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Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Saves The Day

by Courtney on August 23, 2011

If you are here reading tonight’s post, then I must first begin by saying thank you, since it probably took forever for the page to upload. I’m still in the process of trying to figure out what in the world is going on with the blog, so I sincerely apologize for the extremely slowness that is most likely occurring on your end.

If there is anyone super tech-savvy out there that thinks they might have a clue, feel free to let me know because I’m about *this close* to pulling my hair out.

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Thankfully, I’ve had a few things to help keep me sane this evening…

Like finishing off the last of my $3.99 bottle of wine.

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Spending time with my favorite little cuddle buddy blog hacker.

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Relaxing on the couch with my non banana-bread eating hubby (even though he’s eating it NOW).

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And doing all of this after eating an amazing dinner of Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese.

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Oh yes, I did it. I got so fed up this afternoon with technology that I headed to the kitchen and let out all my frustrations at the stove.

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Apparently, I should cook more often when I’m frustrated because tonight’s dinner was good. Real good. And it’s still semi-healthy, so I think you should try making this for yourself ASAP.

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To keep things simple, I served our mac and cheese with some steamed snow peas that I found hiding out in the freezer.

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Now, most of you guys already know that I’m really not one for spicy foods, but this dish was well worth the extra fire that is still happening inside of my mouth right now.

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I’m pretty excited about the fact that we have a ton of this still left…anyone want to come join me for lunch leftovers tomorrow? Winking smile

Question for the Evening:

What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress when you’re frustrated?

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1 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and FAbulous August 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I love going for runs whn I am super stressed or I go into super crazy cleaning mode! :)
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2 Mallory @ It's Only Life August 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

That looks awesome! Adding bacon pretty much makes everything a little better! Elbow macaroni are my favorite.

When I’m stressed, I bake! It really takes my mind off of everything. The sweet sugary aromas help too.
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3 Lauren August 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’ve seen this recipe before and thought how perfect it would be to win any man’s heart. PS- You had me won over with the 4$ wine! :)
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4 Corey @ Family Fresh Meals August 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

oh my that looks amazing! I am going to make that this weekend for our game night! Yum Yum. I love bacon so freaking much. I just did this candied bacon to top some cupcakes with. So yummy! http://familyfreshmeals.blogspot.com/2011/08/maple-candied-bacon-food-network.html

Wine and working out def help with frustration!
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5 Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health August 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh my gosh, that seriously looks fabulous! Mac and cheese is such a great comfort food :). I would totally come join you for lunch if I lived nearby!! Some of my favorite ways to de-stress are going for a walk, talking to my bf, watching something funny on tv or youtube, and drinking a glass of wine!
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6 Lyndsi @ Lyndsi and David August 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That looks delish! I usually clean or organize when I’m frustrated — exerting energy always helps :)
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7 Lauren August 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I would love to take you up on that offer but sadly, I don’t live anywhere near you! :( Haha…guess I’ll have to make a veg version for myself!
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8 Lindsay August 23, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I am definitely a stress baker. And then my teeny tiny kitchen gets filled up with all sorts of baked goods that I can’t eat all at once. (I suppose I could, if I tried really hard.)

And if I lived nearby I would definitely love to join you for leftovers, that looks delicious and right up my alley. I love spicy foods and mac n’ cheese!
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9 Alicia August 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Yum! This looks great!!
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10 Amanda August 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Yum…that mac and cheese looks delicious! A friend of mine makes buffalo chicken dip which I love!! I will have to try and make this mac and cheese.

When I’m stressed I go for a run, vent to friends, or eat some chocolate! :)
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11 Kelly @ Not So Rocky Road August 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

That looks and sounds awesome! Puts you in mind of buffalo chicken dip. You can’t go wrong with Frank’s!!
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12 Lily August 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Exercise is on of my favorite ways to destress! Today I was feeling a bit frazzled after work and I ran it out on the treadmill – felt so good after!

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13 Maria@La_Piattini August 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Oh wow. I’m like drooling over here that looks so good. I got Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza on the menu for the week but that is a must-try for next week.
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14 Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries August 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

OH MY, that mac ‘n cheese looks wonderful! Definitely going to give that one a try.

