Scholars, of course, tend to disagree on many things. That's why I can pluralize "scholar" and not confuse you, good reader. If they all agreed on everything, there would really only be a need for one. This bickering among experts is their bread and butter.
So it is a little surprising to find that all the experts are in complete agreement as to what constitutes a perfect meal: Kraft® Macaroni and Cheese Dinner.
It has to be Kraft®, obviously. The proprietary faint orange glow of their cheese powder is enough to set any learned gourmand to salivating. It is the only boxed meal of its kind with any right to the title of "cheesiest." The ease with which such a meal is prepared only helps it retain its status as king among foods.
But even in the universal acclaim for the dish, experts still find ways to split into various camps. Some cite the macaroni itself as the reason for greatness. Others, more predictably, say it is in the "cheese sauce," a creamy blend of powdery packet, half a stick of butter or margarine and a quarter cup of milk. Within this camp, the butter vs. margarine debate alone is enough to fill a textbook.
Obviously, to a foodie such as myself, the real joy is not in either aspect alone, but in the merging of the two. The alchemy that somehow makes the whole far greater than any of its parts, like a fine musical performance for the tongue. Sometimes I add a spoon or two of sour cream to the mix, but it is impossible to really improve on perfection itself.
And it isn't even necessary to chew it.
Oh yeah? Well, what did you have for dinner that was so special?