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BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST LOOKS FORWARD TO 2013 SEASON

January 31st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Our beloved HII

Our beloved HII

Oh my goodness!  How time does fly?!  I cannot believe that we are into the first month of a new year!  Happy belated 2013!  Richard and I wish you and yours all that is good and great.

2012, like the years before it, had its fair share of things to celebrate and its moments of sadness.  Here in our little corner of the world those moments ranged from that of an earthquake registering 2.4 on the Richter Scale whose epicenter was three miles north of Boothbay Harbor to the sinking of the HMS Bounty in Hurricane Sandy and to the grand opening of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; from a local girl, Eleanor “Ellie” Logan, earning her second Olympic gold medal to the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce celebrating its 50th anniversary along with its very own 50th annual Windjammer Days Festival; and lastly to the lobstermen of mid coast Maine surviving one of the worst gluts on the market due to warm weather conditions last spring which interrupted the lobster’s normal life cycle doubling the number of lobsters on the market.

We are very thankful to be here in Boothbay at our beloved Hodgdon Island Inn and preparing to launch Season 4.  Season 4 – we can hardly believe it as it seems like only yesterday we rolled into town, zipped past the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on Barters Island Road, bounced across the old Knickerkane bridge (which has since been replaced by our beautiful new bridge) and pulled into the driveway at HII unsure of what awaited us, but fast-forward three seasons which include welcoming guests and alumni from all across the country and all around the world, creating thousands of breakfasts and desserts, making hundreds of beds and being part of so many magic moments called memories.

The 2013 season?  Bring it on!! :-)

Innkeepers’s note:  Hodgdon Island Inn will be open March 1 – November 17, 2013.  Reservations can be made online at http://www.boothbaybb.com.  Should you have a question, or need to speak with us, we can be reached via voicemail at 1-800-314-5160 or by e-mail stay@boothbaybb.com  We would love to have the opportunity of welcoming you to our tiny little island getaway here on the mid coast of Maine.

HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B BOOTHBAY HARBOR REGION CELEBRATES APPLE SEASON

September 13th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

The “apple man” cometh!

This morning while Richard and I were fixing breakfast here at Hodgdon Island Inn there was a loud knocking on the front door followed by the low murmuring of voices intent on not disturbing the guests still sleeping.

I have to admit that it is pretty unusual to have someone knock that early in the day, so I was trying to think who it might be.  Of course!  It was time for the “Apple Man” to come!  I could not believe it!

Summer had changed to fall and apple season was upon us.  The signs were all there:  shorter days with really deep pink sunsets, heavy dew on the morning grass, Monarch butterflies heading in a southwesterly direction and the “apple man” at the front door.

The apple man comes twice a year from Augusta with his station wagon full of just picked Maine apples  http://www.maineapples.org/varieties/   Yum!  The smell is absolutely delightful.  It reminds me of my childhood apple picking adventures down by the Ohio River at Parlor Grove Farm in Kentucky.  The best ones of course, are always on the high, high branches.  I hate ladders, being slightly afraid of heights, so I loved it when my dad would take me in his arms and swing me up high so I could pick the really good ones!  Picking apples with the “apple man” is a lot easier and requires no ladder, but that same element of fun is there when one takes his paper basket and begins picking the assortment of apples one wants.  A McIntosh here, a Jersymac there, a Jonamac or two and a Paulared … J

Apple season is here and so for the next few weeks Hodgdon Island Inn guests will be treated to a multitude of apple recipes including our most often requested signature dessert:  apple pie cobbler cake (see September 12, 2012 BLOG for recipe).

Happy Fall!

Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay Bed and Breakfast, Most Requested Dessert Recipe

September 13th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Apple Pie Cobbler Cake

A recipe from Pamela Byrne Riley,

Innkeeper, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

Photographed by Richard B. Riley

 

 

Apple Pie Cobbler Cake

 Ingredients:

1/2 c butter or margarine

1 c sugar

¾ c all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

¾ c milk

3 c  Apple  filling (I make my own, but any 20 -21 ounce can of pie filling works in a pinch)

Cinnamon sugar

 

Directions:

Place butter or margarine in an 8”x8” baking pan; set in a 325-degree oven to melt.

Combine sugar, flour, salt and milk; mix well with a wire whisk.

