A treat from an old cook book

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1/4 pound of flour

2 ounces butter

2 ounces grated parmesan cheese

a pinch of salt

a few grains of cayenne pepper

Mix all into a paste with the yolk of an egg. Roll out into a rectangle the thickness of a silver quarter, about four or five inches long; cut into strips about a third of inch wide. Twist them as you would a paper spill (a piece of twisted paper once used to light a candle) and lay them on a baking sheet slightly floured.

Bake in a moderate oven until crisp, but they must not be the least brown.

If put away in a tin, these straws will keep a long time. Serve cold, piled tastefully on a glass dish. You can make these straws of remnants of puff pastry, rolling in the grated cheese.

- from The Presidential Cook Book, edited by Edith Carew Roosevelt - 1903