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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Update 11/17/11 An oldie but goodie! Perfect for the holidays. Kids love to make these.
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I think this will be the first year in the history of Steamy Kitchen that I’m not hosting Christmukkah as planned. And honey, you have no idea how ecstatic I am! I just got word that my friend, Lisa, has offered her brand spankin’ new home for the event.
It used to be that my house was the default home for all holidays and dinners. You know how on “Desperate Housewives” Bree is the queen of all things elegant, gracious and homemade? I’m Bree, but without the elegance or the shiny, perfect hair. But because I’m not going to be spending the day in the kitchen covered in spills, splashes and sweat preparing a 10-course dinner, this year I get to be Gabrielle. Well, Gabby from last season, when she was all about glam and glitter.
And I’ve already got the perfect outfit in the closet. I’ve worn it only once before, about seven years ago. It’s an off-the-shoulder sexilicious dress, 4-inch candy-red stilettos and sparkly, drippy jewelry. Call me “haute mama.”
Just a slight problem, though.
I’ve got less than a week to lose 15 pounds and inflate my boobs to B.C. (Before Children) proportions.
Being a guest instead of the host of Christmukkah is such a rare treat that I’m determined to be Gabby. I can stuff, squeeze and shimmy into this ensemble with the help of a can of Pam spray. There will be no bending, squatting, eating or talking above a strained squeak. No running, dancing or helping in the kitchen. Basically, I’m going to just balance precariously in my lovely heels at the front door, pretend to sip a glass of bubbly champagne and greet guests as they shower me with compliments on how drop-dead gorgeous I look.
In case I momentarily forget that I’m not supposed to breathe beyond dainty puffs, and the straining zipper fails, I’m packing two rolls of duct tape in my purse as backup.
Rolo Pretzel Turtles Recipe
I'm giving you a recipe that would be fabulous for a party, something simple that even Gabby could manage in her heels! My girlfriend, Kelly, taught me how to make Rolo Pretzel Turtles, and I swear it's the best seven-minute candy fix. The chocolate and caramel in Rolo candies softens and oozes all around the salty, crunchy pretzel. Top it off with a pecan half, and it's a homemade treat that won't last long in a candy dish. Well, truthfully, they probably won't make it to the candy dish; Rolo Turtle Pretzels are addictive when they're warm off the baking sheet. Prepare to make a double batch! I usually buy four rolls of Rolos, a bag of mini pretzels and a bag of nuts.
Ingredients:Nuts - pecan halves (or any other type of nut)
Rolo chocolate candies
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Unwrap your Rolos - try not to eat all of them. Place pretzels on the baking sheet in one layer. Top each pretzel with a Rolo. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes, until the chocolate just begins to melt. The Rolo candy should be soft but not completely melted. Remove from oven, carefully use a spatula to lift the pretzels on cooling rack and immediately squish the Rolo candy with a nut. ooohlala! Watch the caramel ooze out!