Pour over melted butter or margarine; do not stir.

Spoon pie filling on top of batter; again, do not stir.

Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of batter and fruit.

Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, until golden.

Serve warm or cold with whipped cream.

Makes 6-8 servings.

BOOTHBAY B&B, HODGDON ISLAND INN, MOST REQUESTED RECIPE FOR JUNE, 2012

July 28th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine … Photographs by Richard B. Riley

Baked eggs in bread bowls – easy to make and fun to eat!

Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls – Fun to Eat and Easy To Make!

 Ingredients

  • 8 crusty dinner rolls
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, chives and tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Arrange rolls on a rimmed baking sheet. Reserve tops.

2. Crack an egg into each roll, then top with some herbs and a bit of cream. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

3. Bake until eggs are set and bread is toasted, 20 to 25 minutes. After eggs have cooked for 20 minutes, place bread tops on baking sheet and bake until golden brown. Let sit 5 minutes. Place tops on rolls and serve warm.

WHITE CHOCOLATE-RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE BARS

March 6th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

The crust is made from crushed Oreo cookies

(Makes 9 servings, 2 bars each)

 

Ingredients:

12 Oreo cookies, finely crushed*

2 TBS butter, melted

3 squares Baker’s White Chocolate, divided

2 pkg (8oz each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened*

½ cup sugar

1 TSP vanilla

2 eggs*

¼ cup red raspberry preserves (preferably seedless)

Directions:

1)    Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2)    Mix cookie crumbs and butter; press onto bottom of 8-inch square pan.

3)    Melt chocolate squares as directed on package.

4)    Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended.  Add melted chocolate; mix well; Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended.  Pour over crust.

5)    Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool 5 minutes; spread with preserves.

6)    Melt remaining square of chocolate; drizzle over cheesecake.

7)    Cool cheesecake.  Refrigerate 4 hours.  Cut into 18 bars.

 

*To save calories and lower the grams of fat and cholesterol per serving, prepare recipe with Reduced Fat Oreos, Philadelphia Neufchatel Cheese and egg whites.

 

HODGDON ISLAND INN, BOOTHBAY BED AND BREAKFAST INNKEEPERS CELEBRATE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF AN AMERICAN FAVORITE!

March 6th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

HII Innkeepers,Richard & Pamela, prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Oroe cookie

Tuesday, March 6,2012 is a very important day.  Why you ask?  Well, it could be because it is only 14 days away from the first day of spring; or it could be because it is just 11 days away from the much beloved St. Paddy’s Day; and it could be because it is just 9 days away from the infamous “Ides of March”, but no, none of the above applies.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie! (Oreo is a trademark for a popular cookie sandwich by the Nabisco Division of Kraft Foods. The current design consists of a sweet, white filling commonly referred to as ‘cream’, sandwiched between two circular chocolate or golden cookie pieces.)

 Personally I think it calls for a celebration.  Why you ask? I’m glad you asked!  Because when you stop and think about it, very few things have been around for the length of this duration for most of us alive today (there are very few folks alive over the age of 100, right?). 100 years is a milestone in any shape or form.  Now I know that the Oreo cookie has not been immune to its metamorphoses, but the overriding fact is that over 491 billion of these cookies have been sold since they were first introduced, making them the “best selling cookie of the 20th century”.  Its two deliciously crunchy outer chocolate wafers are still here to be screwed apart along with the delicate and rich creamy white inside to be licked clean before, during or after enjoying a cold glass of milk (or the beverage of one’s choice)!

 On Tuesday, March 6th, at Hodgdon Island Inn you will find Richard and me conducting our own “Oreo Anniversary Party”.  We are looking forward to having an excuse to stuff ourselves with one of our very favorite store-bought cookies.  Richard likes to demolish two Oreos at one time by unscrewing the chocolate tops off the cookies and smushing the two white centers together (still attached to the other remaining chocolate wafers) – you know, kind of like his own version of the “Double Stuffed” – before munching on the remaining chocolate wafers.  Too much work for me – I want that instant Oreo gratification!  I dunk the entire cookie into my cup of hot tea (complete with milk and sugar) and then quickly pop it into my mouth so as to savor the fudgy cream mixture of melted Oreo.  Yum!  Of course, I also keep a spoon handy because I have occasionally been known to fail in not moving ye olde dunked cookie fast enough from cup to mouth and have experienced the old kerplop of melting cookie into tea.  Not pretty, but I digress …

Hmmm …  I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking I’m not going to make it to Tuesday.  I want my Oreos right now!

