OK, I had the skeleton of a jeremiad all typed up, but it's all just so exhausting to rail against things.
The one thing I'll say is that there's an awesome convenience food out there called Wondra flour. The Salon article ends with a recipe for white sauce. Wondra flour is processed with malted barley flour to not clump and to dissolve instantly in hot or cold liquid. How it's able to do this without a slew of toxic additives is beyond me, but it's true. The ingredients are flour, barley flour, and vitamins like riboflavin and such. They've even put a recipe for One Step White Sauce on the back. Here it is:
1 cup cold milk
2 tablespoon Gold Medal Wondra Flour
2 tablespoon margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Heat all ingredients to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly.
- Boil and stir 1 minute.
Add 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard and stir 1/2 cup shredded Chedder or American cheese into hot sauce until melted.
So, I think this is a good candidate for the easiest homemade crappy mac 'n' cheese known to man. I dunno, though, that dry mustard in the recipe seems kinda fancy. Might have to axe that. I'll give it a shot and let y'all know.