I’ve never been a huge fan of hot chocolate, but I also never realized that real hot chocolate doesn’t come from a powder packet. In real hot chocolate, you actually melt chocolate and add milk and cream, which probably should be obvious but I never even considered it. It tastes like liquid happiness. Or at least this recipe does, especially with the additions of raspberry flavor and a little tipple.
This isn’t a recipe you want to share with red-cheeked children when they come back in the house from playing in the snow. The Chambord reserves this special treat for the grown ups who crave the nostalgia of hot chocolate, but with better taste and a bit more than a sugar buzz. But wait! There’s more…
The first time I ever ordered Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill, I sang “She Bangs” (you know, the song by Ricky Martin– but I sang it like William Hung) for about a week. It was a silly association, but it was so severely stuck in my head that it was driving me crazy. I actively tried to replace it with other songs, to cut myself off when I started whistling it, I even tried some old fashioned aversion therapy by pairing things I hate with every instance of even thinking about the lyrics. Nothing worked. That’s how bad it was stuck in there.
And just talking about this is making me think of it again. Damn you, American Idol, for taking that song to a new level of unforgettable infamy.
Anyway, after I finally stopped breaking out in song at random points in the day, do you know what I did? I went back to Bonefish Grill, and I ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp again. I got the song stuck in my head again. I tried at lengths to get it out of my head again. I could not for the life of me get it out of my head, AGAIN. But overall, it was worth it… because that shrimp is insanely good. But wait! There’s more…
Many years of disliking tomatoes and an unfortunate encounter with Campbell’s canned tomato soup had me thinking all this time that any variation of the stuff wasn’t for me. However, this year I decided that I was going to push myself to try things I usually wouldn’t, because taste buds change and yadda yadda, so tomato soup has been on my list. On the bottom of the list. Far down, where I was hoping I’d never get to it.
But I did. Thank goodness I did.
About a month ago, when I was perusing reddit as per usual, I saw a post for Tomato Bacon Bisque that was ordered at a restaurant. It actually looked amazing, and sounded even better. Sure, it was technically a tomato soup, but with the cream and bacon, I was thinking that maybe I could get behind that. I told myself that I couldn’t avoid the glaring challenge on my “Learn to Like it List” anymore, vowed to make it that weekend, aaaaaaaand I didn’t make it.
2 weeks later I finally was able to fit it in my schedule (read: convinced myself to suck it up and try it) and proceeded to smack myself in the forehead for stalling so long.
So, I’m well aware that I have kind of done this before. One of my first posts on this blog was for German Pretzel Rolls, which I guess are essentially pretty similar to Pretzel Bread, but I make no apologies. Why? Because pretzels are my favorite things ever, as you may have already known from the 5 pretzel-related posts I’ve done in the past year in which I mention my pretzel obsession. (By the way, I would have 2 more pretzel posts if my work camera didn’t get stolen back in April.)
Obviously I love pretzels. I love pretzels so much that, as I’ve said before, I would make variations of them for the blog all the time if you wouldn’t get sick of them. I would eat pretzels for every meal. I would live in a house made of pretzels, with salty pretzel walls and warm pretzel beds. Shh. Don’t tell me I’m taking this too far.
I said don’t.
Anyway, as your resident pretzel-guru, I have to say that all of you fellow pretzel lovers out there need to make this Pretzel Bread immediately. Sandwiches will never be the same.
Speaking of sandwiches, you should make this bread today because (SPOILER ALERT) I’m posting a recipe for Tomato Bacon Bisque tomorrow, and if you dip Pretzel Bread Grilled Cheeses in Tomato Bacon Bisque, something magical happens. It’s like your taste buds become 10,000 teeny tiny Belinda Carlisles and they all start belting out the “Heaven is a Place On Earth” chorus. That sounds kind of frightening but it’s actually wonderful when you experience it in real life. But wait! There’s more…
It’s easy to rekindle our love with a lot of things this time of year: (most) Christmas music, twinkling lights, super thick sweaters, and, of course, our crock pots. With the holiday hustle in full force, I typically have a tendency to neglect my home cooked meals and I really don’t think I’m the only one. I mean, we’ve got enough time commitments on our plates that we can’t even fathom piling food on them too! That is, until we remember the crock pot we have sitting in the storage closet. It’s the time of the year for that baby to shine.
I’ve been craving Chicken Tikka Masala lately, but as anyone who has ever dabbled in Indian cuisine is well aware, it’s not very easy to whip up. (Or maybe it’s just me?) Tikka Masala just is one of thoserecipes that I’m always dying to make, but I don’t actually want to go through all of the steps to make it. There’s the toasting of the spices, and the chopping of the veggies, and the marinating of the meat, and the cooking of the chicken, and the stirring of the sauce, aaaaand I’m boring you. Well, you get the point. There’s just a lot to do. But wait! There’s more…
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