Mini Onion Bialys

mini onion bialys cooling
mini onion bialys cooling
Chewy and super savory!

Mini Bialys, or, as we like to call them, Babialys, are a traditional Polish or Jewish bread product normally made with onions and poppy seeds. Well, maybe the mini part isn’t traditional, but making them smaller means you can eat more, so let’s do it. Now, you might never have had, or perhaps even heard of Bialys before, but don’t let that scare you. They’re similar to a bagel, but without a hole — just a depression filed with caramelized onions. And, they’re tasty! So, let’s scratch up a bunch of Babialys!

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Sesame and IPA Crackers

sesame IPA crackers
sesame IPA crackers
Fast! Easy! Good!

Many Sundays we choose a simple, easy lunch. Often, rice and beans. It’s filling, nutritious, and one of our favorites. But, we also like to have a bit of some sort of bread product along side. Often, it’s our homemade bread, but, since we were on vacation, we didn’t bake this past week. So, what to do? And fast. Ideally, we want something that will be done from start to finish in the time it takes to cook brown rice (45 minutes, or so).

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Soft IPA Pretzel Knots

soft IPA pretzel knots
soft IPA pretzel knots
Pretzels and beer! All in one snack!

Who doesn’t like pretzels and beer? What about pretzels made with beer? We thought that would get your attention. Think about it: you can bring these pretzels on a road trip and enjoy the great taste of an India Pale Ale and pretzels, yet not worry one bit, because all the alcohol bakes out when you make them, so they’re perfectly fine to snack on anytime or anywhere. Naturally, if you’re at home, we suggest that you dip them in a bit of India Pale Ale Mustard, naturally.

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Baked Arancini

baked arancini
baked arancini
Tasty, easy, crispy, and creamy.

We’re not sure about you, but we don’t deep-fry anything. Too messy, and too much trouble. We do pan-fry foods occasionally (Fried Okra, for example), but to fill up a Dutch oven with a gallon of oil, fry enough for two, then do something with the oil afterwards, nope. That’s not for us. Fortunately, you can almost always bake some of those things you’d deep-fry, instead. Yes, we know, they really aren’t the same, and we agree, but, if the choice is between baked or nothing, we’ll, we don’t scratch our heads thinking about that one.

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Cranberry and Walnut Biscotti

biscotti in a tin
biscotti in a tin
Pack in an airtight container to keep the biscotti fresh.

Since we were away last week, you get a shorter-than- usual post, one very similar to last Monday’s post, when we made the Parmesan, Almond, and Rosemary Biscotti. We’ll try to do better in the future.

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Parmesan, Almond, and Rosemary Biscotti

Parmesan, almond, and rosemary biscotti
Parmesan, almond, and rosemary biscotti
Savory, sweet, salty: this biscotti has it all!

We like to put together small little snacks for a crowd, as long as it isn’t too many people nor too many snacks, as then it becomes overwhelming. So, roughly once a month, we put together a few items for the church social/coffee hour. It gives us the opportunity to try out a few new recipes, figuring that we might get some feedback about how they turned out. This past Sunday, we made a couple of kinds of biscotti — appropriate for coffee hour — and a few other things.

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The Lee Brothers’ Pimento Cheese

Lee brother's pimento cheese
Lee brother's pimento cheese
Quick and Tasty!

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to feed about 35 four- to twelve-year old kids a light lunch or snack. And, it’ll be scheduled for two days after you return from a trip. That’s sort of the deal we accepted when we signed up to be snack chefs for one day at Vacation Bible School. So, before reading on, what would you have made?

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