Archive for the ‘Snacks’ Category

Homemade Pretzel Recipe

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Homemade pretzels are perfect for an afternoon snack or for freezing and saving for later (just pop in the microwave for fifteen or so seconds and voila!). Make these with the kids or bring them along on a beach trip this summer, and if desired, add your favorite toppings or dip into mustard.

What You’ll Need:

    Pretzels

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package
    active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
    (do not exceed 100°F)
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose
    flour, separated
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt,
    if desired

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the yeast into the cup of water. Let stand for about 10 minutes, until a creamy foam develops.
  2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of the flour, then add vegetable oil and table salt and combine. Stir in the rest of the flour to complete the dough.
  3. On a well-floured surface, knead the dough for about 5 minutes or until elastic. Form into a ball and cover; let the dough rest for one hour.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommended). After the dough is finished resting, cut the ball into 12 even pieces and roll each piece into a rope about 16 inches long with a thickness about the size of a pencil.
  5. For a traditionally shaped pretzel, form each rope into a “U” shape and cross the ends to make a large loop. Spread the ends apart, bring them up towards you and press into the top of the loop. Or, get creative with the shape – form hearts, letters, symobls, etc.
  6. Let the formed pretzels rest for 30 minutes on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Preheat the oven to 475°F. Fill a large saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Stir in the baking soda, and one at a time, cook the pretzels in the boiling water for about one minute. Remove from water and place directly onto the baking sheet. Sprinkle with coarse salt if desired.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the pretzels are golden brown; approximately 10-14 minutes. Enjoy!

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Fresh Asparagus Recipes

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

One of the many vegetables that tastes better when its fresh is asparagus. Since this spring vegetable is now in season, we’ve rounded up a few recipes for adding asparagus to your plate this spring, whether you’re hosting an afternoon garden party or evening barbecue; starting with a basic (and versatile) olive oil and Parmesan cheese recipe.

Asparagus

◊ Parmesan Asparagus

What you’ll need
(in addition to the asparagus):

  • 1 part olive oil
  • 2 parts Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Spread out asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with cheese and oil mixture, coating all sides of each stalk.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until they reach desired tenderness. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

This recipe from Delish combines Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for a creamy, comfort-food-worthy side dish featuring this spring vegetable.

Roasted Garlic Asparagus

A simple recipe with full flavor and plenty of potential for complementing any dish you serve this season.

Chili Spiced Asparagus

For a little kick, add sherry vinegar and chili powder to your asparagus; EatingWell® tells us how.

Grilled Asparagus Flatbread

Or to put a little twist on tea party finger sandwiches, this asparagus flatbread from Martha Stewart is just the thing.

How are you cooking or roasting asparagus this spring? Share your recipe ideas with us below or on Facebook, and tell us if you try any of the recipes above.

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Easter Treats & Sweets

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

While tradition may have you making a delicious Easter ham for April 16th, we’ve found eight recipes for snacks, treats and side dishes for you to try this year, too. There’s a little something for everyone (including fruits & veggies), and you could definitely keep these recipes around all spring long for tea parties, brunch with friends and even Mother’s Day!

Easter Treats & Sweets

Cabbage Leaf MatVeggie Garden: The vegetable tray gets a makeover with this idea from Glitter and Goulash. You can even use our Cabbage Leaf Mats to line the basket for decorative appeal that won’t wilt like real cabbage or lettuce leaves.

Fruit Kabobs: Easter cookie cutters are needed for this yummy project, and the skewers are certainly optional. Cut up all of your melons, apples and other fruit selections in bunny or egg shapes, or just pick a couple to complement grapes, bananas and strawberries on your Easter table.

Italian Easter Bread: Just one look at this creation by Bake with Christina will have you adding it to your recipe book to make year after year. Don’t forget the Easter egg!

Easter Popcorn: Chocolate, popcorn and plenty of bright colors make this a festive and cheerful addition to your Easter and spring table.

Carrot Hooked Wool PillowThe Good (sweet) Stuff: Easter candy is likely to be filling your candy dishes, Easter baskets and the rooms of your home, but these homemade confections are hard to pass up. These Carrot Cake Truffles from Inspired By Charm are almost too charming to eat; Easter Blossom Sugar Cookies put a colorful twist on an old favorite Blossom Cookie recipe; Mini Lemon Tarts in a decorative flower shape are perfect for showing off spring spirit and your baking talents; and these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Eggs put a fun twist on those irresistible peanut butter cup eggs found in the candy aisle.

Let us know if you try any of these delectable treats for Easter, and be sure to share your Easter traditions with us here or on Facebook.

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