Macaroni and Cheese from the Blue Box – A Culinary Confession

macaroni and cheese from blue box with chopped fresh tomatoes
I have done it before.

I have confessed to eating some certain unsavory foods and admitted to engaging in questionable practices that may or may not have to do with “chicken flavored” instant ramen, national chain delivery pizza, and/or boxed cake mixes. However, I am at odds with myself on these issues, partially because I am slightly schizobloggic and mostly because I used the words “confess” and “admit.” It is my firm belief that both of these words, their synonyms, and all adverb, verb, noun and other structuro-grammatical forms of those words as they are used in the context of food should be banned from the foodish lexicon (along with the word “foodie,” but that’s another post).

Confession is the acknowledgment of guilt by a person accused of a crime or disclosure of sin to a priest to obtain absolution. “Confessing” implies that it is a criminal act to re-hydrate neon vegetables and shredded paper that has been chemically enhanced. “Admitting” insinuates that there is some inherent sinfulness to adding water, oil and eggs to a pale pink powder and calling it “baking.” Both words suggest that we regret our actions and thoughts. Is there anything really wrong with these or other practices that, day-to-day, we feel the need to hide but eventually, under the oppressive burden of silent, personal guilt, “confess?”

Why should you have to huddle in the corner of your darkened kitchen late at night when everyone else is asleep just to eat something that might not be considered “foodie” enough? You shouldn’t.

O, mine angels. In food, there is no sin.

(Besides, huddling in the corner of a darkened kitchen by yourself late at night is just weird.)

However, while I am philosophically opposed to the concept, no, the very existence of the words “confess” and “admit,” I am psychologically unable to absolve myself. I was brought up in a pseudo-religious household and I’ll be damned (literally) if an undercurrent of guilt that has been irreversibly programmed into my psyche during childhood isn’t hard to shake, even with three years of blogging-as-cheap-therapy. I should be ashamed. I am guilty. I am to blame. For everything. My parents don’t have a first-born son? It’s my fault for being born a girl. Not married? It’s my fault for being ugly. Ugly? It’s my fault for having bad skin. Bad skin? It’s my fault for not taking better care of it. My parents don’t have a first-born son? It’s my fault for being born a girl. Oh wait, I already said that. Well, it comes up a lot in my life.

And when it comes to food, I can’t help but feel like I engage in foodish behaviors for which the foodish foodie food gods would excommunicate me.

So even though I just dedicated an entire introductory paragraph to how the concept of guilt should be excommunicated from the food world, let this be the first in an irregularly regular series of posts entitled Culinary Confessions wherein we confess whatever happens to be weighing on our stomachs because once you step into the Delicious Confessional, you will be pardoned. And yes, I said “we” because let he who is without blame cast the first stove.

Here goes.

Sometimes, I

*gulp*

Oh, God.

(Shit, I just took the Lord’s name in vain. Fuck, and I swore, too.)

*inhale*

Sometimes I make macaroni cheese from the blue box, and not just macaroni and cheese from the blue box, but macaroni and cheese from a blue box that is not the national, well-known and well-loved brand, but the grocery store’s significantly cheaper brand, and when I make it, I use water instead of milk because I don’t want to spend money on an entire half-gallon of milk just to one-time make cheap grocery store macaroni and cheese, and besides water is basically a transparent version of non-fat milk anyway.

*exhale*

Sometimes.

But I always put hand-chopped fresh tomatoes in it!

Of course, don’t think I am above using chopped fresh tomatoes out of a can if I could find them!

Wait, is that possible? Never mind.

So there you have it.

If you love me, you will confess your convenience food sins too (even if you have to puss out and do it anonymously) so that I won’t be alone when I have to burn in Foodie Hell where Sandra Lee reigns as the Devil Queen with her lesbian she-devil lover, Rachael Ray.

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  • Mike

    I confess… Sometimes I eat the grocery store sushi, and not the decent kind from Bristol Farms, Mitsuwa or Marukai, but the stuff in the refrigerated display at Pavillions that has probably been sitting there all day.

  • sarah j. gim

    michael: i do that. and not just “sometimes.”

    oh god.

