Disney Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese from Jiko at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

I have a super special treat for you today!

I know I’m not the only person in love with the Macaroni and Cheese at Jiko, right? This signature restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge — and this dish in particular! — regularly tops my list when I’m visiting Disney World.

And when you run into me having dinner here, chances are better than great that I’ll be enjoying their Oak-Grilled Filet with a side of their amazing Mac and Cheese.

While the filet is a mainstay on their menu, the side dishes that it’s paired with tend to change up regularly. But Jiko created a legend with the filet and cheesy goodness combo; it had legions of fans! So normally, even if the mac and cheese isn’t on the menu, you can request it.

Oak Grilled Filet with Mac and Cheese

Oak Grilled Filet with Mac and Cheese

And now you can make it at home too!

Jiko’s Macaroni and Cheese

Jiko — The Cooking Place, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Serves 4 to 6

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Disney Recipe (and Happy Hour!): Monorail Drinks from Top of the World Restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

I have an old souvenir book from my first trip to Disney in the late seventies. And while it’s super fun to look through the whole thing, some of my favorite images are from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

It’s here that I first learned about Top of the World, the restaurant that once occupied the spot that California Grill calls home these days.

Well, the seventies glamour that epitomized the Contemporary may have given way to a sleek mix that is both modern and retro at once, but we don’t have to look too far to bring some of those fun days back. Thanks to Disney cookbooks, their cocktails live on!

That’s right! I’m talking about those famous and delicious Monorail Drinks!

If you love retro Disney cocktails like we do (hellooooo, Kungaloosh!), then you’re going to really love this post. Because we’re not giving you just one recipe, but three! Seriously — how much cooler will your next party be?? Very. You’re welcome.

Can't You Just Feel Monorail Red Swooshing By??

Can’t You Just Feel Monorail Red Swooshing By??

So Please Stand Clear of the Doors (Por Favor Mantengase Alejado de las Puertas) — get those blenders ready — and, GO!

Monorail Cocktails

Top of the World

Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Monorail Pink

Serves 1

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Disney Recipe: Gratin de Macaroni from Les Chefs de France in Epcot

Macaroni and Cheese — that glorious food that is both side dish and main dish.

But one of my favorite grown up versions is the baked Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

The dish is so well loved that it’s even made its way onto the menu over the years for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the France Marketplace Booth. Will it make the cut for the 2014 Food and Wine Festival? Only time will tell!

But for the mac and cheese lover, this dish has everything! Sharp, tangy Gruyère cheese, golden crust, and it’s plenty big enough to share — if you want to! (Confession: Usually I don’t want to.)

But what are you to do if your next advance dining reservation for this wonderful spot is months off, and you’re craving some of this awesomeness, like, yesterday???

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Why, make it at home, of course! Because with this recipe, the cheesy power is in your hands.

Gratin de Macaroni

Les Chefs de France

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Disney Recipe: Chocolate Crusted Key Lime Tart from Disney World’s Grand Floridian Cafe

If it were up to me, I’d have a slice of Key Lime Pie Every. Single. Time. I set foot in Florida.

Fortunately, Disney has me covered with lots and lots and LOTS of options for this favorite!

But one of the best comes with a fun twist, thanks to the extra special crust. I’m talking about the Chocolate Crusted Key Lime Tart at the Grand Floridian Cafe in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Big on equal parts richness, sweetness, and sour power, this is a great version of the Sunshine State classic. I’ve always loved lime and chocolate together!

Key Lime Tart at Grand Floridian Cafe

Key Lime Tart at Grand Floridian Cafe

If you need a little sunshine in your life today, how about heading to the market for the ingredients? You’ve just gotta have some key lime pie to bring on the Summer.

Chocolate Crusted Key Lime Tart

Grand Floridian Cafe


Yield: 10 servings

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DIY Disney Recipe: New England Pot Roast from Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Tree Tavern

Guest chef Carol returns with a hearty recipe for New England Pot Roast. This delicious dish is served at the Liberty Tree Tavern in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!

Is there anything better than a pot roast? Seriously, it’s a one-stop pot filled with nothing but love and gravy!!! Picture it, a beautiful roast surrounded with perfectly tender carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and thyme all married together in beautiful gravy made from butter, wine, and stock then served over mashed potatoes…sign me up please! Is your mouth watering, yet? Mine definitely is!!!

DIY Disney Recipe -- Pot Roast from Liberty Tree Tavern

You can try this delicious dish at the Liberty Tree Tavern at Walt Disney World. There’s nothing like stepping back into time as you enter Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom Park.

But, since most of us don’t actually live at the Magic Kingdom, you can also make this dish at home as those nice, crisp winter nights start to set in! Thanks to Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs, we’re gonna break this recipe down step by step with pictures for you to make and enjoy at home. So, let’s get started!


