Tuesday linkage.

1.) Do you have a lot of leftover pumpkin hanging around after Halloween?  Try making spiced pumpkin seeds!
2.) What did your pumpkin look like this year?  Check out these great, creative pumpkins!
3.) Did you kids bring home a ton of candy trick-or-treating?  Or do you have a lot of candy left? Why not make this candy pudding!?!
4.) If you’re looking for a simple, easy, recipe that will warm you up, try this cordon bleu crescent bake!
5.) Bubbles aren’t just fascinating, they’re beautiful…right?! If you agree then you have to check out these photos.
6.) Looking for something to make for dinner tonight? How does cheddar crusted chicken fingers sound?
7.) Sometimes it is hard to find something to make for dessert, so why not check out apple nachos for something different!
8.) Is anyone celebrating The Day of the Dead today?  If so, check out these adorable cookies and make some!
9.) Does grilled cheese and tomato soup bring you back to your childhood?  Why not try this soup and sandwich combo?
10.)  As the mornings are getting chillier, warm breakfasts just sound so much more appealing!! Try these crispy tater tots for something special!

British Chip Shop

If you’re in need of something different this fall, look no further than the British Chip Shop, located in Haddonfield, NJ.
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A variety of traditional British foods are served for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.033
Whether you have visited England or not, you will be impressed with the warm atmosphere and wide variety of homemade treats.
When I visited the British Chip Shop it was during lunch, although the menu is the same during lunch and dinner.  If you visit of course you’ll need to try some British chips, which are actually french fries.  During my visit we tried curried cheese chips, crispy fries covered in mozzarella cheese and curry.
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This unusual dish is very flavorful and definitely worth trying!  Unless of course you aren’t a curry fan.  In that case, I have heard that the bacon crisps (potato chips) are phenomenal.
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I also tried the butternut squash soup, which was thick and hearty.  The flavor was savory and the pumpkin seeds on top gave it some great texture and crunch.
There were so many unusual things to try that it was difficult to decide which dish to try.  I wound up having Ploughman’s lunch, a board of tavern ham, Irish cheddar, house pickle, grain mustard, Branston pickle, dressed greens and bread.
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I’m a sucker for anything on a board.  Maybe it is the aesthetic appeal of the different colors of the food ingredients against the rustic board.  Or maybe it is because usually when food comes on a board it means that you get to put it together yourself.
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Whatever the reason, my lunch on a board was quite tasty and unique.  I loved making tiny ham and cheese sandwiches, some with pickles, some with mustard and some bites just ingredients by themselves.
My friend Nichole had Chip Shop Salad, roast chicken, Irish cheddar, walnuts Granny Smith apples, greens. 

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For dessert I enjoyed simple vanilla ice cream with a flake bar, which is like an airy chocolate bar.
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Nichole enjoyed a pumpkin pastry.  All of the pastries and baked good are made on the premises.
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And most importantly, I enjoyed some English Breakfast tea!  It wouldn’t be British if I didn’t have tea, now would it!?
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Our experience was great and having visited England, I can say that the restaurant is pretty darn close to the real thing. 
Next time you’re looking for that something different, check out the British Chip Shop.  It is a fun environment with great food and friendly service.  And let’s face it, a visit to the restaurant is a heck of a lot cheaper than catching a flight!

Hey, it’s Two Cent Tuesday!

Hey folks.  Here is what tickled my fancy this week!
1.) Are you ever craving a dish with bacon?  Oh wait, you are every day?!  Well here’s 10 recipes to try.
2.) Need some pumpkin carving tips?  Try these for the best smiling pumpkin this season.
3.) Looking to try something unique for breakfast?  Try one of the 50 best breakfasts from around the world.
4.) And if you think bagels are the best breakfast, try making some homemade!
5.) Craving a juicy, delicious burger?  Check out this recipe!  And while you’re at it browse the new and beautiful blog!
6.) Try this ultimate comfort food, loaded mashed potatoes!
7.) Check out this blogger’s amazing and inspirational story about weight loss, life and being happy.
8.) Okay, so maybe this isn’t food related but you have to see this unique humble abode!
9.) For a unique fall recipe check out this pumpkin mac and cheese!
10.) Nothing warms you up on a cool afternoon like a delicious panini! This recipe is especially tasty.

