Soft Pretzel Bites

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Here in Philadelphia we LOVE soft pretzels. They are everywhere. You can get them on the street corner, in convenience stores, and in a lot of restaurants. You can get a variety of dipping sauces, but I love just a basic spicy mustard to dip my pretzel into. Sometimes I can get down with a cheese sauce, but sometimes that’s just too heavy for a light & fluffy soft pretzel. And other times – I like them by themselves. Nothing on them. Plain Jane.

Believe it or not, soft pretzels are really easy to make at home.  They may seem really difficult, but they aren’t. If you’ve never had a real soft pretzel you’ve gotta try making these at home. They are so good. And they are much better than Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Those are just so heavy with all of that butter on them. Don’t get me wrong, I like butter. But wow. They are just too buttery for me.

Look at these. Aren’t they cute?! [Read more…]

Philly Cheesesteak Soup

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Here in Philly we have a thing for Cheesesteaks. I think that kind of goes without saying. There’s always the big debate about who has the best cheesesteaks in Philly. Some people have a strong opinion about it. When I’m asked who has the best cheesesteak, my answer is always Jim’s. I agree with many other people in Philly that say that Pat’s and Geno’s is way overrated. They are tourist traps. And they just aren’t that good in my opinion. [Read more…]

Halloween Toffee Bark

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I don’t know about you, but I love toffee. Butter + Brown Sugar has to be good, right? So when I saw this festive Halloween Toffee Bark, I knew I had to make it. I love that you can adapt it to any holiday or time of year. I’ll have to make a run to the store for more orange and yellow sprinkles though since I used them all up! :) But it was all for a good cause.

This was so easy to make. Be sure you have a candy thermometer though, because you will definitely want to use it when making this toffee. Don’t let it intimidate you though. It will just help you out and tell you when your toffee is at the right temperature. [Read more…]

Apple Cider Donuts

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It’s fall, so that means pumpkins, apples and Halloween. I’m not a big fan of Halloween (although my other half is and he LOVES horror movies), but I do love me everything that is pumpkin and/or apple flavored. I haven’t been to an orchard in who knows how long, but I don’t even have to go there because I can make these Apple Cider Donuts from the comfort of my own home.

I was actually surprised at how good these tasty little suckers are.  Those mini donuts were the most dangerous since you can just pop one in your mouth and go about your business. The big ones were good because they lasted longer. But truth be told, I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near these donuts. I’ll eat them all, and you won’t get any. That’s good for me, bad for you.

These are so simple to make. They are baked, not fried, so that means they are healthy for you, right? That’s what I tell myself as I eat the entire batch. I pretty much had on hand everything that I needed for this. I bought some Boiled Cider from King Arthur Flour a while back, and I’ve been jonesin’ to use it. You can make your own, but I decided to buy mine. The boiled cider really gives these donuts a fabulous flavor. [Read more…]

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

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Now that the weather is cooling down a bit and fall is coming, everyone is talking about Pumpkins and Apples and Football and Halloween (already?!), etc. I’ll admit that when my Starbucks starting carrying the fall flavors I was extremely happy. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a Pumpkin Spice Misto. Love it. Half brewed coffee, half steamed milk, and that liquid gold – Pumpkin Spice syrup. That’s my beverage of choice because while I’d LOVE to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte every day, it’s a bit too rich to have on the regular. So I opt for a lighter drink with the same great flavor. Now I’m super lucky because the company I work for pays for my (and my coworker’s) Starbucks habit. It’s a wonderful perk (pun intended) that we have, and I’m very appreciative of it. But sometimes when I’m home I get a craving for PSL and I wanted to be able to make it and not have to go anywhere to get one.

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