A few weeks ago Jim and I went to the Far Out Diner at 99 Oak St. in Dover N.H. This is a funky little place, and I really mean little, they only have about ten seats but it’s not about how big they are it’s about the service and food right? When we walked in. there were only two tables open, we were greeted and had the menu right away. They also have a chalkboard with all of their specials for the day. We loved the menu! It’s not a huge menu but it’s so creative with some really fun flavor combinations.

I had one of the specials of the day and that was the Pumpkin Saucer Cake with cinnamon sugar and maple butter on top. This pancake or as they call them “Saucer Cake” was huge. I had to eat my way to just find the plate! This was one very delicious, fluffy pancake filled with the wonderful pumpkin flavor.  The addition of the cinnamon and sugar and maple butter really brought this dish together and over the top. So many delicious flavors in just one bite. This was a perfect dish on a fall day.

Jim ordered from the regular menu and had two eggs over easy, potatoes, sausage and hearty toast. Jim enjoyed his dish just as much as I enjoyed mine. Everything was cooked perfectly, seasoned well and look at that toast made with house-made bread!
The service here is friendly and attentive, our glasses were always full and our waitress checked on us making sure we had everything we wanted. Did I mention the Far Out Diner has an alien theme?

It’s a lot of fun to look around the restaurant and see everything they have collected. I see something new each time we go in. Some of the food names have the alien theme like my “Saucer Cakes”.  This place has not only good food, good service, but a great sense of humor!
Earlier I mentioned they have some fun flavor combinations so I thought I would share a couple of them.  How about a banana, Reese’s chip saucer cake? Or the Bene-don with poached eggs on a sausage patty and house-baked donut topped with hollandaise. They also make their own muffins, scones, pies, biscuits, and bread.
The Far Out Diner is closed on Tuesdays but opens the other days at 7 am.  You can get breakfast, lunch or brunch on Sundays. The diner has a Facebook page where they keep you updated with the daily specials and anything new they have going on. Give them a like on Facebook and go to find this Dover’s hidden gem, you will love it!  https://www.facebook.com/faroutdiner/



I’m always looking for new ways to make chicken, especially for Robby as chicken is not his favorite thing so I know when I am making it for him it really needs some good flavor. This dish is super simple, the maple has lots of sweet flavor, but the pinch of cayenne pepper brings a little heat to the dish. I served this with a side salad.   The next day we sliced the chicken up for sandwiches.  No matter how you serve it, I’m sure your family will enjoy it!

2 Tablespoons olive oil
Pinch Of cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Chicken thighs or breasts (I used boneless skinless breasts)
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat an ovenproof pan over medium heat. Mix the olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a bowl or Ziploc bag. Add the chicken and coat the chicken with the olive oil and seasoning mixture. Fry the chicken in your heated skillet for 3-4 minutes on each side drizzle with the maple syrup and place the pan in the preheated oven until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes depending on the size of the chicken. The chicken is cooked through when the juices run clear when pierced in the thickest part of the meat.



We all know what time of year it is and that means making some cookies to share with all your family and friends! Although I do bake it’s not my favorite thing to do but these sugar cookies from Taste Of Home made it simple. After reading some of the reviews of this recipe I made a few small changes. The original recipe calls for vanilla extract.  I wanted something just a little different so I used lemon extract and I also added lemon zest to the batter. This recipe can be made as a drop cookie or rolled into balls.   Flatten with the bottom of a glass that has sugar on the bottom of it so it leaves a nice light coating of sugar on top of the cookies. Needless to say, this recipe is easily adaptable and it makes a lot. This made almost five dozen!

Because it made so many I was able to send some with my husband while he was flying with the Army National Guard.  During his travels, he stopped at an Air Force base where our dear friend Adam (our niece Becky’s significant other, who we love) was working and could come out and enjoy a cookie or two! Needless to say, there were some happy military people today!



1 cup of butter, softened
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of confectioners sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or if making lemon, I used 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract)
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

NOTE– if making the lemon version you will need 3 small lemons.  I zested two of the lemons into the batter and zested 1 lemon into 1/2 cup of granulated sugar I used for the top.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl beat the butter, oil, and sugars. Beat in the eggs until well blended.  Add the vanilla or lemon extract. In another large bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Gradually add the flour mixture into the butter/sugar mixture and mix to combine. If making the lemon version add the zest of two lemons and mix until combined.
If making drop cookies simply drop about a tablespoon of the dough on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are lightly browned. Mine took 8 minutes.
If you want to flatten them and add the sugar on the top, place about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar onto a plate, add the zest of one lemon into the sugar and mix. Roll the dough into balls about a tablespoon or so and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass coat the bottom of the glass lightly with the sugar mixture and lightly press the dough balls down to your desired thickness. This will leave a light coating of sugar on the top of the cookie. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.



We have been going to Patrick’s for a number of years now, it’s one of our favorite places in the Gilford NH area. My parents have a boat just across the street from Patrick’s so it’s a great spot for lunch or dinner while spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee.

We were joined by my parents for lunch when we went a few weeks ago. We got there when it opened for lunch at 11:30 and were greeted and seated in no time. For an appetizer, we ordered Barbs Onion Hooks $6.99. These are julienned onion slices, hand tossed with a light breading and deep fried with a creamy horseradish sauce. These were so light, crispy but I loved that when you took a bite of the onion all of the breading actually stays on! The horseradish sauce is the perfect compliment to the onion hooks, it adds a little bite of flavor. These were gone in no time and always a favorite.

For our main course, my parents split the Turkey Club $11.99 as all of the portions are plenty enough for two! This club sandwich is always a favorite of theirs. The turkey club has roasted turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, bacon, mayo, American cheese all on grilled bread. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? They cleaned their plate!










Jim had the Harvest Turkey Sandwich $12.00, This is always one of Jim’s favorite sandwiches to order anyplace we go but Patrick’s does an exceptional job with this sandwich with the addition of the pumpkin apple butter! What’s not to love about turkey, cranberry apple stuffing with sausage and of course the pumpkin apple butter all on a grilled Italian bread. You won’t leave the table hungry with that sandwich, not a crumb left on Jim’s plate!

Last but not least I ordered the Bistro Salad $10.99, this salad was huge! I mean really, really big with lots of great flavors and textures, you truly eat with your eyes when the salad is put in front of you.It’s beautifully made with crisp romaine, house made Caesar dressing, crumbled bacon, red onion, diced tomatoes along with Gorgonzola. This also comes with warm grilled pita slices. This was a delicious salad and because it was so big I was able to take it home and have more for dinner!

Patrick’s Pub has so much going on, they have two clubs that you can be a part of each having some great perks! They can do private parties and have many events such as ladies night, dueling pianos and so much more. You can find Patrick’s Pub at 18 Weirs Rd, in Gilford, NH. They open at 11:30 daily and of course you can see the full menu online but don’t forget to give them a like on Facebook too!




This is a super simple five-ingredient dish! Jim loves anything with a Mexican or Tex Mex flavor so he loved this dish! I, on the other hand, am not a huge fan of refried beans so this was not a huge favorite for me. Jim and I both agreed this would make a great party appetizer. I would slice them a little smaller than shown in the picture here.


1 crusty Italian loaf
1 can (16 oz.) refried beans – I used the spicy version
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cup homemade or store-bought pico de gallo

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice bread in half lengthwise and then in half widthwise and place cut side up on a baking sheet. Spread about 1/4 of the can of refried beans on each slice of the cut side of the bread. Top each slice with both kinds of cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into 1/2 inch slices and top each slice with a spoon full of pico de gallo. Serve warm.



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