Thursday, September 21, 2023


How does Macaroni & Cheese rate on your list of comfort foods?

By Chuck Woodbury
I was at Ikea the other day. If you have ever been to one of these gigantic home stores then, like me, you may look forward to dining on the Swedish meatballs in the cafeteria. I always get them. They are, at least to me, Maximum Yum!

Part of the dining experience is the side dish of mashed potatoes and gravy. Well, I don’t know how a big outfit like Ikea could run out of mashed potatoes but the other day it did! Shame on them, I mumbled to myself.

That is until I saw the macaroni and cheese side dish just down the line that I could have instead. This more than made up for the absence of the potatoes.

I am a huge macaroni-aholic. I could live on the stuff. I’d probably die young of malnutrition, but the loss of a few years of life might just be worth it (actually I can’t die young because I am already old). I will confess to you that my favorite kind of macaroni and cheese is the cheap stuff that comes in a box and you just add water. I lived on that in my college years.

So, needless to say, very high on my list of comfort foods (drum roll) is Mac & Cheese. How about you? That’s the poll for the day. I can hardly wait to see the results.

Darn! Now I am craving Mac & Cheese. I should never have brought this up and caused myself such misery.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.


  1. Mac and cheese is very high on my list of favorite guilty pleasures. I have made it the old-fashioned painstaking way in the oven for years, but recently have found the best recipe for the Instant Pot! Natasha’s Kitchen.

  2. As for macaroni and cheese? I got a recipe here for french onion mac and cheese and it is now the only mac and cheese I eat. Although there is the stand by boxed stuffed if pressed for time and money spent on this recipe. As for eating it everyday? You won’t die of malnutrition because of some of the ingredients in it. Might get burnt out eating it but for that french onion mac and cheese? I can’t get enough and its made in under an hour. I think I have some boxed stuff and tuna fish. I know what is dinner.

  3. Being a diebetic it’s a no-no. It’s never been my cup of tea. But the wife and our children and grandchildren loves the stuff. Rather have a bowl of broccoli drizzled with some good sharp cheddar cheese.

    • Diabetics can have it if made homemade. I use cavatappe and it is better then elbow. The boxed stuff has a lot of hidden sugar and salt.

  4. Those Swedish meatballs are the featured food on this side of the Atlantic. But for the same retailer’s stores on the other side (at least in Germany), big deal foods are steamed hotdogs and fast-food style milk shakes.


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