The ultimate comfort food, macaroni and cheese is also the salvation of many a mom
placating a finicky toddler.
Nothing particularly American about pasta and cheese — except for the fact that on a
European trip, Thomas Jefferson liked a certain noodle dish so much he took notes and
had it served back home at a state dinner as “macaroni pie.”
Jefferson’s cousin Mary Randolph included a recipe for “macaroni and cheese” in her
1824 cookbook “The Virginia Housewife.”
So whether you’re eating a gourmet version by one of the countless chefs who’ve put
their own spin on it, or just digging like a desperado in the pantry for that box of Kraft,
give mac and cheese its patriotic props.