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    Been craving some Macaroni & Cheese, not the microwave kind but rather the Kraft brand in a blue box, so I actually broke down and purchased a few boxes yesterday as well as the stuff need to make (milk and butter, plus a new colander today) it.

    Also noticed on the box that Kraft started to sell a Whole Grain version. Didn't see it at Foodland yesterday so has anyone encountered it on Oahu yet?

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    Haven't seen the Whole Grain version yet, but then I just buy elbow macaroni and some sharp cheddar cheese rather than using the Kraft version.

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    I WANT to like whole-grain pasta, but my tastebuds have balked thus far. However, I've not tried dousing it in cheese yet! Those who know me are aware that my love of cheese is very rarely rivaled by my love for anything else.

    So now I have a question of my own. Where's the best Mac n' cheese you've had and why?

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    I absolutely love Kraft Dinner Mac & Cheese. This has been my go to comfort food since I was a youngster. You just can't beat the taste of it - powdered cheese rules!
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    If I'm doing the box stuff, it's definitely the Velveeta shells for me. And I like adding salsa to it.

    They have mac n' cheees over at Kaiser Hospital a couple of times a week. If it's mac n' cheese day, I can't resist ordering it.

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    From time to time, we make a baked mac 'n' cheese based on Alton Brown's "Good Eats" recipe. Yet, I still enjoy the powdered-orange-cheese-like-stuff that comes from a box (but we doctor it up a touch, with some roasted-garlic powder and a pinch of fresh-ground "grains of paradise"*).

    When I was working in Charlotte, NC, for a few months back in 2000, I was thrilled to see that many restaurants offered mac 'n' cheese as a "vegetable side dish" option; them's my kind of a people!




    (* = If you've never tried "grains of paradise," go - seek it out! You use it like peppercorns, but it's several notches above. Foodie shops will probably carry it, but if not, it's easy to get online. Your foodie cred is on the line if you've not had it.)

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    Macaroni is not pasta, it's not even allowed in the house!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Macaroni is not pasta, it's not even allowed in the house!
    Matapule's body is the "house that macaroni built!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Matapule's body is the "house that macaroni built!"
    Did you avoid noodle neck?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Did you avoid noodle neck?!
    Have you ever seen a noodle with an 18" circumference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matapule View Post
    Have you ever seen a noodle with an 18" circumference?
    Having never even seen a noodle's circumference... I'll play it safe and say no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    Macaroni is not pasta, it's not even allowed in the house!
    Excuse me Ron but you are wrong - macaroni IS a type of pasta. Pasta is defined by the indgredients, not the shapes it appears in. The shapes are usually what defines the names we are all used to - like spahetti, rigatoni, penne, linguini etc.

    and its ALL totally YUM!
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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    Pasta is defined by the indgredients
    Exactly, and there are more/better ingredients to pasta than mac noodles.

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    I am pretty much brand if not product loyal to the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, but I am kind of open to try new stuff.

    I did try a genric macaroni & cheese product a long time ago (in the 1990's), it didn't taste that good, in fact the secert is that powered cheese that is included, it wasn't orange, more a pale yellow powder.

    Did pick up a couple of boxes of the BestYet brand Mac & Cheese Dinner, tried one box today, it wasn't that bad and the cheese powder was on the orange side.

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    Ron - did you even READ my post? maybe you might have a comprehension problem?

    Macaroni is a type of pasta - the same as the others I mentioned. It is made using the same ingredients. The only thing that makes it "macaroni" is its shape.

    I apologize for wavering this thread off topic - it was just such a stupid remark that I had to reply I'll quit now and let the rest of you get back to enjoying your mac & cheese!
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    Another use is lashes with a wet noodle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anapuni808 View Post
    Macaroni is a type of pasta. It is made using the same ingredients. The only thing that makes it "macaroni" is its shape.
    Nope, mac is merely a non-nutritional noodle, no matter what shape it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos View Post
    If I'm doing the box stuff, it's definitely the Velveeta shells for me. And I like adding salsa to it.
    Hmm. Salsa. I'll have to try that. During my starving college student days, we'd sometimes throw in canned tuna or frozen peas, and of course season with Tabasco or something, but hadn't thought of mixing in a tomato-based sauce.

    My wife makes an awesome homemade mac and cheese, and serves it at least once a month. In a pinch, though, we do have the giant Costco bulk pack of blue Kraft boxes and even the semi-instant ready-to-go variety. I think those were the first pseudo-food products our kids were allowed to prepare (i.e. add water and nuke) on their own.

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    Can you put cheese on Top Ramen?

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    In the past I put canned chilli after mixing a batch of Macaroni & Cheese and then heating up the mixture. This is more in line of making a one pot meal. Also tried the canned tuna and sometimes a can of spinach goes with the tuna.

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    Read somewhere about a Buffalo-bleu cheese version of Mac n' cheese. The reviewer was disappointed because it was neither cheesy nor spicy enough. Bet it would be tasty to make a homemade version instead.

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    Had some spicy Mac & Cheese from Queen's Hospital Harkness Cafeteria today. In it had slices of carrots, olives and jalapenos.

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    Was planning on making some Macaroni & Cheese tonight, while washing up some kitchen stuff I realize that I didn't have boxes of Macaroni & Cheese at all.

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    Mac and cheese with lobster meat chunks >>>>>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Lowery View Post
    Mac and cheese with lobster meat chunks >>>>>
    Soooo YUM! That's my fave dish at Formaggio's.

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