It's easy to love macaroni and cheese. There's something about every recipe for it -- whether decadent, healthy or somewhere in between -- that makes us want to drop everything we're doing and whip up a batch. Mac and cheese is the kind of food that inspires poems. Or, at the very least, snarky essays. We would very much like you to please go read Tom Scocca's amazing "Fundamentalist Macaroni and Cheese" at your earliest convenience.

Did you know that there are people on this planet who do not like mac and cheese? We've met some of those people. We feel badly for them, because they might never get to know the cheesy, gooey, warm blanket of comfort that a good mac and cheese provides. We love low-brow out-of-the-box versions, we love upscale multi-cheese and pancetta versions, but we especially love a homemade version somewhere in the middle.

However you like your mac and cheese, we'd like to invite you to join us in celebrating its loveliness in the following love letter. Mac and cheese, this one's for you, darling.

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  • We Love You Mac And Cheese

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/edbierman/4934849287/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Ed Bierman</a></em>

  • We Love You When You're Dressed Down

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ginnerobot/2554268957/sizes/z/in/photostream/">ginnerobot</a></em>

  • We Love That Sometimes You Are Too Hot To Handle

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastermaq/2126308410/sizes/z/in/photostream/">mastermaq</a></em>

  • But We Also Love You In Your Calm, Quiet Moments

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/3418557809/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Robert S. Donovan</a></em>

  • DROOL -- Wait, Sorry, What Were We Saying?

    <em>Photo via <a href="http://monsieuruntitled.tumblr.com/post/30370685574">Monsieur Untitled</a></em>

  • Oh, Right -- We Love How Supportive You Are Of Bacon

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gail_thepinkpeppercorn/4651878380/sizes/m/in/photostream/">thepinkpeppercorn</a></em>

  • And How Willing You Are To Feed A Crowd

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/imsorrybrendan/3301778440/sizes/z/in/photostream/">imsorrybrendan</a></em>

  • We Love How Innovative You Are

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwy/2948826726/sizes/z/in/photostream/">LWY</a></em>

  • And Obviously Your Dancing Prowess Is Legendary

    <em>via <a href="http://lemon-pudding.tumblr.com/post/30910865949#notes">Lemon Pudding</a></em>

  • We Have Really Built Some Special Memories Together

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanmcintosh/3740855859/sizes/z/in/photostream/">jonathan mcintosh</a></em>

  • We’ve Really Come To Love Your Family

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  • We're Willing To Look Past Your Previous Indiscretions

    <em>Photo via <a href="http://anotherxfoodblog.tumblr.com/post/30918304764">Just Another Food Blog</a></em>

  • All We Ask Is That You Continue To Comfort Us

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tavallai/5304806016/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Tavallai</a></em>

  • Delight Us

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/iferneinez/4470014915/sizes/z/in/photostream/">iferneinez</a></em>

  • Surprise Us

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kylewith/7884181344/sizes/z/in/pool-52240578442@N01/">KyleWiTh</a></em>

  • Snuggle With Us

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/donhomer/7037096717/sizes/z/in/photostream/">Michael Bentley</a></em>

  • And Make Us Swoon

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugod/4820235149/sizes/z/in/photostream/">ugod</a></em>

  • (Also, We Love When You Bring Your Nice Friend Tabasco Around)

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelpecirno/4310094693/sizes/z/in/photostream/">[MP]</a></em>

  • But Most Of All, We Love That You Love Us Too

    <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34827444@N08/3268689260/sizes/m/in/photostream/">Amydeanne</a></em>


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