    *crumbles into a red-faced heap on the floor*

  • rachel

    Mac & Cheese from the blue box is the only mac & cheese I make. It has something to with being a comfort food from the 80s. I don’t even jazz it up with anything extras – but sometimes my ex would put hot dogs in it :)

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I eat canned soup right out of the can. I don’t even bother to pour it into a bowl and heat it in the microwave.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I eat canned soup right out of the can. I don’t even bother to pour it into a bowl and heat it in the microwave.

  • Anonymous

    I confess…I eat the turkey on wheat sub from the Wal Mart deli here in Vegas, I buy my Mac N Cheese in bulk from Costco and I also still buy freeze pops in the 50 pack bag!

  • sarah j. gim

    rachel: the funny thing is, in the ’80s when i was growing up, my parents never made mac n cheese (it was foreign to us), so i don’t even have nostalgia as an excuse.

    anonymous #1: i do that, too. and i’m proud.

    anonymous #2: you should be spanked. hard.

  • virtualdwight

    Forgive me, Sarah, for I have sinned…
    My confession today is glutenous in nature. I eat white rice with everything– with canned pork and beans, with Spaghetti O’s, with canned ravioli, scrunched-up with a Swanson’s chicken pot pie, with mashed potatoes, with fried chicken, with burgers, with cold pizza, with instant noodles, with…

  • H. C.

    Homecooking, I typically use pre-shredded cheeses and frozen vegetables. I’m lazy and they store well.

    Eating out, I have a love of fried chicken @ boba tea shops. MSG & garlic galore!

    It’s a convenience food sin in the making, but I’m mighty tempted to try a “MayoGlazeCake”.

  • H. C.

    Homecooking, I typically use pre-shredded cheeses and frozen vegetables. I’m lazy and they store well.

    Eating out, I have a love of fried chicken @ boba tea shops. MSG & garlic galore!

    It’s a convenience food sin in the making, but I’m mighty tempted to try a “MayoGlazeCake”.

  • Stephanie

    Campbell’s Cream of Potato Soup. From concentrate. Add half the amount of milk, nuke, enjoy.

    Love it.

    Don’t care.

    I even use it as my ‘secret’ ingredient in stuffing…

  • jkru

    I have a weakness for Hamburger Helper, though my excuse is nostalgia. Also, I buy prewashed, cut mushrooms because when you’re a poor undergrad, most anything “homemade” with mushrooms seems impressive… also, I’m lazy.

  • ChristianZ

    I eat all kinds of food, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Like jkru, some of the kitschy food I eat is spurred on by nostalgia.

  • Maggie’s Farm

    I’m guilty of the blue box moment of weakness too…
    But I add a sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper at the end. Does that make it more foodie acceptable?

    I also love microwave popcorn, the extra butter variety. I eat the whole bag, alone in the dark, watching bad tv.

  • Maggie’s Farm

    I’m guilty of the blue box moment of weakness too…
    But I add a sprinkle of kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper at the end. Does that make it more foodie acceptable?

    I also love microwave popcorn, the extra butter variety. I eat the whole bag, alone in the dark, watching bad tv.

  • the daniel

    I do the mac and cheese as well, but my real shame is that if I’m at home working on a project and can’t tear myself away from my computer, i have a couple of these guys (sometimes with cabbage chopped in): http://noodleson.com/review/2005/09/10/shin-bowl/

    :(

  • Dolores

    Amen, sister. :)

  • SJK

    Two things:
    1. There’s nothing wrong with eating the mac-n-cheese in the blue box or any other convience food. It’s called taking short cuts because we’re either lazy or just don’t care. Personally, I use that powder in a box to make cakes (occasionally).

    2. What’s wrong with huddling in the corner of a darkened kitchen late at night?

  • amanda

    i love revealing my naughty secrets. :-) my two crap fall-back foods are chile-lime shrimp flavored ramen and nasty lean pockets. i seriously don’t even like lean pockets. frankly they make me gag but that’s about as much as i can handle fixing for breakfast.

  • Anonymous

    d-lish: no worries. you are only at the early stages of food sin. mac n’ cheese from a blue box with fresh tomatoes… pre-made sushi from a “normal” market… you are still a rookie. as you turn further to the dark side, you may soon find yourself eating canned chili straight from the unheated can with a side of vienna sausages also from the can.

    and how dare you be a first-born girl… i truly sympathize with your parents… the horror.

