I was concerned about all of the negative reviews, but the positive reviews finally won me over. I'm vegetarian, so I used one bag of Wegman's "Don't have a cow" veggie crumbles in place of the ground beef. I'm also not a fan of garlic powder so I used 3 garlic crushed garlic cloves in it's place. I try to avoid pre-packaged foods, so I made my own shredded potatoes using 1lb of yukon golds. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and thought it turned out great and full of flavor. I know the recipe recommends yellow cheddar, but I used an intense organic white cheddar that had a fantastic flavor for this dish. I could see why yellow cheddar was recommended after I added the turmeric because the cheese sauce took on a slightly scary bright french's mustard yellow color, that wouldn't have been as noticeable with yellow cheddar. I think the cheese it key in this dish, and wonder if those that said it was bland maybe used pre-packaged shredded cheese. Just like wine in a recipe, you shouldn't use any cheese in a recipe that you wouldn't eat on it's own. I thought each layer was flavorful on it's own, but even better when combined. I made this yesterday and had some of the leftovers today and they were just as good.