Jesse Mast’s Mac & Cheese Recipe!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz. (1/2 pound or about 1 3/4 cups) macaroni or other medium tubular pasta (like penne or conchiglie)*
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 3 cups (approx. 12 ounces) grated medium cheddar cheese**

DIRECTIONS:

  • Boil the pasta until al dente, according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking, and return to the pan you boiled it in. Set aside. (Mix in a little butter to keep the noodles from sticking if it’s going to be awhile before you make the sauce)
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter. When the butter has melted, add the flour, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika. With a wooden spoon or whisk, stir constantly for three minutes.
  • Add the milk in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Continue to stir constantly until the sauce thickens, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add 2 cups of the cheese, stirring until melted. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and toss gently until all of the pasta is coated.
  • Add half the pasta to a two-quart casserole dish (I like a tall 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish). Sprinkle on half the cheese. Add the rest of the pasta. Sprinkle on the rest of the cheese, then dust lightly with the smoked paprika.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the mac and cheese starts getting a slightly dry and a tiny bit brown on top. Serve, topping individual servings with cooked, chopped bacon if desired.

Jesse Mast (Q & A)!!!

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1.     Hi Jesse, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country singer?
I actually originally wanted to play hockey in the NHL, and played up to my first year in Bantam. But, it became apparent that I had absolutely no future as an athlete, so I picked up a guitar and started to learn how to play.
2.     How did you get into country music and how did you know you wanted a career in it?
I grew up listening to all sorts of music. My Dad loved the classics, like ACDC, Bon Jovi, Van Halen. My mom on the other hand was much more into the 80’s alternative scene, bands like INXS, Tears for Fears, that sort of thing.
One thing we always could agree on was country music, and even though I wanted to sing like  Matt Thiessen or David Lee Roth, I never had the voice for it. So I began to persue country, and as I did I really began to fall in love, not only with the music, but with the stories the songs told.
3.     Who are some of your musical icons?
That is a hard question! Some of my favourites as a kid growing up were Green Day, Reliant K, The Newsboys, and Bryan Adams… But on the country side I aways loved Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Johnny Cash. Whether it was rock or country I always loved music that was real, gritty, authentic stuff. Songs with lyrics and melodies that grabbed you and didn’t let go. Songs like Folsom Prison Blues, Heaven and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, that still tug at my heart when I hear them.
4.     Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years with your music?
Honestly, I would just love to be doing what I’m doing! Travelling around the country with my boys sharing my music, meeting fans, and gaining experiences. I hope I have a lot more music in me, and can keep doing it for years to come.
5.     Where has been your favorite venue to play at and who has been your favorite musician to open up for?
There have been so many amazing places, and so many phenomenal artists I’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with. But I would have to say that one show stands out. During the certified country tour playing with Gord Bamford, Joe Nichols and Autumn Hill, we had a sold-out show at Prospera Place in Kelowna near my home. The crowd was amazing, and a lot of family and friends came out to make it a really special night.
6.     What is one of your favorite songs you ever recorded?
I would have to say that working with Duane Steele and the people at MCC Recording Studios in Calgary on the Hold The Line project really made it a special song to me. I love how it all came together and it is one of my favourite songs to perform. Also, being born in Alberta, the message of the song and the purpose of the project really hits close to home with me.
7.     Is there anything else coming up with your music for the rest of 2017?
A few more shows, a lot more time in the studio. I am working on a few new projects and I can’t wait to share some new music with you guys!
8.     What is one of your favorite quotes?
I have tattooed on my left arm the last few lines of one of my all time favourite poems. Its called The Road Less Traveled, and it reads “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.”
It means a lot to me personally. I have never heard a better or more accurate linguistic representation of the principles by which I aspire to live my life.
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Jesse Mast “Artist Spotlight”!!!

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Jesse Mast is a young musician from Edmonton and now is living in Vernon, BC. Mast has won three North American Country Music Association Awards. He dedicated his teen years as not just being a musician but also a songwriter too. In 2014 Mast was so happy to be signing a deal with Cache Entertainment/Sony Music Canada.

Mast released his first single “Bad Blood” in 2016 to Canadian Country Radio and a video, which was shown on CMT Canada. His first single reached to #31 and was part of the “Certified Country Tour” that Mast was the opening act for country artists Gord Bamford and Joe Nichols. Mast follow up single is “Cry Wolf” and it was released to radio in October 2016. Jesse Mast’s music is available both on Spotify and iTunes and also go take to his latest song “Somewhere South,” it is one of my favorite country jams of 2017!!!

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Dixedee’s Top 5 Favorite Songs of the Week: 9/18/2017!!!

  1. Suzi Oravec “Long Drive Home”: Suzi Oravec’s new song “Long Drive Home,” tells the story of a past memory. This song is very emotional and it also shares how two lovers broke up because of living so far apart from one another.
  2. Drew Baldridge “Guns & Roses”: Drew Baldridge’s new song “Gun & Roses,” is about how two people are very different but can still fit together as one and be together. This song is also true for Baldridge, because he has experienced something like this in his own life.
  3. Raelynn “Lonely Call”: In Raelynn’s new single “Lonely Call” tells the story of a girl who was once the most important person in a relationship with the guy she was seeing, but now she is barely thought or loved by him.
  4. Michael Ray “Get To You”: Michael Ray’s new single “Get to You” showcases the feelings after a relationship that has left you feeling hurt, closed off and also to scared to love someone new, because you think your heart will get broken again.
  5. Mitchell Tenpenny “Alcohol You Later”: In Mitchell Tenpenny’s new song “Alcohol You Later” tells the story of a isolated drunk phoning his ex. Most of the lyrics are about feeling of heartbreak and wanting your ex back.

 

Music Videos:

  1. Suzi Oravec “Long Drive Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am5SWwQrWK0
  2. Drew Baldridge “Guns & Roses”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKOGbg9ZOeE
  3. Raelynn “Lonely Call”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS1g9ig2CWk
  4. Michael Ray “Get To You”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMc1uiutcWA
  5. Mitchell Tenpenny “Alcohol You Later”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozSr_3Bi3Ao