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Betty Crocker Mac and Cheese - Original [17 Sep 2013|02:21pm]

hellsop
Product blurb claims "Hearty elbow noodles with creamy, cheesy sauce for delicious mac & cheese the whole family will love!" That's a stretch, in a couple of different directions... This is an inexpensive flagship box. Paid about $0.80 for one.

Box contains the usual "packet + noodles" we've all come to love. The noodles aren't "elbow" by any reasonable definition either. They're there same shoe-string diameter micro-ziti shape as almost everyone else has. They are, however, made from what looks like plain wheat flour instead of normal semolina, so they're kind of an eggshell color instead of pale yellow. Cheese packet is unmarked, and pillowy, which gives the cheese powder room to move and it feels uncaked.

Cooking time is listed as 9-11 minutes instead of the more common 7-9. Perhaps that's a side effect of the different noodle grain. Noodles are very starchy and the water becomes only translucent quickly, as the noodled fade into a swirling haze. Stirring is non-optional as they will also clump and stick together quickly. Draining at precisely 9 minutes left them slightly overdone, but with a remaining sticky toothiness that's ... different, but pleasant.

Per my usual process, I return the pan to low heat and stir in the recommended butter and milk (1/4 cup each, very normal) until the butter is all melted.

Cheese sauce packet has a tear-notch cut in it, and the packet needs it; it's very tear-resistant otherwise. The cheese powder is fine-grained and yellow, and (as guessed before) the anti-caking techniques work very well. The powder pours smoothly from the packet, and mixes quickly, first to orange, sticky clumps, then gives way to a normal pale orange creamy sauce.

Aesthetically, the taste and texture of the resulting product is quite good. The sauce is creamy and mild, with no cheddar bite, and the noodles have a bounciness, even through the soft texture that the nine minutes of cooking left. Critical descriptions would call it bland, and it can certainly take a fair amount of post-prep seasoning to bring it to something interesting if you're looking for adventure.

Overall: 7 of 10. (Kraft classic gets 8 on my scale)

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Dinner tonight? [24 Jan 2013|09:55am]

geekers
[ mood | hungry ]


In case anyone is still reading this...
a tasty option for dinner tonight: http://www.30days30waysmacandcheese.com/?p=2194

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Heh. Addicts. :p [02 Sep 2009|09:55am]

geekers
I guess we aren't the only ones ever-searching for the Grain.

From Yahoo! Answers on Jan. 25, 2009
Where can I find Golden Grain brand macaroni and cheese in Connecticut?

I have no doubt that so much more money could be made off this product...

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Yum... [17 Nov 2008|07:52am]

geekers
Found this morning, advertised on JSOnline:


Tasty. Targeted ads make you say "mmm."

One of several tasty recipes on the advertised site:
Bacon & Black Truffle Macaroni & Cheese

geek. ^_^
(x-posted from my journal)

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Avoid this product!!! [12 Mar 2008|02:31pm]

xandria201


Chef Boyardee Mac and Cheese...

This has got to be one of the worst tasting mac and cheese's ever!! The sauce is watery, I don't honestly that there is any cheese of any kind(perhaps some dehydrated crap). But it tastes like someone put food coloring and milk in there..not flavored at all.

AVOID if you love your taste buds!

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that's my boy! [20 Feb 2008|06:38pm]

aimr9
I just had a proud moment. My 2-year-old just requested "Want Roni Cheese" for the first time.

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Recipe time [26 Jan 2008|08:35pm]

hellsop

Cook

1 lb elbow macaroni

drain and set aside in the boiling pot. Preheat oven to 475°F.

In a large saucepan, melt

1 stick (1/4 lb) butter

and roux it up with 1/4 c flour. Season with

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp black pepper

Slowly stir in

2 c milk

So far we're pretty normal. Hold that sauce and separate

6 large eggs.

Ideally, tell someone else to beat the whites to soft peak stage while
you beat the yolks until they're light and creamy, then stir the yolks
into the sauce and bring the heat back up. Melt in

1/2 lb grated sharp cheddar

Now, hit your favorite 9 x 13 baking dish with some release spray. Fold
the eggwhites together with noodles in the boiling pot, then transfer to
the baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the noodles, and top with
another 1/4 lb of shredded cheddar.

Bake at 475 for 10 minutes, then lower temperature and continue baking
for 25-30 more minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes.

You end up with baked mac&cheese but really light and fluffy.

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[26 Dec 2007|12:32pm]

antlers2
I got another care package of Golden Grain. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my Libertyville connection.

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Desperately Seeking Golden Grain!!! [31 Jul 2007|05:19pm]

heliophile1970
[ mood | frustrated ]

Hometownfavorites.com has Golden Grain for $1.99 a box. It's a little cheaper than Premium Products, but they charge more for shipping. If anyone can find a better deal, please let me know!! I can't believe that this time last year I was bying it by the case (24 boxes) at my local grocer for $14.00!!

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Lookie what I found in OR! [06 Jun 2007|06:47pm]

geekers
Avast! The Grain!Collapse )

So it is slightly more expensive than what we were paying in Wisconsin when we were able to purchase it (although there isn't sales tax in Portland, OR), but I found these at a Rite Aid in downtown Portland (622 SW Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205)! I'm sure the Grain is, in general, more available in Oregon for the simple fact that they are closer to American-Italian Pasta Corp., but still, I was full of squee when I saw the boxes again. :D Now... to hope my Portland friends are willing to send an occasional shipment and/or we are able to convince the local grocer to carry it. ^_~

Peace,
geek. (~mac_n_cheese hunter~)

P.S. Yes, boxen were shipped home. ^_~

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They said what? [06 Dec 2006|03:59pm]

antlers2
In this article about a new bagel shop opening, it mentions that the proprietor has two pizza shops which "...are famous for doing all kinds of wacky slices, like macaroni-and-cheese covered pizza."

