June 2016 has brought a plethora of strawberries to our backyard garden, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast! To take advantage of these delicious morsels our signature dish this month is Strawberries and Cream French Toast. The dish is prepared the night before so, making breakfast is easy, just cook and serve. We serve this dish with warm strawberry syrup, because we have plenty of strawberries to make the syrup, but it would be equally delicious with pure maple syrup. If you need a delicious menu item to serve your dad on Father’s Day this just might be it. And if you don’r have a garden with fresh strawberries in your backyard head down to the Lynchburg Community Market, on Wednesday or Saturday morning, to pick up from a local farmer. Of course if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, store bought ones also work. Enjoy!
For the French Toast:
- 18-20 slices of bread, cubed
- 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 12 eggs
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup cream
Grease a 9×13 baking dish. Arrange half of the bread cubes in the greased baking dish. Sprinkle the cream cheese cubes and strawberry slices evenly over the bread cubes. Top with remaining bread cubes. Beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add maple syrup, milk and cream to eggs, mix well. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes. Press lightly to allow egg mixture to be absorbed by the bread cubes. Cover dish with foil and place in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove dish from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden. Allow to sit about 10 minutes before serving. Top with Strawberry Syrup.
**helpful hint: put the cream cheese in the freezer for about 20 minutes before you cube it. It will slice a bit easier and more uniformly.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon butter
Cook the sugar, water and cornstarch until thickened. Stir in strawberries and simmer 10 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Serve warm over French Toast.
**helpful hint: before combining first 3 ingredients mix cornstarch with about 1-2 Tablespoons of the water and mix until well blended. Add this slurry mixture to sugar and water solution for thickening.
As members of the Jefferson Heritage Trail, The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast, is proud to offer a “behind the scenes tour” during the Jefferson’s Virginia Festival dates of May 28 until July 4th.
Each Saturday morning, during the month of June and on Saturday July 2nd, we will invite 2 guests into our kitchen to observe the preparation and cooking of one of our signature dishes that we serve for breakfast. And then, they and our other guests will be able to enjoy this fabulously delicious main course.
Dishes may include: Apple Stuffed Croissant French Toast with Spiced Maple Syrup, Breakfast Frittata, Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Walnut Apples, Tortilla Breakfast Bowl, Sweet Potato Pancakes with Toasted Coconut and Pecans, Dutch Baby or Shirred Eggs Florentine.
How do you participate in this unique event? Call us at 434.846.1388, tell us you are participating in the Jefferson’s Virginia Festival and would like to book a room and take part in our “behind the scenes tour.” You will book your room for a minimum of two nights and we’ll take care of the rest. Saturday morning of your stay you will join is in the kitchen, observe, take notes and leave the kitchen with a copy of the recipe served that morning. Then you will join our other guests in devouring the signature dish offered. This event is limited to two guests each Saturday morning, so book your space early.
We look forward to sharing some of our techniques and recipes with our guests. See you soon!
Our Breakfast Tortilla Bowl is an easy twist on eggs and sausage.. The dish featured each month is something we have served to our guests at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast. The featured monthly recipe uses ingredients that are fresh and in season that month, are reminiscent of the season or celebrate a holiday that is celebrated that month. This year, as last, we will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo at the B & B when we serve breakfast on Thursday, May 5th.
Our Cinco de Mayo entré this year is a Breakfast Tortilla Bowl.
We make the tortilla breakfast bowl using a special tortilla baking pan. The shape of the pan is fluted, allowing you to place a 6 or 9-inch tortilla inside. Pressing the tortilla to conform with the shape of the pan results in a fluted bowl. We have used both flour and corn tortillas. If using corn tortillas this recipe can be gluten-free.
The tortilla bowl can be filled with any breakfast items you like. We brown sausage, onions, and peppers. We then make scrambled eggs, which are added to the meat mixture when they are almost set. To the egg-sausage mixture we add black beans, roasted kernel corn and shredded cheese. Once combined we place the mixture into the tortilla bowl and top with a bit more cheese. The plate is dressed with sliced mango and avocado, along with some sliced tomatoes (for a bit more color). We serve this dish with a side of sour cream and salsa plus hot sauce.
Since we are serving this for breakfast we have adjusted the ingredients toward breakfast foods. I have made the tortilla bowls and filled them with taco salad fixings, shrimp (above) or chicken salad, or any other ingredients you think go well with tortillas. Use your creativity. And happy Cinco de Mayo! Olé!
As we are always “experimenting” and trying out new recipes for our breakfast menus we stumbled upon this absolutely delicious French Toast reminiscent of breakfast on a tropical island. Maybe we should serve it with a Pina Colada! And since we are in the midst of our long, cold and dreary winter wouldn’t you like to imagine yourself on a sunny beach, with waves lapping at the shore and nothing to do but relax? If you can’t fit that into your schedule or budget, come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn B & B in Lynchburg, VA and we’ll treat you to this island delight.
