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Homemade Cheese Sauce

by Jane Wangersky April 11th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
kdIf you've ever wondered what exactly was in that little packet of orange stuff that comes with packaged macaroni and cheese (Kraft Dinner, in Canada) -- well, I don't know either. And I don't know how it turns into cheese sauce when you mix it with milk and butter. But I have learned to make my own cheese sauce, and I know what's in that.

Cheese sauce is more than just melted cheese -- but not much more. (If you're in a real hurry, you can always just throw a slice or some shreds of cheese on top of hot
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Cracklin Corn Pone Bread

by BnB Finder April 8th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Crackling Corn Pone BreadAlthough our last recipe from Big Mill Bed and Breakfast featured couscous, a somewhat exotic North African ingredient, a lot of down home cooking also goes on in that place. This recipe for home baked corn pone uses cracklins -- pork rind, as they may be called where you live -- which you can either chop or grind to suit your own taste. This is one of those simple home baked dishes that are so good you could eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three! They'd make a good snack, too.  You'll find the Big
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Uncanned Tomato Sauce

by Jane Wangersky April 4th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
fusilli n sauceI was going to start this article with a rant about canned (and jarred) tomato sauce -- how it all seems to taste pretty much the same, whether the label says “roasted garlic” or “four cheese” or just “original recipe”. Then I realized my own tomato sauce recipe uses mostly, ahem, canned ingredients. So I’m not going to talk about how awful all canned food is, because it isn’t, really. I’ll just tell you that my sauce, while it may not be much fresher than canned sauce, at least tastes fresher. It’s also nearly as quick and easy, and
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Italian Cracked Wheat Bread

by BnB Finder April 1st, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Italian Cracked Wheat BreadHere's a great old-fashioned bread recipe that's well worth the time it takes -- try this for a weekend baking project.  You can use either cracked wheat or bulgur (cracked wheat that's been parboiled). Either one will add nutrients and a slightly nutty taste. Either one will also have to be softened for cooking, so be sure not to skip the boiling water stage. The different kinds of flour in this recipe add up to a unique taste. This is from the Buckhorn Inn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, near Great Smoky Mountains National Park and "the only one
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Mini Flatbread

by Jane Wangersky March 28th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
flatbreadThis started out as a pita recipe, but somewhere in there my old friend the muffin tin insisted on being included, so I ended up with something less pocket-like but still very good.

To backtrack a little -- when I first read a pita recipe a few years ago, I was surprised to learn I didn’t have to start by forming two layers of dough and joining them together. Each pita comes from a single circle of dough. The dough itself forms the layers by puffing up as it bakes and then collapsing back into a disc.

Before our current Bread
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Peach Bread Pudding

by BnB Finder March 25th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Peach Bread PuddingIf you think it'd be impossible to whip up a special brunch or dessert starting with stale bread, canned peaches, and two ounces of liqueur shared among all the diners --  you haven't read this recipe. The bread and peaches soak overnight in a sweet and slightly spicy egg mixture which lets them bake up golden the next day. The finishing touch is the rich, sweet, and very easy Amaretto Sauce. This comes from the Corner Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Fredericksburg, Texas,  close to downtown but still with a secluded feeling, not to mention high-speed internet
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Muffin Tin Biscuits

by Jane Wangersky March 21st, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
muffin panHome baked biscuits are the next best thing to home baked bread, and they're a lot quicker, because there's no yeast to wait for. Instead, they're leavened by baking powder. Apart from that, all you really need is flour, fat, and milk, plus a touch of salt -- though you can always add other ingredients, either sweet or savory, like cheese, herbs, bits of cooked meat, sugar . . . But I'm getting ahead of myself.

This recipe I've come up with is even quicker than most, because there's no rolling or cutting out the dough. Instead, the biscuits
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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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Classic Homemade White Bread

by Jane Wangersky March 14th, 2014| Recipes, Simple Solutions
breadThis very basic recipe comes from a 1915 book I found on Project Gutenberg, Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled During Her Visit Among the "Pennsylvania Germans", by Edith M. Thomas. Judging from both the title and the recipes, people had longer attention spans 99 years ago. However, some things haven't changed, and this recipe works as well and tastes as good if you make it today in a bread machine. I even used the same brand of yeast (Fleischman's) the book recommends -- I don't buy it in cakes, as people did back then, but
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Eggs Pomodoro

by BnB Finder March 11th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
eggs pomodoroOur theme for March is bread, and this recipe brings you a very special take on the humble sandwich. Freshly baked biscuits are split into halves and topped with oven-roasted tomato slices, ham or bacon (your choice) and poached eggs. Pesto (or just fresh basil) and Parmesan cheese add a touch of exotic flavor, and a little broiling finishes the dish. If you've never poached eggs, this recipe tells you how to do it perfectly. It comes from the Azalea Inn and Gardens in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, which caters to weddings as well as simple
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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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Easy as Chicken Pot Pie

by James Maynard March 3rd, 2014| Video
chicken pieChicken pot pie is perfect for late winter days, when warm food can feel like the only way to feel human. Many people also consider this dish to be a comfort food. Most of us remember these delicious treats from when we were children. However, many parents served their children premade pot pies. These savory treats are simple to make at home, and will be even tastier than the frozen variety! In this video, we learn how to make a simple pot pie that will please everyone in your household. Feel free to experiment, and change the filling just
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