Cayenne Cheese Bites!
Homemade Cayenne Cheese Bites served this afternoon at The Birdnest Inn! Yes, they are spicy but why not? Served with a glass of wine or with a cup of specialty Forte Tea. Makes any afternoon so much better!
Grate 1 lb of sharp cheddar cheese
Soften 2 sticks of unsalted butter
Using an electric mixer, blend butter and cheese until mixture is smooth. Add the following:
2 teaspoons salt, 1 large egg yolk, 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper.
Continue blending in the electric mixer. When well blended, drop by teaspoons on an ungreased baking sheet---or pack mixture into a cookie press for a more festive look. Place about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Use the leftover egg white to make a glaze by lightly beating and adding a pinch of salt. Brush the tops of each bite with the glaze. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
This is a recipe that I have been making and altering since 1971.
GATHERING BLACK GOLD
It's black gold time at The Birdnest Inn! As a dedicated organic gardener, I cherish this time of year! It's time to build up compost piles (black gold) to use in gardening over the next few years. I started the compost piles in February, locating them out of sight behind the chicken coop. There are three stacks---leaves, which compost the fastest, pine straw, which is much slower to break down, and a stack of large limbs/deadfall. It's truly sad and depressing to see so many plastic bags full of leaves ready to be picked up to go to a landfill. Mine are too large to place in bins, but it is simple to buy or build a compost bin and make your own black gold!