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Is James Adding Sliced Cheese To Mac And Cheese A Power Move?



Serious question here, but does anyone else do this? Is this like a normal thing in the south? Does it make me less American to just use the cheese supplied in the box?  I mean we’re not talking an extra slice or two. James has been adding slice after slice, then grabbed a huge stick of butter to throw some in there.  I feel like I’m missing out on something in life here by just using one little package of cheese like an asshole.

Think he was done with just the sliced cheese?  No way, bro. That’s rookie league shit, apparently, because here he is adding shredded cheese to the mix…



I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to make mac and cheese again, because when I’m just dumping that little package of cheese in it, I’m going to feel like less of a man.  James quite possibly just ruined me from the only thing I can cook, because I know there is no way my stomach could handle that amount of cheese. I would have to add an immodium and a lactaid for the sauce just to decrease the initial impact of that.

I can’t even wrap my head around this.


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    Well, SteveBeans, to answer your question(s), I have one. Did he use a box Mac n cheese or is he making it from plain noodles? I’m in Kentucky. Here, my mom, my mamaw and I rarely make boxed Mac n cheese. We get the elbow macaroni or shells and make it with water, milk and I usually use velveeta, if I don’t have that, then yes, I use sliced cheese. Idk about adding it to a boxed one. I don’t think ive ever done that lol. Idk if this is a southern way to do it or not, but that’s how my family, here in Ky, do it. It’s very good too!

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      julyflame (1 comments)

      I’m from Kentucky as well and I can attest to this…My mom always made a cream sauce with flour, milk, and cheese (almost always sliced American), which was then added to plain cooked pasta and baked in the oven. Never had the boxed mac n cheese growing up in our house (or now)! I think this sort of method is pretty typical in the South. And so much tastier than the boxed variety, tbh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • stevebeans

      Oh it was boxed. The powdered cheese was first, then sliced, then butter, then more sliced, then shredded

      • Jenny M
        Jenny M (1321 comments)

        I only add cheese when I add other stuff, like a can of tuna and a small can of peas or corn. When I do that I add a couple of slices of American cheese, or better yet, a couple of wedges of laughing cow cream cheese. Or shredded cheddar. Whatever I have on hand. I call it my white trash casserole.

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        Laura (4 comments)

        I also add cheese IF I put additional stuff in the boxed mac&cheese. I like to add broccoli or other veggies to it, and then there’s not enough cheese (in my opinion), so I add either two slices of American cheese OR some shredded cheddar or Mexican blend stuff or whatever. But I definitely do not add as much as it looked like James was adding! To comment on what others said, I’m also from the south my traditional “family style” mac and cheese is made with a sauce of flour, milk, and shredded cheddar and baked in the oven with crumbled saltine crackers and melted butter on top. mmmmmm!

      • Shivani33

        James wants everyone left in the house and all of America to love his macaroni. It’s strategic, too. Whoever eats this mess will have their brains turn to sludge and be in intestinal hell for the rest of the week. His best move of the Season. A large pot of melted cheese with a few macaroni floaters, kinda like his game. Overly processed barfaroni!?! Run, Gnat, run. He’ll have you at 200lbs. in no time

  2. g8trgrl4life
    g8trgrl4life (1008 comments)

    You’re too funny. And probably really bored. Lol

  3. danmtruth

    I’m in the Chicagoland area and we used the box mix with the powder cheese mix. I have add velveeta also Than again I use velveeta when ever i can The single slices just does not melt well
    Dont forget Vic had to win two memory comp in his battle back The picture and the music puzzle So dont count him out to fast The worse player should be James Nat I think will be Farley strong But despite his dumb look I still think Corey will do ok Paul gets to hyper at times He needs to understand people study and learn in different ways

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      Susan B (27 comments)

      Vic also won the HOH comp that led to Paulie OTB. They were asked questions about pics with sqirrels. I don’t want to give a bad description here when that is one of the shows I didn’t bother to go back and see. I missed a couple and didn’t bother because I get great updates on this site.
      which reminds me….Thanks for the great updates people. I know you don’t hear from me much but, I feel like I know you.

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    BreeLynne (1 comments)

    I’m from Arizona and my mom grew up in California and I grew up with her always adding an extra slice or two of cheese. So… I have no idea where it came from.

  5. Alda
    Alda (1851 comments)

    No box mac and cheese for this South Jersey Shore family.Elbow macaroni,Cracker Barrel extra sharp cheddar cheese,butter,milk and a touch of French’s mustard and flour in the oven with a butter and breadcrumb topping.

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    Janehiswife (1 comments)

    I’m from Texas and we do not add slice cheese unless it is an emergency like spilling the package of powder cheese. Yes on the butter. Lots of butter. We mostly by the velveta mac & cheese box. It has cream/soft velveta package.

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    Greenly (1 comments)

    You seriously have not ever eaten mac & cheese with sliced cheese and shredded cheese? You’re missing out! I put in the powdered cheese and then I add sliced cheese (at least 5 pieces per box). Shredded cheese is good but it depends on the cheese. You can’t use off brand shredded cheese lol I usually don’t add a stick of butter but i know some people do. I’m just not big on the whole butter craze.

