One of America’s Favorites – Macaroni and Cheese

October 5, 2020 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Macaroni and cheese

Macaroni and cheese—also called mac ‘n’ cheese in the US, macaroni cheese in the United Kingdom—is a dish of cooked macaroni pasta and a cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar. It can also incorporate other ingredients, such as breadcrumbs, meat and vegetables.

Traditional macaroni and cheese is a casserole baked in the oven; however, it may be prepared in a sauce pan on top of the stove or using a packaged mix. The cheese is often first incorporated into a Béchamel sauce to create a Mornay sauce, which is then added to the pasta. In the United States, it is considered a comfort food.

US History of Mac and Cheese
The US president Thomas Jefferson and James Hemings, his chef and slave, encountered macaroni in Paris and brought the recipe back to Monticello. Jefferson drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned the US ambassador to France William Short to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both macaroni and Parmesan cheese for his use at Monticello. In 1802, Jefferson served “a pie called macaroni” at a state dinner. The menu of the dinner was reported by Reverend Manasseh Cutler, who apparently was not fond of the cheesy macaroni casserole. Nevertheless, since that time, baked macaroni and cheese has remained popular in the United States.

Baked macaroni and cheese

A recipe called “macaroni and cheese” appeared in the 1824 cookbook The Virginia Housewife written by Mary Randolph. Randolph’s recipe had three ingredients: macaroni, cheese, and butter, layered together and baked in a hot oven. The cookbook was the most influential cookbook of the 19th century, according to culinary historian Karen Hess. Similar recipes for macaroni and cheese occur in the 1852 Hand-book of Useful Arts, and the 1861 Godey’s Lady’s Book. By the mid-1880s, cookbooks as far west as Kansas and Festus, Missouri, included recipes for macaroni and cheese casseroles. Factory production of the main ingredients made the dish affordable, and recipes made it accessible, but not notably popular. As it became accessible to a broader section of society, macaroni and cheese lost its upper class appeal.

Pasta other than macaroni are often used: almost any short-cut extruded pasta and many of the decorative cut pasta will do, particularly those with folds and pockets to hold the cheese. The dish may still be referred to as “macaroni and cheese” when made with a different pasta; while “shells and cheese” is sometimes used when it is made with Conchiglie.

While Cheddar cheese is most commonly used for macaroni and cheese, other cheeses may also be used — usually sharp in flavor — and two or more cheeses can be combined. Popular recipes include using Gruyere, Gouda, Havarti, and Parmesan cheese.

Macaroni and cheese can be made by simply layering slices of cheese and pasta (often with butter and/or evaporated milk) then baking in a casserole, rather than preparing as a cheese sauce. Also, some like to include a crunchy topping to their baked macaroni and cheese by topping it off with bread crumbs or crushed crackers, which also keeps the noodles on top from drying out when baking.

One novelty presentation is deep-fried macaroni and cheese found at fairs and food carts. In Scotland, macaroni and cheese can often be found incorporated into a pastry shell, known as a

Macaroni and cheese pizza

macaroni pie. Macaroni and cheese pizza can be found in some American restaurants, such as Cicis.

A similar traditional dish in Switzerland is called Älplermagronen (Alpine herder’s macaroni), which is also available in boxed versions. Älplermagronen are made of macaroni, cream, cheese, roasted onions, and in some recipes, potatoes. In the Canton of Uri, the potatoes are traditionally omitted, and in some regions, bacon or ham is added. The cheese is often Emmental cheese or Appenzeller cheese. It is usually accompanied by apple sauce.

Extra ingredients sometimes incorporated include bacon, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions, leeks, dried herbs, Tabasco sauce, sautéed mushrooms, ham, ground beef, sliced hot dogs, Spam, lobster, canned tuna or salmon, peas and broccoli.

Packaged macaroni and cheese is available in frozen form or as boxed ingredients for simplified preparation. Boston Market, Michelina’s, Kraft, and Stouffer’s are some of the more recognizable brands of prepared and frozen macaroni and cheese available in the United States. “Macaroni and cheese loaf”, a deli meat which contains both macaroni and processed cheese bits, can be found in some stores.

A variety of packaged mixes which are prepared in a sauce pan on the stove or in a microwave oven are available. They are usually modeled on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (known as Kraft Dinner in Canada), which was introduced in 1937 with the slogan “make a meal for four in nine minutes.” It was an immediate success in the US and Canada amidst the economic hardships of the Depression. During the Second World War, rationing led to increased popularity for the product which could be obtained two boxes for one food rationing stamp. The 1953 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook includes a recipe using Velveeta, which had been reformulated in that year. The boxed Kraft product is popular in Canada, where it is the most-purchased grocery item in the country.

