Cinnamon Rolls on a Stick

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Why is it that when you put food on a stick it tastes better? This isn’t just a Minnesota/Midwest thing. This is worldwide. Every country on earth has a favorite food-on-a-stick. Is it that we all secretly want to be Paul Bunyan, able to uproot pine trees and use them as toothpicks? Do we all…

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Ultimate Guacamole

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I adore guacamole. I eat it on tortilla chips, pretzels, in burritos, on hamburgers, fries, sandwiches, over rice, by the spoonful… Whatever is the fastest and most efficient delivery system available to get the guacamole from the bowl to my mouth is the one I’m going to choose. This is one of those foods that…

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Ham and Cheddar Stuffed Pretzels

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This recipe ran as part of my column in today’s Traverse City Record-Eagle. Yes I am obsessed with soft pretzels. And with shoving ham and cheese into things. Why do you ask? Is it because of this? Or this? Maybe this, this, this, this or this? Okay, that last one is bacon, but really? It…

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Taste of Home Old Fashioned Ham Balls

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Ham Balls. Could there possibly be a less appealing sounding name for a dish?* *Perhaps. But it would have to be exceptionally gross… Maybe “Repurposed Egg Salad” or “Blood Sausage”.  You get the idea… Let’s be honest, they’re also not the purtiest meatball on the block. They’re brown on the outside, but they’re a pinky…

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Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites

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  You might have noticed I have a real thing for soft pretzels. Usually, I whip up the savoury variety (here or here) but my kids are partial to the ones you see up above.  Chewy little two-bite pretzels tossed with butter and cinnamon and sugar. I know I’ve mentioned how popular other varieties of…

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2 Minute Garlic Anchovy Mayonnaise

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Stinky is good. When it comes to food, that is. Some of the best food in the world is the stinkiest. In fact, I’d hazard to say that within reason*, the stankier it is, the better it ends up tasting. *Exceptions: Durian and, um, durian. Stinky is one of the identifying characteristics in many foods…

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Garlic Butter Soft Pretzel Bites

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I declare soft pretzels in their many forms to be my all-time favorite snack food with ZERO exceptions. Sure, there are many other delicious things with which to satisfy a snack attack, but there is nothing to compare to the pure satisfaction of biting into a chewy, salty, warm, soft pretzel. With mustard. Lots of…

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Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

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It’s time for the wearin o’ the spuds. ‘Tis the season to bust out your best potato recipes and act like you have deep Irish tuber roots for a week or two. Step away from the green food coloring. Do something really Irish and turn out a hearty, lovely, soul-soothing meal. Read a little poetry*….

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Country Ham Stuffed Dates

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Have you ever had a real country ham?  A proper country ham?  As in salt-cured, hard-wood smoked, aged ham from south of the Mason-Dixon?  If you haven’t, you really need to try one as soon as ever you can lay your hands on one. Country Ham is a food experience unlike many in the United…

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Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

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This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the…

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