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Zucchini Bread

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Zucchini Bread

Tasty zucchini bread

Each summer we grow a rather substantial garden in our back yard of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Items grown are often prepared and served during our 4-course breakfasts.  Among the items grown is zucchini.  Any of you who have ever grown zucchini knows that when it ripens, it ripens, and we usually have a bumper crop all at once.  What do you do with dozens of ripe zucchini?  We have made them into pancakes, fritters and the zucchini bread found here, in fact I have just finished making 18 loaves!  When you visit during Late-July or August you will probably be served something zucchini at least once during your stay.  Another twist is to take the zucchini bread batter and make them in muffin cups rather than loaves.  You may need to shorten the cooking time a little in the muffin cups.  They freeze great so you can freeze them and serve them later in the year.   Enjoy!

Zucchini Bread

Zucchini muffins cooling on a baking rack

  • Ingredients:  
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (drained)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  •  1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl combine flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar.
  • In a separate bowl combine oil, eggs, water zucchini and lemon juice.
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry, add nuts and fold in.
  • Bake in 2 standard loaf pans, sprayed with nonstick spray, for 1 hour, or until a tester comes out clean.  Alternately, bake in 5 mini-loaf pans for about 45-50 minutes.

Helpful hints:  1.  Zucchini is a water-laden vegetable.  I found it made a better bread if allowed to drain after being grated.  Even just draining while you prepare the pans and combine the main ingredients seemed to help.  2.  I suggest you turn the pans around in the oven during the last 10-15 minutes of baking.  Baking time is dependent upon the wetness of the ingredients, so use your cake tester and bake until tester comes out clean.

Lynchburg’s Community Market

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Lynchburg Community Market

Fresh picked veggies at Lynchburg Community Market

The Lynchburg Community Market opened in 1783.  The third oldest farmer’s market in the country, it has played a role in the development, growth and revitalization of downtown.

Fresh Veggies

Fresh Veggies

The first Market was located on Water Street (now known as Ninth Street).  It was an open-air market that served as the central gathering place for the city.  In 1814 the Market was rebuilt in the center of Water Street.  It served as the town square for the city, with city-wide notices and speakers throughout the day and evening hours.

In 1872 the Market was enlarged and rebuilt on Main Street between 11th and 12th Streets.  It had enclosed spaces and an auditorium on site.  Today, after many changes in building style and location, the Community Market is located at the corner of Main and 12th Streets–1219 Main Street.

The Lynchburg Community Market offers the best of local produce, arts, baked goods and unique eateries.  Farmers can be found on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Located primarily outside of the market they travel up to 100 miles to sell their produce (fruits or vegetables), pastured meats, eggs, artisan cheeses, and flowers or plants.  Artisan food vendors also visit the Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  They are located both outside and inside the Market.  Offering locally produced baked goods, jams & jellies, honey, syrups, grains and oils.  Inside the Market is the cooperative artist space where crafters and Artists sell their handmade creations, some inspired by our region of Virginia.  You may find hand-thrown pottery, jewelry, goats milk soaps, local photography, paintings and art made from natural Virginia stone.  Breakfast and lunch is served at several on-site restaurants.

Lynchburg Community Market

Lynchburg Community Market

Special events take place at the Market throughout the year.  Cooking demonstrations, live music at the market, food truck rodeos, food and wine tastings, conferring with a Master Gardener about plant or yard issues and demonstrations by the Heritage Crafters and Artists.

The Lynchburg Community Market is open Tuesday through Saturday between 7:00 until 2:00, year round.  The Farmer’s Market is open Wednesday between 10:00 until 2:00, with Green Market Wednesdays during the months of May through November.  Saturday the Farmer’s Market is open between 7:00 until 2:00, all year round.  The Heritage Crafters Gallery and Artist Alley are open Tuesday through Friday between 9:00 until 2:00.  On Saturdays they are open between 7:00 until 2:00.  If you have any questions the Market can be reached at 434.455.4485.

When planning our breakfast menus at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we oftentimes visit the Lynchburg Community Market to purchase local, fresh and in season fruits or vegetables.  Even though we have a significant garden in our backyard, supplementing what we grow with items from local farms, orchards, bakeries and flower vendors helps keep our breakfast items exciting and delicious.  Many of our guests visit the Market and head home with a bag or two of goodies.

 

 

Shoemaker’s American Grille

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Shoemaker's Restaurant

Shoemaker’s Restaurant is in an old tobacco warehouse.