Boxed mixes consist of uncooked pasta and either a liquid cheese sauce (often labeled “deluxe”) or powdered ingredients to prepare it. The powdered cheese sauce is mixed with either milk or

A plate of pre-packaged Kraft macaroni and cheese, served with tomato and sausage

water, and margarine, butter, or olive oil and added to the cooked pasta. Some mixes prepared in a microwave cook the pasta in the sauce.

Another popular variant is jarred macaroni cheese sauce, which is especially popular in the UK and US, available under the Dolmio and Ragú brands, among others. The pasta is purchased and prepared separately, then mixed with the heated cheese sauce.

Powdered cheese sauce, very similar to what is found inside a box of macaroni and cheese mix, is also sold without the pasta. This product is produced by several companies, most notably Bisto, Cabot, Annie’s and Kraft.

A number of different products on the market use this basic formulation with minor variations in ingredients.

Although high in carbohydrates, calories, fat, and salt, macaroni and cheese is a source of protein and certain variations of the dish can decrease the negative health aspects.

 

 

Healthy Macaroni Recipes

February 20, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatngWell website and Magazine its Healthy Macaroni Recipes. Delicious and Healthy Macaroni Recipes with recipes including Sloppy Joe Casserole, Skillet Chili Mac, and Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese. Comfort Food Classics! Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Macaroni Recipes
Find healthy, delicious macaroni recipes including mac & cheese and macaroni salad. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Sloppy Joe Casserole
Like sloppy Joes? Then you’ll love this sloppy Joe casserole recipe. This kid-friendly dinner has the classic sloppy Joe flavors kids love, while parents will like all the veggies that are packed in to make it a healthy meal………………………………..

Skillet Chili Mac
Poblanos add a kick of heat to this chili mac recipe. If that’s not your thing, swap in green bell peppers to tone down the heat in this easy pasta dish, which mashes up mac and cheese and chili into a seriously satisfying skillet dinner……………………………..

Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
The more cheese the merrier in this baked macaroni recipe, which also features butternut squash and whole-grain pasta……………………………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Macaroni Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19256/ingredients/pasta-noodle/pasta-by-shape/macaroni/

Healthy Pasta Recipes for People with Diabetes

March 8, 2016 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website it’s Healthy Pasta Recipes for People with Diabetes. Enjoy delicious and Diabetic Friendly Pasta Dishes including; Spaghetti, Lasagna, and Linguine Dishes. Find it all on the SDiabetic Living Online website. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 

 

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Yes, people with diabetes can eat pasta! From lasagna to linguine, our tasty pasta recipes will fill you up without weighing you down with extra carbs or calories. Enjoy a yummy, diabetic pasta dinner tonight!

 

 

Scallop and Asparagus Alfredo

Even when coated with a classic-style Alfredo sauce, this pasta recipe has a fraction of the calories and fat found in most restaurant sauces, yet it keeps the creamy satisfaction you love and expect……

 
Veggies, Turkey & Pasta

This slow-cooked pasta topper makes dinner easy. Throw the low-fat turkey tenderloin and veggies into the slow cooker for the day, and make the pasta you prefer. When you’re ready for dinner, combine and enjoy…..

 
Four-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

Mozzarella, sharp cheddar, Muenster, and garlic-and-herb cheeses combine for the ultimate cheesy comfort-food combination. What makes it hearty and healthy? Don’t tell, but we’ve added butternut squash!……

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Pasta Recipes for People with Diabetes

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/main-dishes/healthy-pasta-recipes-people-diabetes

Our Favorite Fall Recipes

October 23, 2015 at 5:04 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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All your Fall favorite recipes made healthy! From the Diabetic Living Online website it’s Our Favorite Fall Recipes. Pizza, Chili, and more can be found here. Delicious, Diabetic Friendly, and Healthy recipes all from Diabetic Living Online. For all your Diabetic Friendly recipes just check it out! http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
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Fall is perfect for spending a little more time in the heart of the home — the kitchen –surrounded by friends and family. Here we feature our fall-issue recipes, including pizza, mac and cheese, and chili, plus dazzling birthday cakes and so much more to share with your loved ones. Enjoy!

