John Seymour Blogs: The Creamy, Crunchy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe You’ve Always Dreamed Of

01/29/2016 at 04:47 PM ET

John Seymour at Sweet Chick Restaurant1/29/16
Sweet Chick Restaurant

To celebrate Super Bowl 50, we’ve partnered with Taste of the NFL and their chef partners all season long. The charity helps to raise awareness and funds via the season-long Kick Hunger Challenge. For more information or to donate to your favorite team’s city, visit their website, and be sure to check every Thursday for a new game day recipe from your favorite celebrity chefs. Here, John Seymour of N.Y.C’s Sweet Chick gives us his recipe for mac and cheese. 

Mac & Cheese is one of those side dishes that should be a game day staple. In this recipe I use a mixture of Fontina, Cheddar and Gruyere to give the this dish a rich taste and texture. And to make this dish even more nostalgic, I like to give it a crust of Ritz cracker crumble, which gives it an extra buttery crunch.

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Sweet Chick Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Serves 4-6
1 lb. medium pasta shells, cooked
2 oz. butter
½ cup flour
1 qt. whole milk
½ cup heavy cream
4 oz. shredded fontina cheese
6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
6 oz. shredded gruyere cheese
Salt, pepper and nutmeg, to taste
Ritz crackers, crushed

1. Melt butter in medium sized sauce pot and whisk in flour to make a roux. Slowly begin whisking in milk and heavy cream. Simmer briefly until sauce is thickened and remove pot from heat. Whisk in the cheeses a handful at a time until melted. Season with salt, pepper and fresh nutmeg to taste.

2. In a large pot mix cheese sauce and cooked pasta shells. Cook over low heat until pasta is warmed through and coated evenly with the cheese sauce. Plate in a bowl and garnish with crushed Ritz crackers.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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