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Award-Winning Wisconsin Breakfast Panini

by BnB Finder September 23rd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Award-winning Wisconsin Breakfast Panini-1Panini 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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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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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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10 Fitch Tropical Breakfast Sorbet

by BnB Finder July 22nd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
file4041257954147Where I live, we handle winter a lot better than summer -- we're much more used to winter. Lately, it's been too hot even for coffee or tea at breakfast. That's the kind of day when our thoughts turn to breakfasts like this. Though this sorbet is much like ice cream, the creaminess comes from ripe bananas -- and coconut milk, which, like most of the ingredients, comes out of a can. You don't need an ice cream maker; your freezer does the work overnight. If you'd like a getaway that's also quick and easy to plan, try this
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15 Years, 15 Best Recipes

by BnB Finder June 3rd, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
bacon-jamEvery week, we bring you one of the best recipes from another great bed and breakfast, courtesy of our friends at BnBFinder.com. This online resource not only helps you find a unique place to stay in any part of the country, but also offers special deals, gift certificates, and of course an extensive collection of recipes. On June 1st, BnBFinder celebrated its 15th anniversary, and in honor of the occasion we're looking back at 15 of our, and our readers', favorite Best BnB Bites from over the past two and a half years. We hope you're inspired
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Muesli as You’ve Never Known It Before

by Jane Wangersky May 29th, 2014| Recipes
muesli pdAs we get toward the end of Breakfast Month, I’m bringing you something different from the somewhat rich stuff I’ve been writing about up till now. No eggs this week, nothing fried, in fact nothing in this recipe is cooked at all, not even the oatmeal.

What kind of dish uses raw oatmeal? Muesli -- at least in its original form. Most of us know muesli as a dry cereal much like granola, but the original recipe was very different. Developed around 1900 in Switzerland by Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner for his patients, it was based on a dish
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Toaster Oven Pancake for One

by Jane Wangersky May 22nd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
pancake-100735_640Let’s start with a confession from me: I’ve never mastered cooking pancakes. Oh, I tried, for a while, years ago. But I always poured the batter too thick or let the pan get too hot, and the only way I could make the pancakes round was by using a mold I'd made by cutting the top and bottom off a tuna can. And then I married someone who was just fine at cooking pancakes to perfection, so we eventually divided the work: I’d mix up the batter, he’d work the pan. We’re still doing it that way.

So I don’t
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Tomato Baked Eggs

by BnB Finder May 20th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Tomato Baked EggsThis is one of the most original ways to cook eggs that I've ever seen (and I read a lot of recipes), yet it's simple and fairly quick. The eggs are broken into hollowed-out tomatoes, garnished with a bread crumb topping, and baked till set. Everyday ingredients add up to a special dish. The tomato pulp isn't wasted, but blended with the water that keeps the tomatoes from scorching. Be sure to use firm tomatoes for this. The Heartstone Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, source for this recipe, serves what the New York Times calls "the Best
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Barbecue French Toast

by Jane Wangersky May 15th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
file561253238589French toast, despite the name, exists in some form in every country where people ever had any leftover bread that was beginning to get stale -- in other words, every country in the world. In France, it's called pain perdu or lost/wasted bread, though it's more like bread that's  been saved from being lost or wasted. It's a good dish not only for using up excess bread, but for disguising breakfast eggs for the benefit of people who don't want to look them in the face first thing in the morning.

We usually think  of French toast as sweet, to
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Sunny Side Up, Coming Right Up

by Elizabeth Skipper May 14th, 2014| Ask the Chef
fried-eggs-337530_640I love ordering my eggs sunny side up at restaurants.  However, I don’t know how to cook that at home.  Is it something simple that I could do?  If so, can you explain?

Certainly you can. Why ever not? It is simple; however, there are a few things to keep in mind for successfully preparing sunny-side-up eggs.

First off, be sure your eggs are fresh. As eggs age, the dense layer of white which surrounds the yolk thins out and the yolk is no longer as centered as it is in a fresh egg. By three weeks, the yolk flattens out
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Quick and Easy Hash Browns

by Jane Wangersky May 8th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
file000366468121Potatoes for breakfast? It’s understandable if you hadn’t realized that fast-food hash browns were supposed to be made of potatoes. By the time they get to the customer, the potatoes have been mangled beyond recognition. Notice I don’t say they don’t taste good. But you can make something just as crispy and delicious at home in a few minutes.

Notice that I don’t say, either, that homemade hash browns are very good for you -- but they’re a lot closer to the natural state of the ingredients. You won’t be able to shape them into neat little patties like the
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Quick Hot Breakfasts

by Jane Wangersky May 2nd, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
fried-eggs-74335_640Though there are plenty of reasons not to eat cereal for breakfast -- many cereals are starchy, sugary, and full of chemicals -- what probably decides most people in favor of it is the sheer convenience. Pour it in, pour in the milk, that's it.

But by taking just a few more minutes, you can make yourself a hot breakfast with a lot less sugar and more fresh ingredients. (Notice I'm not saying it's low fat or high fiber, but you can't have everything, at least not at breakfast time.) What's more, you can do it with foods you most
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