I'm not at all sure that would be good, but I suppose I'll have to try it...

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Easy Mac Cups [05 Dec 2006|02:00pm]

nyar
Anyone else have any opinions on the Kraft Easy Mac Cups?

I tried Easy Mac years ago, and despised it. However, I was recently introduced to their new single serving cups. I found the triple cheese variety to be quite acceptable. i keep a stash in my desk at work, for emergency lunch.

Normally, I prefer the Annie's Deluxe stuff these days. Very different than the cups, but not practical to make at work.

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Confirmed! [15 Aug 2006|09:18pm]

antlers2
[ mood | happy ]

Sunset Foods continues to stock Golden Grain. I got another care package from Illinois. :)

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Email from AIPC [28 Jul 2006|02:39pm]

antlers2
[ mood | defeated ]

Thank you for your interest in our products.

Unfortunately, we show no stores in your area that are currently carrying the macaroni and cheese dinners. However, we do offer our products by mail order through the following company:

Premium Products
Toll free number:  1-866-283-1400

Hope this will be of some help.

Sincerely,
Ted Keith
Consumer Affairs
American Italian Pasta Company


I checked it out. Cases only, $24, which works out to $2/box - and then there's the $8.50 shipping charge. I'm better off trying to set up a lifeline to Sunset Foods or just giving up and going with Wal-Mart's Great Value line, which is acceptable (and still better than Kraft, IMHO).

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[28 Jul 2006|12:24am]

xandria201
Annie's White Cheddar shells. My girlfreind bought me a box for my lunches for work.
Anyone ever try them? I am sure they will be tasty, as I have tried Annie's soy meatballs and rings in tomato sauce..horribly addictive!!

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Best housewarming gift ever. [27 Jul 2006|11:26pm]

antlers2
Six boxes of Golden Grain (no longer available here) from someone who got them from Sunset Foods in Libertyville, IL.

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[25 May 2006|04:57pm]

mozbot
Hi, I posted this to trashy_eats and thought, what about here for you mac and cheese lovers.

In the history of the world, there has never been something like this. Oh, shut up. You think that the combination of chocolate and hot milk was awesome. Lick my nuts. This rules so f'n hard.

I live the American Dream.

I give you...the Mac & Chesse-a-dilla.

(brief backstory: this was invented one day while I was driving home from work. I was just driving along, listening to NPR and all of a sudden a vision entered my head. I have been thinking about it ever since. Actually, it was way back in February, and it has been kicking around ever since.)

Now, finally, the components came together. The ingredients were there for my use. I went at it alone, even though everyone I spoke to told me it was too dangerous. Now, here is the amazing result:

Prepare for AwesomenessCollapse )

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Big Lots and the Good Mac and Cheese [15 May 2006|08:27pm]

dawnshadow
Hey!

If you live near a Big Lots, all the ones near me have this wonderful Anne's Mac and Cheese for 99 cents a box. It's the type with creamy cheese inside instead of powder and it's absolutely delicious; better (but normally more expensive) than Kraft's. I've seen it at Wal-Mart, too, but it's over $3 a box there....

Anyway, you might want to stop in and take a look. ^^

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Red Alert! [09 May 2006|11:58am]

antlers2
[ mood | crushed ]

Woodman's (West) no longer carries Golden Grain. I presume the other Woodman's locations are following suit.

Six boxes left...then it's back to the Taste Test archives to find a replacement. Woodman's does have a Shur-Fine Thick & Creamy that I may not have tried. Otherwise it's probably Wal-Mart's house brand. I recall it wasn't bad at all.

I may try writing the American-Italian Pasta Co. to see if they have any other local distributors but I'm not optimistic. Cub Foods quit carrying it about ten years ago.

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Book shopping... [09 Apr 2006|05:50pm]

geekers
[ mood | mmm... mac and cheese ]

I just got back from Barnes and Noble, where I felt obligated to get this book entirely because of its title: Macaroni & Cheese: 52 Recipes from Simple to Sublime (Amazon link to paperback version, but I got the hardcover). If the names of the recipes below intrigue you, I suggest you plop down the $7.89 the next time you're at B&N and test out a few recipes. When I get around to trying some, I'll let you know what I think.

Table of Contents listing of the 52 recipes' namesCollapse )

From inside the book jacket cover:
"Simple and perfect, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Now, for the first time in one collection, dozens of well-known chefs, including Bobby Flay (geekers' side note: Ugh. Flay.), Rocco DiSpirito, Charlie Palmer, David Burke, Matthew Kenney, Katy Sparks, and Rick Bayless, share favorite recipes from both their childhood memories and their award-winning restaurants. There are plentiful incarnations of the classic Mac and Cheese, from chef's home kitchens and from renowned restaurants; international versions, such as Macaroni and Manchego and Farfalle al Quattro Formaggi; contemporary combinations including Penne with Roquefort, Green Chile Mac and Cheese, and Fontina and White Truffle Macaroni. There are recipes for a quick and soothing family dinner or an elegant dinner party with an innovative flair. Simple and straightforward enough for the novice cook, yet creative and sophisticated enough for the experienced chef, this new take on a classic will delight for years to come."

I'm willing to type out and post one of the recipes contained within the book, but if you want the rest, you'll have to go purchase it. If you have any preference regarding which recipe I type out, let me know in the comments. :D Mmm... mac n cheese. :9

Peace,
geek. ^_^

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