Spicy Cheesy Parmesan Pecorino Cheese Straws
Posted on 11 November 2013
My eyes are on fire.
Actually, they feel like there’s fine sand trapped under my eyelids. Now I understand the feeling Matt was complaining about last week.
Yep, Matt apparently made me sick. I think he may have made Olive (the dog) sick too.* She and I are both hiding out under cozy blankets today.
Also, it’s cloudy. Wah.
On a vaguely related note, have you heard of this site sickweather? The technology analyzes and clusters Facebook and Twitter social data to determine where sickness is on the march or on the rise. It seems to be a consumer application only (so, you know, for you and me) thus far so I don’t quite understand the practical application. Regardless, it’s fun (??) to check out when you’re under the weather. As I did this morning.
Also, I’m moving to the central coast, where no one appears to be sick. Or,at least, is not sick on a social network.
Before I started feeling run-down, I was able to test out what may be the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. I’m eager to share these cheese straws — the ideal combination of salty, spicy, and crispy — with my guests to munch on with sparkling wine or other aperitifs. Using frozen puff pastry makes preparation a cinch. Plus, they can even be made the day before and put in an airtight container to serve later.
What is your favorite dish at Thanksgiving dinner?
* In case you’re wondering, I’m kidding. I do have a basic understanding of viral transmission. Maybe. Barely.
Last year: Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip
Adapted from Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook