i really love to entertain, i just don't do it all that often. i love getting out a fancy table cloth and my pretty glassware. i love making a few snacks and buying some drinks that i know my friends will like. well, it was an hour before my book club hosting last month that i was on the phone with jenni and she was laughing about my preparation. she said "you need to blog about this, you are definitely waaayyy more southern than me!" this just made me laugh so hard because jenni is the epitome of being raised in the south with her manners and upbringing and i, well i was raised in pittsburgh. definitely not the south. i even cringe when my kids say "yes, ma'am" (as they are taught in school because we now live in the south).
but, as any true southern lady will do, i thought i would be gracious enough to give you the recipe for my famous cheese straws. which aren't actually straws in the above pic because i was trying circles instead, but have since decided that circles just won't do and that they always, always need to be straws.
- 1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
preheat oven to 350. sift together flour, and cayenne pepper into a bowl and set aside. in another bowl, add butter, cheese and mix until creamy. slowly beat in flour mixture, a scoop at a time until blended. put the batter in a bag and squeeze into lines on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat if you have one. refrigerate for 10 minutes to firm back up and then cook for 12 minutes until lightly browned.
super easy! in fact, i do every little bit in my cuisinart with the sharp blade paddle. even the shredding of the cheese.