White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

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 This week those crazy kids in Warren, Ohio have sent us folks in the never-ending snow belt a little gourmet comfort food!  They have reached deep into their bag of culinary tricks and have produced a snack for all ages, just right for this time of year!  Direct from America’s heartland (or not), this week we give you…

 White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese


I’m trying to decide what is more interesting (or in this case, what’s worse)… mac and cheese from the machine of many treats or the box with the powdered cheese you get at the store.  I’ve made this dish from scratch at home and am thinking about all the ingredients that went into the recipe.. obviously pasta and cheese, but also butter, milk, flour and spices.  Somehow the magic pixie dust from the fine people of Warren make this gourmet dish shelf-stable just in time for your lunching needs!  Also, like twirling a glass of fine wine to check for sweetness, check out the legs on the inside of this dish!  This entree may not be sweet, but those macaroni are surely saucy!!

 Wine Pairing:  Our cheesy pasta will be best paired this week with the Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz.  This dark, sparkling wine carries the sweetness of raspberries and blueberries with some floral notes and a strong, juicy finish.  Just the right touch!

 Beer Pairing:  Mac and cheese, meet Samuel Smith’s India Ale!  This IAP tastes of caramel malt, toffee and apricot, just the right unique blend for our dish!  It’s also a nice, moderate flavor that can stand up against the cheese, but not be buried by it!

 Here’s to another week of fine comfort food!  When you’re dreading the ride home and are looking for a little bit of chewable comfort, look no further than white cheddar macaroni & cheese!


 Vending Machine Trivia!!

You might think that coin operated vending machines were invented during the industrial revolution, but actually the first one was installed in ancient Greece around 215 BC.  Its inventor was a mechanical genius named Heron of Alexandria, who came up with a way to dispense holy water in return for one of the Greek coins used in those days.  The heavy coin would drop onto a lever, causing a cork to be pulled out of a spigot just long enough to release a trickle of holy water.  Since then, vending machine technology has advanced quite a bit. Today’s machines contain microprocessors that use sophisticated software to detect even the tiniest deviation from the expected weight and size of genuine coins.

 More vending machines in the news!

Apparently Coca Cola vending machines in Japan contain quite a lot of coffee drinks!  Interesting!!  And what a variety!!



Chicken Salad Sandwich on Wheat Bread

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It seems the deeper we delve into the treasures of the great machine of snack acquisition, the more we discover that the king of the box is truly the chicken.  Week after week the chicken pushes its competitors aside, pecks and scratches its way to the top of the heap and this week is no different!  From the bowels of the coop and the abyss of our refrigerated snack trunk we give you this weeks’ winner…

 Chicken Salad Sandwich on Wheat Bread


 It’s all here!  Chicken!  Wheat Bread!  Mayonnaise!  Ok….that’s it really… but what more do you expect?  Whatever it is, forget it.  BUT!  For the mere investment of $2 you can risk salmonella AND staphylococcal intoxication – all in one sandwich!  If you’re a gamblin’ man (or woman), this entrée’ is right up your alley!  Staph infection and intrigue, all in one happy package and nestled between 2 slices of wheat bread!  Good eatin’ people!

Wine Pairing:  For the king of the machine, we give you a king of a wine!  King Estate Signature Collection Pinot Grigio!  This charming bit of royal wine is bursting with flavors of apple, peach, apricot and a touch of honeysuckle and kiwi!  Light but stately and, if old wives tale is true and alcohol kills germs, pairing these two may save you a trip to the doc and a co-payment!  Salute!

Beer Pairing:  This week we’re going all the way to Belgium to find a beer gutsy enough to stand up against the feisty chicken!  Duvel Moortgat Ale has some interesting citrus notes with hints of banana, apple and cloves, and is just what we’re looking for to meet a balance with our chicken salad!

Ok!  You’ve heard it here first!  The chicken is king!  Avoid disease through booze!  Prevent the co-payment!

Bon appetite’!

Ham and Chicken Sub

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We begin our week with a combination.. a fusion, if you will, of the two culinary greats!  East meets west, boy meets girl and finally, ham meets chicken in this week’s gift from our radical, forward-thinking neighbors of Warren, Ohio.  For your culinary enjoyment, I give you this week’s tasty special….

 Ham and Chicken Sub


 You will find over time that you do get acclimated to things.  Violence on television, crazy celebrities doing crazy things… the list goes on.  I admit, I have also become acclimated to seeing items in the refrigerated box of love and warm fuzzies that you don’t normally expect to see in a vending machine.  I have become so accustomed, in fact, that the idea of ham and chicken doesn’t seem all that gross or out-of-place.  Perhaps this is what those tricksters are working toward!!  They want us to become so culinarily complacent that we will eat their wares and not think about it.  Just pondering the whole affair has brought me to a new level of awareness!  Chicken?  Ham?  In a vending machine?!  They must be mad!  Don’t give in people!!  Fight the machine!!!  Pigs and poultry in a vending format is just insane!!

Wine Pairing:  This week we’re pairing our sandwich with the Wakefield Promised Land Riesling.  This Australian wine is light and crisp with citrus aromas and a lemon-lime finish.  Just the right wine to enhance our swine (and chicken…)

Beer Pairing:  For something a little different, this week’s beer match is Guinness Generous Ale.  This winter ale has lots of body, a dark amber color and a smoky vanilla palate.  This is a special beer Guinness produces during the holidays, but you should still be able to find it in your local supermarket.  I just love those seasonal libations!!

So, if you can’t decide between the ham or the chicken, why not indulge on a bit of both and enjoy the Ham and Chicken Sub.  It’s the best of both worlds in one happy bit of cellophane!  Bon appetite’!

More vending machines in the news…

Here’s a vending machine that rents laptops!  What will they think of next?!