Recipe: Baked Krab Mac & Cheese

We have arrived in Chicago! It’s been great to catch up with family and friends, and though it’s tough to watch a family member go through scary health stuff, I’m really glad we can be here right now to support our family. It was FREEZING when we got here, but it seems now that spring has finally shown up, and I’m actually wearing flip-flops today! 

My husband and I have been staying with his parents in small-town Illinois. We’ve been having big family dinners every chance we get, and I’ve been cooking like crazy! A big beautiful kitchen with a lake view out the window is pretty much perfect conditions for freestyle cooking. I’ve also discovered a new found appreciation for corned beef. Who knew? 🙂

This dish, which I’ve decided to call Baked Krab Mac & Cheese was created because we’re waaaaaaay out in the country, and I wanted something a little different. If you’ve ever been to a Chinese buffet, you’ve probably seen the “Krab Bake” on the bar. It’s a buttery, cheesy, oniony dish made with immitation crab meat. It’s surprisingly delicious. I decided to try turning it into mac & cheese. Macaroni and cheese is a dish that I just don’t like. It’s cheese. On pasta. Boring. I know, I know, unamerican. But! I do like it when it’s a little more… interesting. The base sauce for this recipe is sort of like a cheddar alfredo, with a little sour cream and mayo, and lots of old bay, and I imagine you could even trick your kids into eating it, since it is Mac & Cheese and all. I hope you like it!

Baked Krab Mac & Cheese
Serves 8
A yummy, cheesy, crabby, mac and cheese that's simple and quick for a weekday meal.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 1 Tbs butter
  2. 3/4 pkg (13 oz) whole grain elbow pasta
  3. 1 12oz package immitation crab meat
  4. 1 medium onion, chopped
  5. 1 cup matchstick carrots
  6. 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (reserved for on top)
  7. 1 Tbs minced garlic
  8. 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  9. Bread crumbs and freshly minced chives for topping
  1. 2 Tbs flour
  2. 1/2 package cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 1 cup milk, divided
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 1/4 cup mayo
  7. 1 tsp sugar
  8. Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. For the sauce, in a saucepan over medium heat, combine half of the milk with the flour, and whisk until combined. Add remaining ingredients and cook, stirring until smooth. Reduce heat to the lowest setting until ready to use, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. Meanwhile, In medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, melt butter, then saute onion, garlic and carrots until tender. Add immitation crab and saute until combined.
  5. Combine crab mixture and pasta.
  6. Stir in sauce.
  7. Place in a 9x13 baking dish, and cover with shredded sharp cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with fresh chives and bread crumbs.
  1. You can easily cut this recipe in half to serve 4, or make the whole thing and freeze for a future meal.
  2. You can substitute low fat versions of everything to cut calories.
  3. You can substitute real crab meat for the immitation, I was just trying to be authentic to the recipe from the Chinese restaurant. 🙂
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Exploring Europe: Dublin, Ireland

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! Today seemed like a perfect day to share some photos from our DAY in Dublin, Ireland. I wish we’d had a week (or more!) in Ireland, and it’s definitely on my list of places to re-visit! We had so little time in the city that we just hopped on one of those ‘hop-on-hop-off’ busses just to hear the history of the main attractions, and of course, see the famous sights and pubs!

Dublin was an absolute blast, and definitely one of my favorite places we visited on our trip. We stumbled upon such treasures in that city! It was a beautiful day. On our tour, we made a quick stop at the Dublin Castle, and took a stroll through the chapel. I have never seen a little church with such character! It had all the style of a major cathedral, but it was small, and so charming. Here are some photos from the chapel at Dublin Castle.








Thanks for looking! 🙂 Have a fun, safe, and happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

Exploring Europe: Venice Architecture

Visiting Venice had been a dream of mine for a very long time. The gondolas, the pasta, the bridges… It’s a gorgeous city, particularly the Venice architecture. It’s so creatively built. It’s incredibly crowded, and following directions is nearly impossible, but I look back on the photos I took while we were there, and realize just how much it was worth fighting through the lines of tourists to see the things we saw.

We were aimlessly wandering down venice streets, and stumbled upon a modern art exhibit. The amazing thing about this exhibit, was that they’d made the building they were using part of the exhibit. Here are some beautiful architectural shots I got in that building. (I didn’t get the name of the exhibit, so I didn’t include any of the art pieces, just the building itself. If you happen to know what the exhibit could have been… I’d love to know!)

I love to stand in old rooms, with chipped, peeling paint – and just dream about what could have happened in those rooms over the years. The possibilities are endless, and I love the stories that each little chip or flake tells. I’m also completely in love with all of the shuttered windows. I have many more photos of those to share. 🙂

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Have a great weekend, everyone! My hubby and I are driving to Chicago from Tampa as you’re reading this. Wish us luck! 🙂

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