Epic Knife Battle Over Missing Mac and Cheese

While in Houston Friday, my dad was watching the evening news.  The next segment included a man who stabbed another man over some missing macaroni and cheese.

Authorities said a Florida man stabbed his brother over the missing mac and cheese adding that he didn’t mean to hurt his brother, adding he just “poked him a little with the knife.”

The epic knife battle started when 49 year old Randy Zipperer found his mac and cheese was missing.  Edward, the younger brother, went to help but knocked over Randy’s beer instead.  The spilled beer was too much for Randy to bear and prompted a knifing in the stomach.

Randy likely will spend time in custody where he’ll probably be eating bologna sandwiches.

I say all this because I can totally see how the older brother just meant to "poke him a little with the knife".  After raising twin boys this logic completely makes sense to me.  

My recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese probably doesn’t warrant a stabbing if missing, but it is still good.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

1/2 pound elbow macaroni
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon powdered mustard
3 cups milk
1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh black pepper


3 tablespoons butter
1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it's free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Temper in the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.

Remember to save leftovers for fried Macaroni and Cheese.


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