|All three types of sassafras leaves - the mitten, the ghost, and the football - from Pennsylvania|
Evelyn Dixon's Texas friend Mary Dell and her son Howard have invited Evelyn over for dinner to hear about her trip to New England to see the fall colors. And better yet - we're all invited!
Mary Dell's Menu
Buffalo Chicken Wings
Southern Living Cheese Straws
1-1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (1-pound) block extra sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded and at room temperature
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 to 2 teaspoons ground red pepper
½ teaspoon paprika
4 cups all-purpose flour
1. Using a heavy-duty stand mixer, beat softened butter, shredded cheese, salt, red pepper, and paprika at medium speed until blended.
2. Gradually add flour, beating until combined.
3. On parchment paper-lined baking sheets, use a cookie press with a star-shaped disk to shape mixture into long ribbons. Cut ribbons into 2-inch pieces.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes 10 dozen.
from Southern Living March 2006
Tips from Southern Living:
Shred your own cheese; it’s stickier and blends better than pre-shredded cheese. Store baked cheese straws in an airtight container for 1 week. Store unbaked dough in the fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for 1 month. Bake stored cheese straws in the oven at 350° for 3 to 4 minutes to make them crispy again.
Did you know that Dr Pepper is a native Texan? According to the Dr Pepper Museum, it was created, manufactured, and sold in Waco, Texas, starting in 1885. It is the oldest of the major soft drink brands in America.
|A Northern Red Oak leaf from New Hampshire|
Now it's your turn. Share with the book club in the comments section about a special trip you've taken.
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