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Saturday, 27 February 2016


The earliest known recipe for macaroni and cheese dates back to the 14th century. A cheese and pasta casserole known as makerouns was recorded in the famous medieval English cookbook, the Forme of Cury. It was made with fresh, hand-cut pasta which was sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese.

Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples, while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered crates of "macaroni," along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.

The song "Yankee Doodle" was invented by the British to insult American colonists. The section where Doodle puts a feather in his cap and calls it macaroni is a slap at the ragged bands of American troops.

After the initial failure of his opera William Tell the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini gave up writing opera and decided to concentrate on cooking. He produced some inventive recipes and devised a way of stuffing macaroni with foie gras by means of a silver syringe.

In gratitude for his role in Italian Unification, Garibaldi was given a year's supply of macaroni from the king.

Macaroni and cheese is today a popular dish in English-speaking countries, often made with elbow macaroni.

The Canadians consume more macaroni and cheese than any other nation on the globe.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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