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.