Photograph by Gentl and Hyers food styling by Maggie Ruggiero 
Prop Styling by Ayesha Patel

Helga Testorf

Braided Cheese Straws

Amuse-Bouche from Issue 11 – Summer 2017 – Heroines

In 1986, it was revealed that Andrew Wyeth had been painting his neighbor’s wife, a stout Prussian woman with braided blonde pigtails named Helga Testorf, in secret for the past 15 years. Though she shunned the media attention, Testorf told one biographer of the experience: “I became alive. I’ve never done anything more worthwhile.” For the most recognizable girl next door: cheese straws braided as her hair was.

makes 12 braids, serves 6 to 12