Vending Machine Gross Item of the Week Awards
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!
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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!!