Let cream cheese soften and grate the Old English cheese. Beat together with an electric beater, adding garlic salt and Tabasco. Mix thoroughly. Add chopped pecans and beat. Lay out wax paper and sprinkle with chili powder and paprika. Shape cheese mixture into two rolls. Roll in paprika and chili powder mixture and store (in fridge) until ready to use. These rolls can also be frozen.
From Friends and Their Food by Virginia Safford, Dillon Press, 1969.
Tell an Italian that you are going to create hams in Iowa equal to the famous prosciutto di Parma and they might fall to the floor laughing. But after moving to Iowa from Italy, that's what Herb Eckhouse and his wife, Kathy, did with their La Quercia hams. And they did it very well, defying skeptics.