Memories of special meals prepared by loving family members evoke powerful emotions in all of us. These favorite dishes, commonly known as "comfort food", remind us of times and places in our past that generate feelings of safety, warmth and joy. Experience those feelings again with recipes from my book: "A Taste of Memories: Comforting Foods From Our Past".
Thomas Jefferson served Macaroni and Cheese at the White House in 1802. One of the first published recipes, from Jefferson’s cousin, Mary Randolph, appeared in “The Virginia Housewife” in 1824. Since that time this delicious and satisfying dish has been a comfort food favorite, becoming even more popular after Kraft Foods introduced the “Kraft Dinner” (macaroni and cheese mix in a box) in 1937.
There are hundreds of versions of this tasty combination, ranging from a simple layering of cooked macaroni and shredded cheese to a cheese sauce that is poured over cooked macaroni and baked. The recipe below is a classic version.
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. In a medium saucepan, melt butter and cook onion until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Gradually add milk and cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in 1-1/2 cups cheese until melted. Stir in macaroni and pour mixture into a greased 1-1/2 quart baking dish; top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes until golden brown. Makes 6 servings.