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Davey’s Famous Pretzels

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Sometimes my friends from the South use the phrase “y’all” as a complete sentence. It means, “Oh my goodness, you guys, can you believe it?” For example, we may go to the mall and see an awesome deal. Someone will simply say, “Y’all” to get our attention and hold up the price tag.

When I first tasted these pretzels, I wanted to look around to anyone who will listen and just say, “Y’all.” THESE ARE AMAZING. And no words can really describe them. If Davey didn’t like his job so much, I think I could convince him to quit and open up his own pretzel stand in the mall. He could give Auntie Anne a run for her money, that’s for sure.

Davey typically looks for extremely easy recipes (less than 5 ingredients), so I was surprised when he told me yesterday he was going to make pretzels. (side note: This may or may not have been after he took me to the mall because I told him I was craving mall pretzels — after which we left the mall empty handed because the pretzels looked ‘too hard and dry’ to satisfy my craving…err…). Not to say I don’t have confidence in my husband’s skills, but it seemed like a far-fetched idea for Davey—whose first home cooked meal two years ago consisted of a hot dog on a piece of white bread with shredded cheese on top—to make something that required active dry yeast. Doesn’t yeast make things difficult?

Well, apparently not. This recipe turned out surprisingly easy and surprisingly scrumptious.

I’m willing to share Davey’s recipe with you, but ladies, you’re on your own for finding a man who will make homemade pretzels for you when your 23 weeks pregnant and having strange cravings.

If you don’t want to just say, “Y’all!” after your first bite, then you must be missing some taste buds.

Ingredients

1 cup milk
1 package active dry yeast
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup baking soda

Sweet Flavoring:
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
dash of cinnamon

Directions
Warm the milk in a saucepan until it’s hot enough to stick your finger in the milk for 5 seconds, (think just above hot tub temperature). Pour into a medium bowl and stir in one packet of yeast. Let sit about 2 minutes. Stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour. Soften 2 tablespoons of butter and stir into the mix. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and salt. At this point, the dough should be sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes. Dough should be softer, but still slightly sticky. Shape into a ball and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for one hour. Dough will double in size.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Punch the dough to deflate it, then place on a lightly floured surface. Use a pizza cutter to slice dough into 12-15 pieces. Roll each piece into the thickness of your finger. Each piece of dough should be about 6-12 inches long.

Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish. Dip each pretzel stick in the soda solution, and lay on greased baking sheet (or pizza brick) leaving room between each pretzel stick.

Bake 5-7 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Melt butter. Brush over each stick. Dip pretzel sticks into sugar and brown sugar mixture.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate chip cheesecake

chocolate chip cheesecake

At this point in pregnancy, I can’t really say I have cravings. I think it’s just my natural disposition to turn our pantry inside out looking for chocolate after every meal. The only difference is that for nine months I can blame my genetically ingrained sweet tooth on the fact that I am growing another human being inside me right now.

Davey is what you may call an enabler. He gives into my requests for homemade chocolate chip cookies on an all too-often basis. He is always agreeable to trying a new recipe– (maybe because I have learned that to get a man to bake, you have to make it a competition. So, I say things like, “I bet my batch of cookies will turn out better than yours.” Before you know it, I have two batches of cookies to devour. 75% of the time I tell him he wins, hands down. Best baker in the house. The other 25% of the time I say vague statements like “something’s missing…” It’s a form of classical conditioning that keeps the competition alive for a man. Whatever gets me more cookies. Maybe it is the pregnancy hormones that makes me manipulate my way to more sweets)

Here is a new recipe we tried the other day from our Nestle Cookbook.

chocolate chip cheesecake

CHOCOLATE CHIP CHEESECAKE

Crust
1.5 c crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
2 T butter, melted
2 c semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided

Combine cookies and butter in bowl until moistened, then press onto the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup morsels.

Filling
2 8-oz packages cream cheese
0.5 c granulated sugar
1 T vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 T all-puropse flour
0.75 c evaporated milk
0.5 c sour cream

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs and flour. Gradually beat in evaporated milk and sour cream. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with remaining morsels.

Bake 25 minutes at 300 degrees F. Cover loosely with aluminum foil, then bake for an additional 30-40 minutes. Refrigerate immediately for 2 hours or until firm.

Makes 12 to 14 servings.

Enjoy!

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Davey’s Special

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Davey and I like to make recipes that are nutritious, affordable, and left-over worthy. One such recipe is “Davey’s Special.” Pretty much everything Davey creates is called “Davey’s Special”, so don’t get too confused in the future when you read about another “Davey’s Special.”

These are special, though. These healthy chicken …..uh let’s call them enchiladas… can be made in a crock-pot and easily saved as left-overs to take to work the next day.

Here’s how we do it.

Combine in a crock pot:
1 lb chicken breasts
1 can black beans
1 can corn
16 oz. salsa
1 packet taco seasoning

Cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 3 hours.

After the cook time, shred the chicken using two forks.

Add filling to either corn or flour tortillas. Top with your choice of shredded cheese, sour cream , avocado, cilantro, or whatever your heart desires.

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Mmmmmm!