P. S.  If you have a favorite way to eat Oreos, please share.  And don’t forget to check out our website for one of my favorite dessert recipes using what else?!  Oreos.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST INNKEEPER, PAMELA BYRNE RILEY, ELECTED TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT, BOOTHBAY HARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

February 28th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Landmark footbridge, Boothbay Harbor, Maine

On Monday, February 20th the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce (BBHRCC) welcomed its new Board of Directors. The Board will guide the long term strategic direction of the Chamber in the areas of membership, community and visitor relations, public policy, marketing, and revenue generation with the goal of fulfilling the BBHRCC’s mission: to promote a positive business climate by focusing on advocacy, access and leadership.

From its humble beginnings in 1962, the BBHRCC has grown into a first-rate multi-service membership organization that currently serves over 330 members in the communities of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, East Boothbay, Edgecomb, Monhegan, Newcastle, Southport, Westport and Wiscasset.  Its programs are a continuum of services that address the needs of all business in the region whether they are open year round or are just seasonal operations.  The BBHRCC also partners with other area nonprofits; local, state and regional government entities as well as mainstream institutions and tourism councils.  Its advocacy efforts include community planning and infrastructure; economic development; healthcare and education; marketing and visitor relations; and other issues pertinent to a future of greater social and economic equity, in support of a better quality of life for all in the region.

Hodgdon Island Inn Owner, Pamela Byrne Riley, will serve as President of the Board; Vice-President is Doug Roberts (Owner, Oak Street Provisions), Secretary is Evelyn Andrews (Associate Relations Manager, Hannaford), and Treasurer is Sue Wood (Professional Volunteer, Barter’s Island).

 

Pamela Riley, Lorna Weber, Jim Chaousis, Dorothy Freeman,Tim O'Donnell, Evelyn Andrews, Peter Robison, Sheri Gordon,Doug Roberts and Catherine Wygant. Not pictured: Susan Wood andEileen King.

 

Other members include Jim Chaousis (Town Manager, Boothbay), Dorothy Freeman, PhD (Director of Philanthropy, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens), Sheri Gordon (Owner, Midcoast Clock Sales), Eileen King (Superintendent of Schools), Timothy O’Donnell (O’Donnell, Lee, McCowan & Phillips, LLC), Peter Robison (Senior Sales Rep for On Premise Sales, Central Distributors), and Lorna Weber (Branch Manager/AVP, The First, N.A.)

The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce (http://www.boothbayharbor.com) along with its signature event, Windjammer Days, will be celebrating their big Five-O anniversaries this year!  Preparations are under way now to ensure that this community-wide signature event, scheduled for Tuesday June 26 & Wednesday June 27th of 2012, will reflect the quality and unique character that is associated with Boothbay Harbor and its maritime history.  All friends of the Boothbay Region are invited to attend this incredible 50th anniversary celebration.  Be sure to check the Chamber’s website along with your favorite Boothbay Region businesses for upcoming WJD specials.

Catherine Wygant serves as Chamber Executive Director.

BOOTHBAY’S HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST OFFERS “SHORTCUT PIE RECIPE” TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIE DAY JANUARY 23rd

January 21st, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

I don’t know about you, but winter is one of my favorite seasons for cooking and baking pies.  Pies of all sorts:  sweet pies and tarts, savory pies and tarts, quiches, hand-held turnovers or pasties, vol-au-vents, pissaladiere, pithivier, tourtiere, cobblers and crumbles – with crusts of every kind, shape and texture.

There is something very soothing about assembling a pie.  Deciding though as to what kind to make is quite another story.  Should it be homemade or ready-made?  Do we want a galette, a bundle, a tartlet, a strudel, a triangle? Should we make it deep-dish, free-form or crustless?  Low fat?  Is it filo or Phyllo? And is Shepherd’s Pie really a pie?

If we go the savory route, there is always the traditional use of pastry to top off a delicious smooth and creamy chicken pot pie chuck full of winter friendly root vegetables as is the mouth-wateringly tempting wrapping of Brie and a medley of mushrooms in sheets of buttery Phyllo.  If we go the sweet route, there is always the ever-popular Lemon Meringue pie, cherry strudel, or Baklava even.

