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Elderly Care Recipes: Classic Southern Cheese Straws

Elderly Care in Madison FL

If you are like most adult children, you remember a few recipes that your mother or grandmother always made for you during the holiday season that you could not wait to enjoy. In the South, oneElderly-Care-Madison-FL of these traditional foods is cheese straws. These rich, crunchy crackers are a tasty treat for you to make with your parents as a fun elderly care activity, or for them to whip up with their elderly health care services provider so that they can feel like an active contributor to your next holiday feast. This recipe adds a modern twist to the traditional by bumping up the flavor with dried crushed red pepper flakes, but if you or your aging loved ones do not enjoy spicy foods, feel free to leave it out for a milder effect.


What You Will Need

• 2 tablespoons of half and half

• 1/2 dried crushed red pepper

• 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces

• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt

• 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

• 1 10oz block of sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

• A food processor

• Flour for flouring a work surface

• A clean working surface

• A rolling pin

• A sharp knife or a fluted pastry wheel

• Parchment paper

• Baking sheets

• Wire racks


What to Do

• Add the sharp Cheddar, flour, butter, kosher salt and crushed red pepper to the food processor

• Pulse the ingredients in the food processor in 5 second intervals, until the mixture begins to resemble coarse crumbs

• Add the half and half to the food processor and process for 10 seconds

• Check to see if a dough has formed, and if not, process in 2 second intervals until it does

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F

• Prepare the clean working surface with a handful or two of flour, making sure that there is enough on the surface area to keep the dough from sticking, but not enough to over-flour the dough

• Pat down the rolling pin with dough as well, to make sure the dough does not stick to the pin

• Turn the dough out onto the well-floured surface

• Divide the dough in half and place one aside

• Place the dough in the center of the working area and using the rolling pin, roll into a 12 by 8 inch rectangle that is about 1/8 of an inch thick

• Using the sharp knife or the fluted pastry wheel, cut the dough into 3/4 inch wide strips, making sure to dip the knife or wheel into the flour in between each cut to make sure there are clean cuts

• Line the first baking sheet with parchment paper

• Place the strips on the parchment line baking sheet with a small space between each

• Line the second baking sheet with parchment paper

• Place the first baking sheet into the oven

• Roll the second half of the dough into another 12 by 8 inch rectangle of about 1/8 inch thickness

• Cut the dough into 3/4 inch wide strips again, making sure to have clean cuts by using flour

• Place the strips on the second baking sheet

• The first baking sheet bakes until the edges are well browned, about 18 to 20 minutes

• When the first set is finished baking, remove them and place them on a wire cooling rack

• Replace the first baking sheet with the second

• Allow the first set of strips to cool for up to 30 minutes

• Bake the second set for 18 to 20 minutes

• After cooling 30 minutes, remove them and place them on the serving tray


If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Madison, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552, (GA) 229-236-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.