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white bread

Freshly Baked White Bread

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 10th, 2014| Breads, Recipes
I have been baking for as long as I can remember.  I started as a young child, acting as the assistant to my mom when she made cookies or other baked goods.  When I hit my teen years, I began baking on my own.  I stuck with simpler baked
Dutch Pancakes

Dutch Pancakes (Pannekoeken)

by BnB Finder March 4th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Pancakes 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
spinach mushroom dip

Spinach Mushroom Dip

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 3rd, 2014| Appetizers, Recipes
Every once in a while a little refrigerator browsing leads to a delicious dish.  Case in point: yesterday afternoon.  After medium-sized, late morning breakfasts, both my husband and I were hungry.  With a big family dinner planned for early evening, there was no need for a full meal but
Chocolate Fudge Cake

Chocolate Fudge Cake

by BnB Finder February 25th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
A lot of chocolate -- the candy kind -- has been sold, given, and eaten this month. But what about that unsweetened baking chocolate in the back of your cupboard, the stuff you're not quite sure what to do with? Here's a great recipe that uses unsweetened chocolate (plus
creamy cheesecake

Creamy Cheesecake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 24th, 2014| Desserts, Recipes
Last week our younger daughter turned sixteen.  Her requested birthday menu was a great example of how things change and yet stay the same.  The now 16 year old is the same daughter that used to be vegetarian.  Having returned to the the omnivore's world over a year ago,
couscous salad

Couscous Salad

by BnB Finder February 18th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Couscous is a traditional North African food, made from wheat granules, that can be a delicious alternative to rice or pasta -- and the kind that's sold in our stores is usually pre-steamed, so it takes only a few minutes to cook. You literally just add (boiling) water. This
fig stuffed pork

Fig-Stuffed Pork

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 17th, 2014| Main Dishes, Recipes
Valentine's Day was filled with much kitchen activity.  With three different parties wanting to use the kitchen, we needed to make a plan for times and dishes.  The easiest part of the planning was our 15 year old daughter's cooking.  She simply wanted to bake snickerdoodles for her boyfriend. 
Roasted Jalapeno Guacamole

Roasted Jalapeno Guacamole

by BnB Finder February 11th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
February is a great month to treat yourself to a little spice. If you enjoyed guacamole at a Super Bowl party earlier this month and thought about making it at home, try this recipe, which uses jalapenos to add a touch of fire. You'll find a couple of different
chocolate-chip-toffee-bars

Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

by BnB Finder February 4th, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Recipes
Thinking of a winter break in sunny California? If you visit Palm Springs, you may get a chance to enjoy these chocolate-rich bars at the Rendezvous Bed and Breakfast. If a trip like that is out of the question, make them at home -- it's easy, and
artichoke balsamic dipping sauce

Artichoke Dipping Sauce- Balsamic Version

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 3rd, 2014| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
Two weeks ago I wrote about the dipping sauce that my family enjoyed with our steamed artichokes.  Theirs was a creamy, mayonnaise-based sauce.  While it was tasty in its own right, I like only a small amount of mayonnaise.  Thus, I really wasn't interested in dipping leaf after
3CheeseTomatoQuiche

3 Cheese Tomato Basil Quiche

by BnB Finder January 21st, 2014| Best BnB Bites, Main Dishes, Recipes
Have you ever made quiche at home? If you haven't because you think it would be too complicated, this recipe will surprise and maybe inspire you. All it takes is your own favorite kind of pie crust and a few items you can get at any supermarket. And the
Mayo Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dipping Sauce- Mayo Version

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 20th, 2014| Recipes, Spreads & Sauces
I love cooking and baking and do both fairly well, so I'm used to receiving food requests from friends and family.  On weekend mornings there is clamoring for cinnamon rolls or scones.  During tv-based events there are requests for espinaca or homemade potato skins.  However, the other week I