Nov 09

Mac and Cheese is a Scam

Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a scam. 

Maybe you have the same child in your family.

You know the one that only eats mac and cheese. It doesn’t matter what restaurant you plan on eating at, if they don’t have mac and cheese, she will eat croutons.

It seems like every restaurant has their own version but at this point, she has developed a discriminating taste for Kraft mac and cheese. So when a waitress brings out a bowl of gourmet macaroni with some albino version of a cheese sauce, a flash of anger rises up in her eyes.

Of course we try to convince her that, “This will be so good! Look at those interesting shaped noodles.”

Really we are thinking, you had better eat that because it costs almost six dollars!

Six dollars for mac and cheese, I mean do they import the noodles from Italy and the cheese from France?

Are they milking a cow and churning butter out back?

Is Chef Emeril in the kitchen, taking it up a notch?

I don’t think so.

Isn’t a box of mac and cheese less than a dollar at Target? Even less if you buy the generic version.

But she knows, this is not the mac and cheese that she really wants. It takes a lot of coaxing and convincing to even try a bite. Many times she may tolerate it and eat a few spoonfuls.

However, we all know what dad will be taking for lunch the next day.

The worst part is when you’re forced to pay for mac and cheese at a restaurant and then when it comes out, you can tell that it is Kraft. They don’t even try to disguise it.

Could we take a couple boxes home to replenish our supply, since we’re paying for six boxes worth?

Our family’s relationship with mac and cheese is complicated.

Feeding it to our youngest beats the alternative of having her try something new, only to spit it out projectile style, like she just ingested poison.

What’s your family’s relationship with mac and cheese?


Or, what is the one food that seems to be the go-to for your special child?

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    • Janeen Kilgore on November 10, 2015 at 5:06 am

    We ate so much of it,, and cereal when our daughter was young. I go for months and months without even having it in the house.

    My niece who is now 25, still only eats chicken nuggets when we go out to eat.

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

      Chicken nuggets freak me out!

    • Sherry Fletcher Aus on November 10, 2015 at 5:44 am

    This is my youngest son! He is a college student that no longer lives at home. Anytime I asked him what he wanted for dinner it was always mac & cheese. I eventually tried to limit it to once (or twice) a week. He was unimpressed with restaurants “creative” efforts.

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

      I think my daughters blood type is cheddar.

    • Cheryl Barron on November 10, 2015 at 5:51 am

    We always had the box stuff. Then my husband made it and mixed in real cheese. Wonderful.

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:42 am

      We buy Kraft. She does like the Newmans Pasta version (in the picture)

    • Lea-Ann on November 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

    My grandson had progressed to the mac and cheese microwaveable bowls …. Nothing else is Mac and cheese. Ugh!

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:42 am

      Sometimes the students where I work forget to put water in the microwaveable mac and cheese. It fumigates the entire building! ADD WATER!

  1. No special child, just a special parent! No matter where we go, my mom gets a PLAIN hamburger and fries. Plain – burger and a bun, that’s it. And Lord have mercy on the person who puts a pickle slice on top! But then when we took her to a burger joint with awesome burgers and fries, she ordered, get this, eggs!! I guess every family has a special member!

    As for your daughter, she will grow out of it. I used to be an extremely picky child and now there isn’t much I won’t try. Until then, have fun! 🙂

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:40 am

      I guess we just can’t take our parents anywhere! Lol!

  2. Fixed it for Dinner last night. Has to be a Velveeta Cheese and Milk sauce. Have tried the recipes using assorted varieties of cheeses, toasted bread crumbs, and so on; all baked to golden perfection.

    And have reached the conclusion that the perfection of simplicity can not be messed with!!!

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:40 am

      Sounds like you have the winning recipe.

    • Curiouser Editing on November 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my word! That is *so* my nephews! I had to work very hard to switch them over to homemade. 🙂

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:39 am

      I’m glad you won that battle. Kids do have a mind of their own that is often impossible to sway.

  3. Yes, yes, yes! You nailed it!

      • David Mike on November 13, 2015 at 5:38 am

      Thank you so much! My children give me great material.

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