Monday, February 05, 2007

The Importance of Macaroni and Cheese

After a hard day of teaching and being in Colorado, sometimes what I need is not a martini or a glass of wine (though if you were to pour me one and place it in my hand I'm sure I'd polish it off out of politeness). Sometimes what I need is macaroni and cheese.

Now, there are several ways of eating macaroni and cheese. First is the basic: Kraft out of the box? Frozen and very cheesy? At a restaurant? (IHOP, Village Inn, and Perkins do not count as restaurants) Or as a base for the rest of the meal (chili mac, tuna mac, etc).

I choose Frozen and cheesy. And if you order macaroni and cheese in a restaurant, well. Don't get me started. Of the frozen and cheesy macaroni and cheeses out there, I particularly choose Amy's Kitchen Macaroni and Cheese.

Once this initial choice has been made, there is yet another step in how one eats macaroni and cheese. I know people who eat it plain, with salt, with garlic salt, with tabasco sauce, with chili sauce, with ketchup!

If you know me, you will know that I have been a staunch supporter of ketchup on my macaroni and cheese all of my life. And I have never wavered. It has been an important aspect of my general self-identity. Until tonight. Tonight I actually preferred my macroni and cheese with garlic salt. Preferred it. Not just tried it. I suddenly feel like I have no ground to stand on! I no longer know what is right and what is wrong! Is this a sudden change? Or have I been this way all along and just not known it?! Am I suddenly obligated to try all the different options when it comes to macaroni and cheese? Has ketchup been my friend not out of real likeness but only out of tradition?

Tomorrow I am likely to go absolutely crazy and try raspberry sorbet with gummy bears!


afs said...

wow. was that REALLY an entire entry about mac n cheese?

Aubrey said...

Haha. The importance of macaroni and cheese!

DougieB said...

And i applaud such entries.

You should know that i understand your existential ketchup crisis, and look forward to your thoughts upon it's completion.

(and you should also know we got some Amy's on sale last week! Glee!)

Bone-a-fide said...

Mmm. Amy's is my favorite too--though, I usually go with the boxed kind if I really need some mac and cheese. Oh wait, that must be Annie's. That's confusing. Why are there two female, first-names-starting-with-'A'-and-ending-with-an-'E'-sound, organic, packaged food brands? Are they sisters?

I'll have to try garlic salt! Sounds tasty.

I like adding a Boca "chick" patty to my mac and cheese.

If this comment is terribly random, I have to blame jetlag.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but did you count the noodles?

Aubrey said...
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Aubrey said...

Oh my gosh. Perfection. I think. I don't know. I'll get back to you. Amy's Macaroni and Cheese. Garlic Salt. Parmesan Cheese. YES!

Save ketchup for scrambled eggs!

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