Archive for August 2008

Hickory-Dickory Bosc

Hickory Dickory Bosc

 

Prep:

Yield/ Portions:             6 servings

Prep Time:                    15 minutes

Cooking Time:            20 minutes

Cooking Temp:            370.

 

Ingredients

3 Firm Bosc Pears

 ½ Cup Apple Cider (may substitute 100% Apple Juice

 ½  Cup Shagbark Hickory Syrup

 ½ Teaspoon ground Cloves

 ½ Teaspoon ground Nutmeg

 ¼ Teaspoon Cumin

 ½ Tablespoon Vanilla

 
Topping Sauce:

3 Cups fresh Red Raspberries

1 ripe Peach

¼ Cup White Grape Juice

 

Preparation/Directions:

 

  • Peel Pears, cut in half and seed.
  • Whisk together remaining ingredients.
  • Pour liquid and spices into 9 inch Pyrex pan.
  • Lay Pears in pan flat side down.
  • Cover with foil.
  • Bake in oven pre-heated to 375 for 20 minutes.
  • Pears should be soft but hold shape.

Winner of the National "Inn-Credible Breakfast Cook-Off"

Winner of the National "Inn-Credible Breakfast Cook-Off"

 

 

 

Topping Sauce:
  • Peal, pit and dice Peach.
  • Add Raspberries and Juice.
  • Reduce to syrupy-compote. Do not strain.

Entry cont’d

 

Serve:
  • Serve ½ Pear portion in a bowl with a spoonful of juice.

·        (May be presented Hot or Cold.)

  • Raspberry Sauce applied on top.
  • May garnish with whole berries.

As a dessert, a scoop of vanilla Ice Cream may accompany the Pear-half with hot Raspberry Sauce.

HAWTHORNE’S COLD CHERRY SOUP

HAWTHORNE’S COLD CHERRY SOUP

 

8 Cups Fresh Bing Cherries

1 & ½ Cups Orange  Juice

½ Cup Excellent Maple Syrup

2 Tablespoons Cassis [Black Currant Liquor]

1 Tablespoon Juice of Fresh Ginger Root, grated & strained

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Lemon Peel

Sour Cream or Cream Fraiche

 

1)    Pit Cherries

2)    Peel Ginger, Grate & Strain ‘till you have 1 Tablespoon of Juice

3)    Place Liquid ingredients in Saucepan & Whisk

4)    Add Cherries, Cover & Boil

5)    Stir Once, Recover & Boil for 90 Seconds

6)    Remove from Heat & Chill for 2 Hours

 

Serve in individual bowls with a Dollop of Sour Cream or Cream Fraiche:  you may Garnish with a Fresh Mint Sprig

 

Peach Plum Cake

Dressed up or dressed down, always in style

Dressed up or dressed down, always in style

8 Tablespoons Butter:  softened

½ Cup Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Cups Flour

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

½ Cup Milk

2 Peaches

6 Peaches

5 Plums

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

 

1)     Cream Butter & Sugar for a few minutes

2)     Beat in Eggs

3)     Beat in Dry ingredients and Milk alternately

 

Butter a 9/10 inch Skillet and pour in batter

Arrange Peaches on top

Bake @350degrees for about 50 minutes

 

PEACH-PLUM CAKE TOPPING:

1/2  Cup White Sugar

1/2  Cup Brown Sugar

8 Tablespoons Butter:  softened

1 & ½ Teaspoons Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Nutmeg

½ Teaspoon Ginger

dash Allspice

 

Cut together with a Fork or a Pastry Cutter

After Cake has Baked for 30/40 minutes, Crumble over the top and Bake for another 10-15 Minutes

 

SERVE HOT!!!!  With Heavy Cream on the Side or with Vanilla Ice Cream!!!

We make this every summer in the height of fresh Peach & Plum season

P.S.  You may cut this recipe in half!

I also make this with Mangos and Peaches with a little Kiwi and some Raspberries for color.  Just experiment:  any combo will be great!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Cat and the Bread from Heaven

The Adventures of  Star Cat continued, aka Shooting Star, Starry

 

“Star and the Bread from Heaven”

 

 

We have a plethora of wild animals that live in our yard and cross over from the farm and conservation land on the far side of the Millbrook.

