Mac & Cheese: Fork or Spoon?


He Said: Anthony Mattariello

So here we are in a new semester, but the same old newspaper, with the same old He Said, She Said column. However, you may notice that the She Said is now someone different.

Kelsey is pretty new to this so I promise I’ll go easy on her. I mean I already took down one She Said so I don’t want to scare her away too quickly.

Our topic this week is actually something very personal to me and I also find that it’s a pretty debatable, hot topic.

This week’s topic is about macaroni and cheese and what is the best utensil to use to eat it. Before I tell you how, let me give you a little back-story on why this means so much to me.

Macaroni and cheese has been in my life since I was born. Even as a wee baby the gooey deliciousness that is mac N’ cheese made its way into my diet.

I remember thinking that macaroni and cheese was the best invention and was way ahead of its time. Little did I know about the actual history of macaroni and cheese.

It turns out that recipes for macaroni and cheese dates back to the late 13th century. The idea of macaroni and cheese came from Italy.

Back then they used macaroni that was more like pieces of lasagna sheets and used Parmesan cheese.

So really macaroni and cheese was more like lasagna when it was first made. It wasn’t until it came to America that it was changed to what it is today.

When Thomas Jefferson came back from Italy he brought back a macaroni machine and the recipe. His daughter decided to make it with cheddar cheese.

You can only imagine how happy I was as a little Italian kid to realize that one of my favorite meals had some Italian
heritage.

With a newfound appreciation for macaroni and cheese, it’s safe to say that it took over my life. I kid you not, even to this day I have a deep and personal intimacy with every bowl I have.

At this very moment I have about 30 boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese in my pantry. Some might call it a fetish, but I just call it love.

Since I have such a beloved fondness for mac and cheese, over the years I’ve developed the best method for optimal consumption.

Of course, some people like to argue with me but I know I’m right. I’ve used many different methods but I’ve found the most ergonomic way to eat macaroni and cheese.

First off, the bowl is the best thing to eat mac and cheese out of, there’s really no argument here. A bowl just holds your mac and cheese that makes it easy to scoop out.

Finally, the utensil that everyone should use is a spoon. I mean let’s get real, who wants to sit at their table and repeatedly stab at their food until they realize that only two macaroni can actually fit on their fork?

The spoon allows me to scoop up mountains full of mac and cheese so I can shove as much into my mouth as possible until I O.D. on some cheesy goodness.

This is how I leave you. If you enjoy being a loser who uses a fork to eat mac and cheese then be my guest, but I’m sitting at the cool kids table with a fat spoon in my mouth.

She Said: Kelsey Hor

Picture this: Coming home from a long day of classes or work and you’re in the mood for a treat.

Although you think you should be eating healthy, you find yourself craving something else.

Do I want something sweet? Sour? Chocolate? Crunchy? Chewy? Cheesy?

In the kitchen there is something your parents left behind for you to whip up on those tough and excruciatingly long days.

A kid’s all time favorite treat, macaroni and cheese, is just sitting in your snack bin waiting to be opened and cooked.

Mac and cheese is one of those foods that for many, will take them back to their great childhood memories. Macaroni and cheese can be a great treat to have for a few reasons.

For instance, if you had a busy day and all you want to do is be comfortable in that nice cozy bed of yours, macaroni and cheese is a great comfort food that will make you feel all better again.

In those little cardboard boxes filled with macaroni and the cheese, you start to heat up the raw macaroni and then prepare to put in the cheese.

As you stir the two foods together a heavenly smell and sensation hits you, making you want it even more. Once the two are put together and mixed you get your fork out and eat.

Now the question, is why would you ever use anything but a fork to eat your macaroni and cheese? It’s not soup or broth! There is no extra liquid one has to scoop up to put into their mouths.

The macaroni, even without the cheese alone, sometimes sticks together and is annoying to separate even with a fork. A spoon would just make it more difficult.

Macaroni is a form of pasta. With that being said, would you consider eating pasta with a spoon alone? Would it even be logical to eat pasta with a spoon?

However, it might make sense if you were to use a spoon to assist the fork in picking up your food.

The other weekend a few of my friends and I went to Connecticut’s very own macaroni and cheese chain restaurant known as Macdaddys.

I got myself one of the specialty made macaroni and cheese choices on the menu.

When I sat down to eat, the mac and cheese was melted and so cheesy I just wanted to stuff it all in my mouth.
However, I needed a utensil.

I then thought to myself,  how would I be able to eat this just with a spoon alone?

All the vegetables and other ingredients would fall back onto the plate or bowl if you were to use a spoon. Plus, the cheese would get super messy. Spoons are round and smooth.

Spoons have no points or edges to hold the food besides to scoop it up, which would be pretty hard considering it’s already difficult to break up the cheese by itself with a knife.

Although, you may not have an opinion about what utensil you use for certain types of foods, mac and cheese is an all time childhood favorite that keeps you going even until you are well into adult.

Whether you want to eat with a fork or a spoon make sure to enjoy your
delicious macaroni and cheese anywhere and anytime.

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