Kraft Dinner

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On August 19th 2012, Cochrane will experience a party like it's never seen before. The Kraft Celebration Tour is coming to town. In early July, over a 24 hour period, there was a vote off between Cochrane and Innisfail, to see which town would represent Alberta and win the $25,000 community prize. Voting was fast and furious and by on July 12th the results were in. Cochrane had received 154,000 and Innisfail 95,000 votes.

Planning is in full swing for the day but one event will be new for the tour; the largest bowl of Kraft Dinner ever cooked will attempted. First, a little bit of history on the origins of this famous meal. Macaroni ("Maccheroni" in Italian) is mentioned in various medieval Italian sources, though it is not always clear whether it is a pasta shape or a prepared dish.

However, pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded in cookbooks as early as the Liber de Coquina, one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. A cheese and pasta casserole known as makerouns was recorded in an English cookbook in the 14th century. It was made with fresh, hand-cut pasta which was sandwiched between a mixture of melted butter and cheese. It was considered an upper-class dish even in Italy until around the 18th century.

"Macaroni" with various sauces was a fashionable food in late eighteenth century Paris. The future American president, Thomas Jefferson, encounter the pasta in both Paris and in northern Italy. He drew a sketch of the pasta and wrote detailed notes on the extrusion process. In 1793, he commissioned American ambassador to Paris, William Short, to purchase a machine for making it. Evidently, the machine was not suitable, as Jefferson later imported both macaroni and Parmesan cheese for his use in Monticello. In 1802, Jefferson served a "macaroni pie" at a state dinner.

Kraft Dinner, known as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the United States and Macaroni Cheese or Cheesey Pasta in the United Kingdom, is a macaroni and cheese convenience food that requires minimal preparation by the consumer. The original product, a packaged dry macaroni and cheese mix, was introduced in 1937 by the company now known as Kraft Foods. It is now available in several other formulations.

All you have to do to get involved in creating the largest bowl ever cooked is to go to IGA in Cochrane, buy a box or two of KD and drop them in the large tub they have between the doors. Each box is $5 and all the money goes to the Mitford Pond Project. Then on August 19th come out to Mitford Pond and enjoy a bowl of your favourite "Mac and Cheese".

Quote of the Day

"It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Two more boxes of KD are added to the tub at IGA in Cochrane. On August 19th, let's cook up the largest bowl of KD ever.


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