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.
Darra Goldstein is editor in chief of The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, an 888-page reference guide to all things sweet. "The book is really a compendium of human desires, a cultural history of desire for things that are sweet and what it has caused in the world, in both the realm of pleasure and also of pain," she says.