Rachael Ray Mac and Cheese Challenge

Okay, Rachael Ray fans. Consider the gauntlet thrown down. Do I ever have a challenge for you (and there's a prize). There is a great contest being held by GoldiLocs over at Knitting Bag Therapy. Now, really, it's more than a contest. It's almost like community service.

GoldiLocs recognizes the importance of food traditions despite not being a real fan of cooking. She wants to encourage her son to eat a healthy diet and therefore is doing her best to avoid processed foods. Her son eats macaroni and cheese almost every day and she can't find a way around that. So, if she's going to give him mac and cheese every day, she wants it to be healthy and not from a box.

The problem is that she can't seem to find a recipe that he'll eat. Here's where the challenge comes in. She tried Rachael Ray's Macaroni and Cheese recipe, but it was rejected because it was thick compared to the Annie's brand he's used to (the kind with powdered cheese). She thinks that "some modification of the recipe would work. Something with a thinner sauce and no nutmeg. That nearly threw him over the edge. " Here are the details on the contest:

The SuperHero Macaroni and Cheese (and Peas) Contest

I am looking for a tasty, healthy, wholesome, thin-sauced, no nutmeg macaroni and cheese recipe that The SuperHero will consume happily. A modification of Rachael Ray's recipe could work. I think it was close. The contest will run from May 18, 2007 to July 20. 2007. The winner will be announced and notified on July 27, 2007. I will try recipes throughout the summer and post updates on the blog. Yes, for him and him alone will I turn on the stove all summer to find the right macaroni and cheese. He's lucky he's mine. Or maybe he's just lucky I'm crazy (about him, that's for sure, and maybe in general).

The winner will receive Rachael Ray's Classic 30-Minute Meals: The All Occasion Cookbook, retail value of $13.57 on Amazon.com. So worth it to me. If only you knew how much money I've wasted on pasta, cheese, milk, and butter in recent weeks. Not to mention my nerves. MY NERVES. They are frayed, I tell you. Help me.

I have no doubt that many of you can come up with a great idea for her little guy. Make it happen, people!


  1. Here's what I do: Make base with butter and flour, add warmed milk, stir until thickened. Add shredded monterey jack and colby cheese, cheddar okay too, add what you have that you like, but colby should be in there. Stir, add more milk if needed, stir in cooked elbow macaroni and done! Great and like box kind but better.
    Joani T

  2. Joani - make sure you enter that in the competition!


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