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In the Kitchen: Summer Snacks

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Tracy Martin Turgeon from The Children’s Workshop joined us in the Rhode Show kitchen Wednesday to show us how to make a pair of fun summer snacks for the kids – Mac & Cheese Muffins and S’mores.Ingredients:

Mac & Cheese Muffins

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 2 tablespoons for pasta water
  • 1 pound pasta shells
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canned butternut squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar


  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Favorite s’mores toppings: peanut butter, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, etc.


Mac & Cheese Muffins

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a muffin tin with liners.
  2. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat the milk.
  4. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the warm milk (the mixture should start to thicken a bit) and cook for another minute. Add the butternut squash, garlic powder, egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper, and mix well. Remove from the heat, add 2 1/4 cups of the cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. Stir in the cooked pasta and toss to coat.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with 1/3 cup of the pasta mixture. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon cheese. Bake until the sauce bubbles slightly and the tops begin to brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.


  • Fill with your favorite toppings. Wrap each cone tightly with foil.

    • Oven directions: Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes.
    • Grill directions: Place on a heated grill for 5-10 minutes, turning occasionally.
    • Campfire directions: Heat the foil-wrapped cones over a campfire for about 3-5 minutes, or until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.

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