 

Our compost bin, nestled deep in the back corner of our property, is left uncovered for the animals and the birds to feast upon a varied menu of discarded fruits, vegetables and breads. For a number of years we thought that we had some very messy eaters, for bits of food were often scattered about the yard and littered the drive.

 

Whenever Star Cat was about, a cacophony of calls between birds, squirrels and chipmunks would begin:  a warning that the dreaded hunter was near.  One afternoon as I walked with our daughter, Ariel, to gather flowers Starry joined us, emerging from her shady spot under the Lilac. Ariel picked-up the cat and cuddled him as we walked along.  The amplified sounds of distress began to rise in timbre.

 

A moment later:  THWACK!!!  A quarter-loaf of hard French bread came hurtling through the air and whacked Ariel on the head!  High up on a branch was a twitching-tail squirrel chittering down at us.  The excited squirrel’s mark had been Star Cat.  So, this was why there was food all about:  it was being used as a weapon from on high to pelt the dreaded Cat!

 

We have welcomed visitors from many lands.

 

All checked Countries represent the various homelands of our guests throughout the years..

We have drawn visitors from these many diverse countries for they travel to us as tourists, lecturers,   parents of college and prep school students, those on business and Diplomats.

Our Historic Concord, along with its proximity to Cambridge and Boston, has allowed us an amazing glimpse into the lives and the cultures of others.

We have been truly Blessed!

We have thus far hosted guests from 113 Countries with 83 to go.

Our goal is to have all countries represented!

 

 Abkhazia – Republic of Abkhazia[5]

 Afghanistan – Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Akrotiri and Dhekelia – Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia (UK overseas territory)

 Åland – Åland Islands (Autonomous province of Finland)

ü       Albania – Republic of Albania

 Algeria – People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

 American Samoa – Territory of American Samoa (US territory)

 Andorra – Principality of Andorra

 Angola – Republic of Angola

 Anguilla (UK overseas territory)

ü       Antigua and Barbuda

ü       Argentina – Argentine Republic[11]

ü       Armenia – Republic of Armenia

ü       Aruba (Self-governing country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Ascension Island (Dependency of the UK overseas territory of Saint Helena)

ü       Australia – Commonwealth of Australia

ü       Austria – Republic of Austria

 Azerbaijan – Republic of Azerbaijan[12]

 B

ü       Bahamas, The – Commonwealth of The Bahamas

ü       Bahrain – Kingdom of Bahrain

 Bangladesh – People’s Republic of Bangladesh

ü       Barbados

ü       Belarus – Republic of Belarus

ü       Belgium – Kingdom of Belgium

ü       Belize

 Benin – Republic of Benin

ü       Bermuda (UK overseas territory)

ü       Bhutan – Kingdom of Bhutan

ü       Bolivia – Republic of Bolivia

ü       Bosnia and Herzegovina[13]

 Botswana – Republic of Botswana

ü       Brazil – Federative Republic of Brazil

 Brunei – Negara Brunei Darussalam

ü       Bulgaria – Republic of Bulgaria

 Burkina Faso

 Burma – Union of Myanmar

 Burundi – Republic of Burundi

C

ü       Cambodia – Kingdom of Cambodia

 Cameroon – Republic of Cameroon

ü       Canada[14]

ü       Cape Verde – Republic of Cape Verde

 Cayman Islands (UK overseas territory)

 Central African Republic[15]

 Chad – Republic of Chad

ü       Chile – Republic of Chile

ü       China – People’s Republic of China[16]

For “China, Republic of”, see Taiwan

 Christmas Island – Territory of Christmas Island (Australian overseas territory)

 Cocos (Keeling) Islands – Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australian overseas territory)

ü       Colombia – Republic of Colombia

 Comoros – Union of the Comoros

 Congo – Democratic Republic of the Congo[17]

 Congo – Republic of the Congo[18]

 Cook Islands (Associated state of New Zealand)