Quinplant Patties

Have you ever loved a food so much that you’d do anything in order to eat it?  For me, that food is eggplant.  I know it sounds crazy that I could love a vegetable.  Maybe even crazier that I say I would do anything for it. 
This summer I started having weird food reactions, especially to vegetables.  My mouth would get itchy and sometimes it would hurt.  One time I even felt like my throat was getting tight.  And of course, one of the foods that caused this was eggplant.  So instead of not eating eggplant, I decided to eat it in small quantities.  And make recipes that involved eggplant with other ingredients.  Call me stubborn, I already know it.  It’s just too good to give up. Trust me,  I’m pretty sure you’ll try this recipe and thank my dedication to the beloved purple plant.
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Quinplant Patties
Yields 3-4 cakes
1/2 cup of quinoa, prepared according to box
1 cup eggplant, diced
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 Tbs parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 Tbs olive oil
fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1.) Line a baking sheet with foil and put eggplant, onion and red pepper on the foil.  Spray with cooking spray and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
2.) When veggies are finished, allow to cool.  In a bowl, combine quinoa, eggplant, bread crumbs, cheese and egg.  Form into 3-4 patties.
3.)  In a food processor, combine pepper, onion, olive oil, a few basil leaves, salt and pepper.
4.) Heat a pan to medium and spray with cooking spray.  Place patties in pan one at a time and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until crispy.
5.) Remove patties from pan, top with veggie spread, and a piece of basil.

 

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Have a great weekend!

Two Cent Tuesday links.

1.) Are you a fan of brie?  Try this sweet, savory and spicy recipe for your next party!
2.) Try these festive cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting mmm!
3.) Or if you’re looking for something a little spooky (with a kick!) try these Mountain Dew cupcakes.
4.) While we’re on the subject of cupcakes… have you tried candy corn cupcakes?
5.) These pita wraps look so healthy and beautiful, made with fresh, simple ingredients.
6.) Have you even wanted to make a sandwich into a dip?  Try this tasty recipe!!
7.) Love mac and cheese but feel guilty eating it? You won’t when you try this broccoli-basil mac and cheese.
8.) Pumpkin anything is good but a pumpkin donut sounds divine!  Try Tina’s creative and tasty recipe.
9.) Do you wish you could have breakfast foods all day?  Now you can with these cinnamon french toast cookies!
10.) Have you ever used naan to make pizza?  It is simple and delicious.

Smores Smoothie

Happy Friday!  I’m sure you’ve noticed that my posts have been lacking lately.  But I promise there is  a good reason why!  I was recently promoted and while I’d love to tell you the details I am going to keep it confidential.  I will tell you that I am training to become a restaurant manager and I am beyond excited.  If you must know the dets just email me and we can chat.
Because I’ve been busy training and traveling it has been hard to write posts.  Of course I am going to continue writing, even if my posts may not be as frequent.  You can bet that I will still be cooking and eating!  Thank you all for supporting me and understanding my new adventure.
This fall I’ve been craving smores.
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Ooey gooey marshmallow, melty chocolate and crisp graham cracker.
While I used to think that smores were a summer-only indulgence, nothing says fall more than campfires.  But one issue I’ve run into is that there isn’t always a fire available.
Not to worry, I came up with the perfect solution…
Smores Smoothie
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Yields: 1 smoothie
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tbs Hershey’s syrup
2 graham crackers (1 full sheet)
Garnish:
1/4 cup fluff
1/2 graham cracker
1.) Combine all smoothie ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2.) Top with fluff and graham cracker.
Suggestions:  You could also try toasting the fluff if you have a kitchen torch for that toasty taste and look.  And if you want to make it a more “adult” beverage, try adding some Bailey’s or Godiva liquor!
The best part about this smoothie is that you can enjoy it indoors, even as it starts to get a little chilly outside.  And anytime you are craving a piece of campfire fun, just whip this recipe up and you will be instantly happy!
And trust me, you’re gonna want some more Winking smile

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Some links for free, for TCT!

No, I have not fallen off the face of the earth.  I promise I will update you on what has been going on this week. Smile

1.) Love licking cake batter off of the spatula when baking a cake?  Try Snappy Gourmet’s cake batter truffles!

2.) Do pumpkin treats make your mouth water?  Try this double decker caramel pumpkin pie!

3.) Who doesn’t love a nice, warm chicken pot pie as the weather gets a little chilly?  But have you ever tried chicken parmesan pot pie!?

4.) Risotto is so delicious in any form but arugula risotto is taking to another level!

5.) Nothing says comfort in the fall like pumpkin soup.  How does pumpkin rosemary soup with bacon and parmesan sound?

6.) Looking for something fun to make at your Halloween party this month?  Try this cute M&M bark!

7.) Isn’t apple cider the tastiest drink… well, any time of year?  What about apple cider cookies?!

8.) Food Network came out with a list of the best pizza places in the country!  Is there one near you?

9.) Nothing says good morning like tasty, cheesy, bacon-y potatoes!

10.) Want something to please your man?  What about man-approved spicy oven fries?!