Feast Your Eyes: Peanut Butter Fudge Pretzel Brownies

There are a million reasons not to cook: you're tired, the table's covered in mail, you're not in the mood for pork chops again, it's easier to pick something up. Even the most enthusiastic home cook gets flummoxed by what's for dinner. But there's one very good reason to go homemade: food bloggers.

Five years ago, there were a few stand-out blogs with beautiful photography, great storytelling, and I-have-to-make-this-now recipes. But we live in a brave new world for food enthusiasts: you can't click a mouse without getting inspired (thank you, Pinterest). This means my "want to cook" recipe pile grows taller while my reasons not to turn on the oven look increasingly pathetic.

So consider Feast Your Eyes a dose of inspiration to tie on an apron, turn on the stove, or just lick your screen. Honestly, the hard part will be choosing.

Let us first talk about these peanut butter pretzel bars from blogger How Sweet It Is, which caused me to gasp in my cubicle when my 3 o'clock hunger pangs were setting in. The next time I plan on showing up at book club with yet another bottle of wine, I'll sub in these babies instead. Cause what goes better with wine than a little peanut butter fudge pretzel brownie?


Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Peanut butter brownie bites

Pretzel-candy crunch