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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 6:59 am

I’m Jack. I’m 8 years old and I’m filling in my for my mom, who usually writes this column, because I wanted to tell you about microwave mac and cheese.

Before school got done in May, kids got notes about a bunch of different activities we could do during the summer. The activities were by the NDSU Extension Service and my mom thought I should try one.

I think she wanted to make sure I got out of the house once in a while.

I signed up for a cooking class because I wanted to get better at cooking. Now, because the class was for kids ages 6 to 8, at first I thought I was gonna be making things like toast, or cutting up apples with a plastic knife. I wasn’t sure how much cooking we’d actually do.

But our teachers, Leigh and Rachael, taught us how to make a carrot cake cupcake, and mac and cheese with no stove use. It was a very fun experience, in my opinion.

The mac and cheese recipe was personally my favorite, because I don’t like carrot cupcakes, carrot cake and so on. (I just like plain carrots.)

I would like to share this mac and cheese recipe because I tried it, and I love it.

I like fresh mac and cheese but I do not like leftover mac and cheese. I don’t know why I don’t, but the taste is funky. But you can use this recipe to make fresh mac and cheese, one bowl at a time.

I also like this recipe because I had to get braces a few weeks ago, and palate expanders. They make it uncomfortable to eat a lot of the foods I usually like, but this mac and cheese is nice and soft.

If you recently got braces, or love soft food in general, the mac and cheese is really easy on your teeth, and the macaroni is big enough that it doesn’t really get stuck in your braces.

And this recipe is easy. When I said it had no stove use, that means kids can make it, too, if parents leave the cooked pasta in the fridge. You can just mix everything up in a bowl and microwave it.

You also can add other stuff to the mac and cheese, like ham, chicken, bacon and so on, and add it to the bowl when you add the macaroni.

I chose bacon – of course.

Editor’s note: Jack Short is the son of Banner publishers Cole and Alyssa Short. He’s a soon-to-be third-grader at Hillsboro Elementary School.

For the recipe, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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