 

 

Pork Stew with Amaranth Biscuit Topper

This hearty meal features amaranth biscuits as the topping for savory pork stew. Loaded with nutrients, this cozy dish will warm you up on a cool fall evening…..

 
Thin-Crust Pepperoni and Vegetable Pizza

There’s nothing better than joining your family for homemade pizza after a long, busy week. We’ve cut the work — and the calories and carbs — by substituting whole wheat tortillas for the crust, leaving more time for board games and movies!….

 
Four-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

Butternut squash is the secret ingredient in this satisfying makeover of a comfort-food favorite. Lower in calories and fat, this guilt-free treat features four delicious, bubbling cheeses for a calcium boost your family will love……

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the “Our Favorite Fall Recipes”

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/our-favorite-fall-recipes

21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy

October 17, 2013 at 8:37 AM | Posted in Eating Well | 2 Comments
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Fall is in full swing and from the Eating Well web site its 21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy! I’ve left the link at the bottom of the page. While there check out all the tips and recipes to eat healthier.

Eating Well
21 Fall Casseroles Made Healthy
Warm and gooey casseroles are an ultimate fall comfort food. But classic recipes are often loaded with high-fat, high-sodium ingredients like cream-of-something soups. Our healthy casseroles are packed with yummy vegetables and lean protein. Don’t miss our Creamy Hamburger Noodle Casserole or Quinoa & Butternut Squash Casserole and more!
From Shepherd’s Pie to Baked Mac and Cheese, easy casserole recipes for fall.
Casseroles are the perfect option for a healthy dinner you can make-ahead or serve the next day as leftovers. Our healthy casserole recipes for fall, including mac and cheese recipes, chicken casserole recipes, gratin recipes and more fall casseroles, are satisfying dinners full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables and flavorful sauces.

 

 
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pies
These mini vegetarian shepherd’s pies feature lentils, carrot and corn, crowned with a velvety mashed potato topping. The recipe can also be made in a broiler-safe casserole dish. Serve with a spinach salad with oranges, walnuts and red-wine vinaigrette…..

 
Baked Mac & Cheese
Mac & cheese can be a true comfort on a gloomy day, and our healthy update takes advantage of extra-sharp Cheddar balanced with creamy low-fat cottage cheese and tucks a layer of spinach into the middle, which may help picky eaters down their vegetables. Whole-wheat pasta adds robust flavor and extra fiber…..

 
* See all 21 Healthy Fall recipes by clicking the link below

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/healthy_casserole_recipes_for_fall?sssdmh=dm17.696324&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw100813

Seasoned Fried Haddock Sandwich w/ Mac and Cheese

October 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Bob Evan's, fish, pasta, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Fried Haddock Sandwich w/ Mac and Cheese

 

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It was mostly cloudy and about 73 out today, still waiting for this cold front to move through and drop the temperature. I love weather in the 50’s and 60’s. Not a lot going on, went to the bank and a couple of errands and that was it for the day. For dinner Seasoned Fried Haddock Sandwich w/ Mac and Cheese.

 

 
I had a couple of small pieces of Haddock leftover from dinner the other night so I had that to make my Fish Sandwich with. To prepare I rinsed the Haddock pieces in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. I then seasoned them with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I then pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. I served them on a Aunt Millie’s Light Whole Grain Sandwich Bun. Love that Haddock!

 

 
For a side to go with my Fish Sandwich I heated up the other cup of the Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and you have your Mac and Cheese. Had this for the first time just the other day and plan to keep this handy in the fridge! Very good and easily fixed Mac and Cheese. For dessert later to night, it’s all fruit, 1/2 a Banana and a couple of slices of a Honey Crisp Apple.

 

 

Bob evans Mac

Bob Evans Macaroni & Cheese Tasteful Sides Singles:

* Farm-fresh goodness
* Made with real cheddar cheese
* Microwavable
* Ready to heat and eat
* 2 single servings

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 170 G
Servings Per Container 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 G 16
Saturated Fat 5 G
24
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 25 Mg 8
Sodium 810 Mg 34
Total Carbohydrate 22 G 7
Dietary Fiber 1 G
6
Sugars 3 G
Protein 10 G

Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese and French Bread

October 12, 2013 at 5:35 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, fish | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese and French Bread

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Beautiful outside and spent most of it at a local County Park, Winton Woods. It’s located in the neighboring County, Hamilton County. It’s the largest County Park around. A good size lake and some beautiful scenery. Another 2 or 3 weeks and the leaves will have turned colors and it will be a gorgeous site. For dinner I prepared a Seasoned Fried Haddock w/ Macaroni and Cheese and French Bread.

