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ozoneocean at 1:16AM, March 21, 2008
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Do you like Macaroni and cheese?
I hate it. >.<

Every girl I've ever known has liked it. Only some of the guys I've known have. That's a strange gender divide…

So, what do you think of this horrible gooey, cheesy gunk? :)
 
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Frostflowers at 1:58AM, March 21, 2008
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Macaroni and cheese is for emergency situations only. I can eat it, but it's definitely not on the top of my list of favourite foods.

I always end up with that horribly smelly kind of cheese, too. :( And as far as your gender divide theory goes - I'm a girl.
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Marguati at 2:05AM, March 21, 2008
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I eat pasta almost everyday, so yes, I like macaroni and cheese.
Anyway, it depends on the quality of macaroni, AND the kind of cheese… I'm scared to ask you which cheese you're using o_O
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Kalos at 2:11AM, March 21, 2008
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Are you specifically asking about Kraft Mac and Cheese? I'll eat it (really, I'll eat most things), but I prefer homemade macaroni and cheese with, like, stewed tomatoes on top.
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ozoneocean at 2:25AM, March 21, 2008
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ALL macaroni is ick, whether you make it yourself or get it from a box. ^_^

…I actually looked it up today and now I finally know what people mean when they say “Kraft Dinner” or “Mac 'n Cheese”, I never understood those two terms before. o_O
 
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Fenn at 3:29AM, March 21, 2008
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Sounds like you're doing it wrong.

Good mac & cheese is great, like the kind my mom used to make.

But it's always a side dish, never the main attraction.
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skoolmunkee at 3:55AM, March 21, 2008
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I adore macaroni and cheese. It's one of my comfort foods (so I try not to eat it too often- cheese and pasta in moderation please!) Homemade kind, boxed kind, sometimes grocery-store deli kind… not most microwave-dinner kinds though, and the canned ones are icky. I found Double Gloucester cheese here to be a wonderful mac n cheese ingredient :)

I grew up eating it though. :) Along with other meat-and-potatoes type of things…
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Marguati at 7:43AM, March 21, 2008
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ALL macaroni is ick, whether you make it yourself or get it from a box. ^_^

your problem is you're eating THIS:


while you should be eating THIS:
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Short_Circuiting at 9:49AM, March 21, 2008
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i like the mac n cheese that has the noodles shaped like little conch shells. yum. now i want some. cici's has mac n cheese pizza. i wonder what that's like.
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AQua_ng at 10:48AM, March 21, 2008
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I used to love the mac/cheese combo my old school used to make.

I've yet to re-experience that taste.

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Baconators at 12:11PM, March 21, 2008
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I love mac & cheese. But it's what I resort to only when I've got no other choices.

And oddly enough, it's what I had for lunch an hour ago =P
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crazyninny at 12:18PM, March 21, 2008
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I can go for Kraft Mac and Cheese, but not so much on any other kind of Mac and Cheese.
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patrickdevine at 2:05PM, March 21, 2008
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I like the “Kraft Dinner” type but most home-made varieties I don't like. My mom makes this casarole-style cheese-topped noodle thing that I hate. It's served in slices! I can't eat pasta in slices! The best Mac n' Cheese I've had was this vegan dish that my friend Shawn made, the sauce cooled a bit fast and of course it wasn't real cheese but it was pretty convincing as fake cheese goes. And it was spicy which made it better.
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ozoneocean at 2:53PM, March 21, 2008
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I grew up eating it though. :) Along with other meat-and-potatoes type of things…
Me too. :(
Although a lot of the other “meat and potato” stuff was nicer… Except boiled cauliflower and carrot… In fact most vegetables when they're boiled! >.<
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Ew! Bacon in there! I'll eat bacon if it's cooked crispy on its own but in Macaroni it reaches a new level of ick- we move up to Defcon Urk!
 
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kiandranishan at 2:56PM, March 21, 2008
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omg Marguati, that second one looks so yummy!

I like it okay, not my fav foods. One of my male friends and all my brothers (I have 7) could live off it. I like pasta but Mac'n'cheese tends to be too heavy.
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Marguati at 6:47PM, March 21, 2008
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Ew! Bacon in there! I'll eat bacon if it's cooked crispy on its own but in Macaroni it reaches a new level of ick- we move up to Defcon Urk!

it's not bacon, it's speck! with bacon you can cook “carbonara” (spaghetti, bacon, eggs and pepper)… and it has to be smoked, not crispy
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Lonnehart at 7:30PM, March 21, 2008
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I'm not fond of mac and cheese. It's got way too much salt sometimes, and most of it is made of cheddar cheese (which I'm not very fond of). Chicken Alfredo, on the other hand…



*rushes off to the nearest Pizza Hut to order some!*
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usedbooks at 7:51PM, March 21, 2008
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Depends on my mood – and the shape of the noodles, and the type of cheese. Macaroni is any shape non-egg-based pasta… So, technically, fettuccine alfredo is “mac and cheese” – and delicious.

The right-from-a-box Kraft stuff is just sustain-my-life cheap food – a step down from Top Ramen – except I have to actually have milk on hand. Those straight tubes and never-quite right psychedelic orange powdered cheese don't cut it. Mac and cheese is best with elbow macaroni and some *good quality* creamy cheese (I like good cheddar, or white cheddar). It's also best with some added spices, veggies, etc. In college, I got pretty good at dressing up the cheap, crap food to create appetizing meals.

