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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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Make Your Own “Jello”, Only Better

by Elizabeth Skipper July 16th, 2014| Ask the Chef
file0001082961770I make most of my desserts from scratch:  cookies, cakes, pies, pudding.  However, I never have made gelatin from scratch. I always buy the flavored box mix.  Is it difficult to make homemade gelatin? I know that I can purchase plain gelatin but wasn’t sure how I would infuse flavors. Any suggestions?

For a minute there, I thought you were asking about making gelatin, not jelled desserts, from scratch. Then I realized you meant making a Jello equivalent, which is whole lot simpler! Making gelatin can be done, but it's a lengthy, somewhat messy, process. Making homemade Jello is easy.

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Fruit Smoothie Ice Cream Tart: Sweet and Easy

by BnB Finder July 8th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Fruit Smoothie Ice Cream Tart

This special dessert takes some time and planning, but it features what has got to be the easiest homemade pie crust ever baked (at just 10 minutes' oven time, it won't heat up the kitchen too much either). And it's just what you need to cool down on a hot summer night. Plain old vanilla ice cream gets blended with fresh fruit for three layers of flavor. Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast, in Greenville, South Carolina, is the original home of  this recipe. They offer you a peaceful English garden within walking distance

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Gelatin Turns (Almost) Anything to Jelly

by Jane Wangersky July 4th, 2014| Cooking Basics
file6401293551963If you’ve read my aspic recipe, you know I’ve been doing some thinking about gelatin -- not the finished jellied dessert or side dish, but the stuff that makes it that way, plain gelatin. It’s one more of those ingredients that seem to have a magical, one of a kind effect on food they’re used in. The food industry uses it in processed food and packaged mixes, and most of us are fine leaving it to them. But it’s available to home cooks, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t learn to use it ourselves.

As I wrote earlier, you can
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Real Whipped Cream: Keep It Real, Keep It Whipped

by Elizabeth Skipper July 2nd, 2014| Ask the Chef
whipped-cream-354174_640I saw a recipe that has whipped topping (non-dairy) with blueberries and strawberries to make a flag design.  I personally detest whipped topping.  However, I think that homemade whipped cream won’t hold up as well at a cookout.  Any suggestions on what I could use as a topping? The base of the dessert is a simple yellow cake.

I've seen this cake – didn't it originally come from an advertisement? It's perfect for any patriotic occasion, and with July 4th coming up, what a great dessert for a cookout. Of course, it's hot in July; and using whipped topping makes
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Chocolate Banana Tacos

by BnB Finder June 17th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Chocolate Banana TacosThis week we're taking a break from salads to bring you a recipe for a unique dessert that delivers plenty of sweetness without a whole lot of sugar.  Though this looks like decadent pastry with a rich filling, it starts out as simple flour tortillas baked into cup shapes. The creamy filling is sugar-free white chocolate pudding, finished off with bananas and a drizzle of chocolate sauce and maybe some whipped cream and cocoa. From Bass & Baskets Bed and Breakfast on the shores of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, "Your Home at the Lake" complete with
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15 Years, 15 Best Recipes

by Jane Wangersky 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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Pecan Pie — It’s Really A Custard

by Elizabeth Skipper May 21st, 2014| Ask the Chef
pies2Is there a specific ratio for eggs, corn syrup, and melted butter in pecan pie?  I have used the same recipe the last two times I made it, but the filling stayed runny.  I didn’t want to bake it any longer, as it would burn. I was thinking that I might need to use less of one of the liquid ingredients; my current recipe uses 3 eggs, 1 cup corn syrup, and 1/3 cup butter.  Do you have any advice?

There are specific ratios for the amount of liquid ingredients a certain number of eggs will set. When we learned
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Blueberry Brunch Loaf

by BnB Finder March 18th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Blueberry Brunch LoafIf you can get your hands on some blueberries, and some blueberry jam, you can make this quick, easy, sweet bread in the hour before your brunch guests arrive -- or even after work as a dessert for dinner. The rest of the ingredients you can probably find in your kitchen. A brown sugar and oatmeal topping with plenty of butter adds the final sweet touch. The Captain Schoonmaker Bed & Breakfast, at the base of Mohonk Mountain in scenic upstate New York, sends us this recipe and offers guests "a large multi-course country gourmet breakfast featuring eggs from
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Springform Pan Needed for Cheesecake?

by Elizabeth Skipper March 12th, 2014| Ask the Chef
cheesecakeI want to try making my first cheesecake. Every recipe calls for a springform pan, but I don’t own one.  I’d rather not buy one if this is the only time I make a cheesecake.  Do I have to buy a springform pan?

"Every recipe calls for a springform pan," should be a clue that you need one. I've never seen a recipe that didn't call for one, in fact. Why? Why can't you just use a regular cake pan?

First, many cheesecakes are taller than a 1½ - 2" high cake pan will accommodate. Then how about using a
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Al Marscarpone was Walnuts!

by James Maynard February 28th, 2014| Video
mascarpone dessertMascarpone walnut rolls are delicious treats that will please friends and family of all ages. These sweet desserts are easy to make, and best of all, they even have cranberries! This soft, Italian cheese is found in a wide variety of desserts. If you don't have marscarpone, you can even use cream cheese for this recipe! In this video, we learn how to create these tasty sweet snacks for desserts, or a late-night treat. This award-winning recipe can be quickly prepared, while assembling a larger meal or banquet. The techniques shown can also be used with a homemade buttermilk
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Peanut Butter Cookies: Why the Criss-Cross?

by Elizabeth Skipper February 26th, 2014| Ask the Chef
cookies with grid

When my mom made peanut butter cookies, she always used a fork and made criss-crossed lines on the cookies. Do I need to do this? Instead of using a fork, could I just flatten the dough?


When you think of a peanut butter cookie, the image that comes to mind is a dark tan colored cookie with a grid on the top. Somehow, nothing else seems right. That doesn't mean, though, that's the way it must be.

If you've made peanut butter cookies, whether using the simplest recipe which calls for just three ingredients, or a more complex one,

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