Not too long ago, a representative of Expressly Gourmet offered me a $50 coupon code to try out their services.

Expressly Gourmet is a restaurant delivery service currently available in San Diego, Portland and Denver. From their website, you can browse the menus of the restaurants available and place an order.

What I was really impressed with was the number of restaurant offerings. I’m used to having such a limited range of restaurants that can/will deliver to me because of distance. With Expressly Gourmet, I was able to order from restaurants outside of the normal delivery area limits.

Some restaurants have a delivery charge and some don’t. All the information is provided on the website. There doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason for the delivery charge. I found locations close to my home which had an $8 delivery charge and ones that were 20 minutes away that had no delivery charge.

Aren’t these cute?

I had this image in my mind for a while: to create breads shaped like little chicks peeping above the rim of some small cups. I actually tried a couple of times before I got it to work.

Inspiration comes at random moments.

I was in the kitchen with an open jar of peanut butter from the peanut butter cookies I had just finished making. I was cleaning out the freezer because we no longer have room for anything and I know there’s stuff buried inside that needs to be thrown away. While cleaning, I came across a bag of frozen soft pretzel dough which I had completely forgotten about (oops!).

This suddenly brought an image to my mind of one of my favorite childhood snacks, Combos, which are crunchy pretzel nuggets stuffed with various flavors like pizza, nacho cheese, etc.  Since I had the peanut butter out, it made me think of peanut butter flavored combos (I don’t actually remember having peanut butter flavored one, but that is what I was picturing in my mind.)

And I suddenly thought, what about stuffing soft pretzel bites with peanut butter?