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Every girl I've ever known has liked it. Only some of the guys I've known have. That's a strange gender divide…
Hmm… I'm not sure about the people you know, but most men I know lack a certain amount of culinary prowess. When they make anything, it's straight out of the box, into the microwave, no stirring, no dressing up – as quick as possible from cupboard to stomach. More of the women tend to modify recipes, add things, and take more time in the cooking process.

Or maybe it's a dairy thing. A lot of guys I know don't like most dairy products (ice-cream, yogurt, cheesecake, cereal…) as much as the women. I don't know why. (Inherent drive to fulfill calcium needs?)
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skoolmunkee at 6:05AM, March 22, 2008
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Ew, don't put things in the macaroni and cheese! Then it becomes… I dunno, something else. Cheesy bacon melt or something.

Cheddar isn't the best cheese for mac and cheese, it's too strong and doesn't melt well. People just use it because it's common. You wouldn't make macaroni and cheese out of LOTS of cheeses. Many italian cheeses work a lot better :)

The only two english cheeses I've found that I like in mac and cheese are double gloucester (mild and creamy) and red leicester (stronger but not as singular as cheddar). And you don't just put the cheese on the noodles. T_T You make the sauce separately with some butter and flour and milk, and salt and pepper (and a tad of mustard if you like that) and the you mix them and put it in the oven and bake it T_T
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Steely Gaze at 5:22PM, March 22, 2008
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Evidently none of you know what real macaroni and cheese is. Real macaroni and cheese doesn't come from a box, like Kraft, and isn't littered with different things inside.

It is simplicity. It is delicious.

And the best macaroni and cheese is easily my mother's non-secret recipe that involves crunching up a bunch of Saltine crackers to dust the top of it, almost like a casserole but without the consistency of a casserole. And served nice and hot, filled with various types of melted cheese, well let me tell you, there is no greater joy on this planet.

Except cheesecake, and that's a topic for another discussion.

Oh, and I'm male by the way, and actually I don't know anyone who doesn't like my mother's macaroni and cheese. Heck, even guests love it at meals.
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Aussie_kid at 7:15PM, March 22, 2008
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Nah. In all honesty, I don't think I could ever like the stuff. But then again, I guess that's because I've only ever had the packet stuff. Will try it if someone made it fresh though
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ozoneocean at 8:51PM, March 22, 2008
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Speck? Prosciutto! urk! I hate the stuff… -_-

Out of all the posts here only Skool's makes me intrigued enough to possibly try.
Mustard… Mmmmmmm ^_^
 
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SarahN at 12:03AM, March 23, 2008
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S'okay. Don't hate it, don't love it.

Though I absolutely hate beef and noodles while everyone else I know loves it. So yeah, it happens. =P
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Kalos at 12:34AM, March 23, 2008
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Evidently none of you know what real macaroni and cheese is. Real macaroni and cheese doesn't come from a box, like Kraft, and isn't littered with different things inside.

It is simplicity. It is delicious.

And the best macaroni and cheese is easily my mother's non-secret recipe that involves crunching up a bunch of Saltine crackers to dust the top of it, almost like a casserole but without the consistency of a casserole. And served nice and hot, filled with various types of melted cheese, well let me tell you, there is no greater joy on this planet.

That sounds like what my family makes as well–it's like a casserole, just as you said. We don't use saltines, though. We use breadcrumbs and scoop large portions of it onto everyone's plates and pour stewed tomatoes over the top. Delicious.
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Poke Alster at 3:03AM, March 23, 2008
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I love macaroni and cheese, add abit of tuna and its 10/10 ^-^
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skoolmunkee at 4:36AM, March 23, 2008
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Out of all the posts here only Skool's makes me intrigued enough to possibly try.
Mustard… Mmmmmmm ^_^

Awesome, I win the thread!

SarahN
Though I absolutely hate beef and noodles while everyone else I know loves it. So yeah, it happens. =P

You mean beef stroganoff, or just someone tossing some meat on some noodles? :S
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lastcall at 8:38AM, March 23, 2008
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This is how I make mac & cheese. …The secret is using sour cream for the binder as opposed to milk, which is what most people use.

Meg's Mac & Cheese

1 bag elbow macaroni
Medium sharp cheddar cheese (Tillamook brand cheese works best)
2 eggs
8 oz. sour cream
salt & pepper, to taste

Boil the macaroni so it is a little overcooked & set aside. Mix the eggs, sour cream, & salt/pepper together in a bowl and combine the mixture with the macaroni. Set bowl aside. Slice cheese in very thin strips. Layer macaroni mixture and strips of cheese in alternate layers in casserole dish. Cook in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until top is slightly golden brown.
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Marguati at 11:51AM, March 23, 2008
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Speck? Prosciutto! urk! I hate the stuff… -_-

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SarahN at 3:23PM, March 23, 2008
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You mean beef stroganoff, or just someone tossing some meat on some noodles? :S
Yeah stroganoff….I don't know I'm used to just calling it beef and noodles. XP

Bleck.
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jagular at 4:57PM, March 23, 2008
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I grew up eating it though. :) Along with other meat-and-potatoes type of things…
Me too. :(
Although a lot of the other “meat and potato” stuff was nicer… Except boiled cauliflower and carrot… In fact most vegetables when they're boiled! >.<
Marguati
Ew! Bacon in there! I'll eat bacon if it's cooked crispy on its own but in Macaroni it reaches a new level of ick- we move up to Defcon Urk!
i like bacon in fettuccine. i like home made macaroni and cheese
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