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Did Jefferson Invent Macaroni and Cheese?
Status: Urban LegendRumor has it that Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, could include, among his many other accomplishments, inventing macaroni and cheese (one of my favorite foods). The wikipedia entry for mac and cheese mentions this rumor: I don't know how old this rumor is. I found references to it in newspapers from the 1990s, but not earlier. But needless to say, the rumor is incorrect. Jefferson does appear to have served macaroni and cheese at the White House, however he definitely didn't invent the dish.
Jack MacLaughlin sheds some light on Jefferson's relationship to Macaroni in his book Jefferson and Monticello: the biography of a Builder: So it seems that Jefferson may have served pasta and cheese, but when he did the recipe was already in wide use in Europe. Marlena Spieler, author of Macaroni and Cheese, writes that: So there you have it. No one knows exactly who invented mac and cheese, but it wasn't Jefferson, though he seems to have been a fan of it.
Posted by Alex on Wed Jun 13, 2007
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Macaroni and cheese was invented in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. It so impressed Queen Isabella of Spain that she convinced King Ferdinand to bankroll Colombus' Westward expeditions. When Colombus failed to establish a macaroni and cheese route to the far East, the royal couple was down-hearted, dazed and despondent, and was forced to eat pork rinds instead. Admiral Colombus, however, eschewed pork rinds for onion rings, which were in fact, invented by Thomas Jefferson some 300 years later. True storyPosted by Hairy Houdini on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 04:55 PM
Mararoni and cheese was invented by Margaret The Maid of Norway so that when she took the throne of Scotland she could use the dish to calm the Highlanders down. Unfortunately when she died the dish was taken by a monk fleeing Edward I (Longshanks) during his tyrany and takne to Rome where the Pope, Benedict XI, required all Italians to make it on a regular basis. Marco Polo took the dish to China but found that the Chinese Emperor had already gotten it from traders from Norway.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Wed Jun 13, 2007 at 09:24 PM
I have never been a big fan of mac n cheese. I mean, I LOVE melted cheese. I really enjoy pasta. You'd think I'd naturally like the two of them together. I don't mind the velveeta shells & cheese mix. That cheese tends to stay gooey for a while. But if I am going to cheese my pasta...I usually do it in the form of an alfredo sauce.Posted by Maegan in Tampa, FL - USA on Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 09:15 AM
I love velveeta shells and cheese! I haven't had it in a while though. :\Posted by Sakano in Ohio on Thu Jun 14, 2007 at 05:45 PM
Macaroni and cheese, like fish sticks, are actually a product of the near distant future that were brought back by time travelers to 17th century Europe. In the historic document, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, this startling puzzle piece was omitted. No wonder the film was taken as a piece of fiction, with such inacuracy and bad music. Fortunately, the second film had much better music, but it was indeed a work of fiction.Posted by RevJSH on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 05:55 PM
In Soviet Russia, macaroni and cheese eats you!Posted by Maurice Del Taco in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Wed Feb 24, 2010 at 11:37 PM
I don't care who invented it. It's delicious!Posted by Helen of Salisbury on Fri Jul 02, 2010 at 12:31 PM
Macaroni and cheese was actually invented by a Neapolitan futurist named Salvatore Velveeta who died in the year 1482. Despondent over the fact his prediction that soneone would discover the New World and bring tomatoes back to Italy had failed to come to pass, he took it upon himself to create a cheese sauce instead for pasta. He did this because he had correctly guessed one day someone would discover dairy contains L-Tryptophan which acts as a nerve tonic. Sadly, had Salvatore lived just a few more years, Columbus would have made a prophet out of him. Needless to say, the famous supermarket cheese is named in honor of him. True story.Posted by The Mighty Tig on Wed Oct 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM