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Thu Jan 24, 2019, 12:23 PM

Mac and Cheese recipe!

An American classic with French roots! After last week's how-to video on béchamel and mornay, this week we apply it directly to macaroni. It's not as easy as the mac and cheese you buy in a box with powered milk solids in neon orange, but it sure is tastier. It's also not nearly as complicated as it's sometimes made out to be, you just need to keep an eye on all of your various cheese and cream sauces so they don't scorch or burn!

Obviously this is a highly customizable recipe. You can stop at the mac and cheese in the pot and not bother baking it! You can add whatever cheeses you want in there, so long as you keep the rough proportions. We do recommend using cheese that melt nicely, but go crazy! Add blue cheese! Go high-end and add Comté! Make it spicy, add curry powder, add roasted garlic. You can even chop up hot dogs in there if you really want! We used regular elbow macaroni for this, but we also like using the very long twirly pasta called Cavatappi (or Scoobi Doo), but do make sure that it is fully drained before adding it to your sauce!

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 01:15 PM

1. I cooked at a restaurant

that had a super good mac&cheese recipe, which I promptly stole and used when I migrated to being the cook at the senior center. At the request of my clientele (when they realized I knew the recipe), I started making the kind they -loved but couldn't afford. Since I wasn't selling it, and my clients always sent people to his place to try it,

the restaurant owner didn't mind and I confessed to having stolen the recipe too. That restaurant owner and I are still on good terms after all these years.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 01:22 PM

2. There's a very decent little restaurant up the street from me

One day I went in for a pint and a snack and they had a mac and cheese special. It was a four-cheese mac and cheese that included blue cheese, and that sounded amazing to me, so I ordered it. The waiter looked at me and gave me a little warning, "Just so you know, it has blue cheese in it." I can imagine they got some complaints from some people who don't like blue cheese. I let him know I love blue cheese and that it wouldn't be a problem, and he seemed relieved and even told me that just before I'd come in, there was someone who was super unhappy with the blue.

I got the mac and cheese and it was delicious, but honestly, it didn't have nearly enough blue cheese for me! It was there, but extremely mild. The next time he walked by I said incredulously, "People complained about that? It's so mild!" and he just sighed in that resigned way that service and retail workers recognize from one another instantly.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2019, 01:26 PM

3. Bleu cheese sounds interesting...

I like it but not that much. We only had two kinds of cheese and the taste is awesome, I make it at home once in a while.

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