As a result of trying to eat better food and avoid GMOs, hormones, and other icky stuff, we no longer consume Velveeta. It’s not like we consumed much Velveeta before — the only time I ever used it was in nachos, because when making nachos, you need a very creamy, melty cheese in addition to shredded cheese to attain the proper creamy-melty-cheesy-deliciousness ratio for amazing nachos.
Can I take a minute to say that I hope I don’t sound smug when I talk about food? As a vegetarian, I know there’s already a chance of smugness when I talk about food. Whenever you say you don’t eat something, it almost always seems like you’re doing a little disdainful sniff after saying what you don’t eat. Like:
- I don’t eat meat. *disdainful sniff*
- I don’t eat processed foods. *disdainful sniff*
- I don’t have celiac disease but I avoid gluten. *disdainful sniff*
I guess saying you don’t eat something comes off as smug because what’s implied is that you know better than to eat that or you’re kind of judgy about what other people eat. Or something. It’s just one of those things that bothers me, so I try not to do it. Obviously, there are lots of things I don’t eat because of my philosophy, but I try to focus on what I do eat rather than what I don’t, first because I find it more constructive and second because one of my worst fears (as a hippie liberal vegetarian) is coming off as smug and self-satisfied.
Speaking of smug, I was reading a vegan starter guide the other day and I was almost strangled with the smugness. I’ve been having some thoughts about going vegan (although as you can see from the middle of a post about cheese sauce, I’m not there yet, and I regret to inform you that my first attempt at homemade vegan ice cream was not all I dreamed it would be) and was checking out the vegan starter guide to see if there was anything useful and/or inspirational. What I remember most about it was the thing about what to do with leather goods you already own. First off let me say that even if I become a die-hard, dedicated vegan, there’s no way in hell I’m getting rid of almost all my shoes because building even a limited a new shoe wardrobe is not a good financial move for me at this time. So right off the bat, I really don’t care what the vegan starter guide thinks I should do with my shoes. But I read it anyway. It said something about how sure, that pair of boots isn’t causing additional suffering to animals, but maybe you should ask yourself why you think it’s okay to wear the body parts of a dead animal in the name of fashion. That kind of smugness is hugely off-putting to me. Ugh.
Speaking of vegan shoes, how do I start designing them? Vegan shoes have come a long way, but there’s still much more progress to be made. I think I could contribute in this area. Maybe someone would Kickstart me.
Anyway, back to the cheese — specifically, creamy, melty cheese for nachos. I thought a cheese sauce might work. And it did! And here’s how you do it.
Recipe: Cheese Sauce for Nachos
I’d say this makes enough for a 4-5 serving platter of nachos.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 generous cup shredded cheddar
- salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring for a minute. Add the milk and cook, stirring, until thickened a bit. Remove from heat and stir in the cheddar until melted and smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. That’s it! It’s super easy. Use this in your nachos (recipe here) instead of Velveeta. Enjoy!
P.S. You can also use this cheese sauce as a dipping sauce for pretzels. Or put it on some fries for cheese fries that are so good it’s almost like being at The Wiener’s Circle.