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December, Day 20: Snow, finally

20.December 2010

Well, finally Boston’s weather got its act together and it snowed today!  Not a lot, but enough to be exciting for a certain little (big)  puppy I know (who is currently curled up on his pop’s lap worrying about the suitcases that are sitting around waiting to go to the airport).

The other order of business today is to give you a little easy tip for holiday munchies.  Make cheese straws.  They’re delicious and easy and look like much much more work than they are.  They go great with drinks, make a good appetizer, and I imagine they would be smashing with a slightly spicy, creamy tomato soup.  Make these soon.

Cheese Straws

  • 2 sheets (one package) frozen puff pastry
  • 1 c grated hard cheese (use whatever you have around – I used parmesan, fontina, and romano)
  • 2 T  rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 T olive oil
  1. Thaw your puff pastry in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before you try to unfold it.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 400.
  3. Unfold your puff pastry and give it a roll or two to flatten it out.
  4. Brush with the olive oil.
  5. Press the cheese and rosemary into the puff pastry.
  6. Cut thin strips.
  7. Twist.
  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until puffy and golden.

*Tip: if you want to make the cheese super fine, use the grating disc of a food processor, then use the chopping blade to chop up the cheese and the rosemary.  This makes a really fine, well combined rosemary and cheese mixture.

And now, a reward for those of you who got this far: Here’s Calvin experiencing his first snow.  He was very confused.

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