PRETZEL CRISPS®: Time to Rethink Your Pretzel® {Review}

Ever tried crispy pretzels? Oh, I’m one lucky gal because I was recently given a chance to taste and review Pretzel Crisps®. I received all the nine flavors of their Deli Style pretzels and I can’t tell you how excited I was to try each of them.

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Original

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Perfectly salted ORIGINAL PRETZEL CRISPS® give you that satisfying, hearty crunch in a versatile shape that’s dippable, spreadable, and deliciously snackable. With great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients, it’s the perfect snack anytime!

Try ORIGINAL with salsa, hummus, chili, cheese, peanut butter and all your favorite dips, or for an off-beat sweet treat, dip ‘em in chocolate, ice cream or yogurt. The “just right” baked flavor is also a healthy crunch all by itself.

Garlic Parmesan

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Deli-Style GARLIC PARMESAN PRETZEL CRISPS® are a zingy twist on an old favorite, with great gourmet taste from naturally wholesome ingredients. The best part of the pretzel – that satisfying flavor and crunch – is crispy thin and baked with a light, savory garlic flavor for big flavor in a light, crispy snack.

Enjoy them straight from the bag, or dip your crisp into a hummus or creamy cheese dip.

Buffalo Wing

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Our BUFFALO WING flavor is a crowd pleaser! Everyone loves the spicy flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try BUFFALO WING with ranch dip, blue cheese dressing, cheddar or cream cheese spreads, and as a zesty partner for celery sticks.

Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!!

Everything

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Our EVERYTHING flavor, sprinkled generously with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onions and garlic with just a pinch of salt, more than lives up to its name. Packed with flavor, baked, not fried. EVERYTHING PRETZEL CRISPS® deliver great taste without the guilt.

Delicious with nearly every spread, they’re diversely dippable, and just as satisfying by the handful.

Sesame

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Our SESAME flavor is lightly toasted to bring out the sesame seed’s essential oils, adding a healthy kick to Pretzel Crisps®’ delicious crunch. Sesame seeds are naturally rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, vitamin B1, E and a good source of lignans (phytoestrogens with antioxidant and anti-cancer properties). Health qualities aside, one bite, and you’ll be saying “Open Sesame,” again and again!

Jalapen?o Jack

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Our BOLD & SPICY JALAPEN?O JACK is an exciting new addition to our family lineup.  Spicy jalapeño combined with smooth jack cheese flavor sprinkled right on top of each crisp. Try JALAPEN?O JACK with pico de gallo, salsa or guacamole.

Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!!

Chipotle Cheddar

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Our BOLD & SPICY CHIPOTLE CHEDDAR flavor is an exciting new addition to our flavor lineup.  A spicy kick from Chipotle, combined with a sharp cheddar flavor on top of each crisp brings you a satisfying bold taste.  Try Chipotle Cheddar with avocado slices and cherry tomatoes, or with a dollop of guacamole.

Or, enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself!!

Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper

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Giving consumers a distinctive base for creating layers of flavor in each bite, the new SEA SALT & CRACKED PEPPER perfectly balances the exuberant zing of fresh cracked pepper with the classic tang of sea salt.

Enjoy the “just right” baked flavor as a hearty crunch all by itself or with your favorite dip or topping!

Honey Mustard & Onion

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Complementing other bold flavors available in the popular Deli Style line-up, HONEY MUSTARD & ONION PRETZEL CRISPS® marries tangy mustard and onion with the irresistible sweetness of honey.

One bite and you’ll Rethink Your Pretzel!™

My Thoughts

All are delicious! It makes me feel good that I am serving my family a healthy snack. The husband and the kids love chips, but they’re loaded with fats and sodium. I’m so glad they loved these PRETZEL CRISPS®. Now, we can steer clear of unhealthy snacks! All are flavorful, crunchy and baked to perfection. Everything taste good and the kids are having a tough time choosing their faves, but there are three that I love the most: Everything, Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper and Honey Mustard & Onion. You can jazz up these pretzels and add meats, vegetables, fruits and other condiments to create a more delicious snack, but you can also enjoy them as they are because they are so flavorful. One bite and the flavors just explode in your mouth.

Recommendation

If you’re looking to serve healthier snacks to your family, it’s time to Rethink Your Pretzel®. They are thin, crispy, yummy, full of flavors and super healthy.

Where to buy? You can find them in the deli section or the snack aisle of different fine stores nationwide or order online at Pretzel Crisps®, For pairing ideas, recipes and more, please visit the following:

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Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Raw Guru Organic Himalayan Sea Salt

I’ve heard a lot of people make a buzz about the purest salt to be found on earth and for sure, you’ve already heard about the Himalayan Sea Salt. Apparently, the salt that was found in the Himalayan mountain range is very rich in vitamins and minerals. The lava and snow that covered the Himalayas are thought to have protected the pink salt from pollution, that is why experts called it the purest salt.

