Kraft Mac and Cheese. Heaven on Earth

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By Chuck Woodbury
ROADSIDE JOURNAL
Gail and I were talking this morning about our favorite comfort foods. I told her that, hands down, for me it’s macaroni and cheese. Although I have dined on mac and cheese at many restaurants through the years, a box of inexpensive Kraft Macaroni & Cheese for about a dollar is all I need to launch myself into comfort food bliss.

If you’re not familiar with the product (and the dozens of often less-expensive generic versions), to prepare it you simply boil the macaroni from the package and then drain the water. Then, with the stove burner on low, you add a bit of milk, some melted butter, and then stir in the package of dried cheese included in the box. Start to finish, the process takes about 15 minutes.

You can buy more expensive versions, where the cheese is already in liquid form. But, to me, the extra expense isn’t worth it.

I do not recall my mother serving me macaroni and cheese when I was a child. But I do recall eating tons of it in college. Back then, I believe I could buy three boxes for a dollar. So, considering the cost of the milk and butter, you’re talking dinner for about 50 cents, which was mighty fine for my budget.

I believe the best macaroni and cheese I ever ate at a restaurant was at the Mile One Eating House in Pemberton, B.C. (up the road from Whistler on Route 99). I do not want to think of the calories or fat I ingested. But I can tell you that if I were hungry right now as I write this, just thinking about that mac and cheese would send me into a salivating frenzy.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Please leave a comment.

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Scott VanAelst
6 days ago

Try adding a can of cream of mushroom soup to your Mac N Cheese. Feels like I’m in a dorm room again!

Russ W,
22 days ago

Bummer! My secret is out! The only thing I’m good at cooking is Kraft Mac and Cheese with 5 oz milk and about 1/3 stick of butter! Sprinkle a little salt in the water as it starts to boil.

Diane M
25 days ago

I dress up my Kraft mac and cheese by adding chopped celery, diced onion, and lots of bacon bits (real bacon, not fake). It’s one of my comfort foods for sure!

David Onder
26 days ago

I was known for loving Kraft Macaroni and Cheese so much in high school that I received a case at my graduation party. Perfect gift as I prepared to go off to college. It is still a go to treat in my house.

Ronda Powers
26 days ago

Cheese enchiladas. Not the kind you find in Tex-mex restaurants, with the weird red sauce, heavy on the chili powder and heartburn inducing, but the homestyle kind, with the delicious brown “chili gravy” covering Yellow corn tortillas that were softened in hot grease and wrapped around creamy Queso blanco. Topped with shredded “longhorn” cheese, they are hot, gooey, and oh so good!

Robin
26 days ago

Ahhh, yes! Kraft MAC and cheese. One of the few childhood throwbacks I hung onto, now that we eat a cleaner, healthier diet.
My mom extended it by adding the then ever popular can of cream of mushroom soup; I just have to. Creamy, salty goodness takes me back and fills my belly on a cold night.

Doris Isbell
26 days ago

Good ole cream gravy. On any thing, mashed potatoes, biscuits, or bread. My mother and aunts could make the best gravy. Now that they are all gone it’s left up to me to make that big skillet full of wonderful bubbly gravy!!

Kimberly
26 days ago

Macaroni & cheese is one of my top favorites, too! But not the one out of the box. I like the homemade, deliciousness that my mom always made. Par-boil the Mac and drain. Put it in a greased (butter) baking dish. Add milk, butter, chunks of velveetta, and shredded cheddar on top. Bake until most of the liquid is absorbed and lovely golden color on top. That, my friend, is heaven!

A close second is mashed potatoes with gravy made from the pan drippings. Mmmmm!

Tommy Molnar
26 days ago

We had ‘high end’ Mac and Cheese’ (with crab!) in the Symphony’s Restaurant attached to the Pahrump Winery in Pahrump, NV years ago. it was spendy (as is everything else there), but we were celebrating and decided to “go for it”. We did lunch instead of dinner so that reduced the bill substantially – ha.

But, we keep good old Kraft Mac & Cheese in our trailer all the time. It’s one of the original comfort foods.

Dan
26 days ago

Tacos. And not just the tacos, the whole meal, y’know, like the whole enchilada, that too. With good Spanish/Mexican rice, refried beans, not out of a can, and a good beef burrito.
I’m not talking Taco Bell food, I’m talking about the food I make, with yellow corn tortillas, real beef, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, olives, onions and fresh jalapeños. The soft tacos are best, but fried tacos in clean, hot grease are good too. And, freshly made pico de gallo to put in and on all of it.
I grew up in Southern California, had excellent Baja style Mexican food there.

Al Porter
26 days ago

Comfort food! Mashed potatoes with hamburger gravy. And tuna fish casserole. Which I discovered during a family get together were also the choices of all my siblings. Our mother was horrified… “That was when we were poor!” Nope – HAVE to have them every so often!

Drew
26 days ago

Try skipping the milk. You’ll be surprised how much more cheesy it is.