While still only halfway through the work day, Simon announced that he had bought this cheese at a local gourmet food shop (snobs, snobs, snobs). It was called Tintern, and is an aged cheddar cheese made by Welsh monks that is stuck all over with chives and shallots.
While 1/2 pound of pasta (we used gemelli) is cooking, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. When it's smooth, whisk in:
3 tbsp flour
1 tbsp mustard powder
and move around for a few minutes. Then add:
3 c. milk
1/2 c. onion, diced
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Then, have your beloved boyfriend
dice up tons of cheese (the chive-filled, and some sharp cheddar); 12 oz. total:
(and do not forget to sample it)
And add 8 ounces to the milk mixture. Mix in the cooked pasta, throw it in a dish, and top it with the rest of the cheese.
And bake at 350 degrees for half an hour; add bread crumbs. We thought it would be more solid, and afterwards I felt as if I were being dragged down by an inordinate amount of mass, but....it was pretty good.