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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

{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 claudia lamascolo August 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Happy Birthday Gina… these are some great looking pretzels!

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2 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Yes Happy b-day to Gina! Thanks Claudia:)

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3 Maya August 14, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Hahaha, you definitely are cute when you’re all silly like that! For someone who hasn’t made a pretzel since high school, these ones sure look good. Filled pretzels are supposed to look like that, why did you say they weren’t pretty? Anyway, go and check out my pretzels…they’re fit for a Queen. Queen Gina! LOL.

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4 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I’m a dork, just say it Maya:) Thanks, really they are? Well I said they weren’t pretty because the shape looks wrong and well they just don’t look pretty. I’m on my way. Hehe, Queen Gina:)

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5 Maya August 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

LOL, I’m a dork too, you dork! I can totally relate, and besides, whoever said dorks aren’t cool? Especially ultra-cute dorks like us ;-).

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6 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Haha, Maya I just finished reading it. OMG you are a genius and such a talented baker. We are going to have to call you “Maya Pretzel Fascinator Queen” hehe. Birds of a feather, no? :) And super but pretzel ultra-cute dorks!

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7 torviewtoronto August 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

happy birthday to Gina lovely post and song Nancy

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8 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hehe, Thanks!

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9 Patty August 14, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Happy Birthday Gina and congratulations on your pretzels Nancy. They do look good ! A little silliness is a good thing!

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10 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 2:25 PM

So true Patty and thank you:)

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11 Gina August 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you, so happy you had fun with this. I think look perfect and I wish I was there to share one with you. I love my ultra-cute dorky friends! I see a pretzel stand in your future. That song is so funny, I’ll have a smile on my face all day.
Love,
Gina

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12 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Hello birthday girl:) Glad I could put a smile on your face today. Definitely! Let’s join forces and us 3 can put out our ultra-cute dorky pretzels. Hehe. I would love to be sharing these with you Gina, but I am there in spirit:) Have a fab day!

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13 Maya August 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

I think my gigantic pretzels would probably scare off all the customers…hahaha! Love you, Gina!

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14 Emily @ Life on Food August 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

I wish I could go out and find one of these. They look delicious! Whenever I have a pretzels I dunk it in the spiciest mustard I can find.

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15 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

That sounds really good Emily!

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16 Simply Life August 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

My name is Gina and my bday is coming up – can I get in on this? :)

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17 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Haha you are funny:)

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18 Amy @ Gastronome Tart August 14, 2011 at 7:10 PM

I have never made pretzels before. They are my hubby’s favorite. This is making me get a move on it! Happy Birthday to Gina indeed!

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19 Spicie Foodie August 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM

You should give them a try Amy. They are quite easy to make.

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20 Anne@frommysweetheart August 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM

What an awesome pretzel! With the BBQ sauce….it’s a meal in itself! Beautiful! (Did I mention my birthday is in October???) : )

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21 Spicie Foodie August 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Hi Anne, Thank you:) You’ll have to remind me so I can make you a special b-day pretzel

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22 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 14, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Great pretzels! What a fun little challenge for her birthday!

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23 Spicie Foodie August 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Thanks Erin! Yes it was quite fun.

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24 Sandra's Easy Cooking August 14, 2011 at 11:48 PM

This is touching post in beginning and very happy on the end. I love the fact that you made them for Gina, she is one lovely lady and you really did incredible job! Happy B-day Gina!

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25 Spicie Foodie August 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Hi Sandra, Thank you:)

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26 Ann August 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I love this pretzel challenge…best wishes to Gina…

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27 Spicie Foodie August 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM

You should join us Ann, it’s not to late:)

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28 Emme @Food Samba August 15, 2011 at 5:24 AM

This is awesome! Happy birthday Gina!!!!

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29 Spicie Foodie August 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Thank you Emme!

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30 bonnie at sweet life August 15, 2011 at 7:34 PM

The outpouring of love for Jennifer was amazing, I wish I would have read about the pb for mikey earlier to contribute. How fun for Gina!! your so sweet!

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31 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Hi Bonnie, Thanks:)

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32 Magic of Spice August 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Oh my goodness these look amazing and how perfect to pair them with Gina’s gorgeous bbq sauce :) Love these!
And such a lovely thing for you to pay tribute to a fellow blogger, such a tragedy. I do not know her either but my heart goes out to the family for their loss.

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33 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Alisha I think you would love her bbq sauce, it was spicy and fruity so good!

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34 Sarah-Jane August 16, 2011 at 6:14 AM

oooh – those look super Nancy. A well deserved FB #3 ! Well done ….and a big happy birthday to Gina too ! I’m going on over to look at her recipe and save it as I so want to make these !

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35 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Hi Sarah-Jane, Thank you:) Actually you broke the FB news to me :)

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36 Alyce August 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

These pretzels look so good. Congrats on your top 9!

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37 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Thank you Alyce:)

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38 Sandra August 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Great recipe and photos Nancy. Happy to see this in today’s Top 9.

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39 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Hi Sandra, Thank you!

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40 PeasantFoodie August 16, 2011 at 3:28 PM

I just love pretzels. I remember making them at vacation bible school! These look like a great thing for me to share with the kids. Thank you so much for sharing!

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41 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Yes a great treat to make with the kids and share with them.

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42 Roxana GreenGirl August 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Loved reading about the pretzel challenge. What a fun way to celebrate Gina’s birthday!
Congrats on top 9!!

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43 Spicie Foodie August 16, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Yes it was a lot of fun participating. Thanks!

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44 Ericka August 18, 2011 at 10:16 PM

This looks absolutely delicious. I want this for MY birthday!

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45 Spicie Foodie August 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Thanks Ericka. When is your birthday? :)

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46 Kate @ Kate from Scratch August 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Aw, yea! Happy Birthday Gina! These look delicious. Collaborative and beautiful. Great stuff.

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47 Spicie Foodie August 19, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Thanks Kate!

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48 Diana August 21, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Hi. I love the look of your pretzel. But I can’t seem to find it on here. can I please have it?!

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49 Spicie Foodie August 22, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Hi Diana, Thank you:) Do you mean you can’t find the recipe? The basic pretzel recipe is Gina’s and you can get it here: http://www.spcookiequeen.com/2011/05/pretzels-pepper-jack-vs-three-cheese.html I just added some smoked turkey lunchmeat and cheese for the filling rather than just the cheese like in her recipe.

The sauce is also Gina’s recipe and it can be found here: http://www.spcookiequeen.com/2011/08/peach-and-jalapeno-bbq-sauce-my.html I switched out the peaches for nectarines but otherwise it is the same.

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50 Marsha @ The Harried Cook August 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

What a great birthday post! I loved reading it, and the birthday song is too cute! I bet Gina loved it! Sorry about the late comment… I’ve been away and I am just catching up on posts I’ve missed :) Beautiful pretzels!

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51 Elaine January 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Cool blog!

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52 Spicie Foodie January 15, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Thanks!

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