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Birthday Pretzel Challenge For Gina

by Spicie Foodie on August 14, 2011

**Thank you for voting this post to Foodbuzz Top 9, Agust 16,2011**

recipe; Turkey Cheese Pretzels and Nectarine BBQ Sauce; turkey; cheese; edaim; parmesan; nectarine; peach; BBQ Sauce; jalapenos; spicyEach day that passes I am more amazed by the outpouring of love and support given to each other in our food blogger community. This weekend as I’ve settled down to read my Google Reader feeds I was once more reminded how love filled our community is. So many of you have showed your love and support for Jennifer Perillo and her family in this very difficult time. (For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, Jennifer lost her husband last Sunday due to a sudden heart attack. You can read her tribute and request on her blog, In Jennie’s Kitchen.) I do not know Jennifer or her family. But my heart does ache for her and her 2 little girls. What has amazed me is that so many of you, many strangers who’ve only just heard of  Jennifer have wanted to help honor her husband by making his favorite Peanut Butter Pie. We can only hope that she finds a little comfort in this outpouring of love and support for her and her family. Jennifer gives the best advice we should all remind ourselves of each day “… hug them like there’s no tomorrow because today is the only guarantee we can count on.”  My heartfelt condolences Jennifer.

recipe; Turkey Cheese Pretzels and Nectarine BBQ Sauce; turkey; cheese; edaim; parmesan; nectarine; peach; BBQ Sauce; jalapenos; spicyFrom celebrating the life of someone no longer here we move on to celebrating a great woman. Today is my friend Gina’s birthday. You guys all know Gina right, the SPCookie Queen. Gina has teamed up with a wonderful and mutual friend Maya (Foodiva’s Kitchen) to put together Gina’s birthday pretzel challenge. The challenge is to show our birthday love for Gina by baking her a pretzel. Of course we all love you Gina so I’m sure you’ll have many scrumptious pretzels baked for you across the world.

recipe; Turkey Cheese Pretzels and Nectarine BBQ Sauce; turkey; cheese; edaim; parmesan; nectarine; peach; BBQ Sauce; jalapenos; spicyThe last time I made pretzels was in high school home economics class. These were the first pretzels I’ve made since then but can guarantee they will be on the rotation now. I’ll admit these aren’t the prettiest pretzels and for that I apologize Gina. I will work on perfecting the shape so practice I must. Gina suggested  a basic recipe on her website so that is what I used. But mine were stuffed with smoked turkey and shredded Edam cheese. The rest of the ingredients were exactly like her recipe. You can find Gina’s recipe here, Pretzels – Pepper Jack vs. Three Cheese, and the winner was!

recipe; Turkey Cheese Pretzels and Nectarine BBQ Sauce; turkey; cheese; edaim; parmesan; nectarine; peach; BBQ Sauce; jalapenos; spicyYou want to know if they were good? I baked them the night before and gave one to my hubby, with a mouthful he asked for another. I said nope! And he protested. Well they weren’t ready yet but they did smell and taste awesome. The reason they weren’t ready was because I wanted to served them with Gina’s Peach and Jalapeno BBQ Sauce. Let me tell you that sauce was g-o-o-o-o-o-d-d!! Again I followed her recipe with the exception of swapping out the Peaches for Nectarines, they are the same thing just fuss/furless. Also I left the seeds on the Jalapeno for more kick. We dipped our yummy pretzels into the yummy Nectarine BBQ Sauce and were in pretzel heaven.

recipe; Turkey Cheese Pretzels and Nectarine BBQ Sauce; turkey; cheese; edaim; parmesan; nectarine; peach; BBQ Sauce; jalapenos; spicyThank you Gina and Maya for hosting this fun challenge. Stop by Gina’s blog and wish her a  Happy Birthday. But now the birthday girl needs to be serenaded ala Simpsons. Remember that episode when Bart sings Happy Birthday to Lisa? We will just switch out the name;) Won’t you join me?

Gina, it’s your birthday.
God bless you this day.
You gave me the gift of a little sister pretzel..?,
And I’m proud of you today.

Gina, it’s your birthday.
Happy birthday, Gina.
Gina, it’s your birthday.
Happy birthday, Gina.
I wish you love and good will.

I wish you peace and joy.
I wish you better than your heart desires.

And your first kiss from a boy.
And a great b-day kiss from your hot dog boy

Gina, it’s your birthday.
Happy birthday, Gina.
Gina, it’s your birthday.
Happy birthday, Gina.

Yeah!

Happy Birthday Gina!! I’ll happily make an ass of myself any day for you:)

in American,Baked,Fruits

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