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DUTCH BABY or OVEN PANCAKE RECIPE

February 10th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Dutch baby photo by Richard B. Riley

Serve this straight from the oven with a dusting of powdered sugar, a spoonful of your favorite fruit jam or preserves, or a drizzle of real Maine maple syrup for a taste of pure perfection!

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photographed by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

 

Ingredients:

1/2c milk

1/2c all-purpose flour

1/4c sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

4 TBS unsalted butter

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Whisk together until smooth all ingredients except the butter; set aside

Melt butter in a 10-inch oven proof skillet (cast iron is ideal; if using pan other than cast iron, be sure to cover handle completely with aluminum foil) over medium heat.

Tilt pan so that the butter coats the sides.  Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook without stirring, for 1 minute.

Place the skillet in the oven and bake until the pancake is puffed and golden, 12 to 15 minutes.

“Serve immediately”, advises Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker of Joy of Cooking fame, “as the pancake loses its puff, and therefore its drama almost immediately”.

Makes 2-4 servings.

HODGDON ISLAND INN NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR MAINE SENDS CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS

February 7th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

The most important holiday for Chinese around the world is undoubtedly Chinese New Year — and it all started out of fear.

The centuries-old legend on the origins of the New Year celebration varies from teller to teller, but they all include a story of a terrible mythical monster who preyed on villagers. The lion-like monster’s name was Nian (年) which is also the Chinese word for “year.”

The stories also all include a wise old man who counsels the villagers to ward off the evil Nian by making loud noises with drums and firecrackers and hanging red paper cutouts and scrolls on their doors because for some reason, the Nian is scared of the color red.

The villagers took the old man’s advice and the Nian was conquered. On the anniversary of the date, the Chinese recognize the “passing of the Nian” known in Chinese as guo nian (过年), which is also synonymous with celebrating the New Year.

2013 is the year of the Snake!

2013 is the year of the Snake!

The date of Chinese New Year changes each year as it is based on the lunar calendar. While the western Gregorian calendar is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun, China and most Asian countries use the lunar calendar that is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth. Chinese New Year always falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Other Asian countries such as Korea, Japan and Vietnam also celebrate New Year using the lunar calendar.

This year’s presiding animal zodiac is the Snake.  Richard was born in the year of the Dragon, the most revered of all the animal zodiac figures and yours truly was born in the year of the Monkey (reported to be the cleverest of the animal zodiac figures) :-)

We wish one and all the happiness of the season!

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 AND HURRICANE SANDY

October 31st, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Driving rain and gale-force winds at HII during Sandy

Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have texted, e-mailed and/or called us during the last two days to check up on us here at Hodgdon Island Inn – we are greatly touched by your care and concern!  It has kept us strong as we prepared for and waited out Hurricane Sandy.  By the same token, we hope that all of you, our HII Alumni, your families, friends and relatives are safe.  For those of you in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy, know that your friends in the Boothbay Harbor Region of mid coast Maine, are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers as we follow the latest developments.

We are able to report that the inn along with the rest of the region is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit soggy and windblown.  We once again have power and internet thanks to the dedicated and hardworking teams at Central Maine Power and Time Warner Cable.

HMS Bounty at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, October, 2012

It is with sadness, however, that we offer our deepest and most sincere sympathy to all the families, friends, colleagues and fellow sailors of the HMS Bounty.  Fourteen crew members were rescued; one crew member is dead and another missing after a replica of the historic HMS Bounty, overhauled in recent years at the Boothbay Harbor Shipyard, sank off the coast of North Carolina yesterday. The ship was well-known in Maine, where it had visited several ports this summer before docking at the Boothbay yard for some minor repairs.

The HMS Bounty replica was built in 1960, and was featured in the 1962 film “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and was also was used in “Treasure Island” in 1989 and two of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.  Its permanent home was in Florida.

