Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cheese Straws

J and I took a last minute trip to San Francisco last weekend. He was finishing filming up north and I met him in San Fran for a few days of reuniting. I had never been and it was awesome!

The first night we went to dinner at a fantastic seafood place called Fallon. Not only was the food good, but our waiter looked just like Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey.
 Loster..YUM, Crab..YUM, Oysters...YUM!

 Our first experience at the Golden Gate didn't disappoint. It is a STUNNING site!
 We took so many pictures. The all look like a green screen. Beautiful!
A view of Alcatraz

 Then we walked on it! I was a little terrified a first since I am scared of heights. I am glad we did it though, it was a once in a lifetime experience.

 Next stop...Fishermans Wharf!

 Francis Ford Coppola's offices and cafe.
 Our drive home was just as pretty. Miles of rolling green hills, it was like cow heaven.  I was so happy that we were able to get away for a few days. It was just what we needed and I was able to cross this off of my  New Year's resolution list!

I made these cheese straws for my CAbi party last month. I love cheese crackers.

Homemade Cheese Straws

2 cups self rising flour
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 stick butter, room temp
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 300. 
Sift together flour, salt, and cayenne.
Grate cheese.
With a hand mixer, beat room temp butter and cheese until smooth.

Add the flour mixture 1/2 a cup at a time until mixed in, scrape the sides occasionally.

You can use a plastic bag to pipe the dough into straws. I don't think I would do it again because it is really thick and wouldn't come out easy. I would roll the straws out by hand.

Place on wax paper. Use a fork to make marks on the cheese straws.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden. Remove and allow to cool before serving.
Serve in a glass standing up.

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