Preparing macaroni and cheeses

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  1. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    The most classic is preparing it by the directions on the side of the box.
    Agreed. That's absolutely the most classically American way to make it.
    If you don't want to use or can't get the Kraft, making it from scratch the "classic" way is actually kind of of a pain in the ass, involving making a white sauce, lots of stirring, etc.
     


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    This thread got me hungry. So I made the "Cafeteria Mac & Cheese" on all recipes last weekend, with some added diced slab bacon, and extra old white cheddar. It was fantastic. Had some baked chicken drumsticks and salad on the side.
     


  3. acidboy

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    Hey Acidic-

    thats elementary to America [​IMG]..have you visited before?


    -Danny Wilson


    Yes, several times, actually. Lived a few times in L.A. and the Bay Area- where I had the opportunity to pursue graduate studies and later a career there, but I turned them down. How about you? [​IMG]

    Back to topic: Sorry guys, I never really saw, even when I was in the United States, how mac n' cheese is so loved and accepted. The few times I had classic soul food there I always preferred having collar'd greens or black eyed peas as side dishes. I always thought it is a boxed instant pasta meal, like preparing a can of Campbell's minestrone or chicken noodle soup.
     


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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    It's king of the comfort food, along with PB&J, although in recent years it has taken on a gourmet taste. Fred's 62 in LA, for example, offers several home recipes with modern twists including their Molten Balls: crusted mac n' cheese balls with jalepeños. (I'd step over my own dead mother for a Juicy Lucy right about now...)

    I always think of it as food you don't plan on eating but never really mind having. I ate those easy mac bowls all the time in college and it never failed.
     


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    There was an old issue of Vitals that detailed how to make gourmet macaroni and cheese.
     


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    Side of the box recipe +
    2 or 3 cut up hot dogs, or kielbasa/sausage etc., if you want to be all gourmet

    Serve with ketchup and tall glass of milk

    Eat

    Nap
     


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    I always thought it is a boxed instant pasta meal, like preparing a can of Campbell's minestrone or chicken noodle soup.
    yup seconded. For me it rates on the culinary scale somewhere above instant noodles and below baked beans.
     


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    If you grew up eating mac and cheese, there is a certain visceral attraction to it that reflects the nostalgia of childhood times and evokes certain memories that only the senses of taste and smell can.
     


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    It's king of the comfort food, along with PB&J, although in recent years it has taken on a gourmet taste. Fred's 62 in LA, for example, offers several home recipes with modern twists including their Molten Balls: crusted mac n' cheese balls with jalepeños. (I'd step over my own dead mother for a Juicy Lucy right about now...)

    I always think of it as food you don't plan on eating but never really mind having. I ate those easy mac bowls all the time in college and it never failed.

    +1 on Fred's
    I used to live about 2 blocks from there. Now i'm hungry.
     


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    Side of the box recipe +
    2 or 3 cut up hot dogs, or kielbasa/sausage etc., if you want to be all gourmet

    Serve with ketchup and tall glass of milk

    Eat

    Nap

    Ground beef instead of hot gods, no ketchup, and sometimes beer instead of milk. A college staple for me. (Packaged mac and cheese is one of those classics, like ramen, where you can get a hell of a lot of tasty calories for little money if you're poor. If you can buy it - like my roommates and I did - at a super-discount grocery store that sells at rock-bottom prices groceries that ares overstocked, in slightly damaged packaging, or near the expiration date, so much the better. I probably wouldn't have survived college without such a market on University Ave in Berkeley, the Orowheat Outlet the Emeryville Charlie Brown's happy hour.
     


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    Side of the box recipe +
    2 or 3 cut up hot dogs, or kielbasa/sausage etc., if you want to be all gourmet

    Serve with ketchup and tall glass of milk
    Eat

    Nap


    IF we are talking college routine/cuisine here, you left out the all important 1st step with that recipe:

    1. Fire up a doobie the size of a baby's arm.
     


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    hot gods

    Hey, whatever floats yer boat man...
     


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    Yes, several times, actually. Lived a few times in L.A. and the Bay Area- where I had the opportunity to pursue graduate studies and later a career there, but I turned them down. How about you? [​IMG]


    Hey Acidic-

    I dont want to be a judgemental guy..but I think you should learn about the culture of a place you visit [​IMG] thats why I'm doing my research first.


    -Danny Wilson
     


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    Ground beef instead of hot gods, no ketchup, and sometimes beer instead of milk. A college staple for me. (Packaged mac and cheese is one of those classics, like ramen, where you can get a hell of a lot of tasty calories for little money if you're poor. If you can buy it - like my roommates and I did - at a super-discount grocery store that sells at rock-bottom prices groceries that ares overstocked, in slightly damaged packaging, or near the expiration date, so much the better. I probably wouldn't have survived college without such a market on University Ave in Berkeley, the Orowheat Outlet the Emeryville Charlie Brown's happy hour.

    OT, reminds me of my college years when for a while I had to subsist on KFC dinner rolls (about 6 will do) and a cup of gravy for meals. [​IMG]
     


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    OT, reminds me of my college years when for a while I had to subsist on KFC dinner rolls (about 6 will do) and a cup of gravy for meals. [​IMG]


    Hey Acidic-

    maybe you could of prepared macaroni and cheese for the same price [​IMG]
     


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