ü       Costa Rica – Republic of Costa Rica

 Côte d’Ivoire – Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

 Croatia – Republic of Croatia

ü       Cuba – Republic of Cuba

ü       Cyprus – Republic of Cyprus[19]

ü       Czech Republic[20]

D

ü       Denmark – Kingdom of Denmark

For “Dhekelia”, see Akrotiri and Dhekelia

 Djibouti – Republic of Djibouti

 Dominica – Commonwealth of Dominica

ü       Dominican Republic

E

 East Timor – Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

ü       Ecuador – Republic of Ecuador

ü       Egypt – Arab Republic of Egypt

ü       El Salvador – Republic of El Salvador

 Equatorial Guinea – Republic of Equatorial Guinea

ü       Eritrea – State of Eritrea

 Estonia – Republic of Estonia

ü       Ethiopia – Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

F

 Falkland Islands (UK overseas territory)[21]

 Faroe Islands (Self-governing country in the Kingdom of Denmark)

 Fiji – Republic of the Fiji Islands

ü       Finland – Republic of Finland

ü       France – French Republic

 French Polynesia (French overseas collectivity)

G

 Gabon – Gabonese Republic

 Gambia, The – Republic of The Gambia

ü       Georgia[22]

ü       Germany – Federal Republic of Germany

ü       Ghana – Republic of Ghana

ü       Gibraltar (UK overseas territory)

ü       Greece – Hellenic Republic

 Greenland (Self-governing country in the Kingdom of Denmark)

ü       Grenada

ü       Guam – Territory of Guam (US organized territory)

ü       Guatemala – Republic of Guatemala

 Guernsey – Bailiwick of Guernsey (British Crown dependency)[23]

 Guinea – Republic of Guinea

 Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-Bissau

 Guyana – Co-operative Republic of Guyana

H

ü       Haiti – Republic of Haiti

ü       Honduras – Republic of Honduras

ü       Hong Kong – Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Area of special sovereignty)[24]

ü       Hungary – Republic of Hungary

I

ü       Iceland – Republic of Iceland

ü       India – Republic of India

ü       Indonesia – Republic of Indonesia

ü       Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran

ü       Iraq – Republic of Iraq

ü       Ireland – Ireland[25]

ü       Isle of Man (British Crown dependency)

ü       Israel – State of Israel

ü       Italy – Italian Republic

For “Ivory Coast”, see Côte d’Ivoire

J

ü       Jamaica

ü       Japan

 Jersey – Bailiwick of Jersey (British Crown dependency)

ü       Jordan – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

K

 Kazakhstan – Republic of Kazakhstan

ü       Kenya – Republic of Kenya

 Kiribati – Republic of Kiribati

 Korea, North – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea[26]

ü       Korea, South – Republic of Korea[27]

 Kosovo – Republic of Kosovo[3]

ü       Kuwait – State of Kuwait

 Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz Republic[28]

L

 Laos – Lao People’s Democratic Republic

ü       Latvia – Republic of Latvia

ü       Lebanon – Republic of Lebanon

 Lesotho – Kingdom of Lesotho

 Liberia – Republic of Liberia

 Libya – Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

ü       Liechtenstein – Principality of Liechtenstein

ü       Lithuania – Republic of Lithuania

ü       Luxembourg – Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

M

 Macao – Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Area of special sovereignty)[29]

 Macedonia – Republic of Macedonia[30]

 Madagascar – Republic of Madagascar

 Malawi – Republic of Malawi

ü       Malaysia

 Maldives – Republic of Maldives

 Mali – Republic of Mali

       x       Malta – Republic of Malta

ü       Marshall Islands – Republic of the Marshall Islands

 Mauritania – Islamic Republic of Mauritania

 Mauritius – Republic of Mauritius

 Mayotte – Departmental Collectivity of Mayotte (French overseas collectivity)

ü       Mexico – United Mexican States

 Micronesia – Federated States of Micronesia

 Moldova – Republic of Moldova[31]

ü       Monaco – Principality of Monaco

 Mongolia – Republic of Mongolia

 Montenegro – Republic of Montenegro

 Montserrat (UK overseas territory)

