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.
Richard Wrangham, a professor at Harvard University and author of Catching Fire, studies the role of cooking in human evolution. "Once you start thinking about the importance of cooking -- its supply of energy, its strange distribution compared to natural foods -- it's bound to have affected our evolution hugely, our behavior, our society, our cognition, all sorts of features about us," he says.