Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels

Skip the mall food court and make these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels at home!

Skip the mall food court and make these Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels at home!We were wandering through the mall the other day, and we happened to come within 100 250 500 yards of one of those soft pretzels places.  I swear those places secretly vent their ovens straight into the air ducts for the entire mall.  There I am.  Just walking along minding my own business.  Then all of a sudden *boom*.  The sweet smell of melted butter + cinnamon and sugar hits me in the face.  And then I had the urge to go get some Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels.Continue Reading »

Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread

This Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread is packed with flavor, and it makes for one heck of a Saturday morning breakfast!

This Blueberry Coconut Banana Bread is packed with flavor, and it makes for one heck of a Saturday morning breakfast!Have I ever mentioned how much my wife hates kitchen unitaskers?  If its a tool or a gadget that only does one thing, then chances are you won’t find it in our house.  It turns into clutter, and clutter turns into junk drawers that never get opened.  I’m looking at you, strawberry huller!  (Yes, a paring knife can do the same job, and it has a zillion other uses, too.)Continue Reading »

Bacon Jalapeno Cheesy Breadsticks

Topped with bacon, jalapenos and two types of cheese, these Bacon Jalapeno Cheesy Breadsticks are an easy and delicious gametime snack!

Topped with bacon, jalapenos and two types of cheese, these Bacon Jalapeno Cheesy Breadsticks are an easy and delicious gametime snack!I finally found it!  After years of searching, I found it.  Salami Piccante.  If you’re not familiar with salami piccante, then you need to be!  It’s a spicy variety of salami that’s hot, but doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds.  It’s been loosely translated into pepperoni here in the States, but salami piccante is not pepperoni.  Same general family, but so very different!Continue Reading »

Sausage and Pepper Puffs

These bite-sized Sausage and Pepper Puffs are the perfect gameday appetizer!

These bite-sized Sausage and Pepper Puffs are the perfect gameday appetizer!Way back before I started this blog, I worked in higher education.  Working on a college campus absolutely has some advantages, and I had the opportunity to work with some incredible students and faculty.  But here’s the thing about working with college students.  They keep different hours.  As in, their days don’t start until mid-late morning, but they are up working way past a “normal” person’s bedtime.  As an adviser to a student group, that meant that I got to stick around campus until really late in the evening…or sometimes into the wee hours of the morning.  Man, those were some looong days!Continue Reading »