A non-sweet for my sweetie…

I often joke when people ask me how I met my husband. I tell them “the old fashion way…the Internet”. Being shoved into the Online dating world by a friend I was beyond annoyed at her. I always thought  online dating was for desperate people. And well, I was easily getting dates. Just not the right kind.
When I met my now husband I had no intention of ever getting married. Ever. Spending too many hours in a locker room with guys made me weary of doing so.
We were on a site that would show you if someone was interested in you. I clicked on his bio (which was odd because I stopped looking after a REALLY BAD date). But here was this guy playing with his dogs and something just made me click. I read in his bio that he liked Jif peanut butter. So I wrote him this…”I was in a Jif peanut butter commercial when I was 3”. He wrote back like 3 pages. :) Ah, the power of Jif.
We spent a week emailing each other and finally we talked on the phone one night. We talked so much that both of our cell phones started to die. So he asked me if I was hungry. I said I was and we agreed to meet for dinner. Lucky for me he lived 30 minutes away so I could make myself look a little more spiffy.
We met at one of my favorite eats in Phoenix, Mimi’s Cafe (yes, it is a chain, but a good one). I didn’t recognize him at first as he had shaved most of his hair off. Umm. Not a good look. But there was something about him and I was immediately impressed when he gave up his seat for an elderly man to sit down. We talked and talked and then he asked about marriage. See I didn’t list marriage as something I wanted. My husband had been married before and I could tell by the way he phrased it that he was eventually wanting to marry again. So I lied. I lied and said that though it was not a top 5 priority I was interested in getting married one day. But I wasn’t. This will become very ironic.
At the end of the night he walked me to my car and we hugged ( I never kiss on the first date…yep, I am old fashion). He told me he would grow his hair out for me. Plus for him.
Something was so different about him. He immediately felt like comfort to me…a full on grilled cheese sandwich with warm tomato soup while I sit in my flannel pj’s by the fire under a blanket kind of comfort.
We spent a lot of time together. I knew when I was considering skipping playing hockey that night (never did though) to go out on a date with him that I was falling hard.
This is where the irony comes to play. As the girl who didn’t want to get married was engaged just 5 weeks after knowing her now husband. And truthfully, we would have gotten married that weekend, but we decided since we didn’t have a ring or anything like that, we would hold off. So we picked a date, Pi day (March 14th….3.14). It worked for us since we were both nerds. I knew I loved him even more when he suggested that we get married at 3pm. If you are a math nerd you will appreciate that. Why? Because on a 24 hour clock, that had us getting married at 3.1415. Yes, we really are that geeky.
Sunday marks my 5 year anniversary of the day I met my husband. The day that changed my life for the better. I have never known such love and support. Didn’t think it was possible. Now I know. I am so glad I never settled, for in the end I got my total package.

So to honor my husband I offer up Garlic Cheese Twists. All things he will eat. These were fairly simple to make…the twisting is the hard part…or should I say time consuming part. I used fresh garlic but you could get away with using garlic powder if you like.

Garlic-Cheese Twists

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, divided use
2 ½ tsp active dry yeast
1 TBSP granulated sugar
1 ½  tsp salt
1 ¼  cups warm water (110F)
1 TBSP canola oil
1 cup freshly shredded Tillamook Cheddar Cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
olive oil for brushing

Butter (or spray) a baking sheet; set aside.
Combine half of the flour with yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl; add warm water (110F) and oil; beat on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.
Stir in garlic and as much of the remaining flour as needed to make a stiff dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 4 or 5 times or until smooth and elastic. Divide dough into fourths; shape each portion into a ball then divide each ball into 10 portions. Shape each portion into an 6-inch stick.  Brush 1 stick with water and twist it with another stick, pressing at the top and the bottom. Arrange the twists on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
Place twists 2-inches apart on baking sheet. Brush the twists with olive oil and sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 50 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Bake until lightly browned, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

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  1. RichinLove says:

    What a sweet story!

  2. Oh, Pea, so glad you didn’t settle! He’s definitely a keeper. Lovely story, lovely garlic twists. (Not Jif twists?)

  3. That’s a wonderful story and lovely photo of you two! Happy anniversary. :)

  4. As someone who was never going to get married and almost lasted fifty years with that thought, it really is nice to be hit out of the blue with “the one” (even if you knew him for 15 years and thought he was too nerdy and not your type!). Congrats on your ‘meeting’ anniversary! And go Jif! (for me it was the Jack in the Box Tacos with the bottle of wine).

  5. So lovely!

    I absolutely adore this blog – always full of little sweet stories like this one..

    Lots of happiness for you two! ;-)

  6. awww get the kleenex out!! You two are adorable.
    Yes, the power of Jif!!!
    I met my hubby the old fashioned way too: online.

  7. What a great story! Happy Anniversary. You even fell in love in a jif – how cool is that?

  8. This is like a modern fairy tale ;-) It s nice to get married when you find the right person to share your life with. Nice twists. They re ideal for this occassion they pepresent your two live intertwined :)

  9. Ahhhhh. How sweet! I love all the number nerd wedding plans too!

  10. FOr someone who did not want to get married you really had the most romantic story! Ahh! You make me smile a warm and fuzzy smile. Bless you both!

