LW Willie Nelson, Red-headed Stranger
Betty was late. The oil slick left by her boyfriend’s Dodge Dart was receding and the neon sign behind the cash register blinked “Open” in the late morning sun. When they peered between the bent mini-blinds, they could see one white tie shoe under the counter and a hanky badge dangling from the green malt machine, but no Betty.
Frankie the dishwasher was a no-show—Momma called in the middle of the night with another cat emergency. Jethro the milkman had obviously been there and Rayleen’s pies, still warm from the oven, had been dropped off onto the front step.
Anxious for his first cuppa Joe, the well-dressed man with slicked back hair and a neat moustache led the drowsy pack around the back. He rattled the door, “Betty, you in there? We’re goin’ crazy out here!” The words tumbled down the empty sidewalk.
They could see Russ the breakfast cook through the screen door pondering the grill—cigarette ash threatening the fried-off bacon.
“Russ!”, they shouted, “Where’s Betty?”
“Dunno, I slept the night on the flour bags—didn’t see her come in.”
“Well, we need coffee. Power’s out in the doublewide, Mother’s busy clipping coupons, and the dogs won’t go walkies. I need coffee and some company!”
“Not my job and Betty don’t answer to me. Ask the beautiful blonde sitting on the curb. She was askin’ for Betty too.”
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup uncooked macaroni
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup Bisquick
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup crushed Cheetos
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Grease pie plate 10 x 1 1/2 inches.
Mix 2 cups cheese and the macaroni. Sprinkle in plate.
Beat remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup cheese until smooth, 15 seconds in blender on high or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate.
Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean about 40 minutes.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese and Cheetos. Bake until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.