  • sarah j. gim

    virtual d: you eat white rice with mashed potatoes? tell me you at least throw a little hot cock on there.

    hc: looooove fried chicken. for a while during b-school, i used to drive thru kfc at least once a week on my way home from class. and yes, i would eat it alone in my kitchen with an accounting textbook.

    stephanie: it’s not a secret anymore!

    jkru: oh, your pre-washed mushrooms have encouraged me to come out with another confession…sometimes i not only BUY the packaged salads, but i totally let myself believe the “triple washed” and don’t wash it. is it sin, or…living dangerously?!?!

    christianz: and where does taco rosa fit on that scale of sublime to ridiculous?

    maggies farm: oh man, i don’t even want to get started on TV. i mean, thank god i don’t have it in my house.

    the daniel: but the cabbage – it’s fresh!

    dolores: :D

    sjk: if you have to ask, well then we shouldn’t tell you

    amanda: but at least you’re going into limbo with the LEAN pockets, and not all the way to hell with HOT pockets.

    and on another note, it frightens me that ramen comes in such exotic, ethnic flavors now.

    anonymous #3: oh no you di-int.

    oh, yes you di-.

    you said VIENNA SAUSAGES.

  • Anonymous

    stove top stuffing. i could eat multiple batches of that stuff.

    george

  • sarah j. gim

    george: you and my sister would get along at the thanksgiving table. come november, she gets that look in her eye and i know…i make an awesome awesome stuffing from scratch, and have to make one little box of stove top just for her.

    anonymous #3: ha.

    ha ha.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    i totally forgot about the little twisty key!

  • Anonymous

    can’t forget the twisty key… and then making sure that you twisted the can so that the metal that was peeling off was perfectly wound up around the key.

    cheers.

    also waiting to see if you don’t post boule like…. ikko. hahaha. also another sushi suggestion down in the oc is a joint called sushi murasaki near south coast. heard it was decent.

  • Anonymous

    “sometimes i not only BUY the packaged salads, but i totally let myself believe the ‘triple washed’ and don’t wash it”

    Stop the Madness!!!

  • Ima Wurdibitsch

    Not only do I frequently buy the packaged salad mixes and not wash them… that’s not the worst of it.

    I prefer canned green beans to frozen or fresh and will eat them right out of the can.

  • al

    Spam fried to a crisp dipped in ketchup and Sriracha. With rice.

  • Anonymous

    “S_R_I_R_A_C_H_A” = Crash Air / Car Hairs / Arc Hairs / Cars Hair / Scar Hair

    I never tip @ SBucks, Peets, Coffee Bean.

    VirtualDwight

  • Jennifer Eno

    There have been occasions — and I wasn’t even THAT desperate — when I have grabbed the blue box and augmented the powder and liquid mixture with whatever cheese or cheesy byproduct I have on hand. This can include combinations of … parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese (the more thrown in at once the better) and topped off with a dash of that hot hussy Cholula or Sir Acha.

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #3: i will finish boule, and definitely before i finish ikko. there is a back story to ikko about which i have not yet decided to make part of the post ;)

    anonymous #4: and i use bottled dressing on it.

    and pepperidge farm croutons.

    someone stop me!

    ima wurdibitsch: i tried to use frozen green beans in that green bean casserole at thanksgiving (oh god, did i just admit out loud that we have actually eat that stuff?!?!) one year and my sisters got mad at me. they wanted the canned ones.

    al: fried spam, like in the pan or…battered and DEEP FRIED!??

    virtual d: you’re horrible.

    jeno: i LOOOOOVE cholula, but i love it even more that you call it “hot hussy”

  • Sara

    Okay, this is really bad.

    I (sometimes) make casseroles and pasta dishes with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. And yes, the kind with 4000 mg of sodium per spoon.

    (runs from the room crying)

  • Sara

    Okay, this is really bad.

    I (sometimes) make casseroles and pasta dishes with Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. And yes, the kind with 4000 mg of sodium per spoon.

    (runs from the room crying)

  • Anonymous

    grilled cheese: wonder bread and processed american cheese. Culinarily shameful…but delicious. my boyfriend likes frozen waffles unthawed and untoasted…not too interested in trying that one.

  • Anonymous

    grilled cheese: wonder bread and processed american cheese. Culinarily shameful…but delicious. my boyfriend likes frozen waffles unthawed and untoasted…not too interested in trying that one.

