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It may sound crazy, but I found using evaporated milk and a corn starch slurry makes a great velvety sauce that takes a long time before congealing.  The flavor is still good, just make sure to use evaporated and not condensed as it would be very sweet.  Basic batch: 2 12oz cans evaporated milk, 12 oz shredded cheddar, slurry: 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons cornstarch.  low to med heat until desired thickness.
My first monthly challenge entry.  I hope to add Pho, pozole, and chicken and dumplings to my entries, but since we are having a late season heatwave, a nice cool Andaluz Gazpacho.  Garnished with cubed crusty baguette. red pepper, green pepper, cucumber, and tomato.     
Growing up loving the horrible box Mac-n-Cheese and Velveeta and shells, I had trouble mimicking the texture with a Roux.  After a lot of experimentation, I found that using evaporated milk and a corn starch slurry gave the best results. Also, it did not coagulate as it cooled.  Very Velvety.  I made a Mex Mac with Bacon Fat, Sharp Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Colby, Caramelized Onion, Hot Sauce, Pickled Jalapeno, and Breadcrumbs .
I have been following Chef David Chang ever since i saw "Mind of a Chef" a few years ago on Netflix.  When he released his SSam sauce earlier this year, I couldn't wait to try it and ordered it online as soon as it became available.  (about two weeks ago)  I have been hearing about his legendary Bo SSam and had to make it.  It was worth every effort and not only lived up to, but even exceeded my expectations.  Slow roasted, then high heat carmalized pork shoulder in a bibb...
They are too sweet for me, but my wife loves them.  Use dried sweetened coconut and panko mix for breading.  I have toasted the coconut prior to cooking  but  I find that unnecessary as it gets the toasted flavor from frying.  Use coconut milk in your eggwash and fry in peanut oil.  The standard dipping sauce is a 50/50 blend of sweet chili sauce and orange marmalade.  You can do simple store bought or from made scratch depending on your ambitiousness. Good luck.
I agree with Dave Kinogie.  Veil is equal to goose at half the price.  Only problem is you can only get at Total Wine & More.  Bonus- For month of Sept they have a sale on Veil and it comes in many flavors.  I still agree to just buy plain and add flavor though.
It is FlipFlopGirl.   Thanks.  The last time I made it, I had to break up a fight between my wife and mother-in-law over the last ear.  For the record, my wife got to have it.  I do have to live with her
I saw a PBS documentary from the 70s on Thai street food and their version of grilled corn is so good that I almost only eat corn on the cob  this way anymore.  Reduce a can of coconut milk with 1/2 cup brown sugar and tablespoon ground red pepper.  Add cornstarch slurry to thicken and grill husked and cleaned corn on med-high direct heat continuously basting until corn is cooked and thoroughly caramelized.   
It is still in theaters.  I really liked it, and highly recommend it to foodies and non foodies alike.  (Just don't go hungry LOL)  I agree with Tremechef to a point, but who doesn't like a fairytale ending.  It may be way off reality, but it is happy.     Jellly, I made a post about it the other week, but did not label the header appropriately      
It is the fact that they have to deal with the general public and provide salesmanship and customer service is why they make so much more.  You have a bad night on the line and get into a cussing fit, you might get reprimanded depending on how much you go off.  Do that in the front of the house and you don't have a job.  Look at almost any industry,  The worker gets a pittance and the salesman gets the lion's share.  Charisma pays over labor every time.  Sad but true.
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