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Thursday, July 17, 2008


posted by on July 17 at 12:20 PM

So a couple days ago, I put out a call for macaroni and cheese recipes. I received, via comments and e-mail, 12 recipes. I will make them all, I promise, even if it takes me a year.

But for various reasons I tried Bethany’s recipe from the Silver Palate Cookbook first. One of my primary reasons had to do with the fact that it looked the cheesiest and involved a roux, which is something that I like in my macaroni and cheese. The other important reason is that I was making it for a going-away party, and the bread initials on Bethany’s recipe seemed like a cheap and easy way to pay tribute. She’s right when she says that “The bread-monogram may seem overly Martha, but people will fucking love it, including you:” it was easy and was a big hit at the dinner.

And it was, as they say, motherfucking delicious. It didn’t take a whole lot of work—anything that takes less than twenty minutes to prepare isn’t a labor-intensive meal, in my book—and it was quite possibly the cheesiest mac and cheese I’ve ever had, without just being a bunch of cheese dumped on macaroni, if you catch my drift. (I didn’t take a picture because I’ve never been able to make food look photo-worthy.)

The only thing I’d change, if I had it all to do over again, would be to add just a touch of dill or something like that to make it a little more complex. But I will definitely make this recipe again, and you should give it a shot, too. Cheers to you, Ms. Clement, on your excellent recipe. Thanks.

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This sounds so delicious, that I have to go home and make it for dinner tonight. Yum! I think we'll skip the monogram though.

Posted by DanFan | July 17, 2008 12:37 PM

cheese makes you fat.

Posted by max solomon | July 17, 2008 12:53 PM

Paul, I hope someone sent you Alton Brown's recipe - that involves a roux too. If not, just search for it at It's yummy.

@ 2, cheese also makes you happy. Seattle has enough skinny basket cases.

Posted by Matt from Denver | July 17, 2008 12:59 PM

Seattle has a lot of skinny white boys

Posted by Ben | July 17, 2008 1:02 PM

Cheese rocks. I knew someone once who didn't like cheese (because his mommy told him that cheese gives you diarrhea) and he was a bad, bad man. Are you a bad, bad man too, max solomon?

Posted by DanFan | July 17, 2008 1:08 PM

Someone please remember to repost the recipe in mid-November, when I'll be in dire need of comfort food.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 17, 2008 1:16 PM

yeah, I agree with NapoleonXIV. This is a cold weather food. You now have me craving seasonally inappropriate food.

What next? Strawberry Shortcake and corn on the cob longings in January?

Posted by michael strangeways | July 17, 2008 1:23 PM

Has all of this excitement been generated by the tillamook mac & cheese contest. Yum 25#s of free cheese

Posted by chococheese | July 17, 2008 1:28 PM

Just a little dijon mustard really perks up any mac n cheese.

Posted by elm | July 17, 2008 1:31 PM

Dill - yeah, that's the perfect thing, especially around this time of year.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 17, 2008 2:02 PM

A teaspoon or two of dry mustard in the cheese+roux gives the flavor depth (but doesn't make it hot). Now I need to go make mac & cheese...

Posted by The Other Washington | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM

more than the average person, i love cheese. there are few types of cheese on this planet i haven't tried.

but it makes you fat. once i reduced my cheese intake to a shaving of parmesan on top of pasta or fresh mozzarella or goat cheese in a salad, i lost 25 pounds.

Posted by max solomon | July 17, 2008 2:45 PM

Dill? Are you nuts?

You didn't even try my canned-tuna-and-frozen-peas version, did you?

Posted by Fnarf | July 17, 2008 3:01 PM

Were any of the recipes for vegan mac-and-"cheese"? If so, please share! If not, then your work, Paul, is not yet done.

Vegans need comfort food too, and vegan M&C, much like the souffle, surely counts among the Japanese calligraphy of the world's best-loved comfort foods.

Nutritional yeast is involved, that much I already know...

Posted by Jeff Stevens | July 17, 2008 5:24 PM

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