ARF/5-A-Day #35

by Cate on August 30, 2006

Before I get to my ARF/5-A-Day contribution for this week, I wanted to make sure to share a quick picture of the Chocolate Dipped Pretzels I made last week.

Aren’t they adorable? Love the colors. I’m not a big fan of the sweet/salty mix myself, but I made them as part of a dessert tray for a catering client last week. The recipe is ridiculously simple to make, from the September issue of Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine, and they make for a nice presentation.

Tomorrow is the last bit of catering I have scheduled for this week. For their breakfast offerings, I went with Glazed Lemon Cake, a recipe that I’ve made before. The folded egg whites make a big difference in the final result, keeping the cake very light and airy, and with the addition of lemon juice and zest, it’s perfect for my ARF/5-A-Day contribution.

Until tomorrow…

A year ago today … Drive Your Neighbors Nuts Grilled Chicken.

First up is Claire from Cooking is Medicine in Mississippi … experimenting with purple eggplant, she dishes up a delicious-looking stir-fry.

Baby Bok Choy makes an appearance in Cucina Bella’s Kitchen in Connecticut:

Our second eggplant dish this week, this time it’s by way of the FatFree Vegan Kitchen in Mississippi, with Susan’s Eggplant Paprikash:

Seems we have a theme this week … The Cookbook Junkie from Pennsylvania takes the eggplant baton next with her Caucasian Eggplant Caviar … I’ll definitely be making this one.

The kitchen of From Transition to Vegan goes the sweet route with a Simple Apple Dessert:

Alpine Berry in San Francisco beckons the Fall season with her divine Plum, Fig and Walnut Kuchen:

Meeta from What’s for Lunch, Honey in Germany contributed a mouth-watering stack of Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes:

The contribution from Kalyn’s Kitchen in Utah this week will get you out of the kitchen quick … with only 5 ingredients in her Calabacitas:

Cheryl from Free Range Living in Canada takes advantage of Summer’s bounty with her Roasted Tomatoes Margherita:

Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food (Martha Stewart)
Makes 18 pretzels

8 ounces semisweet chocolate
18 pretzel rods (from a 10-ounce bag)

Line a rimmed baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside. Break semisweet chocolate into small pieces; place in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until chocolate is just melted, about 1 minute. Remove; stir until smooth.

One at a time, roll one end of pretzel rods into melted chocolate, and, using a spoon, coat each 3/4 of the way up. Place pretzels on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.

Cate’s Notes: I added the sprinkles after the pretzels were dipped in chocolate, and I think they definitely made the perfect addition.

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Helene August 30, 2006 at 12:55 pm

That lemon cake looks delicious! The egg whites must definetely keep it light. I love everyhting lemon. I keep missing ARF/5-A-Day but I promise to work on it next week.
I have a couple of catering jobs also this weekend, but everything is up in the air with that storm.

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wheresmymind August 30, 2006 at 2:10 pm

mmm…chocolate pretzels!

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Anonymous August 30, 2006 at 5:02 pm

The Pretzels look great! I bet Nicholas loved them.

The Neighbor (wife)

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RecipeNick August 30, 2006 at 5:25 pm

Those pretzels are so good, we had someone bring some over to us and they put them in caramel with chocolate over the top! I would leave off the nonpareils tho.

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Cate September 1, 2006 at 12:51 am

Helene – hope the weather holds out for youl it’s been miserable lately.

Wheresmymind – I’ll say!

The Neighbor – believe it or not, he didn’t care for them. He’s pretty picky about his sweets – go figure.

Recipenick – thanks for dropping by. But the non-pareils make them so pretty!

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