Happy National Mac & Cheese day! I'd like to be honest for a minute and say I am writing this after midnight, pretty disappointed in my Daily Doodle and also for not giving myself the solid hour+ I know I need to complete my commitment. That being said, it's mac and cheese, so let's focus on the good!
The exact origin of macaroni and cheese is unknown, though it most likely hails from Northern Europe, with the earliest known recorded recipe being recorded in 1769. The staple we know today made its way to the United States courtesy of Thomas Jefferson, who became enamored of fashionable pasta dishes served in France while he was visiting. He brought back noodle recipes and a pasta machine. As president, he served macaroni and cheese at an 1802 state dinner.
Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937, when America was in the throes of the Great Depression. The product could serve four people for 19 cents. 8 million boxes of the quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese sold in the first year. With rationing in effect during World War II, the boxed mix continued to gain in popularity; staples such as fresh meat and dairy were in short supply. It's known in Canada simply as the Kraft Dinner.
I'm all for homemade, oven-baked, and even this super tasty Vegan Mac & Cheese recipe a friend gave me, but at the end of the day, it's tough to be a good ol' blue box Kraft Mac & Cheese. What do you think?