Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tantalizing Thursday-New Hampshire

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NASCAR arrives in New England this weekend to race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

It’s always exciting for me to explore a region through foods and New Hampshire surely holds abundant culinary treasures.

As summer’s bounty is beginning to explode, blueberries sprang to mind. I found this delightful recipe for muffins that would be an extraordinary way to start your day.

Banana Blueberry Muffins
Recipe found at
From The Inn at Ellis River

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Mix together 4 1/2 cups flour, 2 tbsp
baking powder, 1 1/4 cups sugar and 1 tsp salt and set aside.
Then mix 2 eggs, 2 cups milk, 3/4 cup melted butte r(cooled),
1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup yogurt and 2 ripe mashed bananas. Add
1 cup blueberries and fold quickly into dry ingredients. Bake
20-25 minutes until a test utensil comes out clean. Cool sightly,
remove from baking pan and glaze with a mixture of 1 tbsp
frozen lemonade concentrate and 3 tbsp simple syrup (equal
parts sugar and water brought to a boil
and cooled). Dust tops with
granulated sugar. Makes 18– 24
muffins, depending upon pan size.

New Hampshire is also known for its wonderful seafood. New England clam chowder is served all over the northeast and this gem would be a great recipe to try.

Clam Chowder Casserole
Recipe found on
Provided By: KATHYP100
"A yummy casserole with the delicious flavor of New England style clam chowder. Easy to make and very hearty. A great weeknight supper."


1 (8 ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of potato soup
3 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams with juice
2 eggs, beaten
1 green onions, diced
1/4 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground black pepper


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place macaroni in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a large bowl, mix the cooked macaroni, 1 1/2 cups Cheddar cheese, potato soup, clams with juice, eggs, green onions, onion, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and pepper. Transfer to a large casserole dish, and top with remaining cheese.
Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Truly a satisfying and hearty meal that takes clam chowder to a whole new level!

Finally a sweet treat to end a meal or serve with coffee, tea, or lemonade - a hermit cookie. My father always enjoyed this spicy cookie to a more traditional sugar or chocolate chip one. He liked the way the spices mingled with the coffee in his bottomless mug. I hope you enjoy this New England classic cookie.

Hermits II
Recipe found on
Provided by : Dawn West
"This recipe dates back to colonial New England."


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup molasses
2 egg whites
1 egg
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium, cream the sugar and butter until light yellow and fluffy. Add the molasses, egg whites, and egg; beat well.
Using a wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until flour disappears. Fold in raisins and nuts.
Drop by tablespoons, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake 8-9 minutes. Lightly sift confectioners' sugar over if you like.

This tour of New Hampshire’s edible treasures has whetted my appetite to try these recipes.

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