(Garnish, Wise, Politics)
Dear Dorothy, December 1, 1948
I was glad to get your letter in the post. It was forwarded to us by the state department. You will notice that the return post on mine is Paris, France. Yes, my dear Paul has been stationed here for four years, four years! I shall love every minute of it, do you hear? Paris!
You have asked me how to make the bread I served at dinner when we were together last. It is a simple thing. Two tablespoons of jalapeño slices are all that you need to spice it up. Three or four and you’ve ruined it. In other words, you must follow the recipe word for word, if you expect the dish to turn out as it is meant to. I do love to cook and present a good meal, so I will explain it all to you in earnest my dearest sister, since you have asked.
First, always: read the recipe. Start to finish. Read it entirely before you gather your ingredients and cooking supplies. It is of no use to mix the perfect cheesecake if you have no springform pan to cook it in. Would your husband get in the car and start driving without knowing in what direction to go? No? Read!
Cheesy Party Bread
1 Unsliced Round loaf (about 1 lb.) sourdough bread
(Or any kind you like)
1 lb. Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced
½ C. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ C. Butter, melted
½ C. chopped green onions
2 Tb. jalapeño slices, minced
¼ C. fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ Tsp. of garlic powder
Cut the bread lengthwise and crosswise without cutting through the bottom crust. It is the base and must be intact. Insert cheese between cuts. Combine butter, onions, garlic powder and jalapeño and sprinkle over bread evenly as possible.
Wrap in aluminum foil, place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min. Uncover, bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley. This is best if served warm, as you may remember.
There, that is it then. The bread is lovely with a nice wine after dinner, although as bread is loved equally by the masses it will go as well with that menace to the palate, beer. If you intend to be allowed to have time to serve and eat your dinner, do not mention politics to Papa or he will become upset and ask to leave. You know his opinion on the senator. In this instance it is better left alone.
All my love,