HODGDON ISLAND INN, BOOTHBAY ONLY AN HOUR FROM OWL’S HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM

October 6th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Sled

Join Us For Our Final Event of The Outdoor Season

More than 150 antique automobiles from around the world will rally at the Owls Head Transportation Museum Saturday and Sunday, October 6 & 7, for the Museum’s annual Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show.
This annual event attracts pre-1992 foreign car enthusiasts from all over the state-from luxury sedans to the high-performance sports cars. The variety can be impressive: Austin Healey, MG, Triumph, Porsche, Ferrari, Citroen, Mercedes, BMW, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and more. The meet draws a large number of Japanese models as well. Owners of pre-1992 cars and trucks (of any make) are welcome to exhibit at this and all other Museum (non-auction) events at no charge. Visitors are encouraged to come early to guarantee seeing the highest concentration of exhibiting vehicles
This year MG is the featured marque. MGs of any year are welcome to exhibit on Runway 17 for free. Free admission includes the driver and one passenger.

 

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.

HOTTEST TRENDS IN HOT TEA, TEA ROOMS, TEA DRINKERS, JANE AUSTEN AND P. D. JAMES’S NEW BRITISH MURDER MYSTERY ALL BLEND TOGETHER AT COASTAL MAINE B&B BOOTHBAY MAINE

January 28th, 2012 by richard-pamela-riley

Surrounded by cookbooks, magazines, and my dog-eared notebooks, my head is swimming with the possibilities

Today here at Hodgdon Island Inn, it is a stay-inside-and-drink-plenty-of-warm-beverages kind of day so I am using it to do some more research on one of my very favorite subjects:  recipe development!  As I sit here sipping a cup of Red Rooibos tea infused with blackcurrant extract I am in seventh heaven.  Surrounded by cookbooks, magazines, and my dog-eared notebooks, my head is swimming with the possibilities for new breakfast starters, entrees and desserts.  Just think poor Richard will have to suffer through yet another round of “taste testing”.

In between reading up on the latest cooking trends, healthy ingredients, the importance of shopping locally and thinking about which recipe(s) we will try this week, I have been riveted to P.D. James’s new mystery novel, Death Comes to Pemberly.  It is every bit an exciting sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice as it is one of James’s very British murder mysteries (I keep waiting for Commander Adam Dalgliesh to appear)!

But I digress … I digress because I came across an interesting fact on the Internet today – January is National Hot Tea Month – which caused my mind to begin to wander and connect the dots between my delicious cup of Red Rooibos tea (infused with blackcurrant extract – yum) with the cure-all cup of tea in Regency England with what the so-called hottest trend in hot teas is at the moment.

January is National Hot Tea Month

According to the experts, this year’s hottest trend is “flowering teas”.  It is amazing to watch as hand-sewn sachets of tea and dried flowers bloom!  If you have a few seconds to spare, check out this video link:   http://www.whas11.com/video/yahoo-video/January-is-National-Tea-Month-13 and once you get there you may have to type in “January is National Hot Tea Month” in the video search section …

Now we know there are wonderful coffee shops and bookshop/cafes around the Boothbay Harbor Region where we have the occasional fresh-brewed cup of coffee and the calorie-busting frappucino, but I have to admit, under normal circumstances, to being a dyed-in-the-wool tea drinker.  In fact, legend has it, that my mother (being fromIreland), used to put milk with tea in my baby bottle.  And I am afraid I am not just a tea drinker, but I am a discerning tea drinker which means that I require water that is at a rolling boil, the appropriate steeping time, coffee-free vessels, and whenever possible, china cups or mugs.

So Richard and I have set out in search of local tea purveyors and found a gem right here in Boothbay:  McNab’s Tea Room up the road from the inn off Back River Road.  http://www.mcnabsteatoom.com/

Well, I’m off to put the kettle on and make dinner.  A possible new breakfast entrée is on taps for tonight:  baked eggs in bread bowls with Panko-crusted baked tomatoes.  I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out – you know if it is thumbs up or thumbs down from Richard.  Be sure to stay tuned … :-)

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.