“These days when I think of Christmas at home, I think first of cheese straws and roasted pecans. The pecans are roasted with butter and salt until they are gorgeous and golden with just the right crunch. And by cheese straws, I mean rigid rectangular wafers made of that heavenly combination of cheddar, flour, butter, and red pepper that melts in your mouth and is best made with an old-fashioned cookie press.
There is almost nothing I’d rather eat.”
— Julia Reed, Excerpt from her December, 2001 New York Times Magazine article.
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