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Bacon and Cheese Bread

by Jane Wangersky September 18th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
bnc breadThe 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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Pulled Pork Sandwiches

by BnB Finder September 16th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
pulled pork right sizePulled pork is one of those dishes many people like to order when they're eating out, but few ever try to make at home. But when you read this recipe, you'll realize how easy it is, especially if you have a home smoker. (I make pulled pork entirely in the oven, so that works too.) The piquant taste comes from a dry rub made of everyday spices, and slow cooking at a low temperature is the secret to making the pork soft enough to shred. The hardest part is the waiting. From Sage Hill Inn
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Gorgonzola Turkey Burger- Flavor in Every Bite

by TT September 15th, 2014| Recipes, Sandwiches
turkey gorgonzola burgerIt's the third week of sandwich month at Think Tasty, and again I am not posting a traditional sandwich recipe.  I guess the truth of the matter is that I don't eat many sandwiches.  I eat quite a few wraps, and then I eat an assortment of sandwich-like items, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burgers. While tacos, quesadillas, and burgers aren't listed in the sandwich section of a menu, to my mind they belong there.  You eat them with your hands, and each is comprised of a filling with some sort of bread or bread-like ingredient surrounding it.

This week
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Red Pepper and Cheese Sandwich

by Jane Wangersky September 11th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
pepper cheese sandwichPeople have been eating bread and cheese since way before the word “sandwich” started being used for it, so the cheese sandwich is a real classic. Sometimes, however, you want something more than a simple classic taste in your lunch -- let’s face it, even the classics can get boring with repetition. So it’s natural to look around for something that might add a little more taste and texture to your sandwich. Red peppers are one ingredient that have traditionally been paired with cheese, as in pimento cheese.

Growing up in the North, I was only aware of pimento cheese
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Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Polenta & Asparagus

by BnB Finder September 9th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Poached Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Polenta, and AsparagusOnce you've made this elegant breakfast, you'll not only have something extra special to serve your family and guests, you'll know how to poach eggs and make your own polenta. Both are easier than you may have thought. The recipe calls for blanched asparagus; this just means you put it into boiling water for 30 seconds. When you take the asparagus out, you should put it in cold water or it'll keep cooking till it's too soft. This comes to us from the Mountain Top Inn and Resort in Chittenden, Vermont, where you'll find everything from a
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Healthy Fish Tacos- Still Crunchy & Tasty

by TT September 8th, 2014| Recipes, Sandwiches
tortillasThe idea of fish tacos is appealing to me. Until I read the description on the menu.  That's because most restaurants make these tacos with fried fish.  I know, I am not typical, but I don't enjoy most fried foods.  To me, the crunch of the batter is not worth the heaviness and greasiness of frying.  So, I almost never order fish tacos at restaurants.

Last week I decided to try making fish tacos at home. The first option I considered was marinating the fish to give it lots of flavor and then broiling it.  However, I know that for
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Bacon and Egg Salad Sandwich

by Jane Wangersky September 4th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
bacon n egg sandwichSeptember is time to think about school lunches and their classic main dish, the sandwich. (At least, it is if your kids' school is opening up on schedule, not staying closed because of a strike -- but in that case, your kids can always try selling sandwiches to the people on the picket lines. That should be educational.) Anyway, September is a time both to revisit classic sandwiches, like peanut butter and jelly, and experiment with new ones. Here's a new one you might like to try.

Bacon and eggs go together, of course -- bacon and fried eggs, anyway.
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Strawberry Goat Cheese Bruschetta

by Jane Wangersky September 2nd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Strawberry Goat Cheese BruschettaBruschetta is a savory dish, of course, but the touch of strawberry in this recipe enhances that rather than turning it sweet. Fresh herbs and greens also help to bring the tastes of summer indoors, and turn a little bit of French bread into a special side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This comes from the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages in Kennebunkport, ME, where you can enjoy premier accommodations in a historic house -- or one of the 11 cottages surrounding it. I'm just back from two weeks in Maine and still amazed by the
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Summer Chicken Sandwich- in a Crock Pot

by TT September 1st, 2014| Recipes, Sandwiches
summer chickenI never used to think of the crock pot as an appliance to be used in the summer. Crock pots bring to mind cold winter days with a hearty stew or chili simmering.  Recently I read a suggestion to use crock pots more in the summer because they don't heat the house like an oven.  Definitely a good point!

The big question was, What would I cook in the crock pot? Being summer I didn't want a hearty stew but the filling for a sandwich would work quite well.  Most of the sandwich fillings that I make in the crock
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September’s Food Focus- Sandwiches

by TT August 31st, 2014| Recipes
sandwichAs we flip the calendar and September begins, it is time to introduce this month's food focus: sandwiches. Starting today with a recipe, and continuing throughout the month, we will be sharing recipes and cooking tips for sandwiches, wraps, and other handheld dishes. Whether you're looking for a new lunch idea or something hearty enough for dinner,  these recipes should be nice options for expanding your repertoire.

Join us throughout the month of September to discover delicious, new sandwich ideas.
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Recipes for Apples of All Sizes

by Jane Wangersky August 28th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat’s local right now? What isn’t? The service that delivers produce to us is even showing locally grown okra on its site. That used to be unheard of north of the Mason-Dixon line, let alone the 49th parallel. For a few brief weeks, all sorts of fruits and vegetables are local.

Most local of all are the apples falling off the tree in our backyard. They’re green, not because they’re unripe, but because they’re Gravensteins. Luther Burbank – "The Wizard of Horticulture" -- once said, "It has often been said that if the Gravenstein could be had throughout the year,
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Sweet Cucumber Pickles from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast

by BnB Finder August 26th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Sweet Cucumber PicklesWhen I think of pickles, I typically think of kosher spears to accompany a burger or hot dog.  However, if I think back to my childhood, I think of holiday celebrations and pretty bowls with divided sections.  In one section would be black olives, and in the other would be sweet pickles.  How elegant I thought we were serving these treats before dinner.  It is how I imagined all dinners at fancy restaurants started.  Ahh, the joys of being a child.

Seeing this recipe from the Big Mill Bed and Breakfast in Williamston, North Carolina, I couldn't help
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