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Wednesday, April 13, 2005 

What is up with The South and Cheese Straws

Posted by Hello "If there were community cookbook awards, the Oscar for the best performance would go hands down to River Road Recipes". - New York Times. There have been more than 1.2 million copies sold of this book...and for good reason. It covers pretty much everything. It was originally published in 1959 and the copy that I have is the 52nd Printing done in April 1980. It has been followed up by with River Road Recipes II, III and IV. Guess they must be doing something right down in Baton Rouge!

I'm not sure why Cheese Straws are so popular in the South. And I have been seeing a handfull of companies that are now offering them up nationwide. But why pay a fortune for boxed cheesy snacks when you can make some up at home. And they're soooooooo easy.

Cheese Straws

1 cup butter
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 2/3 cups sifted flour
Dash red pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix ingrediets together well. Roll thin and cut in narrow strips. Bake in slow oven, 275 degrees until light borwn. Makes about 4 dozen.

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Interesting. That book was home cooking for me, until I became semi-vegan and many of the recipes in my Louisiana cookbooks wouldn't do. My Cotton Country Junior League Cookbook, now in many pieces, is still a favorite for holidays, though. Can't beat sweet potato casserole!

Aren't there any eggs or liquid in this recipe?

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