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Aug 3, 2012 08:53 AM

Kraft Dinner (blue box)

I read a book by Jane and Michael Stearn (of Road Food and Splendid Table) that was discussing Kraft Mac N Cheese Dinner.

They said to use 1/3 cup butter (instead of 1/4) and only a few TBs of milk and to steal an envelope of cheese sauce mix from another package and use DOUBLE.

On list of must tries.

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  1. I'd try that, although I love the stuff as is.

    1. Apparently you don't have to steal an envelope from another packet. Or even buy the blue box. Cheese powder available in bulk. Use your own noodles!

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        1. re: Leepa

          MIL gave me a packet (a large packet) of cheese dust years ago.
          I (like many others) had no idea of what to do with it because as far as I was concerned they may be full of words I can't pronounce.

        2. I don't do the double packet, but I always use less butter and milk than called for. Usually about 2 tbsp butter and 2-3 tbsp milk. I also like to let it cool to room temperature, then nuke it for 30 seconds.

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          1. re: mpjmph

            I use more milk and less butter. Makes me feel a little virtuous to cut down on the fat and up on the calcium. Good chance I'm fooling myself.

          2. If Jane and Michael say to do it, I'll do it! Those guys are as reliable as Julia was, I'll swear. I still cook several favorite dishes from "Square Meals" thirty years after I got it.

            Blue-box mac'n'cheese, or Kraft Dinner as it was then called, was one of Mom's best friends when I was growing up. She did an awfully good bechamel-cheese sauce version from scratch, but the stuff in the box was her quick-meal standby, and when we got older it was one of the first things we learned to cook by ourselves. It helped that it was just 25¢ a box, or often 20¢ on sale. I really like it with either hot dogs or link breakfast sausages cut up in it.

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Will, "Square Meals" is where I saw this. In the Nursery Food section. They talk about when there was a rumor that Kraft was discontinuing Kraft (regular) Dinner and going with only "Deluxe" (a travesty)

              They bought cases and cases of the blue boxes just in case, but it was only a rumor as it turned out.

              1. re: laliz

                One of my ALLTIME favorite reads/cookbooks. Awesome. I adore the Sterns.

                1. re: mamachef

                  I'm still trying to get up enough gumption to do the pea salad with Miracle Whip. There are obviously limits to my devotion …

                  1. re: Will Owen

                    Ya know Will, if the peas are of good quality and the cubed cheddar is nice and sharp, that's some pretty tasty business there! C'mon: if you don't like it, I'm sure you can palm it off on the neighbors. (Add a few sliced green onions tops, too.)

                    1. re: mamachef

                      The deal-breaker there is the Sterns' insistence that you MUST use Miracle Whip. That would require me to have a jar of it in my house, which is never going to happen.

                      1. re: Will Owen

                        Ya know what, I didn't even think about that and I know full well your aversion to La Whip. Try using best-quality mayo, and add a tsp/two of sugar. You'll be glad ya did!

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          Nobody's going to be watching, you can use Kewpie or whatever one you want, Will

                2. re: Will Owen

                  Will Owen wrote:"I really like it with either hot dogs or link breakfast sausages cut up in it."

                  Yah, or crispy bacon. Or kielbasa.

                3. I always use half the butter and no milk. Never had it until college . Deprived childhood that mom only served home made. How could she! :>) I still get a craving for the blue box now and then.

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                  1. re: Island

                    I also use less butter & milk, & add a bit of Sargento 4 cheese Mexican blend, & smoked paprika...