I’m craving cheese straws right now.
Specifically the “touchstone” cheese straws of my youth. They were made at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and given out at happy hour, um, I mean fellowship hour after the 11am service. All cheese straws in my life shall be compared to these. Generally speaking homemade is preferable to store-bought, but what about church-made? Surely that’s allowed to win a taste test?
Perhaps you, too, have cheese straws to which all others are compared. My grandmother made a pretty mean batch herself.
For those of you not familiar with the items pictured above, they are made with butter, flour, and cheese along with a few other “secret” ingredients to give them a little kick.
I’ve discovered they are virtually impossible to come by in New York City. In fact, there are these other things masquerading as cheese straws around here. They are essentially dry bread sticks with some sort of dry cheese on them. Like long skinny cheese crackers. Nonsense. Call them something else, please.
If you have a favorite brand of the real thing, especially one I could order for delivery (or pick up next time I’m in Atlanta), do tell. Or send me a homemade batch. I wouldn’t object. Facebook or Tweet me your recommendations, please!