Alton Brown's Baked Macaroni and Cheese from FoodNetwork. I made this last night, but instead of topping w/Panko crumbs, I crushed a dozen Ritz Town Crackers, mixed w/2 TBSP butter. I took it to a potluck, & came home with only a bit left in the bowl.
Candied ginger from Alton Brown. Very easy and cheap to make--especially if you go to an Asian market to buy the raw ginger (candied ginger is very expensive to buy). Finely chopped and mixed in or sprinkled on top, this stuff elevates ginger cookies to a sublime level. awesome in coffee or tea.
The 33-mile Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway connects Pere Marquette State Park in the north to Grafton and Alton, Illinois. Riverboat ports, museums and antiquing fill a weekend getaway.: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/illinois/trip-guide-to-alton-elsah-and-grafton-illinois/