I'm a former teacher and current stay at home mom with an insane passion for food. I love cooking (and eating) good, satisfying food, prepared simply with fresh ingredients. I've been known to talk to my food as I cook it, and I despise those little stickers they put on produce.
As a baby gourmand, I grew up around people who cooked. So I never questioned my ablity to cook, I just did it. With a 1973 set of Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks as my guide, I began experimenting and creating.
I eventually found myself enrolled at the French Culinary Institute in NYC in a program geared towards "serious amateurs". I spent 10 hours a week in my chef's uniform, chopping, mixing, sautéing, and braising. My experience at the institute armed me with a repertoire of skills that impacts the way I approach everything in the kitchen.
Now with a husband, a big dog, and three kids later, I'm sharing my culinary skills with the world.
Originally published 06-13-10
I resisted making this recipe. I really did. As a general rule, I tend to avoid recipes whose ingredient list specifies particular branded food products, like Jell-O and Cool Whip. (I prefer to cook with food, as compared to food-products.) But, everywhere I looked today, this strawberry pretzel recipe was staring me in the face. Apparently, some version or another of this recipe has been around forever, though I’m just hearing about it now. I started to figure that all of these people must be on to something. I do love a good sweet and salty flavor match. Plus, it called for a ton of fresh strawberries, which I’ve got in spades. So, I decided I’d give it a try. And, you know what?? There’s a reason everyone seems to love this recipe so much. It’s really, very tasty! And, the pretzel crust is genius!
In the future, I’d try substituting fresh whipped cream for the Cool Whip and I’d probably skip the Jell-O in lieu of simply scattering the berries on top of the cream cheese layer. Either way, it’s a fun summery treat!
Strawberry Pretzel Squares
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