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Real Deal: DIY Sesame Sticks » Wonderland Kitchen. No trip to the bulk bin area of the supermarket is ever quite complete to me without bagging a few scoops out of the sesame stick container.

Real Deal: DIY Sesame Sticks » Wonderland Kitchen

After so much barley and millet and quinoa has been piled up in my cart, something a little fun and snappy just seems to be in order. I had never even considered making them for myself at home as a result–the whole point of the exercise was that it was a treat–but they seemed like a simple enough thing to whip up in the kitchen once I started to think about it. And, at the end of the day, they can be more or less a one-bowl-and-stir creation. The shaping is where I got hung up. At first, I thought I could get a dough that would just flow out of the wide nozzle of a pastry gun, but that was a fool’s game. DIY Sesame Sticks makes about 3 cups Combine flour, sesame seeds, cracked wheat, turmeric, beet powder, garlic powder, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. Once dough has chilled, heat oven to 350°F. Most favorited all-time. German Style Soft Pretzels. Maybe it is my German background… or maybe my love of all things salty, but I think nothing is better than a hot pretzel.

German Style Soft Pretzels

Soft pretzels are great, but they are only good fresh. Luckily they are not too tough to make at home. The following recipe may look long, but it is easier than making bread. We made a batch for a Octoberfest party we threw and they were a huge hit. In order to give the pretzels a dunk in boiling water gives them their chewy skin. Ingredients:1 teaspoon instant yeast1 tablespoon malt powder or brown sugar2 to 3 cups all-purpose unbleached or bread flour1 teaspoon salt1 cup warm milk (approximately 110 degrees, which is 1 minute in my microwave)Directions:Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until it forms a ball.

Oven “Fried” Pickles. Summer bar-b-que season is finally here, and I am loving it!

Oven “Fried” Pickles

Here’s a tasty little number that you can add to the menu of any outdoor picnic or summer celebration. Like all of my recipes, my oven “fried” pickles are lacking in calories and bursting with flavor. You’ll love them! Ingredients Makes six servings. 1 jar pickle chips2 eggs (cut calories with Egg Beaters!) Step-By-Step Instructions Preheat oven to highest broiler setting. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs (or egg beaters) and flour. Place the panko bread crumbs in a shallow dish. Coat a baking rack with non-stick cooking spray, and place it on top of a baking sheet. Serving Suggestions Want a little something extra? Enjoy! The Cook Abides. Sriracha Popcorn: Genius or MegaGenius? Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch. If french fries and onion rings ever got married and had a baby, I think it would be something like this…a potato ring.

Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

You have a light and crispy outer coating with a soft potato and caramelized onion center…why? Because we can I guess, who knows…but it’s kind of fun, right?! My boyfriend and his friends have this thing where every super bowl they have a “Deep-Fry Fest” where, well they deep fry everything; so if you’re anything like my boyfriend you now have another “Deep Fry Fest” recipe to use! Two things I can’t stress enough is: 1) the importance of having the potatoes completely coated; no holes please, or the mashed potatoes will pour out of the holes once they hit the oil. 2) the importance of the rings being frozen solid before entering the oil…it just helps with the frying, that’s all. Finally, since ranch is pretty much good with anything it only seemed natural to pair these savory, fried treats with a quick and easy homemade ranch sauce. Directions: 1. Sweet Potato Chips with Lime.

Martha Stewart has reminded me how much I love sweet potato chips…thanks Martha, you’re such a great gal that way.

Sweet Potato Chips with Lime

You also taught me how completely awesome squeezed lime juice can be on these things. Wow, it’s like a whole new “bang” of flavor. However, what you left out was a sprinkling of “fleur de sel” on top of that lime, that was my addition…and OMG now they are perfect. I think this could have been a healthy side/snack dish…except they were so good, I kept them to myself. And ate them all. Sweet Potato Chips with LimeShould serve 2 2 medium sized sweet potatoes, thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 1 lime Fleur de sel* Preheat oven to 450o F.

Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. *Due to the small size of the crystals, fleur de sel dissolves faster than regular salt when used in cooking. One Year Ago: Baby Bowties with Peas and HamTwo Years Ago: Am I Using the Right Type of Baking FlourThree Years Ago: Not Acceptable ~ Dishwasher Disaster. How to Make Your Own (Healthier) Potato Chips:

Everyone loves potato chips.

How to Make Your Own (Healthier) Potato Chips:

The only things more American are Natural Light and arson. We thought we would share our way of making our own potato chips with you. They are HALF the price, HALF the fat, TWICE the flavor, and TWICE as awesome- plus you can make them any kind of crazy flavor you want to. They are healthier and tastier because they are baked, not deep-fried. Baked chips are expensive in stores, but you can make them for next to nothing. 1) Get some potatoes. 2) Wash your potatoes. 3) Slice the potatoes between one-eighth and one-sixteenth inches thick (about 2-6 mm for you non-American readers), use a mandolin if you have one. 3) Put all of your sliced potatoes into a bowl. 4) Toss the potato slices in the oil. 5) Get a baking pan and cover it with aluminum foil. 6) Lay your oil-coated potato slices in a single layer on the baking sheet. 7) Heat your oven to 400 degrees (F), set the timer for twenty minutes. 8) Put the potatoes into the oven and keep an eye on them.

Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks. Mozzarella sticks are a delicious treat, probably one of the most popular appetizers at restaurants, and a fun party food.

Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks

They tend to be rather fattening, especially considering they are usually fried, but they are so irresistibly tasty. So how do you give in to the temptation that is mozzarella sticks without the guilt? Make healthy, Baked Mozzarella Sticks! Here is a recipe I love, and your family will too. Ingredients 1 pkg. low fat mozzarella cheese strings (8-10 sticks) 1/2 cup flour 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten 1 cup dry bread crumbs or Italian style panko (seasoned) marinara sauce for dipping Directions 1.

I hope you enjoy this delicious, healthy twist on traditional fried mozzarella sticks. Note: Some comments indicate that mozzarella is oozing sooner than time prescribed in this recipe- keep an eye on the sticks while baking and feel free to shorten the bake time to suit your oven. You May Also Like: Crash Hot Potatoes. Man, do I love Australia.

Crash Hot Potatoes

First, my oldest daughter was conceived there on our honeymoon…and while we’re on the subject, have I ever shared with you that we almost named her “Sydney” as a nod to her point of origin? In the end, I chickened out, though—I thought that might be a little corny, and truth be told, I think she was actually conceived in Brisbane. But I’ll stop there. This is a family-friendly website. Anyway, I just love Australia. They’re so simple, it’s terrifying. For now, though, let’s take a chill pill and make Crash Hot Potatoes! The Cast of Characters: New Potatoes (or other small, round potato), Olive Oil, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, and whatever herb you like. Begin by bringing a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make, and cook them until they’re fork-tender. Oh! Next, generously drizzle olive oil on a sheet pan.

This will mean the difference between the potatoes sticking and not sticking, so don’t be shy here. Or something. That’s it!