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I won! I won, I won, I won.

Posted Nov 16 2010 10:02am

This one time, a coworker won a motion to suppress.  That doesn’t happen very often in our judicial circuit.  Like ever.  And she was so (rightfully) excited that she came back to our office trailer, and ran around telling everyone “I won! I won, I won, I won!”  She even ran into the big-boss’s office and repeated her refrain.

To which our big head boss said in a deliberate manner, “Oh that’s nice. (pause) Wait, what’d you win?”  Typically this story is told to explain how much free reign we are given in developing our cases.

However, I tell you this story, for the mere point of explaining my refrain: I won!  I won, I won, I won.  To which you respond: What’d you win?

Yes it would be nice if this winning I did was about important things…like murder trials.  Or the lottery.  Or the final four.  But…it’s not.  Unless you consider mac and cheese important things.  Which, let’s be honest, it kind of is.

On Saturday, the “young bunch” in my office had a thanksgiving-potluck-cook off.  I’ve participated in many cook-offs in my life, always working very hard to win, but never winning.  So, I went in with low expectations.  But I won!  YAY!  And believe me, with the amount of cheese and butter I used, there was no way I couldn’t win. It’s simple math:

Lots of Butter + Lots of Cheese = BIG WIN.

So, without further adieu…

Pen’s Winning Spicy Mac & Cheese


  • 7 cups small pasta shapes
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 16 oz. shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 3 poblano peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1-2 red peppers, roasted and finely chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.  Drain and place in large bowl.
  3. Saute the red pepper, poblano pepper, and onion with 1/2 tbsp butter until browned.  Add to cooked pasta.
  4. In a medium saucepan, melt 5.5 tbsp butter.  When butter is melted, add 5-6 tbsp flour (this is going to depend on humidity factors, start with less and add more if needed).  Mix in flour and cook the mixture until it starts to get sticky, stirring constantly
  5. Stir in milk.  Continue to stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken.
  6. Add cheese, stirring until cheese is melted.
  7. Pour cheese sauce over pasta, and mix.  Pour into greased 3qt pan.
  8. Bake for 25-35 minutes.
  9. Eat.

The best part of this (besides winning)? I got to clear out some of the veggie-refridge-drawer-full-of-poblanos that I have from my garden.

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