ü       Morocco – Kingdom of Morocco[32]

 Mozambique – Republic of Mozambique

For “Myanmar”, see Burma

N

 Nagorno-Karabakh – Nagorno-Karabakh Republic[6]

 Namibia – Republic of Namibia

 Nauru – Republic of Nauru

ü       Nepal – State of Nepal

ü       Netherlands – Kingdom of the Netherlands[33]

ü       Netherlands Antilles (Self-governing country in the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

 New Caledonia – Territory of New Caledonia and Dependencies (French community sui generis)

ü       New Zealand

ü       Nicaragua – Republic of Nicaragua

 Niger – Republic of Niger

 Nigeria – Federal Republic of Nigeria

 Niue (Associated state of New Zealand)

 Norfolk Island – Territory of Norfolk Island (Australian overseas territory)

 Northern Cyprus – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus[4]

 Northern Mariana Islands – Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (US commonwealth)

For “North Korea”, see Korea, North

ü       Norway – Kingdom of Norway

O

ü       Oman – Sultanate of Oman

P

ü       Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan

 Palau – Republic of Palau

 Palestine – Palestinian Territories[34]

ü       Panama – Republic of Panama

 Papua New Guinea – Independent State of Papua New Guinea

 Paraguay – Republic of Paraguay

For “People’s Republic of China”, see China

ü       Peru – Republic of Peru

ü       Philippines – Republic of the Philippines

 Pitcairn Islands – Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie, and Oeno Islands (UK overseas territory)

ü       Poland – Republic of Poland

ü       Portugal – Portuguese Republic

For “Pridnestrovie”, see Transnistria

ü       Puerto Rico – Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (US commonwealth)

Q

         x     Qatar – State of Qatar

R

ü       Romania

ü       Russia – Russian Federation

 Rwanda – Republic of Rwanda

S

 Saint Barthélemy – Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy (French overseas collectivity)

 Saint Helena (UK overseas territory)

ü       Saint Kitts and Nevis – Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis

 Saint Lucia

 Saint Martin – Collectivity of Saint Martin (French overseas collectivity)

 Saint Pierre and Miquelon – Territorial Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (French overseas collectivity)

 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 Samoa – Independent State of Samoa

 San Marino – Most Serene Republic of San Marino

 São Tomé and Príncipe – Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

ü       Saudi Arabia – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

 Senegal – Republic of Senegal

 Serbia – Republic of Serbia[35]

 Seychelles – Republic of Seychelles

 Sierra Leone – Republic of Sierra Leone

ü       Singapore – Republic of Singapore

ü       Slovakia – Slovak Republic

 Slovenia – Republic of Slovenia

 Solomon Islands

 Somalia[36] – Somali Republic

 Somaliland – Republic of Somaliland[8]

ü       South Africa – Republic of South Africa

For “South Korea”, see Korea, South

 South Ossetia – Republic of South Ossetia[9]

ü       Spain – Kingdom of Spain

 Sri Lanka – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

 Sudan – Republic of the Sudan

 Suriname – Republic of Suriname

 Svalbard (Territory of Norway)[37]

 Swaziland – Kingdom of Swaziland

ü       Sweden – Kingdom of Sweden

ü       Switzerland – Swiss Confederation

 Syria – Syrian Arab Republic

T

        x      Taiwan – Republic of China [38]

 Tajikistan – Republic of Tajikistan

 Tanzania – United Republic of Tanzania

ü       Thailand – Kingdom of Thailand

For “Timor-Leste”, see East Timor

 Togo – Togolese Republic

 Tokelau (Overseas territory of New Zealand)

 Tonga – Kingdom of Tonga

 Transnistria – Transnistrian Moldovan Republic[7]

 Trinidad and Tobago – Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

 Tristan da Cunha (Dependency of the UK overseas territory of Saint Helena)

 Tunisia – Tunisian Republic

ü       Turkey – Republic of Turkey

 Turkmenistan

 Turks and Caicos Islands (UK overseas territory)