  11. Such a sweet story. Seriously… I got teary eyed! I love it when fate works its magic!

  12. What a sweet story! Hope you have a great anniversary. The garlic cheese twists look delicious!

  13. A beautiful story! Very sweet!

    Those twists look wonderful!



  14. Awh!

    That is lovely.

  15. This was a really sweet post, even though the twists weren’t. :)

  16. What a cute “old-fashion” love story! Love it! Happy annyversary!

  17. Such a sweet story! Happy anniversary!!

  18. awwww, so sweet. happy anniversary!

    my hubby and i are the same way – met online, emailed for a week, talked on the phone for hours (flash that back to high school!), and then met. we went from nice to meet you to serious relationship instantly! :-)

  19. What a wonderful story. It gives me hope…

  20. Peabody, this is amazing – I LOOOVE how you two met!! I wish you two a lifetime together :-)

  21. Great story, but more important…

    Is that freshly shredded Tillamook? Freshly purchased? Freshly stared at…?


  22. what a beautiful wedding photo and yum, those twists look super great.

  23. What a beautiful post. Loved reading each line you wrote. Happy 5th anniversary and many ,many more to come with full of happiness and joy.

  24. I’m a sap and love how you met stories! The first time I met my boyfriend, I remember have that same feeling of comfort… Congratulations! :)

  25. What a lovely love letter!

  26. Happy 5th anniversary Peabody…..I loved reading your love story.
    The garlic cheese twists look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them!!

  27. a sweet story.One of my sons has just met a girl on the internet. Five weeks? I don’t think my son moves that fast :)

  28. Beautiful post . When its right its right!

  29. i was sent here from a friend because I’d asked for recommendations for food blogs.

    this story was awfully sweet. (= heh and i thought that the nerdy part of it was cool

  30. great story, peabody!
    i, too, met my other half online… now we’ve got 2 kids, a cat, a dog, 14 fish and a mortgage!

    happy anniversary!

  31. I love both the story and the twists! I’ll definitley be trying the twists at some point, although marriage has so far waited about five months (not that I’m liking it!) and will continue to wait for me until I graduate! :)

  32. Peabody, this is the sweetest story… I guess I’m just a bit wistful hearing it all, since I’ve had no luck in love so far. It’s good to know that sometimes it really does work out…

    Happy anniversary to you two! :)

  33. ah! Nerd love is the best kind. Sounds like my first date with my internet nerd. He asked me to marry him on the fourth day I knew him. Seems like online dating has a bad rap!

  34. ooh nerds! i love your story. thanks for sharing it! happy day you met your hubby. that’s super special. thanks for giving me a moment of pause and thoughts of love and happiness of such a hectic day.

  35. I’m a sucker for a good love story. Happy early anniversary!

  36. so cute, nerd love.

  37. I recently found your blog and love it. I’m inspired to become a baker and am hunting for a Kitchen Aid mixer now.

    I loved the story of how you met your husband and became engaged. Beautiful!

  38. I love the 3.1415 angle! It’s not nerdy, it’s cool. =)

  39. Jerzeetomato says:

    Love comes to those who wait. Now tell the story where you cooked for him and sealed the deal. That is my fav of all stories.
    All women who cook and bake know what I mean.

  40. How sweet, you put tears in my eyes and now I’m laughing at myself. I’m so happy you found each other and are so in love!

  41. Thanks for sharing this sweet story. I love the picture of you and your husband. It says quite a bit. Enjoy celebrating the day you found each other.

  42. What a beautiful story…..I met my husband on the net eleven years ago and people at that time thought I was nuts. I was NEVER going to get married again! Well 6 months to the day we met in person we got married…..so much for NEVERS!!!!

  43. I love that story! And your cheese twists look so crazy good they’re making my stomach rumble. I need to go eat.

  44. That is the most romantic story! Brought tears to my eyes! I hope you two have a wonderful anniversary!

  45. Jif is THE best peanutbuttah. No chunks, please. Love the story and photo of you both. I’m such a sappy romantic. The twists look like something I’d need to sit down with a bucket of. You ship, right?

  46. Yay! What a great story. Congratulations, and happy meeting anniversary!

  47. What a wonderful story about meeting your husband! I hope you have an amazing anniversary!!

  48. What a romantic story. I love ‘how we met’ stories!
    The cheese-garlic bread twists are delicious looking.

    Geeks, hmm? You might appreciate my husband. He asked me to call him when the car odometer hit 858585, so he could revel in this number marvel. Luckily, it hit the magic number in the car park at work. He was thrilled when I called to tell him.
    I don’t get it personally, but it really tickles him!

  49. What a great story! It’s so nice to hear how happy you are with your guy. I can’t wait to get married (6 days!!) I love the recipe too — congrats on your “anniversary”.

  50. Congrats on your special meeting day anniv….beautiful story! Lovely twists and lovely couple :) xxx


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