Posts Tagged ‘Pamela Byrne Riley’

HODGDON ISLAND INN OFFERS QUICK AND EASY DESSERT RECIPE FOR FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS

July 3rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies photo by Richard B. RileyCHOCOLATE CHIP SHORTBREADS

(A Quick and Easy Dessert)

 

From the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine

Makes twelve heart cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 c plus 2 TBS all-purpose flour

½ c cold unsalted butter

1/3 c semisweet chocolate mini chips (I prefer Ghiradelli)

¼ c granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Have shortbread cookie molds ready.

Mix flour and granulated sugar in a medium bowl.  Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or rub butter in with fingertips) until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in mini chips.

Gently press crumbs together to form a dough (heat from your hands will help make this happen).  Press dough into mold sections.  Prick sections twice with a fork.

Bake 20 -25 minutes, or until shortbread looks dry and golden at edges.  Allow to cool in molds completely before removing.

Shortbreads can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition facts:  117 cals., 7 g total fat, 16 mg chol., 2 mg sodium, 12 g carb., 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Recipe found in Woman’s Day, 2005

HODGDON ISLAND INN B&B NEAR BOOTHBAY HARBOR SHARES EASY RECIPE FOR MEMORIAL DAY TREATS

May 24th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Honey-Baked Wonton Napoleons Honey Glazed Wonton Napoleon

Honey-Baked Wonton Napoleons – Stack honey-glazed wonton wrappers with sweetened cream cheese, blueberries, and strawberries to make this incredible dessert in less than 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

Wontons:

¼ c honey

24 refrigerated wonton wrappers

Filling:

1 tub (8 oz) spreadable cream cheese, at room temperature

2 TBS honey

½ tsp vanilla extract

Berries:

1 pint strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

1 pint blueberries

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with non stick aluminum foil, or line the baking sheets with regular aluminum foil coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Wontons: In microwave-safe bowl, microwave honey at 100% power to liquefy, 20-30 seconds.  Brush one side of each wonton with honey.  Place wontons, honey side up, on prepared sheets.

Bake in 400 degree oven until nicely browned (about 7 minutes).  Transfer wontons to wire rack; let cool completely.

Filling:  In bowl, beat cream cheese, honey, vanilla until smooth.

To assemble:  Place 1 wonton on serving dish; spread with 1 TBS filling.  Top with sliced berries. Place second wonton on top; spread 1 TBS filling.  Top with blueberries.  Top the third wonton.  Garnish with sliced strawberries and blueberries.  Repeat with remaining ingredients for a total of 8 napoleons.

IN BOOTHBAY ON HODGDON ISLAND INNKEEPERS CELEBRATE J.R.R. TOLKIEN AND SECOND BREAKFAST

March 23rd, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Ten years ago on March 25th, The Tolkien Society launched its first annual Tolkien Reading Day – a day set aside to honor the writer J.R.R. Tolkien and to encourage the reading of his works.  How fun is that?!  To have another excuse to read some of my favorite all time stories?!Tolkien Reading Day

Richard and I are avid readers and we owe our parents a huge debt of gratitude for encouraging us in this habit of a lifetime.  Both sets of parents loved to read and we were both treated to hours and hours of magic time involving the sound of our parents’ voices reading aloud from the pages of our favorite books:  Tolkien’s The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, or The Silmarillion; Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia; L. Frank Baum’s Oz books and of course J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan.  Fantasy at its best.  (AUDIBLE SIGH).

Fantasies that we have carried with us so long that they have involved into a certain kind of reality.  I mean, some days don’t we all think “I don’t want to grow up”? or “wish I had a bucket of water to melt the wicked witch” or “can’t I just disappear down that rabbit hole”?  And of course, the all-time favorite: “what about second breakfast?!”

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero, Bilbo Baggins (hobbit extraordinaire), eats second breakfast.  In the preface to its sequel, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien mentions that the hobbits’ preference is to eat six meals a day.   In Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Pippin, one of the hobbits, in a dialogue with Merry, another of the hobbits, references both second breakfast and elvenses while on the run and under the protection of the human, Aragorn.

Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop ’til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it.
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According to tradition in the United Kingdom and Ireland elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the latter part of the morning.  It could include cake, cookies, scones or tarts with a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11AM.

If you have occasion to celebrate a second breakfast in the true style of J.R.R. Tolkien’s hobbits, be sure to check out the 75th anniversary “Hobbit Second Breakfast Kit” at www.hobbitsecondbreakfast.com

Here at Hodgdon Island Inn we do our very best to not only meet our guests’ every dietary need, but to serve a breakfast sumptuous enough to get you through elevenses all the way to luncheon.

Happy Reading!

Maine Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers Share Fast, Fun and Easy Foods to Play with on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

“This St. Patrick’s Day go ahead and play with your food” advises innkeeper Pamela Byrne Riley of Hodgdon Island Inn, Boothbay, Maine.  Pamela, first generation American-born of Irish ancestry, loves March 17th!

