Posts Tagged ‘Coastal Maine B&B’

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!

“TWO-BITE” TRIFLE, A QUICK AND EASY HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPE FROM HODGDON ISLAND INN, A COASTAL MAINE BED AND BREAKFAST

December 16th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Quick and easy holiday dessert recipe: two-bite raspberry trifles!

A recipe from Pamela
Byrne Riley, Innkeeper

Photographed by
Richard B. Riley, Innkeeper

 

TWO-BITE TRIFLE

Makes 8 servings

 

Ingredients:

3TBS seedless raspberry preserves

1 TBS La Belle Orange (cognac & orange liqueur)

1 (3-oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

¼ cup sugar

½ cup heavy cream

8 Ladyfingers, halved crosswise*

8 fresh raspberries

Garnish: fresh mint sprigs

Directions:

1)
Microwave raspberry
preserves in a small microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 20 seconds.

2)
Stir in the La
Belle Orange.

3)
Beat cream cheese
and sugar at until creamy (about 1 minute).

4)
Beat heavy cream
until soft peaks form.  Fold into cream
cheese mixture.  Spoon into a zip-top
plastic bag (do not seal).  Cut one
corner of bag with scissors to make a hole about ½ inch in diameter.

5)
Press one
ladyfinger half into bottom of a shot glass (about 1 ½ -oz).  Repeat procedure with 7 more glasses.  Drizzle about ½ tsp. raspberry mixture into
each glass.  Pipe small amounts of cream
cheese mixture into each glass.  Repeat
with remaining ladyfingers, raspberry mixture and cream cheese mixture.  Top each glass with 1 fresh raspberry.

6)
Cover and chill 2
hours.  Garnish with mint, if desired.

*There are crisp Italian cookies also called
ladyfingers, but be sure to use the soft ones in this recipe.  Look for them in the bakery or produce
section of your supermarket.

FOGGY DAYS COME TO COASTAL MAINE B&B INN

May 14th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Today at Hodgdon Island Inn, a coastal Maine Bed & Breakfast near Boothbay Harbor, we are under the umbrella of a beautiful soft, delicious and ultra-quiet fog as a result of a tug-a-war between the old cold air and the new warm spring air.  It’s heavenly and I just had to share one of my favorite poems with you …
FOG
The fog comes

on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
by Carl Sandburg