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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Bunny Bread

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Let us observe the Easter Bunny in his natural habitat… See how relaxed he is in the vegetable patch? The serene  -if vacant- look on his face?  He is surrounded by his favored nourishment; cucumbers, peas, carrots and his own entrails.  Wait. His own entrails? How can this be? The Easter Bunny’s tummy has been…

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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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Braided Semolina Bread

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Bread with soup. Bread for toast. Bread to sop up the last streaks of sauce or gravy or pan juices. I suppose you might be able to survive without bread, but you sure can’t live without it. A big, fat, puffy, chewy, golden loaf of homemade bread is just about the best thing that could…

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Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins

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I got a bit of an unpleasant surprise while reading cereal box ingredient lists at the store the other day. Let me back-track for just a moment or two, though.  For years upon years upon years, drawing close to a decade and a half, I’ve been making a particular bran muffin.  More of a Bran-ish…

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Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

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There is a certain type of weather that requires you to fire up your oven;  To combine flour, butter, eggs, milk and various other good things and apply heat. There is something in the low temperatures or rain or snow that obliges you to create baked goods and then eat them.  Since I am a…

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Grandma’s Famous Cornbread Stuffing

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…Kind of. I call this Grandma’s Famous Cornbread Stuffing, but in reality this is my version of her recipe. It’s not precisely how my Grandma makes it, but it’s close.  I’ve added fresh sage to the required powdered sage, sautéed the onions and garlic in a generous amount of butter instead of putting them into…

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Corn Dog Bread

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Summer and corn dogs are like winter and hot cider; you just hafta. What is is about corn dogs that is so appealing?  Is it as simple as the whole “food on a stick” universal truth*? Or is it more complicated?  Maybe it comes down to the crazy appeal of the hot dog itself.  Perhaps…

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Homemade Naan

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Welcome to part IV of the series of component dishes  to make the transcendent ‘Second to Naanwich’ that still has me obsessed almost three weeks after eating it. (Don’t forget to peek at Part I, Candied Jalapenos a.k.a. Cowboy Candy, Part II, Homemade Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Yogurt Salsa [Raita] and Part III, Homemade Ghee…

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