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Soft Buttery Baked Whole Wheat Pretzels

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Who else besides me loves a warm Auntie Anne’s pretzels when shopping at your local mall? I mean how could one not notice the heavenly scent of fresh-baked pretzels upon entering the food court area? The dark and warm outer layer, soft all on the inside, with no salt and a touch of unsalted butter is enough to send me over to plop my cash down, and cave into my savory desire that takes me back to the good old days of being a teenager hanging out at the mall window shopping at Spencer’s, the thick vanilla’s shakes at Bob’s Big Boy, spending my allowance at the arcade leaving me enough money to stop and get a pretzel before heading home.

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Auntie Anne’s didn’t start as some may have thought. When Anne Beiler and her husband Jonas bought a stand in a weekly Pennsylvania farmers’ market, her ambitions were…

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Dr Pepper Cake~Tami’s Corner

Originally posted on Dish With Clarissa:

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I got a new recipe to post courtesy of my dear friend Tami, who now has her own category to feature her dishes right here on my site that is simply titled; “Tami’s Corner”

I really dig her unique dishes that she shares with me along with her use of ingredients, that just fuse into a healthier adapted version. I thought it would be fitting to start us out on the sweeter side with this easy and delightful cake.

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Who hasn’t used a soda in a dish or dessert. Granted its been years since I’ve heard the term soda pop cake, but what makes this cake stand out is instead of coke or sprite Tami used Dr Pepper which has a unique taste all on its own.

For this cake use a well greased and floured bundt cake pan.

For this cake use a well-greased and floured bundt cake pan.

This is a must do. It’s rich, moist, and so easy to make, you will…

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Dreamy Creamy Banana Ice Cream

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Continuing on with the wonderful super fruit banana, I thought it would be fun to show another way to enjoy this amazing fruit by making banana ice cream using only two ingredients and no ice cream maker. I wouldn’t even call this a recipe at all as I didn’t measure out the bananas or bit of heavy cream I used. Now you can omit the cream all together, or use skim, low-fat, 2% milk, soy, coconut or almond milk if you prefer. As I stated already you do not need an ice cream maker but you do need to use one of these; food processor, hand blender, blender, stand or hand mixer, preferably the first two would be ideal.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Now I’ve seen some crazy cooky and creative ideas from Pinterest on various uses for the banana from s’mores, freezing an over ripe banana and eating it like a soft serve ice cream. I’ve seen it stuffed with marshmallows, chocolate chips baked into a ooey gooey mess one would truly appreciate. The banana ice cream I made needs no ingredient list or directions, just use my photo’s as a guide, and you will never throw away another over ripe banana away.

Ready? Get your bananas and let’s go…..

I used a food processor and tossed in about 4 or 5 bananas, then ran it for about a min or so.

Unless you like it chunky pulse or run food processor till you get a smooth consistency. Use rubber spatula to scrap down the sides.

Unless you like it chunky pulse or run food processor till you get a smooth consistency. Use rubber spatula to scrape down the sides.

Now here is where you can continue to pulse a few more times, and then freeze and eat later, or add one more ingredient. 

At this stage I added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and ran again for a couple of minutes.

At this stage I added about 1/2 cup of heavy cream and ran again for a couple of minutes.

Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until you are ready to dive in.

Pour ice cream into a freezer safe container and freeze until you are ready to dive in.

Since this was the first time I made ice cream EVER, i put it in the freezer and let it set overnight. Next morning I had my daughter try it, she loved it but wanted a creamier texture and suggested that i re blend the ice cream in the food processor, and then fold in fresh made whipping cream. So that is what we did next. We did not buy ready-made whipped topping, or canned. I simply made plain whipping cream with a hand blender. No vanilla extract or sugar used as the bananas have three types of sugar and needs no more.

Re blended the ice cream, and folded in fresh whipped cream.

Re blended the ice cream, and folded in 1 cup of fresh whipped cream.

Remember you do not have to do this extra step, or use heavy cream. In fact if anyone makes this and uses a different milk, please share with photo’s in the comment section, I’d love to hear how other variations come out. 

The end result was banana ice cream with the creaminess and sweetness of ice cream, but without added sugar, flavors or ingredients most people cannot pronounce.

The result was banana ice cream with the creaminess and sweetness of ice cream, but without added sugar, flavors or ingredients most people cannot pronounce.

Add a little milk and have a banana shake, old fashion ice cream parlor style!!

Add a little milk and have a banana shake, old fashion ice cream parlor style!!

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Mango Orange Sorbet

Craving something cool and refreshing on a hot afternoon?
Well how does a mango-orange sorbet sound, made from fresh-cut mangoes and oranges.

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Ingredients:

6-7 large ripe mangos
2 large oranges, segmented, including the zest of one orange.
1-2 cups simple syrup

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Directions:

Ice cream maker
Food processor

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Using a food processor place all ingredients, and pulse 3-5 times

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Pour in 1/2 cup simple syrup continue to pulse 3 times, then add another 1/2 cup simple syrup. Continue to add syrup till smooth or desired texture. Pour into ice cream maker set to desired settings.

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In a few hours you’ll have a freshly made fruit sorbet! Fruit Juices can be used in place of simple syrup.

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Mango Orange Sorbet

Originally posted on Dish With Clarissa:

Craving something cool and refreshing on a hot afternoon?
Well how does a mango-orange sorbet sound, made from fresh-cut mangoes and oranges.