    Wanna hear something else that sounds crazy but tastes like heaven? When you make a grilled cheese sandwich instead of using butter on the bread use mayo. Yes Mayo. It’s the absolute freakin bomb!!!!

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    Bazinga (13 comments)

    Fellow New England-er here (CT). James has blown my mind too. Don’t get me wrong, I am slightly intrigued with the massive amount of cheese but I am okay with what is supplied. (Although from time-to-time I splurge and get the “extra cheesy” box)

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    MikelGA (1 comments)

    Im from Georgia, we make “homemade” mac-n-cheese a lot. Box of pasta, of your choosing…something with ridges or spirals, or a lot of little crevasses (holds the cheese better). add some milk, butter, combination of cheeses of your choosing (shredded cheese works well because it melts easily). and if you get the cheeses melted down first, you can slow cook the past in the cheese instead of boiling it in water. you can also bake it. so good!

  10. Renee
    Renee (404 comments)

    I can’t even eat the boxed M&C any more. They changed the recipe. Their commercial says they made it healthier and no one noticed. Wrong! I noticed. It tastes like chemicals now. I have been just making homemade M&C ever since.

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  12. Renee
    Renee (404 comments)

    I actually felt really bad for James this morning while watching the feeds. He was subjected to (and the viewers as well) hours of listening to Nat be the victim that was disappointed in him for something he did or said or how he acted. She just talked in circles, the same things over and over.

    Funniest thing she said though was that she is not racist. James is the first Asian she has ever dated. She has dated every race out there and then went on to name them. I felt like I was watching Forest Gump when his buddy named all the kinds of shrimp there are. James asked her if he was on her bucket list since she had never dated an Asian. She said she doesn’t see color. Half mixed kids are the best (her words). She said she is a half breed. She claims she is half white, half Hispanic, and half Italian. WTH??? How many halves does she have????

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    WTF? (21 comments)

    I saw that Corey told Victor that he didn’t want to leave the house in a relationship. He spent the summer pushing Nicole to – cuddle – with him and then he is going to dump her as soon as the show is over. Jerk.

    Also does anyone know is Michelle still the plan. Or has it changed?

    No comment on mac and cheese. I’ve always made it with just the box – how dull am I?

    • Renee
      Renee (404 comments)

      Just from the box, geesh, that’s something Corey would do. LOL! I’m hoping Michelle is still the plan. I missed that conversation between Corey and Victor, but, wow, he is definitely a jerk. What was Victor’s reaction?

    • caRyn

      I did miss that conversation. I did hear on BBAD (not last night, but the night before with the wine drinking) Corey talking with Paul and Victor about a trip. The trip is including Nicole and Nicole’s bf. Corey said to the guys (when Nicole was in the DR), about the trip, that the guys should be there a day before and leave a day after the girls. Corey wants to spend more time with his guy BB friends than with Nicole and her bf. Nicole and Corey’s showmance aside, Nicole has been a good friend to Corey. There is a pecking order of friendship status according to Corey with his comment. It was solely Corey’s idea.

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    I prefer to eat the Velveeta shells and cheese, that being said we have Kraft mac and cheese with the powder cheese for the kids to eat. I save the good stuff for the adults or when we have it with dinner as a side. Theses people have been more worried about bromances, showmances, what america thinks (I don’t think they really want to know tho), and making it to jury than winning $500K for themselves. CBS needs to cast a better class of houseguests! Get some mature players.

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    Mary (5 comments)

    Here in the “cheese state” we use cream instead of the milk and butter no margarine and lots of cheddar cheese! I make home made when time is their but adding cheese is a given in my house we add good Wisconsin cheese

  16. Ingodog
    Ingodog (119 comments)

    Here in Canada, we don’t call it Mac and Cheese we call it Kraft Dinner……..always have always will

  17. AIO_7

    What I don’t get is why would it be “less American” or a Southern thing to just use the powder that comes in the box of M&C. That powder is not even real. Neither is the probable CHEESE FOOD slices that Lames was adding. I noticed they were having trouble getting people to eat it. Sure, I’ll use the powder, then I’ll add REAL CHEESE to taste.

  18. caRyn

    On BBAD last night Natalie asked Nicole if she had pets. This many days in the BB house together and you don’t know basic information about one another?!

  19. caRyn

    I have heard that Corey said to Nicole that Victor isn’t good at this game – the reason he was evicted twice. Victor was evicted twice because he is too good at this game.

  20. stevebeans

    Comment test. Ignore this!

  21. NKogNeeTow

    So this is what these HG have reduced us to….a Mac’N’Cheese debate…lol.

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    Sara (2 comments)

    Here in Iowa I put in the powdered mix from the box PLUS 1\2 the mix from a second box. Just the mix, not the macaroni! I do add cheese slices and shredded cheese too. And extra butter because of the extra powder, duh! Lol

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