  • Kate

    What’s wrong with boxed macaroni and cheese? Nothing! I’ve made that for years, and often it’s the generic version on sale, extra butter and milk. Lots of ground pepper, and, the only sin is that I sometimes add cut up hot dogs to it for macaroni cheesie weenies.

    Okay, real sins:

    I like the spreadable butter in a tub (that has canola oil to make it spready) and I love this on saltine crackers. There is no excuse for this whatever.

    We are supposed to wash the bagged salads…? OH. Ok. If you say so.

    Stove Top Stuffing is excellent in cassaroles, and, when allowed to get firm enough to slice for a turkey, mayo, cranberry, and stuffing sandwich on a store bought roll.

    When I really and truly want the junkiest of junk food, I buy Oscar Mayer Bologna and white bread. I fry the bologna until its practically black and hard, slap it on the white bread, and eat. No butter or other condiments. If I’m really in a big ass hurry, I’ll just make toast and put the bologna on that instead. Tastes the same.

    Now, even with ALL of these sins, I’ve never, ever, considered eating soup right from a can, unheated. One, there are virtually no good canned soups “ready to eat” (casseroles, yes, eating as soup, no) and two, there is nothing in my life so down and out that I’d have to do this.

    And thus, I am saved.

  • Anonymous

    back story on ikko…. hmmmmmm… interesting.

    the real sin with a “green bean casserole” is when you’re having a gathering and someone brings it saying it’s their personal creation… everyone stops, looks at each other and cracks up laughing. yeah, right.

    the other sin might be using too much cheese whiz from back in the day… i don’t know if they still sell it in the canned containers that you dispense much like redi-whip… and the worse part was the dried piece that was left in the spout between uses. d-lish.

  • Anonymous

    canned spinach, with butter, microwaved with a little red wine vinegar. it looks like baby poop, but i love it.

    also, eating kool-aid mix, by licking my finger and sicking it in the powder, then licking it again. i double dip, too.

  • sarah j. gim

    sara: there is nothing, i repeat – NOTHING – wrong with using canned cream of mushroom soup. or at least, i hope there isn’t. i have to use it when i am forced to make green bean casserole at thanksgiving.

    anonymous #5: omg, you should dump him. ;)

    kate: JUST BECAUSE YOU SAID WEENIES, we love you. we do.

    but wait. blackened baloney (don’t try to call it “bologna”) is better than eating canned soup in its purest form, straight from the can?!?!

    anonymous ikko-seeker: of COURSE they still sell it. don’t act like you don’t know that.

    anonymous $6: what is this canned spinach of which you speak? I MUST TRY IT.

  • sarah j. gim

    sara: there is nothing, i repeat – NOTHING – wrong with using canned cream of mushroom soup. or at least, i hope there isn’t. i have to use it when i am forced to make green bean casserole at thanksgiving.

    anonymous #5: omg, you should dump him. ;)

    kate: JUST BECAUSE YOU SAID WEENIES, we love you. we do.

    but wait. blackened baloney (don’t try to call it “bologna”) is better than eating canned soup in its purest form, straight from the can?!?!

    anonymous ikko-seeker: of COURSE they still sell it. don’t act like you don’t know that.

    anonymous $6: what is this canned spinach of which you speak? I MUST TRY IT.

  • Anonymous

    the perfect midnight snack: white bread sandwich, filled with butter and sugar. whole milk on the side. mmmm

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #7: this sandwich reminds me of something an old friend from high school used to eat…

    wonder bread spread with iceberg lettuce, MAYO, and sugar.

    is this normal?

    really?

    HOW IS MAYO AND SUGAR NORMAL?!?!

    (i happen to love iceberg lettuce, though)

  • cmoore

    ahh, I can never escape my ugly passion for cold canned foods, particularly baked beans and spaghetti-o’s. straight from the can, of course. my mouth is watering, shamefully, just thinking about it…

  • Danielle’s Daughter

    Girl, i can do better than that! I make EASY MAC-not even the stove-top blue box, but the insta-packets!

    I make ramen noodles, drain off ALL the water and sprinkle the damp noodles down with the flavor packet and eat em with my fingers. Sometimes i add sesame oil…

    I order spicy tuna roll sushi, then i pull open each individual slice of the roll, scarf the fish off of the nori, peel back the white sushi rice and dump it into one giant pile, discard the soggy seaweed and then pick at the rice by itself. AND i eat the ginger like a SNACK. AND i do all this in public at restaurants.