 Tuvalu

U

 Uganda – Republic of Uganda

ü       Ukraine

ü       United Arab Emirates

ü       United Kingdom – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

ü       United States – United States of America

 Uruguay – Eastern Republic of Uruguay

 Uzbekistan – Republic of Uzbekistan

V

 Vanuatu – Republic of Vanuatu

 Vatican City – State of the Vatican City[39]

ü       Venezuela – Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

ü       Vietnam – Socialist Republic of Vietnam

ü       Virgin Islands, British – British Virgin Islands (UK overseas territory)

ü       Virgin Islands, United States – United States Virgin Islands (US organized territory)

W

 Wallis and Futuna – Territory of Wallis and Futuna Islands (French overseas collectivity)

 Western Sahara – Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic[40]

Y

 Yemen – Republic of Yemen

 Z

For “Zaire”, see Democratic Republic of the Congo

 Zambia – Republic of Zambia

 Zimbabwe – Republic of Zimbabwe

 

Shadows Falling

Our silky and extremely athletic cat was aptly named Shadow. Though mostly a pet of sweet disposition Shadow could exhibit a stubborn black streak to get what she wanted in her own time and way. This cat had developed a bad habit of mysteriously interrupting the pattern of her nightly hunting rounds to insist on immediate entry to the shelter of our Inn. Her mood-swings could overtake her anytime from dusk till dawn. Shadow had intuited, that if there was no activity at the entranceway, she could still agitate us to proper action by scaling the angled roofs and take up her meowing station next to our bedroom skylight.

We had recently brought home from the hospital our third baby, which made our tally three kids in three and one-half years. It was quite a trick to keep everything on track, what with the careening, and often colliding, schedules of toddlers and infants and the endless daily chores of inn keeping. With early summer the tourist season had come into full swing and we were busy at the Inn. For our ease, we relocated the family to a couple of rooms on the ground floor where we could more easily monitor naps and still respond to the needs of our clientele.

I was pouring coffee for the guests who had already gathered for breakfast, around the common dining table, when another couple came in to join our merry company. Our new companions wore upon their faces some strained look of mild annoyance. After the fortifying effects of the first cup pulsed through their veins, and having endured long enough the pleasantries and banter that issued from the cheery gathering, these two could bear it no longer and burst forth. They simultaneously launched into a tale of woe, with the staccato precession possible only to those long linked in matrimony. And woe, indeed, it was. The wife’s inordinate fear of things that fly in the night, be they bats or spirits of the dearly departed, took center stage.

They continued; that they had gone soundly to sleep in the canopy bed under the open skylight, when, at about 2:00 A.M…

As their story unraveled before the now silent gathering I could only too clearly envision the entire escapade unfolding:

The cool, sweet summer breezes wafting through the skylight and the lingering smell of grasses and dew. The cat, who we had neglected to inform of our move, blackening out the stars as it padded with purpose to the open portal of the skylight. The first tentative step and then the full weight of paws upon the mosquito screen, a hurtling fall through the empty void and then the jarring impact as the screen impales itself on the bed finial and the black demon crashes through the woven canopy, dragging it down, down, onto the bed, weighted as a fish flailing in a cast net.

The couple awoke to a crash and a heavy black form thrashing about them and they found themselves likewise ensnared by beasties and canopies and the dark night. With a struggle as heroic as any Labor of Hercules, they beat back the intruder and gained the light. The poor cat was soon ejected to the hall and cat and couple were both left to lick their emotional wounds.

Rather than to commiserate their terrible fate, as the couple had surely expected and felt rightly earned, the table full of fellow travelers erupted in a grand round of laughter and congratulations. The offended couple sat in stunned, round-eyed silence.

“Don’t you see?” one tablemate exclaimed. “You now have a great story. You can tell it where ever you go.”

The couple finally came to realize, that what they had identified as a tragedy and a travesty was, in actuality, a treasure. They now owned a nugget of gold that they could use to crack the ice at any party, any dinner engagement. They now owned, their own, Inn story.

We all seek stories. We seek context for our existence. We yearn to be woven into the fiction of our lives and to become minor heroes, foils and sages.

This one couple had simply sought a night away, an inn experience, and they got the story of a lifetime.