RE: How do you like your Mac and Cheese?
I have yet to have mac n cheese that is as good as my dad's (although I admit that his is so wonderful, I haven't tried too many others...).
Boil elbow mac, preferably whatever is handy (Barilla, usually, used to be Creamettes).
While that's cooking, make a white sauce, with generous dashes of dry mustard. Finely grate some very sharp cheddar and add slowly to the white sauce, while stirring. Have set aside some diced cheddar, probably a handful or two, depending on how many people and how gluttonous they're feeling. When the noodles are done, drain them and stir the cheesy white sauce through thoroughly, then add the diced cheese, gradually, stirring between every few dices, then spoon onto warmed plates, and serve with tomatoes warm from the garden. The shredded cheese completely dissolves into the white sauce, and the diced cheese melts into the curves of the noodles, but stays gooey--it's heavenly. And the tomatoes offset the richness perfectly.
Guess what we're having for dinner tonight??