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Pretzels by Alton Brown

Who would have known? It's easy to make home made pretzels.
Ingredients1 1/2 cups warm (110 to 115 degrees F) water1 Tbs sugar2 Tsp kosher salt1 package active dry yeast22 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 1/2 cups2 ounces unsalted butter, meltedVegetable oil, for pan10 cups water2/3 cup baking soda1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon waterPretzel salt DirectionsCombine the water, sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the mixture begins to foam. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the doug…

Chinese Sausage

Great in rice and added to stir fries, we buy Chinese sausage in our local china town or 99 Ranch. It's really a very thin, hard sausage which is almost sweet. It is commonly known by its Cantonese name "Lap Cheong" or "Lap Chong" (written as "臘腸" in Chinese).

Read more in Wikipedia.