As a kid, my body didn’t really do dairy all that well, and my doctor suggested I cut dairy from my diet completely. Five-year-old me learned this meant she couldn’t eat mac and cheese anymore. Tears ensued. Luckily, I was eventually able to reintroduce dairy into my diet and found that cheese no longer any problem. So in this blog series, I’m trying out wacky, kid-friendly recipes, hoping to give families with cheese-loving kids fun, easy, and delicious meals to make together as I search for dishes that adequately make up for my cheeseless childhood.
If you’ve been following this blog series, you’ve probably realized that I am not a good cook. Not even a little bit. For that reason, I had a lot of contradicting emotions when I decided to take on this series. I was excited for the opportunity to try out some recipes and get some practice, I was relieved that I wasn’t going to get myself into anything that I didn’t think a child could manage, and I was terrified that I would mess up anyway. And I did. I really did. But, for the most part, it all went pretty okay. And I did learn a lot, from both my success and my failures.
I learned that shredded cheese is a necessity when it comes to mac and cheese waffles. I learned I can’t be trusted within ten feet of a waffle maker. I learned that, when people have enough dedication, they can find a way to pair cheese with anything. These pairings don’t always work (looking at you, ramen grilled cheese). But sometimes they do (#chocolatemacforlife). The world of cheese, I discovered, is limitless.
While this blog was a great excuse to eat a lot of cheese and force myself to cook, I also wanted to find recipes that kids and kids-at-heart would really enjoy. The dishes made here were all relatively inexpensive and extremely quick to make—perfect for both busy parents and for a child’s attention span. And these wacky dishes were always fun to make, even if they weren’t always too fun to eat.
As this series comes to a close, it’s time to ask the all-important question: Have the past few weeks made up for my cheeseless childhood? I’ve gone over the numbers, and it looks like I have a 60% success rate. Technically speaking, this is a failing grade, but it’s also a majority, so I’m going to say the answer is yes. Yes, this series managed to just barely make up for my cheeseless childhood.
I hope you enjoyed these crazy recipes (or at least 60% of them) as much as I did. If you take away anything from this blog series, let it be that white chocolate and cheese do belong together.
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