Located in the William King, Jr. Tobacco Warehouse, built in 1896, Shoemaker’s American Grille is consistently winning dining awards as voted by people who dine there, both locals and visitors to Lynchburg.  The King Building was used for storing dried and drying tobacco by the Imperial Tobacco Company.  The 6 story building was constructed of handmade brick fired here in Virginia and named for the manager of Imperial Tobacco.

Throughout the restaurant you will find the original industrial feel of the building: exposed wood beam ceilings, brick and stone interior and exterior walls, nine-foot tall windows.  Shoe themed dining rooms and matching décor line the walls.

Shoemaker’s menu is upscale with a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and specialty dishes.  We especially enjoy their Crispy Fried Calamari, the Warm Spinach Salad, the ever tender Filet Mignon (almost always ordered by Mike) and their Crab Stuffed Trout served with asparagus risotto.  You can’t go wrong when ordering their Chocolate Blackout Cake or Crème Brulee  or a dessert martini at the end of your meal.  Shoemaker’s American Grille has the most extensive wine list, of any restaurant we’ve found, in Lynchburg.  Containing a large selection of American wines plus wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Chile.  If you prefer Cognac, Single Malt Scotch or Tequila the spirits menu is complete.  Happy Hour, at the bar, takes place Monday through Friday between 4:30 until 6:30.  Special prices on at least a dozen appetizer plates are offered, plus on wine, beer and mixed cocktails.

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker's

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker’s

Do you need a private room for a gathering?  Shoemaker’s has four private rooms, each with a unique seating capability.  Choose from the Loafer (seats up to 12), the Oxford (seats up to 16) or the Wingtip (seats up to 40).

Shoemaker’s American grille is located at 1312 Commerce Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Their phone number is 434.455.1510.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 4:30 until 10:00.  Reservations are a must!  When staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are happy to secure your reservation for you, especially if it is somewhat last minute.  We oftentimes can secure a reservation due to the large number of our guests we send there.  Just mention your request when making your booking with us at 434.846.1388.

PS, don’t forget to give them your birthday so they can send you a coupon for a free desert for your birthday present.

 

 

 

Cantaloupe Cooler

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Cantaloupe Cooler

Cool and refreshing Cantaloupe Cooler

July is cantaloupe month in central Virginia.  They are ripe and ready for picking in our vegetable garden or at the Community Market in downtown Lynchburg.

To take advantage of the freshness of this gourd we are serving Cantaloupe Coolers as our fruit dish this month at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.  Yummy plus full of vitamins and minerals what’s not t love?  It’s an easy drink to make in just a few minutes.  Give it a try, or come stay with us and we’ll fix it for you!

Cantaloupe Cooler:

Puree 4 cups chopped cantaloupe, 1 cup coconut water, and 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice in a blender until smooth.  Pour over ice in a tall glass, garnish with a wedge of cantaloupe and a fresh mint sprig.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

Having trouble deciding what to cook for breakfast.  We have over 50 breakfast entrees (and a few favorites) posted on our website.  Click here to see our other recipes.

 

Lockn’ Music Festival 2015

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Lockn’ Music Festival is just a couple months away and now is the time to think about purchasing your tickets and if you opt not to camp out at the festival book your rooms at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. The dates are September 10-13.  Check their website above for ticket prices (students and military discounts are available).  If you attended The Woodstock Festival in August 1969, this is similar in many ways but better organized with food vendors, camping options and much more, but if you didn’t attend and you want to experience thousands of fans enjoying great music from some top name entertainers then you won’t want to miss Lockn’ Music Festival 2015.

At the Lockin’ Music Festival you can rent a tent or a space for your RV (check their website for pricing) or if you prefer to sleep in a comfortable bed, have a hot shower and enjoy our legendary breakfast each morning, all in air conditioned comfort then you may want to consider booking your room at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Downtown Lynchburg.  Stay at least 4 consecutive nights while enjoying the Lockn’ Music Festival and get one room night free!  The Lockn’ Music Festival is held in Nelson County and is only about 30 minutes north of Lynchburg.

This year there will be many well known artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Carlos Santana and Jefferson Airplane (from my generation) but check out the list below to see if any of your favorite performers will be there.

The Lockn’ Music Festival 2015 Line up includes the following artists:

To take advantage of this special call 434-846-1388 to book your reservation.  You must mention that you will be attending the Lockn’ Music Festival to qualify for the special package rate.  This special cannot be combined with any other discount, special, package, or promotion and gift cards cannot be accepted for payment.  These reservations must be paid for when the reservation is made and are non-refundable.

Food Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg.  Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS).  Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success.  The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs.  Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park.  They are there from 11:00 to 3:00.  This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them.  Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area.  You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early?  Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park.  We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays!  If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  Check out our availability and book your reservations here.

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