    What?!

  • Danielle’s Daughter

    Girl, i can do better than that! I make EASY MAC-not even the stove-top blue box, but the insta-packets!

    I make ramen noodles, drain off ALL the water and sprinkle the damp noodles down with the flavor packet and eat em with my fingers. Sometimes i add sesame oil…

    I order spicy tuna roll sushi, then i pull open each individual slice of the roll, scarf the fish off of the nori, peel back the white sushi rice and dump it into one giant pile, discard the soggy seaweed and then pick at the rice by itself. AND i eat the ginger like a SNACK. AND i do all this in public at restaurants.

    What?!

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes my husband and I saute some onions with good ol Corned Beef from that famous red label. We love it when some of it (the edges) get crunchy. Served over rice and a little bit of soy sauce. Yummmmmm!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes my husband and I saute some onions with good ol Corned Beef from that famous red label. We love it when some of it (the edges) get crunchy. Served over rice and a little bit of soy sauce. Yummmmmm!!!

  • sarah j. gim

    cmoore: isn’t it funny how so many people seem to eat canned foods straight from the can?! it’s good thing, actually. the microwave is evil!

    danielle’s daughter: i LOOOOVE your particulars about sushi. i totally used to order sushi, peel off the fish, eat it, and leave the rice on the plate. i think it gave the sushi chefs a heart attack.

    anonymous #8: you should totally throw an egg in there. in college i used to throw canned tuna over white rice with soy sauce, sesame oil, and raw egg. i don’t think i had ever heard of salmonella.

  • Anonymous

    if you breakdown a roll or discard the rice on sushi…. shouldn’t you just order sashimi?

    danielle’s daughter – if the deconstruction is your thing, rock on. if you dislike seaweed, try ordering the roll with a thin, fresh cucumber wrap or an edible soy paper. but you’ll probably still deconstruct it.

    d-lish – white rice with soy and a raw egg… amazing. add some sliced dauk-wan in… even better. what’s salmonella other than something to grow in a petri dish?

  • Laura

    I’ve subsisted for a week on nothing but Jasmine rice and soy sauce.

    I frequently eat Nutella with a spoon out of the jar.

    Oh, and the blue box – blue box + (frozen) peas + canned tuna… can’t beat it.

    • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

      i do the same thing with the rice and soy sauce, but to make it um “healthy,” i make it brown rice. and add chili sambal for “vegetables”

  • adeliciouslife

    If I’m really hungry/lazy or bored, I will make a “lollipop” – big spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar, sometimes sticking some chocolate chips in it for that Reese’s flavor.

    Oh, and I have been known to eat cold tomato sauce straight from the jar, too.

    • http://www.thedeliciouslife.com Sarah J. Gim

      cold tomato sauce straight from the jar???

      you should be punished for not adding pre-grated parm right from the green canister to that ;)

  • adeliciouslife

    If I’m really hungry/lazy or bored, I will make a “lollipop” – big spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar, sometimes sticking some chocolate chips in it for that Reese’s flavor.

    Oh, and I have been known to eat cold tomato sauce straight from the jar, too.

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #9: wait – which anonymous are you?!?!

    i usually DO order sashimi, but then i get too much of the same thing and the pieces are too big. way too much flesh for one bite. ;0

    laura: i think i feel you on the frozen peas! i bet you could just throw them into the hot mac n cheese while still frozen, and they’d just thaw…

    adeliciouslife: i have heard of many peeps eating the peanut butter straight out of the jar, but no one until you with the chocolate chips has been so…innovative! :)

  • Maggie’s Farm

    Favorite college late-night (post-boozing) indulgence:
    Spoonful of peanut butter topped with straight-from-the-can chocolate frosting.
    Like a reese’s cup but better.
    I’ve classed it up occasionally with nutella too.
    mmmmm…

  • Anonymous

    Fried Spam over rice… brings back memories. Yes, I’m Korean, and always remeber our pantry stocked full of them. When living alone it was the easiest quickest thing to make. My Hawaiian friend told me about Spam Musubi. I had to try one, and actually found them very tasty.
    http://www.viamagazine.com/top_stories/articles/hawaiian_food05.asp

