I had a neighbor many years ago who made these pretzels one day when our kids were in nursery school. She made all the letters of the alphabet with them and the kids loved them. They were so good and I couldn't believe you could make homemade pretzels like that. She gave me the recipe and I have been making them ever since. They're so easy and quick - you don't even have to let them rise. In this recipe, you simply mix all the ingredients together and then form your shapes, place them on a baking sheet, brush with an egg wash and sprinkle with salt.
If you've ever tasted pesto in Italy you know that the pesto here in the United States just isn't the same. I received a lesson in how to make pesto from a real Italian grandmother last week and now I understand the difference and what makes it so. My friend Francesca makes the trip from her small town near the pesto-epicenter of Genoa, Italy to San Francisco once or twice a year - this time (lucky for us) she brought her mom and two-year old son Mattia.
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