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Mac N Cheese

by Irene Mielke 2 months ago in recipe · updated 2 months ago
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A Family Cooking Tradition

Mac N Cheese
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I love mac and cheese. It's the easiest recipe to learn how to make as a child. I mean, the first thing you know is how to pour your cereal into your bowl and then your milk into your bowl without spilling it. You're a kid! After you accomplish that, you think you can conquer anything.

I used to love the prizes that came in cereal boxes. I would love to wake up for breakfast just for them. I had a whole collection of Flintstone's. I remember that was my thing as a kid. I loved collecting Pebbles Flintstone in my cereal boxes. I know Pokémon started when I was a kid. I loved Pokémon too. I loved Pikachu. However, it was a massive deal for my kids to collect every Pokémon card. I remember they had a whole book!

Life is so simple when you're so young. You get excited over such simple things and want to learn everything! One of the first things I learned was how to make Kraft Dinner. Mac N Cheese comes in so many box brands nowadays; KD is just the one that sticks out to me. I drove my mom crazy. I loved cheese. I would go through every Kraft Dinner box and eat all the cheese.

Our moms had to learn how to make a homemade mac N cheese. I mean, the KD boxes are convenient for a mother. They're cheap and affordable, and they make a fast meal, and you can mix it with whatever you want. I suppose that's what kids did because it's what I did. I also loved hot dogs!

Hot dogs are so good, and such a barbecue type of summer food. We loved to mix hot-dog wieners in with our Kraft Dinner. I loved cheese so much. I used to tell my mom to put the hot dogs in the oven and melt the sliced cheese on my hot dog, and that's how I used to eat my hot dogs. I used to eat them with my bun, the hot dog, and melted cheese. I would eat my hot dogs somewhat toasted. I love going to Subway where they're like: "Do you want it toasted?" Of course, I want it toasted!

Everyone loves a good barbecue after they have like soft-drinks and chips. I remember the school barbecues always had hamburgers or hot dogs, and we had to use those red ticket things to get one. They must have only been $2.00 back then for the school fundraiser. Where were the sides? I wanted salads. I'm still trying to remind them not to forget the barbecue sauce because they have everything else: ketchup, mustard, and relish!

Children always had a sandwich at school and day camp and a whole bunch of unhealthy snacks back then. I suppose the restaurants put together what the children were eating and began creating the BLT sandwich, a favorite sandwich of mine throughout time! Grilled Cheese, or The Cheese Grill, at some point, was also made! What kid doesn't love grilled cheese? I guess there are things like lactose intolerance to be aware of for medical and health reasons.

I remember so much good food and great times at the end of the school year barbecues. I still remember that mac N cheese, though.

I remember my children starting school and teaching me at some point how to make mac N cheese, and they were so proud; it's like one of those things that have just become a tradition that everyone loves to make.

Homemade mac and cheese tastes so good, like nothing else. I've put the basics that you'll need here for a homemade Mac N Cheese recipe:

You'll need:

Ingredients:

-1 cup elbow macaroni

-1/2 cup all-purpose flour

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1/8 teaspoon black pepper

-1 cup whole milk

-1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

-Optional: 1/4 cup sour cream or crème fraîche (for garnish)n

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, cook the macaroni according to the package directions. Drain well. Combine: the flour, salt, and black pepper ingredients in a small bowl; set aside. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over low heat. Add the melted butter or margarine and whisk until smooth. Increase the heat to high and gradually add the flour mixture to the hot milk mixture, constantly stirring with a whisk—Cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the cheddar cheese, and then make the rest your way. I've added some recipes that I love that I've made with my children that they love that I've found online!

Check out these websites!

Pumpkin Mac And Cheese - Creamy & Delicious! (chocolatecoveredkatie.com): https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/pumpkin-mac-cheese/

Jamaican Jerk Mac and Cheese | mac and cheese | spicy mac n' cheese (allyskitchen.com):

https://allyskitchen.com/jamaican-jerk-mac-n-cheese/

You'll be sure to love one of the two recipes I posted!

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About the author

Irene Mielke

Hi,

I am Irene. I am an aspiring blogger and writer looking to influence the next generation towards their dreams. I want the rest to know that age is just a #, and you're never too old to begin a new dream from scratch.

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  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Good story. Mac and cheese will always be a favourite of mine.

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