Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites

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I've been making a lot of baked pretzels lately. I like to bake them and then put them in the freezer so I don't sit there and eat the whole batch. To warm them up, I'll just put them in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds. I also like to use Alton Brown's recipe for homemade pretzels. Then, I find other ways to flavor them up. One time I used a package of ranch seasoning mix. Those were ok, but I like these better.  These little pretzel bites would be fun to make for a game party. … [Read more...]

Alton Brown’s Chocolate Fudge

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I've been becoming quite the candy maker lately. I made some more caramels and fudge yesterday. I've tried making pumpkin fudge before, and I think there was something wrong with the recipe. It could be that the pumpkin caused the sugar mixture to start burning too early when it hasn't even reached 234 degrees yet. I tried about 10 different times  to get that recipe to work and just couldn't get it. That made me angry.  I decided to try a different fudge recipe this time from Alton Brown. This w … [Read more...]

Alton Brown’s PIzza Dough

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I just want to share with all you guys this awesome pizza dough recipe.  I was going to make some lasagna this fine evening, but I didn't have enough cottage cheese. We had got this deal on fresh mozzarella at the grocery store (b1g1 free) this weekend and I really wanted to make something with it. Pizza it is! Had all the ingredients for that on hand. Using fresh mozzarella cheese on pizza changes everything. I used to use the bags of already shredded mozzarella cheese up until now. You … [Read more...]

Homemade Peanut Butter

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I was looking for something easy to make today, since I didn't feel like baking. Well.. I take that back. I really wanted to bake but being it Easter and all there were so many desserts. Pie, shortcake, and lemon bars. I wanted to have all 3 of them. Making your own peanut butter is so easy. That is, if you own a food processor. When I made this, the peanut butter kind of formed a ball at first, and I wondered what was going on. You have to let the food processor run until the peanut butter … [Read more...]

Alton Brown’s Meatloaf

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Ben and I are fans of Alton Brown and just recently, Ben bought his cookbook online. We've been wanting to try the meatloaf recipe, but didn't want to spend oodles of money on ground chuck and sirloin. I subbed extra lean ground turkey for this recipe and loved the taste. The meatloaf however was over cooked. I don't know what my problem is with cooking meat to the right temperature? We had a thermomoter too and I was pulling it out to check what the temp was after 30 minutes. Not even close. I … [Read more...]

Good Eats Turkey Brine

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Sorry, I don't have a beautiful picture of a roast turkey. I had my Mom and Grandma over for a Turkey dinner last night and didn't really get the time to take pictures of the turkey breast after it came out of the oven. The only proper way to cook a turkey is by brining it. We watched Alton Brown do it on his show one year, and we've never cooked a turkey a different way since. This recipe on Food Netowrk has over 3,000 reviews for it! That tells you it's good, right there. Brining reminds … [Read more...]

Alton Brown’s French Toast + Maple Chipotle Bacon

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Ingredients 1 cup half-and-half 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons honey, warmed in microwave for 20 seconds 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 (1/2-inch) slices day-old or stale country loaf, brioche or challah bread 4 tablespoons butter Directions In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the half-and-half, eggs, honey, and salt. You may do this the night before. When ready to cook, pour custard mixture into a pie pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Dip bread into mixture, allow to … [Read more...]

Alton Brown's Pork Wellington and mashed Sweet Potatoes

Well, I have to thank Mr. Alton Brown for this good supper that we had tonight. The Chipotle chilies added a nice South West flavor (notice how I didn't say kick like Geeny Neely does all the time) to the sweet potatoes. He probably stole that idea from Bobby Flay (just kidding) ;) I don't mind sweet potatoes, even though they are healthier, I do prefer my potatoes over sweet potatoes. The Pork Wellington was very good also. I have never had puff pastry before and it tasted really good around … [Read more...]