The Great Debate

For years my husband has been calling me a “crackpot.”

I hate to admit it but among his various reasons for this some might have an element of truth to them.  There is one topic though which I refuse to admit to the “crackpottedness” of my ways, Macaroni and Cheese.  I am a firm believer that regular Macaroni and Cheese is disgusting. It is slimy, watery and in general something that should only be fed to small children (I make them eat all the food I don’t like, but that’s a different story) Spiral Mac and Cheese is totally different. Spiral Macaroni and Cheese is something that pregnant woman’s cravings are made of, it’s more robust, with very little slime and tons of cheesy goodness crammed in all the ridges.

I love Spiral Macaroni and Cheese.

I hate all other shapes, I will not eat them.

John being a man and willing to put almost anything dead in his mouth thinks this makes me a “crackpot”. I feel I just have a more discerning palate. One night as I was unjustly accused of being a “crackpot” for this very reason we conducted a brief phone survey of our friends but than accused each other of only calling people who would agree with us… both were guilty as charged. But now I have a blog, and over in the sidebar there is an intriguing option called “polls” so tonight I thought I’d give it a try.

What do you think?

Are you a “crackpot” too?

Or is John right and I am a “crackpot”?



11 comments on “The Great Debate

  1. John says:

    John’s right. You’re a crackpot. We’re talking about Kraft Mac and cheese not french wines or fine cheese or breakfast sausage (which is clearly a food worth having a poll about).
    But if you want to have a real study about the subject, then I challenge you to this: take the regular and the spiral mac and cheeses and swap the cheese packets. Can’t taste the difference? Yup, that’s because they’re the SAME.

  2. Cara says:

    You are not a crackpot. I may be one though because there are not enough choices for me to vote. Although I dont think I received the label crackpot, for food issues anyway, I have been accused of having strange food likes and dislikes. I dont love Kraft Mac and Cheese but would choose it over several other brands that have disgusting tasting cheese powder. So if the poll is about Kraft brand Mac and Cheese, I would have to vote M&C is M&C. For me it is really a texture issue. I have more of a problem with the home made mac and cheese that uses “processed cheese food product” otherwise known as American Cheese which is not really cheese.

    I do believe though that the spirals offer a different texture and I think it is because the shape of the spiral noodle is not as sturdy and breaks down more than the macaroni noodle during cooking, releasing more starch and making the cheese sauce stick a little better.

    • Jessie says:

      In a poll of cheese, American “cheese” would not make it on the list, I’m with you, it’s not cheese.

      I do love homemade mac and cheese made with actual cheese but sadly this has been a dairy free household since May. So while I’m drooling thinking about making mac and cheese with aged cheddar goat cheese, onions and bread crumbs, with extra cheese on top, brolied in the oven till it gets brown and bubbly…mmmmmm…..who knows when that will happen again…

      I also think your diagnosis of the spirals giving off more starch sounds pretty spot on, it is a much stickier end product, I think that’s why I like it.

      And yes I was talking Kraft brand, I think I had that in the post and accidentally edited it out in my revisions, I’ll go stick it back in!

      • Cara says:

        Ohh! your homemade version sounds so good. I CAN NOT IMAGINE having to have a dairy free house. I am sure it is quite normal, but I would have trouble – I lived on cereal and milk for a while. Although, I did discover Almond Milk this summer and I like it in my coffee. I could probably adjust to that if I had too. I will be thinking of you next time I make something cheesy.

  3. Jenny says:

    Oh my, Jessie! I am laughing and crying so hard I am having a difficult time reading and responding!

    I am not sure how to vote. I only buy generic mac and cheese with elbow noodles because I have picky boys. It has been years since I have eaten Kraft’s M&C. Our M&C has to be cooked for 7 min or less, if longer I might as well feed it to the chickens.

    Now you have got me thinking I have to try the spiral and see what my family thinks.


    • Jessie says:

      I vividly remember once as a kid my dad cooking mac and cheese for us, he overcooked the noodles and it was just all one big soggy mass. Then we got in trouble for not wanting to eat it…

      My Dad has always made really good hash browns. Yup, excellent at hash browns…

  4. denise says:

    Hmmmm. I am with the home made with really good cheese nothing out of a box contingent. Otherwise, when camping and no other choice presents itself, I have been known to eat the Annie’s Organic Peace Pasta & Parmesan. ;P My boys won’t touch any of it.

  5. Cathy says:

    So i had to go back and vote, now that you know i have been reading. I thought it was amazing that someone else in the world thought the same way! I will eat the original kind but only after years of getting used to it but i will never eat any other shape. Spirals do taste different and so much better! As a child I refused to eat anything else. oh, and the only way to make the original kind is to not follow the box directions…it comes out so slimy if you do!

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