Celebrate National Pie Day with No-Peel Apple Pie; old-fashioned, but easier!

I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking let’s keep this simple.  Good old-fashioned apple pie will do it any day of the year – and my motto is the easier the better!  So, here is a recipe for a “No-Peel Apple Pie” that I discovered about 20 years ago in a holiday insert of Better Homes & Gardens.  When you make No-Peel Apple Pie, you can skip the apple-peeling step.  Select apple varieties with tender skins like Golden Delicious, Jonagold, or Jonathan and use a ready-made piecrust and voila! Old-fashioned, but easier apple pie!

 

INGREDIENTS:

 1- 15-ounce package folded refrigerated unbaked piecrust (2 crusts)

6 large apples

½ cup water

2 TBS lemon juice

½ cup sugar

2 TBS all-purpose flour

1½ TSP apple pie spice

Whipping cream or milk

Coarse and/or granulated sugar

Whipped cream (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

_ Let piecrusts stand at room temperature according to package directions.

Meanwhile, core and slice unpeeled apples (you should have about 8 cups).

Combine apples with water and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl; toss to coat.

 

_ For filling, stir together ½ cup sugar, flour, and spice in a large mixing bowl.

Drain apples well; add to sugar mixture and toss gently to coat.  Set aside.

 

_ Unfold one piecrust. Place on lightly floured surface.  Unfold the second crust and place on top of the first.  Roll the two crusts together from center to edge into a 14-inch circle.  Ease the pastry into a 9-inch pie plate, letting crust hang over the edge.

 

_ Spoon apple filling into the pastry-lined pie plate.  Fold the pastry up and over the filling, pleating the pastry to fit.  Brush crust with whipping cream or milk.  Sprinkle the pie with coarse and/or granulated sugar.  Cover the edge of the pie with foil to prevent overbrowning.

 

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Remove foil.  Bake about 30 minutes more or till crust is golden.  Cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.  Serve pie while warm with whipped cream, if desired.

Makes 8 servings.

A recipe from Pamela Byrne Riley,Innkeeper, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine Bed & Breakfast

July 8th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Boothbay Bed & Breakfast, Hodgdon Island Inn

FRUITY BAKED OATMEAL

Serves 4

Ingredients:

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

1 cup milk (I use Skim)

2 eggs lightly beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup of sliced peaches,
raspberries and blueberries combined

A Hodgdon Island Inn Breakfast Favorite - Fruity Baked Oatmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350
degrees.

In a large bowl, combine
the oatmeal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

In a blender mix the
milk, eggs and butter.

Add the liquid
ingredients to the oatmeal mix and stir well.

Stir in the fruit.

Pour into a greased  9 inch pan, coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake uncovered for
approximately 35 -40 minutes, or until top lightly brown.

Cut into squares and top
with a dollop of low fat vanilla yogurt or pour on milk of choice.

Can be served hot, warm
or at room temperature.

Yields 6-9 servings.

B&B BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN WELCOMES SPRING!

May 14th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Hodgdon Island Inn Welcomes Spring!

Spring has come to Boothbay!

Spring is happening at Hodgdon Island Inn!

We have: tulips and tea at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens; tulips lining driveways; daffodils poking up on the roadside along Route 1; beautiful purple azaleas are towering over the fountain in the center of the inn’s circular driveway; forsythia bursting out on what used to be hen hill at the old Hodgdon farmstead and on the outer edges of the pool; and bumble bees are heard to be happily humming.

This year's dandelion crop

This year’s dandelion crop is making a real
show of spring yellow on the spring green grass!

The gentle rumbling of lawn mowers can be
heard from Barter’s Island to Hodgdon Island to Boothbay and from Boothbay to Boothbay Harbor.

Windows are being washed; porches and wicker
furniture are being hosed down; it’s time to call the “pool guy”.

Front porch gets gussied up!

Route 27 and Barter’s Island Road are being
blacktopped – good-bye potholes.

Restaurants and shops are opening; awnings and
umbrella tables are going up; “closed for season” signs are coming down.

The air is changing.

Spring is happening at Hodgdon Island Inn!

Spring has come to Boothbay!