Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Butter Toffee Pretzels

I always like having a Snack Mix on hand.  I often make the Firecrackers or World's Best Snack Mix.  I made the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn Snack Mix recently and I was remember how much I love it. 

My friend Susan is a great cook.  We are always texting each other back and forth about a new recipe!  She sent me a text last week about these pretzels.  We don't have any family in town but I made it anyway - to share with friends and my preschool teachers.  Way yummy!

These Butter Toffee Pretzels from Baking You Happier are yummy!!

 Butter Toffee Pretzels - adapted from Jamie at Baking You Happier

1  16 oz bag of mini pretzels
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 bag of Heath toffee bits

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Spray a large metal roasting pan with cooking spray. Pour pretzels in a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, add brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Bring to a boil and boil five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda, stirring to combine. Pour mixture over pretzels and gently toss to coat.  Pour 1/2 the bag of toffee bits over pretzel mixture.  Stir gently.  
Bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.  Once baked, remove mixture from oven and sprinkle the other half of toffee mixture and gently toss.  Allow pretzels to set and cool. Once set and cooled, break into small clusters. 

Monday, April 10, 2023

Marinated, Pickled Red Onions

 I love these marinated, pickled onions so much!  I like to keep then on the counter in a cool "onion bowl" from No Crumb's left.  Teri at No Crumb's Left has such great recipes - she is known for her sauces and extras she calls "elixirs".  

My favorite marinated, pickled onion recipe is from Natalie at Taste's Lovely.  Natalie refers to these onions as a marinated, pickled onion hybrid.  Natalie is a young mom of four boys.  You should totally follow her on Instagram.  I have tried several different pickled onion recipes and hers is my favorite.  I eat them as a side or...ON.. so many recipes.  Yesterday for lunch, I had had a boiled egg, a half of an avocado, pickled onions and some carrots with hummus.  The marinade is great to use for any meat before you grill.  

I keep mine on the counter because I eat them pretty quickly and the olive oil gets all hard in the fridge.  

You have to try them!  

Marinated, Pickled Onions - adapted from Taste's Lovely

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced about 1/4 inch thick - using a mandolin works best
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Slice the onion and put in a container you will keep the onions in. Use a large measuring cup or bowl and mix the other ingredients. Pour over the onions.  Stir to coat.  The onions should be covered.  These will keep on the counter for at least five days.