 

 

Love that Haddock that I’ve been buying from our local Kroger Seafood Department. To prepare it I rinsed the fillet in cold water and patted dry with a paper towel. Then sliced the fillet into four pieces. I then seasoned it with just a bit of Sea Salt and put the pieces in a Hefty Zip Plastic Bag where I then added Zatarain’s Lemon Pepper Breading Mix. Shook until all the pieces were well coated. I then pan fried them in Canola Oil, frying them about 3 minutes per side until golden brown. Delicious! Haddock and Zatarain’s is a perfect combo!

 

 

I had been craving some Macaroni and Cheese for some time now. So for a side I heated up an individual cup of Bob Evan’s Macaroni and Cheese. Just microwave for 1 1/2 minutes and you have your Mac. First time I tried the Bob Evan’s Mac and Cheese and was very pleased with it. Excellent Cheesy flavor and the Pasta was spot on, Good job there Bob! I baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread also. For dessert/snack tonight some Cheese and Crackers! Bought some Boar’s Head Colby Longhorn Cheese, at Jungle Jim’s Market, and served it on some Ritz Whole Grain Crackers. My favorite pair of sweat pants, t-shirt, remote, and in my favorite chair, it’s going to be a good night!

 

 

 

 

Bob evans Mac

Bob Evans Macaroni & Cheese Tasteful Sides Singles:

* Farm-fresh goodness
* Made with real cheddar cheese
* Microwaveable
* Ready to heat and eat
* 2 single servings

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 170 G
Servings Per Container 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10 G 16
Saturated Fat 5 G
24
Trans Fat 0 G
Cholesterol 25 Mg 8
Sodium 810 Mg 34
Total Carbohydrate 22 G 7
Dietary Fiber 1 G
6
Sugars 3 G
Protein 10 G

Baked Haddock w/ Green Beans, (Shells) Mac and Cheese, and…

January 25, 2013 at 6:39 PM | Posted in baking, fish, greenbeans, Velveeta/Kraft Dinners | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Baked Haddock w/ Green Beans, (Shells) Mac and Cheese, and Whole Grain BreadBaked Haddock 004
They nailed the weather again! Cold and windy and got about an 1″ of snow. Possible 40 degrees coming up though so it won’t last long. Tried a new halibut recipe for dinner tonight, it’s a Baked Halibut one. For dinner tonight I prepared Baked Haddock w/ Green Beans, (Shells) Mac and Cheese, and Whole Grain Bread.

 

To prepare the Haddock I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. For my seasoning I combined 1 cup Italian Breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp melted Butter (Blue Bonett Light Stick Butter), 1 teaspoons Parsley or Parsley Flakes, 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder, and 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt. Placed the fillets in 11×7 in. baking pan and sprinkled the combined ingredients over the fish. Baked for 25 minutes, until the fish was fork flakey. I like this recipe! The Haddock comes out moist and well seasoned. Haddock is good any way you prepare it, it always taste fresh.

 

Then for sides I prepared a single serving of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and I also microwaved a single serving of Velveeta/Kraft Shells & Cheese (made with 2% milk). For Bread I used Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Later tonight for dessert a 4 Slice Package of Dole Banana Dippers (Covered in Dark Chocolate).
Baked Halibut

Ingredients
2 Haddock Fillets
1/2 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp melted Butter
1 teaspoons Parsley
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
Directions
Place fillets in 11×7 in.
baking pan.
Combine all other ingredients and sprinkle over fish.
Bake at 350* for 25 minutes.

Velveeta Shells and Cheese – 2% Milk Cheese

Shells and Cheese – 2% Milk Cheese. Microwaveable shell pasta and cheese sauce. Made with 2% milk cheese; 1/2 the fat of regular microwaveable shell and cheese. Ready in 3-1/2 minutes. Fat per serving: Regular Microwaveable Shells and Cheese: 8 g.
Nutrition Facts
Calories in Velveeta Shells and Cheese

Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360.0
Total Fat 12.0 g
Saturated Fat 4.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 20.0 mg
Sodium 940.0 mg
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 49.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 13.0 g

Fried Ocean Perch w/ Green Beans, Mac &Cheese, and Whole Grain Bread

August 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, fish, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, Velveeta/Kraft Dinners | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Fried Ocean Perch w/ Green Beans, Mac &Cheese, and Whole Grain Bread

 

 

I had a couple of small fillets of Ocean Perch in the freezer so I decided to have that as Dinner. I rinsed the fillets with water and patted them dry. Seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper and I then rolled them in Italian Style Bread Crumbs. I fried them in a cast iron skillet in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 4 minutes per side. The perch came out a beautiful golden brown! You have to love fish, low in calories and carbs and always a filling and tasty dinner.