Pot Roast Recipe Ingredients

-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-3 pounds boneless beef shoulder roast
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
-2 cups large diced carrots
-2 cups large diced celery
-2 cups large diced onion
-1/4 cup chopped garlic
-2 tbls chopped fresh thyme
-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup burgundy wine
-6 cups beef broth (48 oz container)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Step 2: Prep all of your veggies! Clean, peel, and dice the carrots.


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Disney Recipe: Pistachio Crème Brûlée from Tony’s Town Square in Magic Kingdom

Crème Brûlée is a favorite dessert among Disney diners, it would seem. Judging from the fact that you’ll find it on nearly every table service restaurant’s dessert menu, guests must love it a lot!

Pistachio Creme Brulee

Me? Well, it’s not always my favorite, but that’s more due to some of the not-great versions I’ve had. But when it’s good, it’s very very good — and I have certainly found a few varieties at Disney that number among my favorite desserts.

The Pistachio Crème Brûlée at Tony’s Town Square is worth saving room for!

Pistachio Creme Brulee Inside

Pistachio Creme Brulee Inside

With a creamy consistency and just the perfect touch of pistachio flavor, I think fans of this popular flavor will fall in love with this one on the spot. And now, you can make it at home!

Pistachio Crème Brûlée

Tony’s Town Square

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients: [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Sticky Toffee Pudding from Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in Epcot’s UK Pavilion

It continues to be be chilly out there, guys!

And I don’t know about you, but when it’s cold like this, all I want is some comfort food!

One of my favorite homestyle desserts in all of Epcot is Sticky Toffee Pudding, which you’ll find at the Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room, located in the UK Pavilion of World Showcase in Epcot.

This new British classic features a cake that is very moist in the British “pudding” tradition. It’s topped with the combo of Butter-Rum and Vanilla Custard Sauces, making for a sweet ending that’s hard to resist!

Sticky Toffee Pudding from Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in Epcot's UK Pavilion

Sticky Toffee Pudding from Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room in Epcot’s UK Pavilion

This is definitely one that you can enjoy anytime the fancy strikes you with this awesome recipe!

Sticky Toffee Pudding from Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room

Epcot’s UK Pavilion

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Three Must-Try Disney Pies!


Today, in honor of this most momentous occasion, we couldn’t resist sharing with you a few of our very favorites. Whether they inspire you to bake a pie of your own, or plan a trip and let Disney do the baking for you — well, you’re welcome.

1. Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie From Boardwalk Bakery

So many truly wonderful things have come out of BoardWalk Bakery since it reopened after a major renovation last year.

While some classics remain, others, like the Cheesecake Brownie, received makeovers as well. But the real story are the amazing newcomers to the menu! One of my favorites, hands down, is the Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie.

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Candied Bacon Pie

The tart starts with a Chocolate Short Dough Crust. Peanut Butter is introduced to the party via the Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Filling, which is pie poetry. Because as much as I love rich peanut butter filling, this lighter approach is killer.

This sweet and salty goodness is wrapped up in a Chocolate Glaze. Add to that a little mound of creamy Banana Topping, and a sprinkling of Candied Bacon, and you’ve got a winner!

peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon pie cross section

peanut butter, banana, and candied bacon pie cross section

Sound awesome? Make a similar version at home with this recipe!

2. Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie From the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Many of the pies that stand out from the crowd at Disney are savory rather than sweet. Case in point: the beloved Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie from the Ireland Marketplace Booth at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

Lobster and Seafood Fisherman’s Pie

We’ve been enjoying this delicious for the last several years and hope it comes back again this year!

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Disney Recipe: Mousse au Chocolat from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles

Now, see? I write ONE little post about my favorite Disney Park restaurants, and suddenly I’m craving all of my favorites from Walt Disney World!

After answering the question What is your favorite restaurant in each park?, suddenly I’m dreaming of allllll the other places I’d eat today in Walt Disney World if I could!

And since I can’t, it’s time to drag out the recipes! Today we have something fairly easy, but with a big WOW factor — Mousse au Chocolat from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Mousse au Chocolat from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles

Mousse au Chocolat from Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles

(The recipe we are sharing is from the former Patisserie Boulangerie, but it’s simple and divine. The presentation is different, but it still tastes delish.) :-)

Mousse au Chocolat

Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles, Epcot

Yield: Approximately 3 cups

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Disney Throwback Recipe: Napoleon from Epcot’s Boulangerie Patisserie

Today, I’m feeling a little nostalgic for some of my favorites from the OLD Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

Napoleon at the old Boulangerie Patisserie

Napoleon at the old Boulangerie Patisserie

Sure, the new and improved Boulangerie Patisserie Les Halles, with its expanded counter and indoor seating, is super nice! And the pastries and other offerings are pretty delicious.

Still, every once in awhile, I get a craving for something that’s been tweaked right out of existence, like the classic Napoleon that used to be one of the Boulangerie Patisserie’s hallmark pastries.

If you enjoy this delicacy as well, I have great news: with a few steps, you can replicate the awesomeness at home!


From Epcot’s Boulangerie Patisserie

Serves Approximately 8-12


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