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Preheat oven to 375˚F
For the basic mac and cheese base, add the butter to a high-sided or deep skillet. Once the butter melts, add the flour and whisk one minute to make a roux. Whisk the milk into the roux. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cheeses and stir until combined. Mix in white pepper, dry mustard, granulated onion and cayenne pepper. For this pimiento cheese variation, also stir in hot sauce, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, granulated onion, granulated garlic, Worcestershire, pimientos and yellow mustard. Toss with pasta and cauliflower and add to a casserole dish.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a small pot over medium heat. Once melted, toss with crushed crackers, parsley and chives.
Top with the cracker mixture and bake until bubbly and brown on top, about 15 minutes.