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I, too, was curious about this salt so, when an opportunity came to try and review the salt, I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to find out how it tastes and know how it differs from other sea salts. A lot of people are claiming that it taste great and it makes other food explode with flavor. True enough, it made everything taste better. I tried sprinkling a pinch on my watermelon and it made the already sweet fruit sweeter! Next, I used it on my garlic fried rice and I swear it tastes even better. I love this salt and it makes me feel good that I am using a very healthy salt for my family.

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And did you know that it an be used for bathing too? Nope, I haven’t tried it yet, but when thrown in the tub it helps stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. The minerals in this salt helps improve blood circulation. I’m gonna have to try that one of these days and see what happens.

The Himalayan Sea Salt will be available on Amazon soon, but you can get it now from their website.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are 100% mine and was in no way influenced by the brand or anyone. All photos used in the review were taken by myself or family. Do keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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5 Macaron Flavors To Try At Your Next Party

From green tea to crème brûlée, macaron flavors have only gotten bolder as their popularity grows. But how can you be sure which experimental flavors are worth the trouble? Here are five tastes so good you’ll order double for your next occasion.

1: Cheesecake

Cheesecake macarons offer all the creamy fulfillment of your favorite dessert without the same number of calories. Not only are they healthier, but some might say they’re tastier, too.

2: White Chocolate

Enjoy a moment of bliss with a white chocolate macaron. It’s just as rich and divine as a candy bar or white chocolate mousse, but once you taste it in a macaron, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with something different.

3: Coffee

Is there anything as wonderful as that first sip of the morning’s coffee? Well, these macarons might give your espresso a run for its money. From the decadent center to its mouthwatering crust, a coffee macaron can easily become a morning ritual.

4: Lemon

A little sweet, a little sour, lemon macarons taste like they’re right off the tree. They’ll also provide hours of entertainment as you watch your guests try to keep a straight face after the first bite!

5: Pistachio

Low-calorie and gluten-free, pistachio macarons offer a more nutritious alternative to eating an entire bag of your favorite nuts. The taste, however, is exactly the same.

These are just five flavors of macarons to try at your upcoming party. If you can’t bear to choose between them, order a box of assorted macarons and have them all!

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Best Wine Offers

Wine can improve almost anything! From meats, steaks and even when you just consume it as is. The market has a great demand of wine because wine consumers know exactly the joy of buying wine. May it be an event or just a simple dinner gathering, a great tasting wine should always be present! As we know, there are different types of wine Red Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine, Champagne Wine, Sparkling Wine and Fortified Wine.

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No matter what you palate is loving, Tesco offers them! What is great about this is that in stores and wineries, there are some types and brands of wine that are not available for purchase. Look no more, Tesco is your go-to online store if you are looking for wines. From wine for beginners to those of top class, name it, they have it! Just choose a wine of your desire, place it in your cart and check out. Voila!

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Wait for the delivery day and you have a perfectly-tasting wine. Do not worry about it being shipped. Tesco knows exactly how to ship a package this fragile. Free delivery over £50, wine lovers! If you are wary about buying in Tesco, just look at their well-favoured feedback from their clients.

You will be amazed at how each of one loved their wines! No need to bother going to the stores with limited choices of wine! No need to wait for long delivery days for Tesco does next-day delivery shipping. Get a hold of these exclusives wines that are just found online.

Make sure you buy two or more cases so you can avail of their 25% off! That is a huge saving for such good wines! Get now the best wine offers! I do not see any reasons why shouldn’t you bookmark this website for your next wine purchase.

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Marzetti Recipe Exchange

Alright, I know that you love to eat and cook that is why you are here. But, if you love to pin as well, you might find this post interesting.

Marzetti wants your recipe. By pinning your favorite recipe with inspiration on their Pinterest board, you are entered to win $250 gift card and coupons from Marzetti. Four lucky winners will be randomly selected after the recipe exchange ends on April 30, 2014. You can pin as many recipes as you want and anyone from around the world can join. Click on the image to participate. Good luck!

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Okonomiyaki ( Japanese Pancake)

Unlike the regular pancakes that most of us are used to, a Japanese pancake contains a lot of vegetables. It’s delicious and healthy snack  that’s heavy in the tummy. Shredded cabbage is the main ingredient, but you an add other vegetables if you wish.

