Posts Tagged ‘Hodgdon Island Inn Boothbay Maine’

HODGDON ISLAND INN INNKEEPER SHARES FAVORITE FAT TUESDAY RECIPE

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

CARAMEL CAKE PANCAKES

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Makes about 15 pancakes

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups self-rising flour

½ cup sugar

1 cup milk

2 large eggs

3 TBS butter, melted

2 tsp vanilla extract

Caramel Syrup

Whisk together first 2 ingredients in large bowl.  Whisk together milk and 3 ingredients in another bowl.  Gradually stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened. (For tender pancakes, don’t over mix the batter; it should be lumpy)

Heat griddle to 350 degrees.

Pour about ¼ cup batter for each pancake onto hot buttered griddle or large nonstick skillet.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry.  Turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until done.  Place in single layer on a baking sheet, and keep warm in a 200 degree oven up to 30 minutes.

Caramel Syrup:

Melt ½ cup butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; add 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice, and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 6 minutes or until mixture turns a caramel color.  Gradually add ¾ cup whipping cream and cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.  Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.  Makes 1¾ cups.  To reheat:  microwave in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 10 to 15 seconds or just until warm; stir until smooth.

December 2012, Southern Living Volume 47.

BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN COUNTDOWN TO CLOSING, EASTER AND CARAMEL CAKE PANCAKES

March 5th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Hodgdon Island Inn under new ownership and closed for 2014 season

Hodgdon Island Inn under new ownership and closed for 2014 season

 As many of you know, Richard and I have sold the inn and as of March 24, 2014, we will be as our friends like to say “homeless and unemployed”.  :-)

It is truly an exciting, scary and fun time even though craziness abounds!  Days are whizzing by and important dates are fast approaching:  Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Easter and last, but definitely not least, Hodgdon Island Inn Closing.

In the midst of it all, we are researching and viewing properties not only here in Maine, but “down south” as well; we are sorting and packing (as evidenced by the ever-growing wall of boxes); developing a business plan for our next adventure and we are saying “thank you” to friends, neighbors, guests and business associates – all of whom we have become very attached to!

Tomorrow we will be viewing a property for the second time (HII Alumni clue:  the town is crossed by US Route 1 and state routes 52 and 105.  It borders the towns of Rockport to the south, Hope to the southwest, and Lincolnville to the north). 

Tomorrow is also Ash Wednesday.  Having been raised by Catholics and Anglicans, I was taught that Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar (directly following Shrove Tuesday).  Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter and as it is a moveable feast it can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. Of the 46 days until Easter, six are Sundays. As a child, this fact was very important because as the Christian Sabbath, Sundays, are not included in the fasting period and are instead “feast” days during Lent.  Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. (The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.)  The imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday has been historically observed by Anglican, Catholic, and Lutheran Christians. It has also become a standard practice in the Methodist Church.

So where am I going with all of this you ask?  Well, if tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, then that means today is Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday, or in our house it is known as Pancake Tuesday, and that means pancakes for supper!  Yum!  Because as we all know, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. (The liturgical fasting emphasized eating plainer food and refraining from food that would give pleasure: in many cultures, this means no meat, dairy products, or eggs).

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Sauce

Tonight it’s Caramel Cake Pancakes with Caramel Syrup here at Hodgdon Island Inn and tomorrow it’s Fish & Chips at the King Eider Pub in Damariscotta.  Be sure to check the Hodgdon Island Inn Blog for the recipe  http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY MAINE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

February 14th, 2014 by richard-pamela-riley

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

Snow blankets Hodgdon Island

A very short time ago while in the midst of preparing to open for our fifth season here at Hodgdon Island Inn (HII), Richard and I received a call out of the blue asking if we would be interested in selling the inn.  Of course it took us by surprise and since we had no thought of doing so, politely turned it down.  The prospective buyer, however, was very persistent, not to mention generous, and in the end made us an offer that we could not refuse.   So on March 24, 2014 we will bid good-bye to our beloved HII and undertake the next phase of this wonderful adventure we’re on!  Richard and I are very grateful to all of you who helped to not only make our time here so much fun, but so successful as well.

We are sorry to say that the new owner has decided not to operate HII this coming season.

Should you be interested in where we end up in our search for a new B&B, we will be keeping the Hodgdon Island Inn BLOG updated as to what we’re doing on our adventure. http://www.boothbaybb.com/blog

Thank you for your friendship, your business and the opportunity to serve you.  We sincerely hope our paths cross again.

