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Best Kids' Takeout, August 2011

Butternut squash is a primary ingredient in the Comfort Gourmet Kid's Mac & Cheese, but children still gobble it up, and parents steal forkfuls from their plates. Venice chef Noelle Fanaris put a grown-up twist on the popular dish, although the cheeses are kid-friendly cheddar, Monterey jack, and Parmesan—no Brie or blue. The large elbow pasta is pleasing to young taste buds because it's softer than the smaller, firmer variety. The dish is also available using a carrot puree and can be found in the frozen food
sections at Gelson's, Bob's Market, Rainbow Acres, Vicente Foods, and Erewhon Natural Foods Market.