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Ingredients:

6-7 large ripe mangos
2 large oranges, segmented, including the zest of one orange.
1-2 cups simple syrup

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Directions:

Ice cream maker
Food processor

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Using a food processor place all ingredients, and pulse 3-5 times

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Simple Syrup, is equal parts water and sugar combined and heated till all sugar is dissolved.

Pour in 1/2 cup simple syrup continue to pulse 3 times, then add another 1/2 cup simple syrup. Continue to add syrup till smooth or desired texture. Pour into ice cream maker set to desired settings.

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In a few hours you’ll have a freshly made fruit sorbet! Fruit Juices can be used in place of simple syrup.

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Dreamy Creamy Banana Ice Cream

Originally posted on Dish With Clarissa:

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Banana ice cream, two ingredients, no ice cream maker needed!

Continuing on with the wonderful super fruit banana, I thought it would be fun to show another way to enjoy this amazing fruit by making banana ice cream using only two ingredients and no ice cream maker. I wouldn’t even call this a recipe at all as I didn’t measure out the bananas or bit of heavy cream I used. Now you can omit the cream all together, or use skim, low-fat, 2% milk, soy, coconut or almond milk if you prefer. As I stated already you do not need an ice cream maker but you do need to use one of these; food processor, hand blender, blender, stand or hand mixer, preferably the first two would be ideal.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Instead of an ordinary milk shake, use banana ice cream.

Now I’ve seen some crazy cooky and creative ideas…

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Black Bean & Corn Salad

Originally posted on Dish With Clarissa:

Some call this dish a salad while others call it salsa and serve with chips. So what is this? I’d say both as it depends on what you are planning to serve or the occasion. I serve this as a side dish as its versatile, very easy to make, this dish goes well with a steak, chicken, or with southwest mexican food. Either way its healthy, fast, inexpensive, and delicious. I prefer to use fresh corn, or left over corn that i have grilled. If you don’t have any fresh corn on hand and only have canned or frozen go ahead and use that, just rinse the corn to remove as much sodium as possible, and the same for canned black beans.

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There is no scientific method to picking out a “hot” chile pepper, for some the level of heat increases with age. so the older the…

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Grilled Chicken Breast & Thighs W/Sweet Ancho-Tequila Glaze

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of hickory wood chips
1 Tbsp ancho chili powder
1 1/2 tsp of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of granulated garlic or garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp of freshly ground black pepper
3/4 tsp of kosher salt
12 boneless skin less chicken breast & thighs.(about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 1/2 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil

For Glaze:

6 Tbsp of agave syrup
3 Tbsp of tequila
1 1/2 Tbsp of hot sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp of butter
1 1/2 Tbsp of fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper

6 lime wedges.
Optional garnish:

Chopped fresh cilantro
Warm corn or flour tortillas
Directions:
Soak wood chips in water for 30 minutes; drain well.

Soak wood chips for 30 minutes.

Soak wood chips for 30 minutes.

Pre heat grill to medium-high heat using both burners.After preheating, turn the left burner off and leave the right burner on. Pierce…

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Grilled Steak W/Chimichurri Sauce

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Chimichurri is a sauce used for grilled meat. It is originally from Argentina but is also used in Uruguay.

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Chimichurri can be used on lamb, chicken, seafood, but is very popular on a nice cut of flank, hangar, or shirt steak as these three are quick and easy to grill outside or indoors.

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Chimichurri is made from finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and white or red wine vinegar. Additional flavorings such as cilantro, coriander, paprika, cumin, thyme, lemon, and bay leaf may be included. There is also a red version of tomato and red bell pepper may also be added. Chimichurri can also be used as a marinade for grilled meat. Chimichurri is available bottled or dehydrated for preparation by mixing with oil and water.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
1 shallot, finely…

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How to grill corn on the cob

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Grilled corn on the cob; it’s not just a summer staple. It’s a summers delight!

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How many people out there in the land of the blogosphere do not know, or are unsure of how to grill corn on the cob? In my lifetime I’ve seen many variations on how to grill corn on the cob, and the unique toppings that go with this awesome summer staple  The truth of it is that there is no “correct or incorrect” method on grilling corn on the cob. What I will do is share my method with you, courtesy of Chef Bobby Flay.

First off and most important is to wash those “ears” of corn, and this is how I do that.

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I remove all the hairs and husk except the last 3-5 layers and rinse in cold water

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Once I have cleaned all the corn I put the corn in a large stock/tamales steamer pot and fill…

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The Basics of Outdoor Grilling

The Basics of Outdoor Grilling

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Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to go outside and get your grill on.

What ?

You have never grilled or lit a barbecue?

No worries it’s not that bad or complicated. Despite what some experts may say, one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Both have pros and cons to grilling methods, it really comes down to preference.

Today were grilling bone in “New York Strip Steak”.

First thing before you even fire up the coals get your steaks out as they need to be at room temperature before grilling or you will have steaks cooked uneven through out.

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Pick up a good meat thermometer and no matter what happens during the grilling process DON’T CUT INTO YOUR STEAK OR FORK IT TO SEE IF IT IS COOKED!

On any bone-in steak nearest to the bone will always be the rarest. Ideally for best flavor and tenderness you want a medium rare steak, but if you…

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