  • Anonymous

    Fried Spam over rice… brings back memories. Yes, I’m Korean, and always remeber our pantry stocked full of them. When living alone it was the easiest quickest thing to make. My Hawaiian friend told me about Spam Musubi. I had to try one, and actually found them very tasty.
    http://www.viamagazine.com/top_stories/articles/hawaiian_food05.asp

  • Tarie

    1. LOL!

    2. I love this post.

    3. You’re a great writer. :o)

  • sarah j. gim

    maggie’s farm: frosting out of the can…oh dear. how do i say this?

    will you marry me?

    anonymous #10: was canned meat a korean thing? i swear i thought it was only my krazy korean family in detroit/cincinnati with the pantry full of that stuff. i mean seriously – hormel corned beef hash over rice with goh-chu-jahng!!!

    tarie: thank you, thank you, and thank you!

    and…what? you too good for us? no dirty filthy food secrets to share with us? huh? come on, you know you plop yourself down in front of the tv when sandra lee is on and eat, oh, i don’t know, pop tarts RAW.

    or something ;)

  • Simply

    Normally I’m just a lurker..but this post was too much fun to pass up.

    When I was a kid my family had lots of canned meat BUT we also had sardines. Yes that was for dinner, a can of sardines (with the “tomato juice” in it)no need for a bowl and french bread. That was long ago, I don’t do that anymore >>

    Blue box is fantastic, sometimes the supermarket brands are even better than the Kraft one :d

    What else..oh yes, ramen noodles, uncooked. Just take the bag, smash it up and eat it like popcorn! If you get the spicy kind you can open the packet and shake some heat onto the noodles. ;D

  • Anonymous

    Ramen noodles, cooked and then drain the liquid with shrimp and green onions added…and sometimes a boiled egg. :)

  • sarah j. gim

    simply: i must be a late bloomer. i am going through the “sardines straight from the can” phase now.

    anonymous #11: shrimp? the real kind? that sounds waaaaay too fancy.

  • Maggie’s Farm

    Sarah – we’d have a delicious life together, wouldn’t we?

    Last night we had a frozen food-a-thon. Mozzarella sticks, tater tots, jalapeno poppers, chicken nuggets, and to finish it all off, eggo mini waffle “canapes” topped with frozen berries and cool whip.
    I probably won’t eat for a week, but it was totally worth it.

    Thanks for the blog, it’s my favorite form of procrastination from the drudgery of grad school!

  • Tarie

    *gasp* You mean I’m supposed to do something with the pop tarts before eating them??? Cause I just open the package and start chowing down. Noooooo… !

  • momacncheez

    super lazy chained to my desk neon cheez addict.
    easy mac – just add water and zap it. i have packets in my desk. not only do i eat them for lunch, i even have for it breakfast. i sometimes sprinkle that powdery goodness on microwave popcorn. xtra buttery kind so the cheez will stick. the green parm cheez in a can works just as well.
    nacho cheez doritos and milk – loved that combo since grade school.
    spam yum! as a kid my mom never let me eat that or instant ramen. another ulti-combo i can’t live without!

  • TaraMetBlog

    You’re not alone although I haven’t tried adding tomotoes but usually cut up hot dogs into the mix. When I’m being more fancy i’ll upgrade to Velveta ;)

  • TaraMetBlog

    You’re not alone although I haven’t tried adding tomotoes but usually cut up hot dogs into the mix. When I’m being more fancy i’ll upgrade to Velveta ;)

  • Anonymous

    dear sarah,

    I eat white rice with….
    heinz ketchup

    and it’s DAMN GOOD.

  • sarah j. gim

    maggie’s farm: jalapeno poppers…with regular cheese or cream cheese?

    (like it matters. they’re f**king jalapeno f**king poppers!!!)

    and please tell me you dipped them in ranch dressing.

    tarie: oh, no, don’t worry re: pop tarts right out of the package. i hear the raw diet is quite good for you, actually.

    momacncheez: but if youuse the mac n cheese powder on your popcorn, what do you use for the mac n cheese? you know what you need? THIS

    tarametblog: i love you because velveeta is an “upgrade.”

    anonymous #12: heinz? omg, you are such a brand whore! you snob!

  • sarah j. gim

    maggie’s farm: jalapeno poppers…with regular cheese or cream cheese?

