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Soft Pretzel Samoas. My sister-in-law Donna emailed me last week telling me to try out her new pretzel snack. She melted caramels, dipped one side of a soft pretzel in it and then dipped the caramel side into a plate of mini chocolate chips, craisens, and nuts. Sounded great to me, but I did not have any caramels in the house to melt so I cheated using these… I also went for the chocolate-coconut-caramel combination in place of the fruit and nuts. Here is what I did… On a well greased foil-lined pan, I topped each frozen soft pretzel with one sheet of Caramel Apple Wraps (found at my local grocery store) and then sprinkled them with with a generous amount of sweetened, shredded coconut. I baked these in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. Wonderful, warm, gooey. You will want to eat these within a couple of hours of making, because like all soft pretzels they will get chewier with age.

More Pretzel Recipes:Cheese PretzelsRPM’s. Peanut Butter Sticks. WELCOME STUMBLERS! For more of Rindy’s great recipes, visit her at Kitchen Klique. My name is Rindy Robberstad and my dear friend Robin Sue has allowed me to be a guest in her Big Red Kitchen. Thank you! When she first asked me to guest blog I was at my parent’s cabin in the Catskills. I have spent part of every summer on White Lake and have made many of my fondest memories in that wonderful place. Here are the cast of players for this memory… Peanut Butter Sticks6 Slices of white bread1/2 cup smooth peanut butter1/4 cup Wesson Oil2/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs Cut crust off bread and then cut bread into 5 sticks each. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 250° for 30 minutes. Mix peanut butter and oil over low heat. Roll wet stick in graham cracker crumbs. My kids love these dipped in jelly or honey. Epilogue- It is with great pleasure to share my blog with my great friend, Rindy.

My Big Fat Italian Sandwich. We had a grand time at my folk’s house at Smith Mountain Lake this past weekend. My Dad took the kids sailing on the Mirror Dinghy, they fished, swam and played, and we went to my girlfriend’s parents home for lunch and rides on the Sea-Doo. Those Sea-Doo’s are a blast! My Dad said it was an expensive day because he had to go home and get him one. I relaxed a lot. My Big Fat Italian Sandwich 16 oz jar Giardiniera Mix*, drained 4 ounces cream cheese6 oz sliced provolone cheese3 oz sliced Capicola4 oz sliced Mortadella3 oz sliced salami1-2 Roma tomatoes sliced, seeds removed3-4 Romaine leaves, tornsliced Vidalia onionone pound loaf soft Italian Bread In a food processor, process Giardiniera Mix and cream cheese until well blended, put aside.

Fast Food: Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta. Perfect Mac-n-Cheese « My Cooking Quest. November 13, 2008 by joejhorn A few weeks ago I started a quest for some good mac and cheese. Nancy makes a killer mac-n-cheese but I wanted my own. I’m sure I frustrate the crap out of Nancy sometimes because I’m always looking for something better when it comes to food and recipes. Now mind you , this mac-n-cheese is not Bobby Flay mac-n-cheese with some crazy-sexy ingredients, but it is really, really good! I would make it for any of my friends and be proud.

My first attempt was with a Jamie Oliver version that didn’t include a bechamel sauce but instead called for mixing the cooked pasta with the cheese and then baking it. I found it to be okay, had some nice flavor as he added garlic salt to his, but overall it didn’t make the grade for heart-attack-5,000-calorie-kill-me-now before-I-have-a-stroke-and-die type of mac-n-cheese. The second version, I made a few nights ago for my best bud Chad, Nancy and the boys. Chad is up from San Francisco and has been visiting for the past week. Salsa roja (roasted red salsa) « One Particular Kitchen. I eat a lot of salsa. A LOT. I am rather notorious for this, in fact.

My friend’s boyfriend once innocently asked if I had anything he could snack on — maybe some chips and salsa? My friend nearly fell on the floor laughing at the thought of me not having chips and salsa in the house. So when my awesome world-traveling chef cousin came to town for a few days, she offered to teach me how to make roasted red salsa and tamales (more on that later). And people, this salsa. Note that this makes a lot — a big mixing bowl full. 16 full size tomatoes, or nearly a produce bag full of roma tomatoes (we used roma)2-3 yellow onions20-25 Serrano peppers (remove caps) Note: this many peppers makes it hot. Let it all cool a bit, then run through the food processor with salt and cilantro (we had to do this in two batches)Stir it all together and eat with abandon. How to make your friends like you.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Chapter 23. It came to my knowledge, through what passed between Mrs. Pocket and Drummle while I was attentive to my knife and fork, spoon, glasses, and other instruments of self-destruction, that Drummle, whose Christian name was Bentley, was actually the next heir but one to a baronetcy. It further appeared that the book I had seen Mrs. Pocket reading in the garden, was all about titles, and that she knew the exact date at which her grandpapa would have come into the book, if he ever had come at all. Drummle didn't say much, but in his limited way (he struck me as a sulky kind of fellow) he spoke as one of the elect, and recognized Mrs. Pocket as a woman and a sister.

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