Coconut French Toast Ingredients and Directions:
- In a shallow 3-quart baking dish, whisk 5 large eggs, 1 14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of salt.
- In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil over medium heat.
- Soak 4 thick slices of brioche or challah bread in the egg mixture, letting excess drip off; add to skillet. Sprinkle each slice with 2 tablespoons sweetened shredded coconut; press to adhere. Cook 4 minutes or until bottom of bread is a deep golden brown. Gently turn slices over; cook 2 minutes or until coconut flakes are a deep golden brown. Transfer to parchment-lined cookie sheet and keep warm in a 300° oven. Repeat with 4 more slices bread, adding another 1 teaspoon oil if necessary. Serve with glazed pineapple and honey syrup.
- 1/4 cup honey
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pineapple, cored, cut into bite-sized chunks
- In a baking dish, mix together the honey, lime juice and cinnamon. Place the pineapple in the glaze and let marinate 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Place the pineapple chunks on the preheated grill. Grill both sides until the glaze caramelizes and grill marks form, about 2 minutes per side.
- To serve: place the Coconut French Toast on individual plates and top with pineapple chunks. Drizzle any remaining honey syrup over the top. Enjoy!
Remember, when staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast we can always accommodate a special request for breakfast. Maybe you were served a dish on a previous visit, or you have read our blog consistently and think a specific recipe sounds delicious. Ask us prior to your arrival and we’ll serve you your special request while you stay with us. Afterall, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
El Jefe Taqueria Garaje has opened in downtown Lynchburg, VA. This eclectic tequila bar has a minimalistic menu that features 10 types of simple, fresh tacos made from either 6 or 10-inch corn tacos, house specials and quesadillas. The bar serves nine times more varieties of tequila than tacos, or 90 types, of tequila, priced between $5 to $11 per shot.
If you are unfamiliar with tequila the wait staff has been schooled in the different types of young and aged tequilas, such as blanco, anejo, joven and reposado.
Tequila is made from the Mexican agave plant, the Blue Weber. Blancos, or “whites,” are clear and relatively un-aged tequilas. Anejo is aged at least one year and is smoother and more complex. Joven, or “young” tequilas are mixed with colorants and flavorings. Reposado, or “restful” is aged between two to 11 months with flavors influenced by the wood barrels in which it was stored.
The bar is a narrow space that seats only about 38. Outside is a two-tiered patio that seats about 24. On warm spring and summer days the wait can be long. The outside patio overlooks the Bluffwalk and the James River.
In addition to the bar menu on Saturdays and Sundays, between 11 until 3 brunch is served. The brunch menu includes Sopapillas, Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Breakfast Frittata, pitchers of Margaritas, Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas.
Located at 1214 Commerce Street parking can usually be found on the street or in the nearby parking garage. El Jefe Taqueria Garaje, which roughly translates to “the boss of the food garage” is open Sunday through Thursday between 11 until 10 and Friday and Saturday between 11 until 1 am. They can be reached at 434.333.4317, if you have any questions.
If while staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you would like a Mexican breakfast we can accommodate you. In the past we have served Huevos Rancheros, a Mexican Breakfast Frittata or a Chorizo Frittata, usually accompanied by avocado, salsa and beans. Call us at 434.846.1388 when making your reservation and request one of these special breakfast entrees.
The Renaissance Theatre, in downtown Lynchburg, VA, is presenting the hilarious, side-splitting musical comedy spoof of Gone With the Wind, entitled “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again.”
Named after Scarlett O’Hara’s famous declaration and line in the movie this play follows David, a black graduate student, who discovers Gone With the Wind is required reading for his Southern lit class at the University of Michigan. As many students do, David puts off reading the book until the night before a test only to realize the book has more than 1,000 pages! He attempts to speed read the book, but falls asleep where he finds himself on the plantation home of Starlett–not Scarlett–O’Hara, trapped as a character int he book he has come to despise.
The small black box atmosphere at Renaissance Theatre is the perfect backdrop for this musical. An extremely fast-paced production plus over-the-top costumes and exaggerated sound effects keeps the actors and audience enthralled and involved in the story line. Mike and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This play will be performed on February 26, 27 and 28 plus March 3, 4 and 5, 2016 at Renaissance Theatre. Located at 1022 Commerce Street parking can usually be found on the street or in the parking lot just across from the theatre. Tickets can be purchased at etix.com or by calling 434.845.4427. But don’t delay, previous shows were all sellouts!
Staying with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast while to enjoy this delightful, yet thought provoking play, we will serve you a southern-style breakfast of Shrimp and Grits if you’d like. Just request this special breakfast entree’ when calling 434.846.1388 to book your reservation.
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