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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!

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.

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.

“SWEETHEART OF A DEAL” SPECIAL FROM HODGDON ISLAND INNKEEPERS, PAMELA BYRNE RILEY AND RICHARD B. RILEY

February 15th, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Easy- to-make Raspberry Bavarian Souffle

Richard and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a world of happiness, not just on Valentine’s Day, but always!

 Check out our “Sweetheart of A Deal” special:  reserve a two night minimum stay on or before March 31st and save 10% (2011 rates go into effect April 1st).  Offer based on double occupancy and availability.  7% Maine state lodging tax is extra.

 To find this recipe and other Hodgdon Island Inn recipes, go to www.boothbaybb.com/recipes

FIRST YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED AT HODGDON ISLAND INN BED AND BREAKFAST

February 2nd, 2011 by richard-pamela-riley

Friends, inn guests and neighbors gathered to enjoy coffee and dessert

Friends, inn guests and neighbors from as close by as Boothbay Harbor, Barters Island and Trevett, to as far away as Rhode Island, Colorado and Florida, gathered in the common rooms at Hodgdon Island Inn to enjoy a dessert and coffee reception hosted by innkeepers, Pamela Byrne Riley and Richard B. Riley.  The occasion marked the celebration of their first year anniversary in residence at the beautiful Boothbay, Maine Bed and Breakfast!

Mr. Schor was on hand to do the honors, as was his wife and muse, Olga

The highlight of the reception was the unveiling of an original David Schor painting depicting a summer’s evening at Hodgdon Island Inn with one of the famous pink Maine sunsets reflected in its windows.  Pamela and Richard took inspiration from the pinks, blues and gold of these sunsets when decorating the breakfast and sitting rooms as well as the nine unique guestrooms of their lovely three-story Italianate home.

David Schor original depicting a summer's evening at Hodgdon Island Inn

The artist also captured the moment seemingly most appreciated by past guests of the inn:  when Pamela and Richard step out of the front door to greet guests upon their arrival.

 Mr. Schor was on hand to do the honors, as was his wife and muse, Olga.  David Schor’s career as internationally known and collected painter and visual artist has spanned three decades.  It has been said that David’s work “captures the spirit and the soul of his subject(s)”.

To view the Hodgdon Island Inn painting and other David Schor originals, go to www.davidschor.com