John, After seeing yours on the last page I say you have it dead right. Great color btw.
The best garlic rolls/knots I've had were actually in Miami, many transplanted Italian New Yorkers there. Only difference is they would take the hot rolls, throw them in a white foil lined 'to go' bag, then ladle some like mixture in with a healthy pinch of cheese and herbs. Fast shake, out the door. The question is what exactly was that mixture. I'm going to try your ingredients and see, but it sounds really close, so thanks.