Upon joining Veritas last year, I have found that it is the lively discussions that take place among our members keep me coming back time and time again. Sure, making a newspaper is extremely rewarding, but it’s the people that intrigue me the most. This press week in particular, Liela Marrett, Chevelle Williams, Briana Leveille and Nazair Thompson have joined us almost every day, catalyzing eye-opening discussions that consume a big chunk of our precious production time. The majority of our discussions have involved the differences between the cultural norms of a black family vs a white family. One of these times, Liela asked the question: “Is macaroni and cheese a meal?” While this will obviously vary from family to family even within both demographics, the consensus was that black families consider mac ‘n cheese a side-dish, while white families are more inclined to eat it as a full meal. We have identified many more differences, including the seasoning and washing of chicken, the use of a loofa in the shower, and the use of tap water vs water bottles as refreshment, but I couldn’t let the macaroni and cheese go.
My father is an amazing cook, and one of his simplest yet delicious dishes is his homemade macaroni and cheese. He is also gluten intolerant, so achieving this is no small feat. While he recommends eating a little salad alongside the meal in true side-dish fashion, I think if you’re gonna go the mac ‘n cheese route for dinner, you have to commit.
Macaroni and cheese is a very versatile dish. Depending on your preferences, you could sprinkle some bacon crumbles on top, introduce a little hot sauce to the mix, or whatever else you see fit. Not only this, but it is healthy in moderation. According to mymacaroniandcheese.info, both the milk and cheese that can be found in mac ‘n cheese “have a compound that helps keep peoples’ circulation moving along at a healthy pace.” After employing my expert research skills, I discovered that google defines ‘meal’ as “any of the regular occasions in a day when a reasonably large amount of food is eaten, such as breakfast, lunch, or dinner.” Now I don’t know who is eating mac ‘n cheese for breakfast, but I wouldn’t put it past them. As for the other two meals, I certainly eat plenty enough mac ‘n cheese for it to be considered a meal.
That being said, I understand where they are coming from. Macaroni and cheese, although it is delicious, can get a little bland halfway through a serious helping. I for one have never been upset at the fact that my only dish to eat is mac ‘n cheese, but I could see someone wanting more from a full meal. While this dispute may go unresolved, I think that conversations like these are invaluable for the re-evaluation of one’s moral principles. These types of discussions are some of the only times I am able to sit down and reflect on my habits and comforts, and ultimately develop my awareness and appreciation of other cultures. If you’re wondering how it is possible for someone to become a better person through the discussion of the role macaroni and cheese may serve at a dinner table, come join us in the office.
By Owen Hudson