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Review: Cheeseburger in Paradise, Newark, DE

by TT April 28th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
cheeseburgerinparadise2Spending time with family in the mid-Atlantic area this week, we've done lots of driving and have been eating on different schedules.  With a 6:00 Little League game to watch on Monday, we weren't ready to eat on the drive there.  Instead we decided to enjoy the warm late April weather and the athletic talents of 7 and 8 year olds, especially of one 8 year old in particular, and dine later.

By the time the game ended and hugs and congratulations were given, it was a little after 8.  We decided to start our drive and find a place to
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Review: Super Duper Weenie, Fairfield, CT

by TT April 22nd, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
super-duper-weenieA few of you may be reading this article and wondering what, exactly, was I doing at a hot dog stand.  Did I go to this venue with children or at the pleading request of my husband?  The answer to both of those questions is no.  Having remembered seeing this place on the tv show, "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives," we decided this would be a good halfway lunch stop when we returned from a trip to Baltimore. 

When we arrived at Super Duper Weenie, it was apparent that we weren't the only people deciding to have a late lunch at
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Spinach Alfredo

by TT April 20th, 2009| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
spinach-alfredoLast week, my son requested pasta with spinach sauce.  I hadn't made it for him in a few years and wasn't sure if I still had the recipe.  I decided that I would create my own recipe that was creamier than what I used to make.

To make this a multi-faceted recipe I made the base of the sauce similar to an alfredo.  This way anyone who didn't want spinach in her sauce could have her portion set aside before the spinach was added.  Needless to say, this was a popular feature of this recipe for a certain 11 year old
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Pork Pinwheels

by TT April 15th, 2009| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
pork-pinwheel-1As mentioned in the previous post, Saturday was an afternoon of grocery shopping and cooking for my husband and me.  While I worked on the Pineapple-Mango Chutney, he was busy creating a pork dish.

Keeping with our plan for finger foods to be eaten at an indoor picnic, we decided that this dish should be able to be eaten in the same manner.  Our actual intention was to make a lamb dish, but the store didn't have any cuts that would have worked well.  (I guess being the day before Easter, we should have figured that lamb would be in
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Pineapple-Mango Chutney

by TT April 13th, 2009| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes
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Saturday was an enjoyable day.  My husband and I spent the afternoon shopping at our new favorite grocery store and then came home and cooked.  We made an assortment of finger foods that we could eat as a late night, indoor picnic.

With our grocery store having excellent butcher and cheese shops, we planned on making stuffed pork pinwheels and pecan coated brie topped with pineapple-mango chutney.  Unfortunately, while we were busy with prep work and cooking, we forgot to place the brie in the refrigerator in the post-coating, pre-baking stage.  Luckily, we baked the brie in a pie plate, so
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Review: Maddie’s Bagel & Eatery, Salem, NH

by TT April 9th, 2009| Restaurant Reviews
maddiesWhat's nicer than a lazy Saturday morning followed by an afternoon of shopping?  One, getting to spend that sort of day with my husband (who is a very good shopper).  Two, having an excellent breakfast made for you by someone else.  Lucky me, I had a Saturday with all of these pieces recently.

After a slow start sort of morning, we decided to head to Salem to do some shopping.  Not regular diners in that area, I did a little online searching and found decent reviews for Maddie's Bagel & Eatery.  There was one warning- we could wait a bit to
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Hot & Sour Soup

by TT April 6th, 2009| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
hotsoursoupWinter is fading in New England, but the days still can be cold, so my season of soup making is not done yet. However, as soup season has been in place for several months, I was ready to try something new last week.

My husband suggested making a soup with an Asian flair, and thus, Hot & Sour Soup was created.  Although not quite something the kids wanted, it was a perfect soup for the two of us.

With different kid-dinners planned, we were free to add exotic ingredients that would be considered repulsive by our younger diners.  While tofu, chicken, and
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Cheese & Crackers

by TT April 2nd, 2009| Appetizers, Recipes
cheese-crackersThis past Saturday, my husband and I decided to head to Salem, NH, to do some shopping.  Heading out later in the morning, we planned to try a restaurant new to us for breakfast before heading to the mall.  (The review of this great eatery will be posted in the next day or two.)

As we pulled into the strip mall where our breakfast destination was located, my husband spotted a grocery store which was unknown to us.  Being foodies, we decided it was worth checking out after our meal.  What great luck we had in finding this store!

Entering McKinnon's
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