 

For sides I heated a single serving of Del Monte Cut Green Beans, microwaved a single serve of Velveeta 2% Cheese and Shells, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. I ate light all day so for a dessert/snack later my Mom’s been wanting some Nachos so that’s what I’ll be preparing. I use Tostito’s Whole Grain Scoops for the chips, 1 can Campbells Firehouse Chili w/ Beans, 1 small can of Sliced Black Olives, sliced Jalapenos, and Kraft 2% Pizza Cheese. Just layer in a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees until the chips are warmed and cheese is melted.

Cheese of the Week – Gouda

July 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM | Posted in cheese, Food | Leave a comment
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Named after the Dutch town of Gouda, just outside Rotterdam. It accounts for more than 60% of the cheese produced in Holland and it has a very long history. Gouda is a traditional, creamery, hard cheese. It is round with very smooth, yellow, waxed rind. The flavor is sweet and fruity. As time passes, the taste intensifies and becomes more complex. Mature Gouda (18 months plus) is coated in black wax which provides a stark contrast to the deep yellow interior. Gouda is considered to be one of the world’s great cheeses. It is both a table cheese and a dessert cheese, excellent with fruit and wine. Gouda is now made globally in a style similar to the creation of Edam.
Country: Holland
Milk: cow milk
Texture: semi-hard
Fat content: 40 %
Gouda  is an orange cheese made from cow’s milk. The cheese is named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands, but its name is not protected. However, the European Commission has confirmed that “Gouda Holland” is to be protected (although “Gouda” itself is not). Cheese under the name of Gouda is currently made and sold all around the world.
The cheese is from cultured milk that is heated until the curds separate from the whey. Some of the whey is then drained, and water is added. This is called “washing the curd”, and creates a sweeter cheese, as the washing removes some of the lactic acid. About ten percent of the mixture are curds, which are pressed into circular moulds for several hours. These moulds are the essential reason behind its traditional, characteristic shape. The cheese is then soaked in a brine solution, which gives the cheese and its rind a distinctive taste. The cheese is dried for a few days before being coated to prevent it from drying out, then it is aged. Depending on age classification, it can be aged a number of weeks to over seven years before it is ready to be eaten. As it ages, it develops a caramel sweetness and sometimes has a slight crunchiness from salt-like calcium lactate or tyrosine crystals that form in older cheeses. After 24 months of aging, sodium chloride crystals start to form around the outside casing of the cheese. These crystals are usually removed with a soft cloth.
The term “Gouda” is now a universal name, and not restricted to cheese of Dutch origin. The term “Noord-Hollandse Gouda” is

Gouda at a cheese market

registered in the EU as a Protected Geographical Status. The cheese itself was originally developed in Gouda which is in the Dutch province South Holland. The main distributor during this period of time was Pieter’s Kaas (Owned by Dutch priest Peter Haase)

Within the Netherlands, the cheeses vary based on age and additional ingredients. From young to old, these are: “Graskaas”, “Jong”, “Jong belegen”, “Belegen”, “Extra belegen”, “Oud” and “Overjarig”. Younger cheeses are creamier while older cheeses are harder and saltier.
Stinging nettle cheese, or “Brandnetelkaas”, is a type of gouda that contains stinging nettles (Urtica dioica). The small, green particles give the cheese a distinct flavour and appearance. Another variety of gouda contains small pieces of red capsicum, imparting a mildly spicy flavor.
Gouda is exported in two varieties: Young Gouda cheese, aged between 1 and 6 months, is a rich yellow in color and with a red or yellow paraffin wax coating. This cheese is easily sliced with a cheese slicer. Older Gouda cheese has a pungent underlying bitterness, yet is considerably creamier; it sometimes is discernible by a black paraffin wax coating. This strong-tasting cheese is hard and often brittle.
Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese
INGREDIENTS:
1 (16 ounce) package whole wheat pasta
2 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paparika
4 ounces smoked Gouda cheese,
shredded
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10 inch casserole dish.
2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook until a roux forms. Stir in the milk, salt and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is smooth and thick and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and stir in cheese.
4. Combine cooked pasta and cheese sauce; transfer to prepared dish.
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