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Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken)

by BnB Finder March 4th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Dutch PancakesPancakes come in many different versions. My own pancake batter is mostly oatmeal and buttermilk, and sits in the fridge all night after it's been mixed. I also have great memories of poffertjes in the Netherlands (if only the place that made them had been open more often) and crepes, which our chef covered in depth a few weeks ago. This recipe is yet another kind of pancake, another Dutch one, which can be rolled like a crepe around any filling you like.  It's from the Silverstone Inn and Suites in Lancaster, Pennsylvania -- Amish country, and
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The Greatest Thing Since the Pinwheel

by James Maynard February 21st, 2014| Video
crescentsPinwheel appetizers are a quick and easy way to prepare elegant finger foods for a dinner party, or for whenever guests come over. In this video, we learn how to create Mediterranean crescent pinwheels, which are sure to be a hit at any gathering. The recipe shows how to use pre-made crescent roll dough to save time. The same techniques can also be used with a homemade crust, for people who prefer their favorite pie crust recipe. These treats can be used either as stand-alone snacks, or as a side dish with other foods, such as vegetables or meats.

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Appetizer Pizzas to Thai One On!

by James Maynard February 14th, 2014| Video
thai pizzaAppetizer pizzas are a great, simple snack to make for nearly any crowd. But, rather than do something conventional like English muffins and pizza sauce, why not try a new flair with Thai pizza? This delicious treat is also simple to make, but it will give your guests the impression you went all-out for them. In this video, we hear about how to create an exotic spread for the dish that will provide the Thai flair for the treats. We will also learn some of the most popular toppings for the mini-pizzas, as well as techniques to keep your
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Lentil Cakes

by TT March 11th, 2013| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes
lentil_cakesWhen our daughter decided to become a vegetarian a few years ago, I wasn't opposed to the idea.  I have chosen a vegetarian lifestyle at different points in my life.  Although I haven't done so for years, I do enjoy many vegetarian dishes, such as tofu stir fry or meatless chili.

This past Thanksgiving, our vegetarian decided that she missed meat.  Without any discussion, she simply asked for some turkey at dinner.  Now, she's fully returned to world of carnivores:  bacon, hamburgers, steak cooked medium rare.  She has re-embraced her former diet completely.

For me this has meant I no longer
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Maryland Style Crab Cakes

by TT January 7th, 2013| Appetizers, Recipes
I am a long-time Patriots fan, as I have spent most of my life living in New England.  However, my husband is from Maryland and, as such, is a Ravens fan.  So, while my team wasn't playing this past weekend, as they had a bye for the first round of playoffs, my husband's team had a game to play on Sunday.  Like any Sunday afternoon spent watching football, snacks make it better.

With a focus on Baltimore, I decided to give a couple of our appetizers a bit of a Mid-Atlantic feel.  Thus, we had roasted broccoli that was tossed
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Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by TT January 3rd, 2013| Appetizers
I thoroughly enjoying making dishes from scratch.  Whether it be a batch of cookies, a pot of soup, or a loaf of bread, there is a sense of gratification in making something that others will enjoy.  However, there are occasions when I take shortcuts, based on my schedule or other outside factors.  On Sunday we had a belated Christmas celebration with my brother's family.  As I was making the menu, our oldest asked for sweet and sour meatballs.

Sweet and sour meatballs were always served at a childhood friend's house at Christmas.  When I discovered the ingredients for the sauce
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Day After Thanksgiving Nachos

by TT November 26th, 2012| Appetizers
OK, I didn't make these nachos on the day after Thanksgiving.  I actually made them three days after Thanksgiving.  However, the point of this recipe is to provide a different way to use leftover turkey.  Yes, turkey sandwiches are tasty, as are turkey pot pie, turkey soup, and reheated Thanksgiving dinner.  However, a little variety can make some of your Thanksgiving leftovers more interesting.

Not only do these nachos put a different spin on turkey, they also are quite simple to make and are a good use for dark or white meat.  After a day of shopping, whether it be
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Steak & Cheese Pockets

by TT October 1st, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
On a recent weeknight, we made steak subs for dinner.  Although I thought I had planned accurately and cooked the correct amount of shaved steak to satisfy the appetites of my husband and teenage son, I had obviously miscalculated.  When dinner was finished, we still had a substantial amount of steak left.  I knew neither of the guys would complain about having leftover shaved steak in the refrigerator.  However, somehow the remaining steak was left when Friday rolled around, and I decided to repurpose it as some form of appetizer for a "Munchies for Dinner" night.

I chose to use
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Warm Bruschetta Dip

by TT September 24th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes
Saturday was a day of canning for my husband and me.  We bought many pounds of canning tomatoes and spent the next few hours working in our kitchen.  At the end of it, we had a dozen jars of whole tomatoes and another dozen jars of salsa.  While we were processing all of these tomatoes, I decided to grab a few of the best tomatoes and save them for Sunday.

After a late morning, five-mile walk, our appetites were ready for some snacks.  It seemed to me that tomatoes that were perfectly ripe should be used in a manner that
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Beef and Blueberries

by TT August 6th, 2012| Appetizers, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
My husband and I spent part of a weekend in Boston recently.  After scheduling a day of work meetings in the city, we decided to make it into a combination work/pleasure trip by spending the night and next day nibbling and adventuring through Boston.  After a round of post-work drinks at Dillon's, we headed over to Newbury Street for dinner at Tapeo.  We had been there previously for an afternoon snack and drink and were looking forward to a meal of tapas dishes.  Although the atmosphere was mediocre, the food was excellent.  One of our favorite dishes was Pato
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Ricotta-Topped Zucchini

by TT July 16th, 2012| Appetizers, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday
Living next to a farm, we have easy access to fresh produce during local growing seasons.  Even better, our farm very kindly lists what new items are in season on their roadside sign.  Thus, when I travel anywhere outside of our neighborhood, I am aware of what is ripe and ready for my kitchen.  At the end of last week, I noticed that summer squash and zucchini had been added.

Both my husband and I love zucchini and have used it in a multitude of ways:  in place of noodles in lasagna, in soup, stuffed with spinach, in quick bread. 
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BLT Eggs

by BnB Finder June 19th, 2012| Best BnB Bites
People often talk about a favorite bite of food, that perfect combination of flavors that delights your taste buds.  If you enjoy deviled eggs and BLT sandwiches, this appetizer is that perfect bite.  Shared with us by Andon-Red Inn Bed and Breakfast, it makes a wonderful munchy for almost any occasion or time of day.  Whether you're looking for a Saturday afternoon snack or a dish to share at a cookout, these eggs are certain to be enjoyed.

This recipe is simple and doesn't require much time.  However, it is important to have your eggs hard-boiled hours before you
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