Heavenly Soft Pretzels and Beer-Cheese Dipping Sauce!

 Yum! No need to handle lye or boil water, this  soft pretzel recipe is much easier. The baked baking soda is the secret to making these look and taste like real soft pretzels without the danger and/or complication of using lye. I also like to roll out the ropes and cut into 1-2 inch pieces for little pretzel nuggets. These pretzel bites are great for larger groups.
If by some strange reason, all of the pretzels are not consumed the day you make them, it’s best to freeze them in foil packets and pop them directly in the toaster or oven to warm them back up when ready to eat.  You’ll have fresh pretzels any time!

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Mmm, Cheesesteak

Inspired by our trips to Philly, we wanted to make a cheesesteak at home. Now this is not the greasy (and delicious) mess you might find in Philly, but it is healthier and still tastes pretty darn good – and you don’t have to go to Philadelphia to get it! You can always substitute some wiz. Continue reading

Simple and Delicious Shrimp ‘n Jalapeño Cheese Grits

Seriously good, and super quick and easy to make. Shrimp with jalapeño cheese grits is a great weeknight dinner. You can also add some simple sautéed greens to go along with it.

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Oh yeah, I made sushi burritos at home!

I was a little late hearing about this food trend, but better late than never. Sushiritos or sushi burritos, are a great concept. Unfortunately, very few places outside of California make these delicious handheld foods, although major cities like NYC have caught on to the trend. Luckily they are fairly easy to replicate at home.  Feel free to add or remove any ingredients you want, that’s the best part of these burritos – make ’em exactly as you like them. You can also include shredded lettuce, carrots, beets, etc. for even more crispness and veggie goodness,  but here’s the basic recipe for  spicy tuna and California roll inspired sushi burritos to get you started.
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Perfect Picnic Chicken Fingers

For over 10+ years, I’ve hosted a pot-luck picnic. And for every single one of those years, I’ve made my now famous chicken fingers. Everyone loves them and I often get asked for the recipe. So here is the recipe for all to share. They are great, hot, cold or room temperature. I’ve even used Gluten-Free breadcrumbs and GF flour to make this totally gluten-free chicken tenders.


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Tuna Mac Salad

Tuna Macaroni Salad, the perfect dish for Mother’s Day, a picnic, or any other summer gathering. It also makes a great lunch, so you don’t need a party to make this.

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Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis, yes please!

Whether you are looking for something gluten-free, Kosher for Passover or just love decadent chocolate desserts, this flour-less chocolate fits the bill!

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