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Okonomiyaki ( Japanese Pancake)

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cabbage, finely julienned
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • Oil
  • 1/2 lb sliced pork belly or other ingredients, cut into 3 inch pieces
  • Okonomiyaki Batter!
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2-3 inch Nagaimo or our local gabi, grated
  • 1 tsp. dashi dissolved in 3/4 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup pickled red ginger (optional)
  • Toppings!
  • Okonomiyaki sauce or Tonkatsu sauce (I use the Bulldog brand)
  • Japanese mayonnaise
  • Katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes)
  • Dried green seaweed powder or Nori flakes
  • Green onions, finely chopped
  • Pickled red ginger for garnish

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder.
  2. Add grated Nagaimo and water and dashi mixture.
  3. Whisk well, making that sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Keep in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Take out the batter from the refrigerator.
  5. Add eggs and pickled ginger. Mix well.
  6. Stir in the cabbage and carrots.
  7. In a non-stick frying pan, heat oil on medium to medium high heat. Scoop one ladle of batter and place on the pan. Do not try to flatten the mixture as it will easily break when you flip it over.
  8. Place 2-3 sliced pork belly on top of Okonomiyaki and cook covered for 5 minutes.
  9. When the bottom side is nicely browned, turn it over and cook covered for another 5 minutes.
  10. Turn over one more time and cook uncovered for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  11. Apply Okonomi Sauce and Japanese mayonnaise, and sprinkle katsuobushi. You can also put dried green seaweed, green onions and pickled red ginger on top for garnish.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
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Smoked, Fresh and Dry-Cured: Choosing the Perfect Ham for Your Family

Ham, which is the cut of pork that comes from the hind legs of pigs, is an indispensable part of any holiday spread. While many culinary experts consider ham that’s cooked on the bone to be the best kind, everyone has personal preferences in what makes for the best taste.

Choosing a ham for the table can be a complex matter. When it comes to a raw ham, the breed and quality of the pig used in the specific cut can have a great effect on the taste. If it’s a cooked ham, much can depend depending on the specific way it’s cured and preserved prior to cooking. At popular outlets such as Edwards Virginia Ham, specific traditional cooked ham varieties with names like Virginia ham, York ham and Wiltshire ham have great, dedicated followings. With such complexity involved, a little introductory tutorial to ham can help.

The different cuts of ham that you will encounter 

A whole ham: A whole ham is nearly the whole leg of a pig – the butt end and the shank together. It can weigh as much as 20 pounds.

The butt end: The butt end, predictably, includes just the upper part of the hog’s hind. It tends to be fattier and meatier than the shank, but has large sections of bone. The best butt cuts are labeled butt half – they have the center slice left in. Cuts that have had the center slice removed are labeled butt portion.

The shank end: Butt cuts taken from the lower part of a hog’s hind leg are called the shank. While this portion has less fat and meat, it also has less bone and tends to taste sweeter.

A center slice of ham: A center slice of ham is a 1-inch-thick slice of meat from the very middle of a whole ham – where the butt and the shank parts meet. It’s widely considered the best part of any ham.

The different types of uncooked ham that you get to choose from 

Uncooked ham comes in three varieties – fresh, cured and smoked. The curing process is used to preserve ham – so that it keeps without refrigeration. The process also helps create a stronger flavor.

Fresh hams: Fresh hams are not cured or smoked. They are fresh from the butchery and are a grayish pink. When cooked, though, they turn somewhat white. Fresh hams are roasted the way other cuts of pork are and have a similar flavor.

Dry-cured hams: Dry-cured hams are prepared with rubbings of sugar, salt, sodium nitrates, phosphates and various condiments. The mixture is rubbed into the surface and the ham is hung to dry for us long as a year. The curing mixture gets into the ham during this time, naturally dries it out and preserves it. Ham loses about a quarter of its weight to water loss when it is cured. This results in a more concentrated flavor.

Wet-cured hams: Hams aren’t always cured dry. They can be injected with richly seasoned brine with preservatives like sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate added. While wet-cured hams don’t have quite the deep flavor of dry-cured hams, they cure in under a week. For this reason, they tend to be cheaper.

Smoked hams: Hams, once dry-cured, can be hung in smoke houses with smoldering hardwood fires burning, to gain a smoky flavor. Smoked hams have different kinds of flavor, depending on the kind of wood that’s used to create the smoke. The flavors of pecan wood, maplewood, apple wood and other hardwoods are popular.

Finally, you can buy cooked hams, too

A cured ham isn’t the same thing as a cooked ham. Cured ham is still raw meat. No part of the pig is safe to eat without cooking – the only process that can kill all the harmful bacteria and parasites in the meat. Fully cocked hams are thoroughly prepared at 147° F at some point during their processing.

A partially cooked ham is one that’s been heated to no more than 137°F. These hams are intended to be cooked further at home once bought. The additional cooking renders a rich flavor to them.

Jeremy S loves to cook for his friends and family. A passionate writer, you can find his inspirational articles on a variety of blog sites.

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