Grab your forks and napkins, folks! We're about to dive headfirst into a heated love affair that only macaroni and cheese can inspire. So creamy it should be a crime, National Macaroni and Cheese Day falls smack-dab in the middle of July each year, daring you to resist its comforting, cheesy allure.
It's national macaroni and cheese day on the 14th July.
Curiously, the origins of National Macaroni and Cheese Day remain shrouded in the misty aura of delicious mystery. Yet, this hasn't stopped folks around the globe from eagerly celebrating this comfort food extraordinaire with gusto and a healthy dose of elbow-noodled enthusiasm. This special day hit the 'I love Food' internet space on 14th July 2015 when it received a whopping 2279 online mentions. As you can imagine, there were certainly no leftovers that day!
The star of the day, Macaroni and Cheese, boasts a long, rich history traversing continents and centuries. Arriving from Italy, it cozied up in the hearts of Americans, thanks to President Jefferson's love for the dish. Now, generations later, it can be dressed up, dressed down, but can never be ignored.
Whether you're a lobster-infused foodie or a puritanical cheese and pasta enthusiast, there's no wrong way to celebrate. Bake it, make it on the stovetop, or opt for those microwavable cups we secretly adore. The key is to enjoy it with loved ones, appreciate those gooey cheese pulls, and remember - calories don't count on National Macaroni and Cheese Day.
Macaroni, a type of pasta made from durum wheat, was introduced to England by Thomas Jefferson in 1769 after his visit to Italy. It quickly gained popularity across the country and became associated with upper-class dining due to its exotic nature.
The first recorded recipe for macaroni and cheese appeared in 'The Virginia Housewife' cookbook by Mary Randolph in 1802. This recipe featured macaroni layered with cheese and butter, baked until golden brown. It was a simple yet delicious dish that became a staple of American cuisine.
In 1937, Kraft Foods revolutionized the world of macaroni and cheese by introducing their boxed version. This innovation made it incredibly convenient for families to enjoy this cheesy delight at home. Kraft's boxed macaroni and cheese quickly became a beloved comfort food across America.
In 1953, Kraft launched the iconic 'Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner' that popularized the term 'macaroni and cheese' as a specific dish. The combination of elbow macaroni and their signature processed cheese powder, known as 'the cheese packet,' made it incredibly easy and affordable for anyone to prepare this cheesy delight in just a few minutes.
To celebrate the rich history and popularity of macaroni and cheese, National Macaroni and Cheese Day was inaugurated on July 14, 1993. This annual observance allows people to indulge in their love for mac and cheese, sharing different variations and recipes while honoring this beloved comfort food.
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