Here are a few of Pamela’s quick and easy ideas to fun up mealtimes on the big day:

Shamrock Toast for St. Patrick's Day photo by Richard B.RileyShamrock cookie cutters make cute cutouts for toast, PB&Js, scones, French toast, or croutons.  You can even put little hands to work cutting the shamrocks out of slices of bread.

Shamrock toast – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler or pop in toaster.  Top with butter and cinnamon sugar or your favorite jam or honey.

Pesto toasts – cut out shapes and toast under the broiler, then top with your favorite brand of prepared pesto.  Serve on steaming bowls of potato soup.  Pesto Toasts photo by Richard B. Riley

Scones or biscuits – make your favorite recipe and cut shamrock shapes instead of the round or triangle shape.  Bake as directed.

Yum!  Have a great St. Paddy’s Day!

 

 

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/

HODGDON ISLAND INN BED & BREAKFAST BOOTHBAY REGION OPENS FOR SEASON MARCH 1, 2013

March 1st, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

Richard and I are looking forward to our fourth season as innkeepers here at Hodgdon Island Inn!  We join the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce in inviting you to come to not only our own little island getaway, but our lovely region as well where you can “relax, rejuvenate and reconnect in our friendly coastal community”.

Springtime Hodgdon ISland Inn photo by Richard B. RileyHodgdon Island Inn, located on the quiet side of Boothbay Harbor, is surrounded by deep water, nature preserves, hiking trails, Maine’s one and only botanical gardens, and one of the best places to launch a kayak in the area!  Our nine rooms have water views, fans and air-conditioners, our beds are comfy, our breakfasts sumptuous, our evening desserts decadent, our in-ground pool heated, our parking lot secure and your hosts love to pamper and spoil their guests!  Front row seats are available for rest and relaxation and the Trevett General Store, just across the road, is the place to get beer, wine and sodas along with the area’s best Lobster rolls, Whoopie Pies, chowders and even fish & chips.

If you are thinking about getting away for a few days to Maine this spring, here are some upcoming events in the Boothbay Harbor Region that you may want to add to your list:Waffles & Maine Maple Syrup Photo by Richard B. Riley

Maine Maple Syrup Sunday, March 24. This statewide event is sponsored by the Maine Maple Producers Association. They welcome you to join them as they celebrate the history and significance of Maine produced and harvested maple syrup. Most sugarhouses offer free maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugar bush tours, music, and so much more.

http://www.mainemapleproducers.com/maine-maple-sunday-map.html

Fisherman's Festival Boothbay Harbor Photo by Richard B. RileyFisherman’s Festival and Blessing of the Fleet the weekend of April 26-28 in Boothbay Harbor.  This long standing, annual celebration includes the Miss Shrimp Contest, trap hauling, codfish relay, fish fry, lobster crate races, tug-o-wars, church suppers, lobster bakes, popular bands, and more. The Blessing of the Fleet, Memorial Service and boat parade are on Sunday. Admission is free. http://chamber.boothbayharbor.com/events/details/fisherman-s-festival-5146/

Mother’s Day Weekend, May10-12.  If you’re looking for ways to spoil Mom this weekend, then Boothbay is the place to come!   We’re offering everything from days in the gardens, shopping and harbor cruises to champagne cocktails.

National Public Gardens Day 2013 Maine Photo by Richard B. Riley

Saturday, May 11 is the perfect time to take in the uniqueness of nearby Boothbay Harbor with all its amenities.  And on Mom’s Day, Sunday, May 12 at Hodgdon Island Inn, all moms and their companions are treated to a very special Mother’s Day breakfast complete with flowers and a champagne cocktail.

Hodgdon Island Inn is the closest Boothbay B B to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (http://www.mainegardens.com )

RESERVATIONS at Hodgdon Island Inn can be made year round online at http://www.boothbaybb.com by clicking on the Availability/Reservation line or by calling your hosts, Pamela Byrne Riley & Richard B. Riley, at 1-800-314-5160.  Hodgdon Island Inn is open March through November.

HODGDON ISLAND INN BOOTHBAY BB FAVORITE VALENTINE’S DAY CHOCOLATE DESSERT RECIPE – FAST, EASY & FUN

February 14th, 2013 by richard-pamela-riley

RICH & EASY DARK CHOCOLATE POTS

Chocolate Pots for Valentine's Day photo by Richard B. RileyFrom the kitchen of Pamela Byrne Riley

Photo by Richard B. Riley

Innkeepers, Hodgdon Island Inn

Boothbay, Maine

Total time:  10 minutes

Makes 6 servings

 

INGREDIENTS:

3oz Stone Ground TAZA dark chocolate* or 4oz Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate

11/3 c  heavy cream

1 TBS  orange liqueur

1 egg, lightly beaten

 

DIRECTIONS:

Bring cream to a boil, make sure it doesn’t burn

Break chocolate into small pieces, put in blender

Pour cream over the chocolate, blend until chocolate is dissolved

Beat egg with fork, add liqueur while stirring egg slightly, add to chocolate mixture and blend until incorporated

Pour into Espresso cups and refrigerate until set

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a chocolate covered coffee bean if desired.

*TAZA Chocolate is Dairy Free, Gluten free and Soy Free.

Food.com recipe

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, 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.