Cheese Straws

cheese straws #1Cheese Straws are a satisfyingly-cheesy cracker that can be made using a variety of cheeses, but traditionally with a sharp cheddar. Add just a sprinkle of cayenne to give them a touch of heat, and they’re perfect.  Cayenne and real Cheddar sets these crackers apart — far apart — from any store-bought crackers in a box. Cheese Straws are remarkably light yet crunchy, and quite addicting for cheese lovers of all types.

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Cracked Wheat Bread

Cracked Wheat bread is one of the best tasting loaves around, and possibly one of the best kept secrets. Everyone seems to love white bread, or proclaim the health benefits of whole wheat, completely neglecting this classic. Like all bread, it’s easy to make and once you get into the habit of baking, it’s almost second nature. It’s a pleasure to put your hands to such easy work for such a superb return.

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Baguette, New Orleans Style

baguette baked #3Baguette may have originated in France, but this particular variety is definitely a New Orleans staple. It’s an essential component of the Po’ Boy, a Louisiana submarine sandwich usually filled with fried oysters, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. It’s also delicious dunked into soup, sliced and toasted, or just shared around the dinner table by tearing off a chunk and passing it around. There’s a classic story about a poor man who enjoyed loitering outside a popular bakery simply to smell the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baking bread. The haughty baker grew angry that the poor man never bought any bread and one day decided that payment should be made for the privilege of smelling his delicious bread. The baker had the poor man arrested and both the poor man and the baker were brought before a wise judge. When asked whether he had any money to pay for the smell of the baker’s bread, the poor man reluctantly took out a few coins from his pocket and jingled them in his hand, telling the judge it was everything he had. The judge then informed the arrogant baker that he had been paid: the sound of the poor man’s money was payment for the smell of the baker’s delicious bread. In any case, the taste of freshly baked bread is definitely one of life’s greatest pleasures. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, butter melting into the delicate crumb.  Mmmmmmmmm…….

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