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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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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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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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Mix-in-the-Pan Cherry Crunch

by Jane Wangersky August 7th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
cherry crunchIt’s cherry season around here right now, and I got a good deal on them the other day at the produce store, since I was willing to overlook a few bruised ones. I ate a couple of the unbruised cherries, then stopped, because the inside of my mouth was beginning to feel itchy. It happens every time, so though I like cherries, I can’t really eat them raw. They have to be cooked to destroy whatever it is that causes the reaction in me.

We needed a dessert anyway, so I got to work. First, really wanting to avoid heating
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Green Bean Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Dressing

by Jane Wangersky July 31st, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
gbeansplusWe get vegetables delivered every week, and unless I remember to check the order online and tweak it, what we get is the company’s selection of what’s in season. It usually works out pretty well even if I don’t remember to make any changes, because the produce is fresh and high quality. But every so often we end up flooded with something. At colder times of year I call it “attack of the winter vegetables”; right now it’s an onslaught of green beans. There’s nothing wrong with them, we just don’t want to eat them plain night after night.

So
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Cold Cherry Soup

by BnB Finder July 29th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Cold Cherry Soup

Sweet soup -- that's meant to be served cold. If you've never cooled off with a dish like that on a hot summer evening, try this sweet and spicy soup made with fresh cherries, quality maple syrup, and a touch of black currant liqueur. Cherries are at their best now, at least where I live. Drawing juice from whole fresh ginger may be an uncommon process in western cooking, but it isn't difficult; you can find instructions here. The recipe comes to us from the Hawthorne Inn in Concord, Massachusetts, a

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Lemon Pepper Potato Salad

by Jane Wangersky July 24th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
potato saladIt’s too hot to turn on the oven and make my lemon pepper oven fries, which is a shame because they’d go so well with the burgers we’re going to be grilling in the backyard . . . but that doesn’t mean we can’t have potatoes flavored with lemon and pepper. This occurred to me as I was thinking about potato salads made with vinaigrette instead of creamy mayonnaise-based dressings. Why not make one with a lemon pepper vinaigrette?

You may be able to find lemon pepper easily in the store -- if so, you’re way ahead of me. (They
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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 Pickles in Your Refrigerator – It’s Easy

by Jane Wangersky July 17th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
fridge picklesAs I’ve mentioned before, I’m (maybe a little too) wary of trying to can or preserve anything at home, which is why the only jam I make is the freezer kind. I’ve been doing this for years, but until recently I wasn’t really aware that freezer jam had a counterpart: refrigerator pickles. (I had noticed that when I marinated cooked beets in vinegar and spices, they seemed to keep for weeks in the fridge -- these pickles are made in somewhat the same way.)

Though I’m not as crazy about pickles as I was in my teens, they’re still one
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Gazpacho with Grilled Lime Shrimp

by BnB Finder July 15th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Gazapacho with Grilled Lime Shrimp

Gazpacho -- a cold soup, usually tomato-based and including raw vegetables -- evolved in Spain and has become popular all over the world. The reason is simple: Coming from a country with a killer summer, it's perfect for the hottest days of the year. This recipe takes it a step further, adding shrimp flavored in a zesty marinade and hot off the grill, for a dish that's elegant enough for company and still surprisingly simple. From the Swiss Woods B&B in Lititz, Pennsylvania, voted "the coolest small town in America" in 2013, where

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