign autographs after a game even though they are exhausted. Please remember Mean Joe Greene’s toss of the jersey (commercial or not). A piece of nostalgia that has endured the test of time. Fans want to know they matter.

The USA Women’s Soccer team has certainly given the country a huge injection of pride. Incredible to see everyone unifying behind the team representing our nation. Even though sports evoke such a wonderful sense of pride in athletes and teams, we should not lose sight in the pride we have for our own accomplishments. Below you can check out two things that will in no way disappoint.  The “classic” Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial and my recipe for baked macaroni and cheese. Please take care and remember………..”Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?

This recipe is a dedication to Ms. Almetha and Ms. Doris from the kitchen of The Five Mile House in

Baltimore, Maryland. These ladies taught me the art of making Baked Macaroni and Cheese nearly 15 years ago.

I am pretty confident that my growth as a cook and a woman would make them proud.

The Best Baked Macaroni and Cheese

1 lb elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 c. Velveeta

1 c. Pepper Jack cheese

1/2 c. Monterey jack cheese

1/2 c. Muenster cheese

11/2 c. heavy cream

1 stick butter (melted)

2 large egg beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly butter 21/2-quart casserole dish

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then cook

macaroni to el dente, about 6 minutes. Do not over cook. Drain and return to pot.

3. Cube all cheese. In large sauce pan, mix all cheese cubes and heavy cream over medium

heat. Stir constantly. You do not want cheese to burn or stick to pan. Keep mixing until

the cheese  becomes a sauce. Set aside

4. Transfer macaroni into casserole. Add melted butter and then beaten eggs. Make sure both are mixed

throughout the pasta. Pour cheese sauce over the macaroni. Lightly coat all of the pasta with the sauce.

5.  Bake for 30-35 minutes

Serve piping hot with great pride!!!!!!

As always, you will love this recipe!!!!

Remember………”Who Do You Want In Your Kitchen On Game Day?”  Take Care 🙂