    (like it matters. they’re f**king jalapeno f**king poppers!!!)

    and please tell me you dipped them in ranch dressing.

    tarie: oh, no, don’t worry re: pop tarts right out of the package. i hear the raw diet is quite good for you, actually.

    momacncheez: but if youuse the mac n cheese powder on your popcorn, what do you use for the mac n cheese? you know what you need? THIS

    tarametblog: i love you because velveeta is an “upgrade.”

    anonymous #12: heinz? omg, you are such a brand whore! you snob!

  • Anonymous

    mac n cheese from the blue box with Rotel Original…whew, what a weight off my shoulders

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #13: ROTEL! that’s awesome.

  • Anonymous

    “Foodie Hell where Sandra Lee reigns as the Devil Queen with her lesbian she-devil lover, Rachael Ray”

    Could there really be any hell worse than that?

    Only if it was Giada who was the she-devil lover and Rachael Ray were the court jester with that scary Joker grin.

  • Anonymous

    You use WATER to make mac n cheese from a box?

  • sarah j. gim

    anonymous #14: i am SO sad that i didn’t think of giada in hell. BRILLIANT.

    anonymous #15: are you judging me? why judging, anonymous, why?

  • Curtis

    I stumbled across your blog WHILE I was eating boxed mac and cheese. And not from the blue box, either. “Valu Time” brand- even cheaper than the store’s generic. Sometimes I’ll put chopped bacon or chili powder in.

    How about this for mixing metaphors: hot chocolate made with two packs of Swiss Miss and heated chocolate soy milk?

    White bread (not Wonder- too high class. Wal-Mart brand), beef baloney, and mayo. Nothing else. Sometimes I even leave out the baloney.

    I’ve got a million of ‘em.

  • Anonymous

    anonymous #13 here – pretty tasty, “recipe” from those once upon-a-time stoner days. A couple of scoops of a spaghetti meat sauce (not in the same bowl as the Rotel) with the macaroni can be yummy too – that’s the pregnant lady in me talking.

  • Anonymous

    I’m responding to this very very late, but I just made Mac & Cheese from the famous blue box this morning, and I have no shame! Hehe. I usually garnish it with lemon pepper, shredded parmesan or romano cheese, and toasted walnuts. I don’t eat it all the time but I love it.

    Guilty pleasure? Eating sapporo ichiban ramen uncooked – (I learned this in elementary school) like potato chips… It’s SO bad with all that sodium but for some reason I just have to have it sometimes. I prefer the beef or original flavors. Mmmmm…

    OH! And the Nongshim Kimchee bowl noodles. I save about 1/3 of the soup mix and eat the powder with other chips & stuff later. In college I used to sprinkle the powder on triscuits covered with chive cottage cheese. Sometimes I would eat Kimchee Noodles just so I could use the powder for my crackers. Weird, yeah?

  • sarah j. gim

    Curtis: Oh, the memory you bring back with the mention on Wonder and mayo. My best friend in middle school used to eat sandwiches made of Wonder bread smeared with mayo, sprinkled with sugar, and a leaf of iceberg lettuce.

    GAG.

    anonymous #13: Jarred spaghetti sauce is another little piece of guilt, no matter how you use it.

    anonymous #16: Wait, you have no shame? Why, then, anonymous? ;)

  • teri48xxx

    I am from Hawaii and my family’s food pantry is stock full of spam, vienna sausage, sardines, ramen and cup of noodle.

    Spam musubi is the best. Especially when you fry the spam and add soy sauce and a pinch of brown sugar. Yummmm…

  • Susan

    teri48 ~ I’m born and raised in HI too and yesterday, after working out, I made Sapporo Ichiban’s Miso ramen and ate it w/ a boiled egg and a few slices of Spam! :) Yummy! Yeah sometimes I get cravings for Spam musubi too.

    Hi Sarah! I would have put my name but I thought I had to sign up for an account or something. Hehe. Ok I’m anonymous no more! (I was Anon #13) :)

  • Naomi

    not only do i use the blue box, but i throw fried up SPAM in it as well…oh the horror!

  • Selena

    I stumbled upon your blog when googling frozen french onion soup, and I came across this post somehow, 2 years too late.

    BUT

    I like to eat spoonfuls of hot chocolate mix (the kind with dehydrated marshmallows in it) when craving chocolate and sugar. Mmmmmmmmm
    I’m gonna end up with gestational diabetes.

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