Soft Pretzel Bites

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I love soft pretzels.  Going to the mall and the smell of the pretzel place hits you and mmmm I am hungry.  I like the buttery salty ones and I love the cinnamon and sugar ones.

So I have tried many different recipes to make delicious soft pretzel bites at home.  Some I have found to be too sweet, some too roll-like, but these are pretty close to perfect.

My recipe is for basic salted ones (better than at the movies, my husband says).  If you would like to make cinnamon and sugar pretzel bites follow this recipe up through the egg wash.  Just don’t put salt on them.  When they come out of the oven brush the pretzels with melted butter and roll in cinnamon and sugar.  Equally as delicious.

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French Toast

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This is not fancy French toast.  This isn’t really a recipe but more a collection of guidelines.

Some mornings you just want the basics.  Some mornings I want vanilla almond crusted French toast and died in chocolate chips.  But some mornings I want simple delicious French toast like my mom used to make.

I used leftover Italian bread though to be more accurate to my memory it should have been sliced white bread. Or, you know, use whatever you have on hand.  This is not fancy French toast.  It is easy and delicious French toast.

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Ham and Lentil Stew

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Happy Easter everyone!  Are you about to be inundated with leftover ham?  I know that ham sandwiches are a favorite but they have never worked for me.  I prefer something warm and delicious to use up my leftovers. Warm, delicious, surprisingly healthy.  And this ham and lentil stew, while not the most photogenic of dishes, is very tasty.

I learned that lentils are very similar in some respects to split peas, so think of this as the best ham and pea soup you have ever had.  It also freezes well if you have so many leftovers that you wind up with way too much stew and leftovers of your leftovers.

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Rich Chocolate Pudding

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When I made the banana pudding  a few weeks ago I mentioned I was going to have a lip biopsy done… well it happened and went very well.  However my bottom lip is now twice its normal size and I need soft easy-to-eat foods.

Plus something inherently comforting sounds nice as well.  And there are few things more comforting than a delicious bowl of rich, chocolate pudding.

This pudding is perfect: intensely chocolatey, smooth, creamy, and easy to make.  If you are not an intense chocolate person I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute 6 ounces of milk chocolate chips, or butterscotch, or even peanut butter chips if you liked.

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Baked Banana Pudding

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I love banana pudding.  I love the kind made with whipping cream that never sees any heat, and I love the kind topped with a pile of meringue and then baked until golden brown.

This is a recipe for that second kind.  The kind with meringue and baked into a delicious soft pudding. But honestly I would be happy with either.  Banana pudding is a great comfort food.

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I was supposed to have a small test this week which have ended up with me having at lest one stitch in my mouth.  Anytime I am looking at any oral testing or surgery I start thinking about delicious, soft, comfort food.  My mother sent me this recipe, I believe she found it in the People magazine.  My test got moved to two weeks from now but by then my banana pudding craving was raging so I made it anyway.  And who knows… I might make it again in two weeks!

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Chocolate Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Butter Cream

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Last Monday was icy.  It started as one of those days when the snow is just barely snow because the temperature is not really below freezing but then the temperature dropped.  And all that nice slushy snow/not snow muck froze.  And then it began to ice storm.  We didn’t go out Monday or until noon the following Tuesday.

So I decided I should try baking a cake.  Well I was pretty confident on the cake front, I decided I would try making butter cream again.  Also we weren’t going out in the ice and I didn’t have any icing on hand and I wanted to make some cake!  Happily this was  delicious very successful buttercream, if I do say so myself.

The cake was pretty amazingly delicious too.  And the perfect thing to make you not care about the dreary gray winter days outside.

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Wings!

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*** Guest post written by my husband! 🙂 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ***

Who doesn’t like wings? These blank slates of a snack can be doused in dry rubs or sauces, store bought or home made. You can go to the local pub and great some great ones and think it may be more trouble than it’s worth to make your own, but I SWEAR they aren’t much trouble.

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