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If I were stranded on a deserted island and I could have only one wish, I know, without a doubt, what it would be.  Although it would be a tough decision between cable TV, the company of a hot, considerate, funny, and hot man I could hold a conversation with, both pale in comparison to macaroni and cheese. 

 

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Yes, macaroni and cheese.  I love it.  Everything about it.  It combines the two loves of my life:  cheese and carbs.  It comforts me, and I have nothing but fond memories with Mac.  And there really isn’t a way I don’t like it made.  Mac ‘n’ cheese baked, on a skillet, in a pot, from the box, deep fried to make a wedge!  It doesn’t matter to me.  Cheddar cheese is commonly used but I’m not picky —  I say, the more cheese the merrier!  Of course there are some versions I prefer over others, but I have to tell you, once I hear the words “macaroni” and “cheese” together, I get excited, and I have to eat it.  It is commonly said that the way to a man’s heart is through a woman’s cooking.  And that the way to a woman’s heart is through his wallet.  While I want to be wined and dined and romanced like any other girl (who doesn’t?), the way to my heart is definitely through a nice, steaming plate of macaroni and cheese.  Mmm.  My mouth is salivating over the very thought of it.

 

kraft2When I was little, my mother would make me Kraft Mac & Cheese — I had the blue box blues between the ages of 8 and 13.  She would usually make me half the box for lunch, but sometimes she would make the entire box.  And I would eat it.  All of it.  In one sitting.  I think her intentions of making the whole box were for me to get two meals out of it, but then she shouldn’t have put it on one plate.  Because it was hard for me growing up to not eat everything that was put in front of me (You may or may not know that I was somewhat obese as a youth — true story, but perhaps not the time or place to discuss it.  Don’t worry, I grew up fine, with a healthy appreciation for all things cheesy, but I will have to come back to this at a later time — I don’t want to steal Mac’s thunder).  Sometimes, if I exercised an incredible amount of willpower and restraint, I would leave half of the plate for a later meal, but it wasn’t the norm.  Again, this might not have been the best decision health-wise and most definitely contributed to my overweight childhood, but it was all in my mother’s best interest.  She knew I loved the cheese. 

 

Now that we’ve taken a trip down memory lane, let’s get back to what’s important:  Macaroni and Cheese.  In the 18th Century, macaroni and cheese became popular throughout Europe (first in Italy — Marco Polo brought the curved, tubular pasta to Italy from China and Italians decided to add cheese to the macaroni to make a tasty dish); then the cheesy treat made its way to North America via British colonists.  By the 1800s, macaroni and cheese became an American favorite with variations and recipes featured in many cookbooks.  As times were changing and women were looking to fulfill roles outside of the home and kitchen, convenience foods were introduced.  That’s when Kraft announced its dinner in a box called Kraft Dinner in 1937, and it was a huge success.  It especially became a popular item during World War II when meat was pricey and milk and other dairy products were hard to come by.  Since millions of men were away at war, women had to join the workforce.  After a long day at work, women appreciated the easy to prepare macaroni and cheese dinner that came in a box.  I think that’s why my mom liked it too.  Macaroni and cheese has been an American staple since then!

 

So if I had the company of an endless supply of macaroni and cheese, in all types and varieties, I would be happy to spend the rest of my days stranded on a deserted island.  It’s what the people on Lost have been missing all along.  Perhaps if they had some mac ‘n’ cheese, they’d all be content to stay.  I know I would be.  Because remember, it’s always a party with macaroni and cheese. 

 

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Check out one of my favorite restaurants featuring one of my favorite things — S’Mac:  http://www.smacnyc.com/home.html