I think part of what turned me off to the Food Network’s “Semi-Homemade” cooking show, even before I heard the host’s voice, was the very concept of a TV show built around variations on store-bought / prepackaged food. “People need to be told to do that?” and “God, how boring” where my thoughts. Then I heard her oh-so-annoying voice and caught a long, lingering shot of how she set the table and it was all over.
This post really isn’t about Semi-Homemade cooking, except that lately when I’ve been adding things to, say, Kraft Dinner, people bring it up. So no, I didn’t get the idea of adding cheese, or bacon bits, or garlic powder and mustard, or hamburger to Kraft Dinner from a TV show. They came from my own brain, informed by other meals I’ve had and recipes I’ve read.
Which leads to the question: If you make Kraft Mac-n-Cheese, do you add anything to it? My usual these days is bacon bits, shredded cheddar or a slice or two of American cheese, and lots of pepper. You?