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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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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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