Witch Finger Cheese Straws

This is an easy and festive treat. Perfect to put out on the bar, bring to party or enjoy at home.

Take your favorite cheese straw recipe. Mine is below. And add sliced almonds for fingernails.

Here are some tips:

•Roll out the dough, nice and even. I use parchment paper on top and bottom when rolling.

•Use a pizza cutter to get straight, clean lines. The skinnier the better. Not too skinny or they will burn-too fat and they don’t look like fingers. About a inch in width wronged for me.

•I liked to keep my fingers a little shorter. This is for two reasons. 1) these are delicate and the finger was easily broken when longer. 2) I wanted them to fit in a specific bowl.

•After cutting, I use my hands to shape the straws into fingers. Some curvy, warty, some straight.

•Next, add the sliced almonds. Overlap a little dough on bottom of almond to hold it in place.

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, room temperature. Shred your own
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Dash of Tabasco, to taste
  • Cajun seasoning to taste (I like Tony’s)

Mix it all together. Taste. Add more spice if needed. Add more cheese if needed.

Bake for 15 mins. Watch your fingers closely! I bake 350 degrees for 8-10 mins and check. They burn quickly. Time will vary based on size and shape.

Fourth of July Favorites

We had a neighborhood party complete with a bouncy castle water slide, fireworks and loads of amazing food. {and drinks}

In addition to chips and dips, cheese platters and BBQ we supplemented with a few favorites.

Pasta Salad

Super easy + goes a long way + crowd pleaser, yes please.

Simply boil pasta, drain, cool and add all the things. I went for spinach leaves, hearts of palm, marinated artichoke quarters, black olive slices, cherry tomatoes, red onion and a few bits of steamed broccoli.

Toss it all in Italian dressing and voilà.

Another favorite of ours is affectionately called, Flag Salad. Another one that goes a long way and is super easy to throw together.

Mini Marshmallows + Blue Berries + Strawberries

Add the marshmallows to individual servings to keep from getting soggy.

Our beer of choice? A local bock. Love Honey. ❤️ By Lost Forty Brewing.

We hope you had a great 4th of July!

-The Benefields