Update: Congratulations Melissa Mazzur! We can’t wait to try your recipe. To claim your prize please email Julia@spaweekmedia.com! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

My baked mac and cheese with tomatoes is a family recipe handed down from my grandmother. Everyone always eats it up and it is great with leftovers too! I have tried to bring other dishes over the years but I get a firm no!


  • 8 ounces Mueller’s Elbows
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded American or Cheddar cheese, divided


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Cook pasta for 6 minutes. Drain.

3. In medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, salt, dry mustard & pepper. Stir in milk until smooth. Add margarine, stirring constantly.

4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil 1 minute.

5. Remove from heat. Stir in 1-3/4 cups cheese until melted. Add cooked pasta. Pour into greased 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

6. Bake uncovered 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.


It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already next week. Doesn’t it seem like just yesterday was the Fourth of July? As Turkey Day quickly approaches, we’ve started the last minute panic of planning the perfect menu. Per usual, that is where our lovely readers come in. Whether you’ve already ordered the turkey, or haven’t even begun to decide which one of your famous side dishes you’ll be bringing to the family potluck this year, we want your help.


We’re in search of the best Thanksgiving recipes that our fans have to offer. Where you’re known for your stuffing or famous for your pumpkin pie, our test kitchen is ready and waiting. All week long we will be whipping up the most delicious sides, appetizers, desserts, drinks and more to find out which fan-submitted Thanksgiving staple will come out on top.

So, what’s in it for you once you’ve handed over your secret family recipes? Of course, we’re not going to let the stress of the holidays overwhelm one lucky winner! Our absolute favorite submission is going home with a $50 Spa & Wellness BLACK card. Needy in-laws and stressful seating charts will drift away when the calm of the spa takes over. Thanksgiving our motto is Spa, Eat, Repeat.

To Enter: Email julia@spaweekmedia.com with your best Thanksgiving recipe. Photos are optional but recommended!

From appetizers to main courses, we want it all! The winning recipe will be posted on November 24, 2015. Valid for US citizens only.

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