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The Tasting Room is Open!

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Lovingston Winery

Lovingston Winery’s Tasting Room is open.

 

Lovingston Winery is celebrating the beginning of spring (even though the weather is not co-operating!) and their new releases with their opening of the tasting room.  Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am until 5:00 pm the tasting room will be open for the season.  Visit to taste their newly bottled Seyal-Blanc ’12, their Petit Manseng ’12 and their award-winning Estate Reserve 2009.  Tastings are free and if you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you can make arrangements for a picnic lunch.

Lovingston Winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 30 minutes from Lynchburg.  Over 8 acres of densely planted (1200 vines per acre) vines produce delicious Merlot, Pinotage, Rose and the wines that are recent award winners.  The winery is built into the hillside and employs a gravity-flow production method that can be viewed from the tasting room.

Always a delicious and fun visit we have enjoyed Lovingston wines on many occasions.

For directions and more information visit their web site at www.lovingstonwinery.com  And call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for a weekend or weekday visit and wine tasting.

 

 

View from the tasting area.

 

Ham and Cheese Frittata

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a gluten free recipe

Ham and Cheese Frittata

After Easter what do you do with that left over ham?   At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we take great pride in our Legendary Breakfast and try to use seasonal, fresh or, holiday related ingredients when we come up with our signature dishes.  This month’s recipe is a Ham and Cheese Frittata.  We are using the left-over ham from Easter as the inspiration for our dish, but the nice thing about this recipe is that it gives you lots of flexibility to use other ingredients   For example, if you don’t have ham you can use sausage (pre-cook the sausage and drain it first). We use a mild Italian sausage because it gives you a little more taste and flavor over a breakfast sausage.  You could also make a bacon and cheese frittata.   If there is a vegetarian in the family substitute the meat for fresh seasonal vegetables.   Finally, if you want to make this and you don’t want to buy a ham just to make this breakfast just go to the deli in your supermarket and ask them to slice one piece of ham for you about 1/4 inch thick and you will have more than enough ham to make this dish.  This recipe gives you lots of flexibility on the ingredients!

Combine all

Combine all

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons half-and-half
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped scallions, both green and white portions
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup diced, thick slice ham
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

 

In a medium bowl beat eggs, half-and-half, scallions and pepper.  Gently fold in ham and cheese.

IMG_8005.1In a 9 or 10-inch nonstick skillet with sloping sides heat oil over low heat.  Pour egg mixture into skillet.

Cook 3-5 minutes lifting edges occasionally to allow uncooked egg mixture to flow to bottom of skillet.  After lifting edges and letting batter run to the pan, put pan into a preheated oven of 350 degrees for another 8-11 minutes until center is firm.   Cut into 6 or 8 wedges.

Can be served warm or at room temperature.

This is a great recipe to try especially if you have a gluten free person in your family or have a gluten free person visiting!

Spring is here…or is it?

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Saucer Magnolia in bloom…Spring is here!!!

This weekend was a contradiction.  Saturday the sun was shining, the sky was a bright blue and temperatures were in the upper 50’s.  Yes, it looks like spring is here.  Time to think about cutting the grass and putting in the garden.

Saucer Magnolia covered in snow…Winter is back???

 

Sunday…The sun hasn’t been seen all day.  The sky is grey and snow started falling about noon and five hours later our saucer magnolia blossoms are covered in snow.  Time to get the snow shovel out and start clearing the walks and drive way.  What happened to spring?

 

This is how we welcomed Spring this year. March 24, 2013

 

When the snow stopped falling Sunday night we had about 6.5 inches of the white stuff, more than we had all winter!

Civil War Re-enactment and Living History

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The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, VA is approximately 20 miles from Appomattox Courthouse we wanted to make our blog followers and guests aware of a unique experience taking place just minutes from us in April.

“The Long Road Home – Fall of Richmond” re-enactment and living history weekend will take place April 5, 6 & 7, 2013 in the Clover Hill Village, just east of Appomattox, VA.  Beginning at 9:00 am of Friday and lasting until 2:00 pm Sunday a unique set of events, activities and interactions will be taking place within the living history village.  Visit with troops while they set camp.  View battalion drills, trench work, battles and hospital scenes.  Interact with Generals Lee and Grant, Presidents Lincoln and Davis.  Attend a wedding and barn dance.  Watch the medal presentation and pay call.  Obtain an interesting perspective of life during the Civil War.

Unless you are a re-enactor and will be “camping”  call us, 434.846.1388, to make your reservation and stay in comfort (indoor plumbing, central heat, a hot shower, our delicious 4-course breakfast, comfortable bed)!  We’d love to host you while you experience the way things were.

For more detailed information and to see the full weekend schedule visit www.appomattoxhistoricalsociety.org  Clover Hill Village is located at 5747 River Ridge Road in Appomattox.

 

 

 

Vintage Fashion Show

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Kathy in a 60’s inspired outfit

On Thursday, March 14th the Lynchburg Area Newcomers Club presented it’s bi-annual fashion show.  This year the theme was vintage clothing!   The 14 models chose two outfits from the vintage “closet” and on-line store belonging to member, Kim Foster.  What fun it was to try on clothes from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Do you remember flower power and hippie outfits?  What about the huge shoulder pads from the 80’s?  Glamorous gowns from all of the decades (boy, were the women in 50’s tiny!).

 

Below are a few pictures of the models (all club members) in their finery.

 

Artichoke and Spinach Quiche

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Artichoke and spinach quiche

 

March finds the wind blowing, the temperatures warming, the daffodils blooming and The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, taking advantage of fresh spinach, along with artichokes, as our signature dish this month.

Ingredients:

  • 1 11-inch store-bought pie dough sheet
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated nitmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Roll out pie dough and place into an 11-inch pie plate, crimping edges.  Pierce dough with a fork several times.  Bake in oven until slightly browned, about 6-8 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Turn oven down to 325 degrees.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add butter, onion, spinach, artichoke hearts, cayenne and garlic.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook until mixture is warm and fragrant.  Remove from pan to a bowl and let cool.

In a large bowl combine chives, Dijon mustard, eggs, heavy cream, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and a large pinch of black pepper.  Whisk together until well combined.

Add spinach-artichoke mixture to the pie shell, then pour egg mixture over top.  Top with Cheddar cheese and bake until eggs are set, about 35 minutes.  Remove from oven, cut into wedges and serve with a side of fresh spinach with broiled tomatoes.