Mac and Cheese Off

I'm still allowed to post about food, even if it is plain old American food, right? Don't worry, this is more than just a post to fill space. (Plus, it follows the already established cheese theme!)

When doing some research for my local foods party (see 2nd BdW post ever), I came across the food-oriented I'm Mad and I Eat. At the time, it provided a good "recipe" for salt. Now, it has presented me with a challenge: the mac-n-cheese-off.

My entry is probably the most simple of the bunch. I opted for the stovetop variety. The cheese sauce is of [organic] half and half, [organic] cream cheese, and [local, handmade] jerk-seasoned cheese (whose title is so sadly appropriate to my life). To round out the meal, I added peas, corn, and [meatless] gimme lean sausage. Although it turned out a little on the dry side (as Ma so quickly pointed out), it satisfied my hunger. (Oh, all the [stuff] is thrown in as a nod to one of my New Year's resolution: to eat for a heathlier planet.)

My neighbor, to whom I was explaining my dinner plans, decided to surprise me and join the fun. Her entry, titled Fat-Mac (or is it phat-mac) was a more traditional baked variety complete with the cruton toppings. There were lots of spices in it too, that made for some good eating. (Ma voted for that one.)

See the rest of the entries to the mac-n-cheese-off here. And if anyone is looking for a good meal of leftover mac-n-cheese, please stop by.
Friday January 5 2007File under: food

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on Fri 05th Jan, 2007 06:51 pm UTC sher said:
That looks wonderful! I've used the stovetop method too and it always makes a very creamy dish. And I love the additions you made.
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on Fri 05th Jan, 2007 09:32 pm UTC cookiecrumb said:
Man, that is FOOD! Jerk-seasoned cheese? (And hand-harvested salt?) Beautiful, Wren.
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on Sat 06th Jan, 2007 02:56 am UTC nathan said:
how funny - i was involved in a mac and cheese off at thanksgiving. i think my mac would have won but there was some funny stuff going on with the judges. shanna's mac'n'bacon topped my jalepeno mac. of course we both cheated a bit, since we were too lazy to make our own base, and ended up added extra ingredients to shanna's brother's mac. anyway, right on - i love a good mac n cheese!
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on Sun 07th Jan, 2007 07:53 am UTC Jule said:
that is quite the mac-attack, in fact this post is mac-tacular and mac-orific. was that joke too cheesy? good to know that you will be eating for a healthier planet, I sure enjoyed learning about doing this from "the omnivores delima" by micheal pollan. I recommend it if you want to learn all about your food.
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on Sun 07th Jan, 2007 04:24 pm UTC Sean said:
I'm not sure that I'd eat anything you made that has local handmade jerk-seasoned anything. Oh who am I kidding.
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on Mon 08th Jan, 2007 03:25 pm UTC Chris said:
Give me oven baked white cheddar crumb topped Mac and Cheese or give me death! Actually, I'll probably just have leftovers, but whatever.
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on Mon 08th Jan, 2007 08:05 pm UTC said:
what about the no work involved velveeta shells and cheese?
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on Wed 10th Jan, 2007 06:26 am UTC Siri said:
I had Mac-n-Cheese that a friend brought for my lunch at school today. That stuff is deeeee-licious!
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on Sun 21st Jan, 2007 03:40 am UTC Auntie Rose said:
Wren, your grandma Minnie would have crushed up a bit of grease-laced potatoe chips aon top and slammed it in the oven for dinner and also put some of that Mercury laden Tuna in it as well. Yummonow I'm getting hungary, I think I will go down stairs and make some fudge.
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