Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

We’ve all been there. You’re at a movie theatre or ballpark and you agree to split a soft pretzel with your friend. So you take turns tearing away portions of the doughy rope in a dangerous game of tug o’ war, inching your way closer to the moment of truth, piece by dainty piece.

And then that moment of truth arrives. You’ve whittled your pretzel down to the thickest, softest, most coveted portion of the entire pretzel shape: the twist.

So who gets to sink their teeth into those overlapping layers? Do you? Do they? Do you both? Do you neither?

Take a deep breath. That awkward moment will never exist again. Today you’re kicking that classic pretzel shape to the curb and embracing the big, thick beauty of Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists. Share if you dare.

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

Homemade Soft Pretzel Twists #recipe

Chocolate Wonton Pillows

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

Whether you’re celebrating with a special someone or flying solo this Valentine’s Day, one thing is certain: Chocolate is a must. And I’ve got just the recipe. Introducing Chocolate Wonton Pillows. Hot, crispy wonton pockets filled with bittersweet chocolate and topped with a cherry port sauce.

This recipe marks the launch of my regular contributions to the Better Homes and Gardens Delish Dish blog. I’m thrilled to have been invited to share my tips, tricks, photos and more every month on Delish Dish, and I hope you’ll check out the blog as a great resource for all things food and entertaining.

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

Chocolate Wonton Pillows #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

My love affair with barbecue chicken pizza began long, long ago. Of course it all started with the famous pie at California Pizza Kitchen, or “CPK,” as us in the biz call it. (And by “biz,” I mean “high school clique who ate at CPK three times a week circa 2000 to 2004.”)

By sophomore year I’d transitioned my loyalties from the barbecue chicken pizza at CPK to the barbecue chicken pizza at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Fast-forward a decade and I find myself here, dreaming up a homemade version that will be on your table faster than a takeout order. 

If you have 30 minutes, you have homemade barbecue chicken pizza. And if you’re feeling an extra dose of DIY enthusiasm, step up your slice with homemade pizza dough.

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

30-Minute Barbecue Chicken Pizza #recipe

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites #recipe

This recipe makes four dozen Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites. About halfway through the process of photographing this recipe, I glanced down and counted 37 brownie bites.

Eleven. There were 11 missing brownie bites. Where could they have gone?

I could’ve blamed their disappearance on the dog, but I don’t have a dog (yet). I could’ve blamed it on the kids, but I don’t have any kids. I could’ve blamed it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol, but the Pinot Grigio was still tucked away in the fridge.

I had no choice but to confess to my one-short-of-a-dozen “sampling.” But I did it all for you. For the people. Because quality control is a must around here … and apparently self-control is optional.

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites #recipe

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bites #recipe

Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Bacon

Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Bacon #recipe

I made popcorn with bacon fat.

I was initially hesitant to divulge this information. But you all reacted favorably to it. In fact, very favorably. And so we find ourselves here, with a bowl full of bacon fat popcorn, a saucepan of caramel and a pile of crispy bacon pieces. There is only one logical next step: Mix it all together to make the most kick-butt, crunchy-chewy, salty-sweet Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Bacon.

This is another one of those stick-in-your-teeth sweets, so I’d like to give a special shout-out to all the dentists for the small part I’m doing to keep the clientele a’flowing. And for all those who don’t share my candied bacon addiction, check out the pork fat-free recipe for Easy Homemade Caramel Corn

Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Bacon #recipe

Homemade Caramel Popcorn with Bacon #recipe