Macaroni and Cheese for the Culinary Artistry Impaired

| 1/30/2009 11:37:32 AM

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Mac and Cheese by CindyGouda morning ...

How's that for a cheesy pun to start off today's cheesy food topic: cheese.

Most specifically macaroni and cheese, of which I started getting cravings for after reading Jean’s blog, “Foodie Thoughts.” Real homemade macaroni and cheese, and not the plastic-tasting stuff out of the box, which I have mastered making under my protest, and under pressure from my youngest daughter who prefers the boxed kind.

My "real" macaroni and cheese is a mixture of cheeses, mushrooms, onions, chopped spinach or whatever else I can find hanging out in the fridge, and is layered, and baked with a crusty au-gratin topping on it, which is again, made from whatever is hanging around.

I like to cook, and despite the self-perpetuated myth that I can’t, I’m actually pretty good at it. I just can’t follow a recipe. The urge to add, subtract, substitute, and play around with ingredients is too strong to resist. As a result my kitchen by the time I’m done looks like a chemistry lab after an experiment gone wrong, sometimes complete with stuff dripping from the ceiling and down the walls. I’ve never made anything too terribly horrible to eat….but my family is thankful I’ve never tried some of these experiments a second time (especially whoever is in charge of clean-up). There are dishes of mine they ask for repeatedly though, and my macaroni and cheese is one of them.

I love macaroni and cheese. And apparently I'm not alone. On average, Americans consume more than one-half pound of cheese per person, per week. In 1937, Kraft Foods introduced the first boxed macaroni and cheese, and today sells approximately a million boxes per day.

Cindy Murphy
3/1/2009 8:08:59 AM

Hey, Jan! You have to let me know how it turned out....if you survived the process. Jan? Jan? Speak to me. This isn't going to effect my performance appraisal at work in any way, is it?

Jan Landry
2/28/2009 7:50:08 AM

Hey Cindy, Your'recipe' sounds great. I'm going to try it today! That's exactly how I cook, too! Why I can't just follow a recipe I do not know! It' works for us! Love your stories! Jan

Cindy Murphy
2/7/2009 9:46:59 AM

Hey, Iggy. Yep, that's why macaroni and cheese is such a great dish to make, particularly after a hard day. Not only do you have the perfect comfort can take out the day's frustration through the Stabbing Process!

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