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Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast Recipes

Slice of egg bandito with two sausage patties

Eggs Bandito

Guests love this egg casserole!  Don't worry, you can make it as spicy or as mild as you prefer.  Once you have all of the ingredients, it comes together quickly, so it makes a great easy breakfast.  We tested it first on a Christmas morning several years ago, and even made homemade salsa for it.  Maybe it will become your holiday special egg casserole! It is ok to use stale tortilla chips, and is a…... view full recipe

Grape Arbor Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

This is Grape Arbor Bed and Breakfast's most requested (and most eaten) recipe--chocolate chip cookies. I have made thousands of these cookies, and perfected the recipe. Every year, I see a new recipe that comes out and claims to be the best chocolate chip cookie...and I try it, then go back to this one. The cookies are chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. There is a mix of both the traditional semi-sweet…... view full recipe

My Favorite Recipe for Cutout Cookies

Whenever I get the hankering to make cutout sugar cookies, I run directly to this recipe. It was given to me by my dear friend Pat, who passed away more than 20 years ago; taking out the recipe reminds me of the great times we had baking and doing cross stitch together. The reason this recipe works is that there is no leavening in it...so the cookies do not spread. That is a super advantage…... view full recipe

Beer Waffles with Maple Sour Cherry Compote on top.

Beer Waffles with Maple Cherry Compote

Here is another additional to a month of waffle recipes! I generally use whatever local beer I happen to have on hand, most recently a stout from Five and Twenty Brewing. The original recipe called for a german lager.  The overall beer flavor of the waffles is pretty subtle. For cherries, I use local sour cherries, which I can purchase frozen and pitted from Arrowhead Wine Cellars.  Do note that once defrosted, the cherries deflate…... view full recipe

Plate of gingerbread waffles with cream cheese glaze

Gingerbread Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

When there is a chill in the air, somehow all those warm spices seem to taste better and make you feel warm from the inside out. That is when regular waffles just won't do, and I look in my recipe notebook for something a little bit different. These waffles are equally good in a Belgian or American style waffle maker. I don't think maple syrup is needed, but it certainly doesn't taste bad! And putting…... view full recipe

Ginger spice cookies on a plate next to stuffed snowmen

Ginger Spice Cookies

When the weather is chilly, there is nothing so warming as ginger! This cookie has two kinds of ginger--powdered and crystallized as well as cloves and allspice. They are crunchy outside and soft inside; a great combination. They will keep for up to five days.... view full recipe

Eggnog Muffin

Eggnog Muffins

I am not a lover of eggnog. At least not drinking it--I do like to use it in cooking; and this is one of my favorite recipes. The muffins are truly light and fluffy with a wonderful nutmeggy taste. The topping is crunchy, and the muffin itself reminds of those snowball treats I used to get when I was a kid--just in appearance, not at all in taste.  Definitely use a mixer for the dough,…... view full recipe

Cream cheese filled pumpkin muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

When the nights start to turn chilly, that's when I really love to turn on the baking. And despite all the hype about pumpkin spice overload, I do really like using pumpkin in lots of things. This is my (and my guest's favorite) pumpkin muffin recipe. Yes, it has all the usual spices in it, but there is a wonderfully flavored cream cheese filling to delight and surprise you. It does has some unusual ingredients…... view full recipe

Fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

So many people have complemented me on our Buttermilk Pancakes. I have to smile a bit, because pancakes are so easy to make, and, in my opinion, taste so much better when made from scratch without the help of a mix. My Mom used to make us pancakes on the weekend, and I never even knew that you could buy a mix for them, because, the batter comes together in a snap! These are a…... view full recipe

White China plate with salted lime cookies on top

Our Popular Cinco de Mayo Cookie–Salted Lime Butter Cookies

What is the right kind of cookie for Cinco de Mayo? Salted Lime Butter Cookies, full of the fresh snap of real lime zest and juice with that little bit of margarita from the salt on top. These FLEW out of the cookie jar on the two weekends we sampled them. This is one cookie dough that does not need to be refrigerated; they come together really easily. High five to Bake or Break who…... view full recipe

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