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Award-Winning Wisconsin Breakfast Panini

by BnB Finder September 23rd, 2014 | Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Best BnB Bites Panini are among the elegant members of the sandwich family, and this one is so special it won the Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Association’s first recipe contest. The Speckled Hen Inn in Madison, Wisconsin is known for its "seasonal farm-to-table breakfast" and this recipe is a great example of what the area offers in the fall.  Bacon, cheese, and apples combine with cranberry-cherry chutney (recipe included) for  a flavorful, filling breakfast -- or lunch, or even a light dinner if you pair it with a salad or other vegetables. If you don't have a panini press, just
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Truly Hand-Size Sandwiches for Preschoolers

by TT September 22nd, 2014 | Recipes, Sandwiches Recipes
All of my children are teens, there are no little ones in this house.  I don't make many family lunches; it's pretty much every person for him or herself, so I don't often make sandwiches for my kids anymore.

As I was thinking about sandwiches and debating my next recipe, I was thinking about all of the different "breads" I have used thus far: tortillas, wraps, and buns.  I was
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Cooking Basics

Perfecting the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

by Jane Wangersky September 19th, 2014 | Cooking Basics
It’s one of those “drive on a parkway, park on a driveway” things: grilled cheese sandwiches are seldom actually grilled, at least by home cooks. After all, the only grill most of us have at home is our barbeque, and we’re unlikely to heat that up to make sandwiches. We call them “grilled cheese” because that’s what our moms, long ago, told us they were called. I guess you could call them pan-broiled cheese sandwiches to be more accurate, but like lots of more accurate terms, that doesn’t have the same ring.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple, but not easy.
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Bacon and Cheese Bread

by Jane Wangersky September 18th, 2014 | Recipes, Simple Solutions
The dinner just before shopping day can get a little strange. Sometimes it’s just a clear-out of the fridge, with everyone eating something different. Other times I manage to pull together what little food’s left in the house. This was one of those times.

The only meat left in the house, besides a stewing chicken that would take a long period of slow cooking to become edible, was a package of bacon I’d forgotten about till then. There was still time to mix dough in the bread machine for home baked bread, which would go a long way toward making
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How to Bake Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

by Elizabeth Skipper September 17th, 2014 | Ask the Chef
Ask The Chef I love baked sweet potato fries. However, no matter what I've tried (high heat, tossing in olive oil/cornstarch/flour, greasing the pan), I don't get crispy fries. Is there a way to bake sweet potatoes and get crispy fries?

Good question! I usually simply bake sweet potatoes, so this required some research. I wasn't able to ascertain whether the starch in sweet potatoes and white potatoes is the same, although they're both high in starch in the form of carbohydrates. I was wondering if sweet potatoes have more natural sugars, which might explain your problem, as sugars caramelize rather than crisp.
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