BOOTHBAY HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST WINDS DOWN 2013 SEASON

November 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Fall is waning at Hodgdon Island Inn

Fall is waning at Hodgdon Island Inn

Fall is waning and the 2013 season in the Boothbay Harbor Region is winding down.

The days are shorter.  The trees are dropping their bright red, pink and orange leaves.   The heavy morning dew on the grass is giving way to frost.  “Closed for Season” signs have appeared overnight.  Favorite summertime haunts are being boarded up for another year.  Boats are being brought in and “shrink-wrapped” for winter storage.  And the only traffic jams now are those caused by road construction projects, Friday night sporting events and swing bridges at high tide.

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we are enjoying the fall season and continue to welcome guests from all over the U.S. and around the world.  Breakfasts and desserts are good excuses to celebrate the season as we serve our signature French toast stuffed with apples and Brie or our apple cheddar omelets – not to mention our guests most favorite dessert for our fourth season now:  Pamela’s apple pie cobbler cake with whipped cream (optional of course).  :-)

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As we prepare to wind things down here at HII, Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to say a BIG “thank you” to all of our guests and to our seasonal staff:  Danielle, Felicia, Matt and Rob without whom Hodgdon Island Inn’s rooms would not be so sparkling clean and our yard would not be so lovely!  We not only appreciate their hard work and dedication to HII, but we love their smiles and the joy they bring to the job!

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The inn will be open until the eighteenth of November when we too will hang up our “Closed for Season” sign, but until then there are plenty of people to meet, places to see, lobster to eat and adventures to enjoy!

Hodgdon Island Inn will re-open March 1, 2014, but reservations for next year can be made at any time on our secure website at http://www.boothbaybb.com or by calling us at 1-800-314-5160.

B&B INNKEEPER NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR CELEBRATES IRISH HERITAGE

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Irish Soda Bread Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day.  March 17th has been a national holiday for me since I was old enough to know anything (which my mother claims was two minutes after birth, but I digress).

My mother, Sheila, was from a seaside harbor town in County Dublin, Ireland, called Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Done Leary).  After her father died she left Ireland and went to London, England to find work to help support her family and survived a world war.  In due course she traveled to America where she met my father, Bill; became an American citizen and had me.

America was her home, but Ireland was where she came from and every year on St. Patrick’s Day we celebrated that fact.  It was fun!  We would go to church; we would have lamb stew or corned beef and cabbage or potato soup; soda bread and scones warm from the oven slathered with butter or clotted cream and jam and always lots and lots of hot tea poured from a china teapot into delicate china cups on saucers laced with milk and sugar.  Mommy would sing, I would dance (yes, I am a medal-winning Irish step-dancer), family and friends would join in with their own songs and stories and my Pop – well, he would preside over all the festivities and try and look like as if it was all a big fuss about nothing, but his eyes – his bright blue eyes would be smiling.  And you know that saying “when Irish eyes are smiling …”  :-)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all!

P.S. Need an easy recipe for Irish soda bread?  Check out one of our family recipes:  http://boothbaybb.com/blog/page5/

HEART-HEALTHY BREAKFAST PARFAIT RECIPE

February 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

A heart-healthy way to start the day!

A heart-healthy way to start the day!

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley,

Photographed by Richard B. Riley,

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

Ingredients:

¼ c raisins

1 tsp finely shredded orange peel

2 TBS orange juice

1 tsp vanilla

½ an 8-ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened

1 TBS sugar

2 c fresh raspberries, blueberries, sliced strawberries, and/or cut-up peaches

½ c  low-fat granola

Honey (optional)

Shredded orange peel (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a small microwave-safe bowl combine raisins and orange juice.  Cover and microwave on 100% power (high) for 30 to 45 seconds; let stand 1 minute to plump raisins.  Stir in vanilla; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and sugar; beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed until smooth.  Stir in raisin mixture and the 1 tsp orange peel.
  3. In four tall glasses layer half the cream cheese mixture, half the fruit, and half the granola.  Repeat layers.  Drizzle with honey and top with additional orange peel.

Makes 4 servings.

Each serving:  209 cal, 8 g fat (4 g sat. fat), 22mg chol, 149 mg sodium, 32 g carbo, 4 g fiber, 5 g pro.  Daily Values:  10% vit. A, 28% vit. C, 5% calcium, 6% iron.