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Cheese Straws

I have been getting a lot of requests for the recipe I use for Cheese Straws.  There are many ways of making these I am sure, but for me this is the easiest (and tastiest) recipe.  Here goes (pictures of finished straws tomorrow).

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups shredded extra-sharp Cheddar, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional – add a little more – up to 1/2 teaspoon –  according to how spicy you want them to be)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixer/food processor, add the butter, cheese, flour, salt and cayenne and process until a smooth dough is formed.

Scoop it into a cookie press, fitted with a flat ridged tip.

Pipe the dough in 2-inch strips onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to racks to cool. Makes ~ 5 dozen.

Alternate Directions: Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes and roll on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick.

Cut into smaller rectangles, about 2 by 3-inches, with a pizza wheel or sharp knife. Shape the straws by twisting once or twice before baking.

Bake using the original directions.

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Easter Cheese…

Every Easter my Pop Pop made Easter Cheese.  When I was a little girl I remember seeing the ball of cheese hanging in the kitchen above the sink.   I loved it!  It will be exactly 5 years ago this Easter Sunday that he passed away.  That particular day (then) happened to be the Monday after Easter.   I miss him so. 

When he passed, I inherited his (and my Grandmother’s) cook books and recipes.  Most of his recipes are sometimes hard to decipher.  Seems the ingredients are written down on whatever piece of paper was available, but not always the instructions for using those ingredients. 

In his honor this year I decided to look through his recipes – so carefully filed in the little metal box – and choose something to make for our annual Easter Dinner.  There it was under ‘C’.  Easter Cheese.

20 eggs, 1 quart milk, 1 tsp. salt, 1T sugar, Double Boiler

That was it.  Oh no!  How do you make it.  A quick search on the internet of Slovak, Polish and German cheese recipes and an hour later I found several recipes that were close.  Of course none had the exact amounts of ingredients and some added other ingredients.  The method seemed to be all the same. 

So the Easter Cheese is now hanging in my kitchen above my sink.  What a beautiful sight!  So, Pop Pop, this year, in honor of you, we will eat our traditional Cheese, raise our glasses and think fondly of you!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Good Friday and a very lovely Easter!

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I’m still here!

Extremely busy with all the preparation for Christmas.  Every year we host a Christmas Eve Open House.  The invitations have been sent, the food and drink have been planned, and the Christmas shopping is done.  I still have a few items to do (they involve the sewing machine), but it wouldn’t be Christmas without those few last minute ideas……

Put together a few things tonight.  One of them being the Chocolate Cobbler that I read about on Lolly’s blog.  This recipe is the BOMB!!!!!!  It is so so easy!  AND so so good.  This is definitely on the list for the party and might be in some Christmas presents…..Shhhhh.  Can’t say for sure!  Please go check out her site.  She does some wonderful things!

I have been taking some pictures – have not downloaded off the camera.  I need to have a 36 hour day!  I think that is what I am going to ask Santa for.  That way I can still get all the sleep i need (I LOVE LOVE LOVE sleep) and still have all the time to do my other stuff.  You know all that crafty, sewing, cooking, playing goodness that comes with life!

Until next time (hopefully tomorrow)….I already have a kink in the plan for tomorrow – kids are on a 2 hour delay because of the cold temperatures!

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December

I can’t believe it is here already!  Seems like yesterday I was taking decorations down – now all this week I am putting them back up!  The first to go up was the tree, the lights and the advent calendar.  I put it together Sunday after J went to bed. He woke up to notice it and wanted to know “Mom, what are all the numbers on the door?”.  I had not put one up the last two or three years so he did not remember it.  I wanted to make one, but always have a really hard time deciding.  This one will do for this year.  I would like to make something a little more elaborate for next year.  I need to get through this  Christmas first.

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Just a simple envelope out of felt hung on a button-lined piece of ribbon.  It was quite relaxing to sit and sew while Mister watched football.

I am getting into the full swing of Christmas this week.  Will make sure to put up all the decorations through out the week as well as a few other projects….Some are under wraps – so I won’t be able to spill the beans.  At least not yet….

Thanksgiving was great!  We had a really big crowd this year.  The biggest in a long time.  Didn’t get many pictures – too busy visiting….hope to receive a few via email from other family members.   This was the first year I didn’t stuff myself silly.  There is always too many dishes and deserts to choose from…..Ah the curse of the Thanksgiving table!