My way of de stressing usually involves running my heart out or indulging in a bowl of ice cream. Quite the opposite, I know, but whatever works, right? ;)
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15 colleen @ thegiftofmondays August 23, 2011 at 9:29 pm

my favorite way to de-stress is with a big bowl of ice cream. and then a second one. and if it’s a really bad day i just skip the bowl and eat it right out of the carton! yes, i am an emotional eater :(
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16 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

My boyfriend Will: “I WANT THAT.”
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17 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

My husband would LOVE this!!! —My pages have been taking forever lately! Ugh. I may need some wine to help ;)
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18 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake August 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Definitely a man-pleaser, too! :-)

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19 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill August 23, 2011 at 10:20 pm

My mom makes a very similar mac and cheese and it’s uh-mazing. I get stressed out very easily–especially things don’t go as planned. However, I have learned over the years that it is best to just take one thing at a time. I’ll often get overwhelmed when I have a lot on my plate, but if I just take a step back and look at the big picture, I can usually tackle the problem head on. I have also learned that taking time to myself really helps. Do something–like cooking–to get your mind off of your stressors!
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20 Sarah @ Food and Love Diaries August 23, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Oh shoot… that looks seriously amazing.
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21 Shari @ The Daily Dish August 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Definitely bookmarking this one! Looks awesome. :)

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22 Lindsey August 23, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Have a bath and read a book or go running!

That recipe looks awesome! I am adding it to my “to make” list!
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23 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

That looks so good! I like to workout or bake when I’m stressed!
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24 Khushboo August 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

This looks delicious- love buffalo sauce! My runs are always amazing when I’m stressed out- a whole new level of energy!
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25 Bianca @A Healthy Gourmet Lifestyle August 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

My boyfriend would love this, and he normally doesn’t like pasta dishes.
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26 Candice August 24, 2011 at 1:11 am

Courtney! That looks SO good! My husband even glanced over at the screen and said “oooh.. make that for dinner tomorrow! ”
Thanks for making that a easy decision.:)
ps. my end loaded just fine?

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27 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

My husband is a mac n cheese fiend, he would love this!
Just curious- do you use a plugin for the recipe portion of the post? Wondering how you get the print this button and formatting of the recipe.
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28 Heather August 24, 2011 at 4:58 am

Your page loaded quickly for me!

When I’m stressed I tend to eat (but of course try NOT to do that!), cleaning or organizing is probably my number 2.
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29 Whitney August 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

A nice long RUN is my go to de-stresser. I always feel so good afterwards!!!

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30 Nicole August 24, 2011 at 8:36 am

This looks incredible! I’ve been craving mac and cheese for weeks, and I think this just put me over the edge :)

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31 Heather B August 24, 2011 at 8:38 am

Yum, that looks really good. Your page loaded quicker for me this time!

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32 Hope August 24, 2011 at 8:45 am

This looks amazing!!! I love buffalo chicken and macaroni and cheese so both together would be incredible! I am most definitely going to have to try this recipe! :)
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33 Samantha @ Running and Cupcakes August 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Wow, that looks amazing. I’ll be trying that ASAP.

Destressing – I usually take the dog for a walk, or go for a run. Sometimes I’ll crank the tunes and clean, or I’ll cook. Anything that I enjoy really gets me back into a better mood (not that I enjoy cleaning – but it’s a good place to take out pent up anger!)
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34 Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly August 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm

This looks unbelievable I must try this ASAP! Anything that involes hot sauce goes straight to the top of my list!
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35 Veronica (Run Write Repeat) August 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

that recipe seems amazing. will have to try it! also, how did you get the “print” fuction of the recipe, and the recipe box? love it! is it a plugin?
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36 Courtney August 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Yup! It’s called “Print This”

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37 Amanda August 24, 2011 at 3:50 pm

YES i looooooove this recipe! so making it in the next week or two! YUM!!!
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38 Tanya November 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I just made this recipe last night with a few changes based on what I had in my fridge. It will definitely be a staple in my house! Thanks for the recipe!

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39 Maeve September 18, 2012 at 11:06 am

I finally finally made this recipe! It was AMAZING! I think next time I would actually bake it instead of broiling though, it took a looong time to get the whole thing really hot all the way through. I was really impressed with how much cheesy flavor it had for so little cheese in the recipe
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