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You can't have a spaghetti dinner without bread! From our vintage edition of Betty Crocker's Hostess Cookbook [Golden Press, New York 1967], here's our favorite recipe for bread sticks. This illustrated cookbook offers many impressive (and often surprisingly easy to make) recipes for dinner parties, brunches and lunches, teas and receptions, casual get-togethers and holiday celebrations. The book is also prefaced with a helpful guide to planning your special event.

We found our copy at a library book sale, but other places you might want to try for this excellent guide to giving parties include estate sales, Abebooks and eBay.

Salty Breadsticks

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix in Bisquick; beat vigorously. Turn dough onto surface well dusted with Bisquick. Knead until smooth, about 20 times. Divide dough into 16 equal parts. Roll each piece between hands into pencil-like strip, 8 inches long. Spread part of butter in oblong pan, 13x9x2 inches. Place strips of dough in pan. Brush tops with remaining butter; sprinkle with salt. Cover and let rise in warm place (85 degrees) until light, about 1 hour.

Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake breadsticks 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Turn off oven; allow breadsticks to remain in oven 15 minutes longer to crisp. Makes 16 sticks.