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Chilled Peach Soup

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Peach Soup at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, Lynchburg

Chilled Peach Soup, a summertime favorite

The peaches this summer are fresh and ready for picking at the farms just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast or at the Lynchburg Community Market.  If possible we like to use local, fresh fruits and vegetables, when preparing our 4-course legendary breakfasts.  We serve our Chilled Peach Soup as our fruit course.  During the warmer summer months, having a bowl of our chilled peach soup is very refreshing.  The recipe for our chilled peach soup couldn’t be any easier (its only 4 ingredients!), so go to your local farmer’s market or fruit stand by the road, get some peaches and enjoy this refreshing soup–for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup plain vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a blender.  Blend for approximately 1 minute, or until well combined and smooth.  If mixture seems too thick add a bit more orange juice.  Chill for at least 1 hour.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh mint leaf or a sprinkling of nutmeg.  You can substitute plain yogurt for Greek yogurt to make it a little more healthy.

Peach Smoothie–A bonus recipe:

For a great twist, our chilled peach soup can become a great smoothie.  After peeling and removing he pit, slice the peaches into 6-8 pieces and place in the freezer for an hour or more.  Using the ingredients and directions above, blend until smooth, pour into a chilled glass and enjoy.  This is especially great on those hot summer afternoons.  It is also a great way to get fruit into your diet, and who doesn’t love a good smoothie!

Unfortunately, not everyone lives near a farm or farmer’s market.  While we have never used frozen peaches for chilled peach soup, I don’t see any reason that wouldn’t work.  At the local big box store you can purchase a bag of frozen peaches at a reasonable price.  To make the soup thaw the peaches for 20-30 minutes and follow the instructions above.  I wouldn’t recommend using canned peaches because of all the sugar that is added in the canning process and any leaching of chemicals from the can..

Serves 2.

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Sauteed Greens with Fried Eggs

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Sauteed Greens with fried egg recipe

Sauteed Greens with Fried Egg, a great gluten free breakfast that everyone will enjoy

Our sauteed greens with a fried egg is a hearty, healthy and gluten free meal that is great way to start your day.  There are plenty of vegetables plus the protein of an egg.  We fried the egg (over easy) but you could also poach the egg.  To save time in the morning you can peal and cube the butternut squash, mince the onions and toast and chop the hazelnuts.  We served this to guests that were going hiking and wouldn’t be anywhere close to a restaurant at lunch time.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 medium-size onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 10 oz. baby spinach, collard greens or kale (we used spinach)
  • 1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 over easy fried eggs

Directions for Sautéed Greens:

1.  Preheat oven to 450°.  Toss squash with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and the cinnamon.  Bake 20 minutes or until squash is soft and golden brown, stirring occasionally.

2.  Meanwhile, sauté onion in remaining 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until onion is tender.  Add greens, hazelnuts, sherry and squash.  Sprinkle with remaining salt.  Cook, stirring often, 2 minutes or just until greens begin to wilt.  Sprinkle with blue cheese and immediately top with an over easy fried egg or poached egg and serve.  Season egg to taste while cooking.  Hint–Use white pepper if you don’t want to see pepper flakes on the egg, but warn guests that it has been seasoned or they may add additional pepper.

Our guests loved this breakfast and we will be serving it again next week when we have a gluten intolerant guest checking in.

Each month we post a new recipe to our blog, but all recipes have been collected and listed on our recipe page.  If you are looking for new and creative breakfast recipes we invite you to check them out.  If you prefer to have someone else do the cooking then give us a call at 434-846-1388 and book your reservation, or book online and let us serve you our legendary breakfast each morning!  We hope to see you soon at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.

 

 

 

 

Pomegranate with Pears and Goat Cheese

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Pomegranate with Pears and Goat Cheese

A simple yet elegant dish that can be served for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or a midnight snack with Prosecco on New Year’s Eve.  At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lynchburg, VA, we have served this as our fruit course, during our legendary 4-course breakfast.  This recipe only takes minutes to make and is delicious.  The other nice thing about this recipe is there is NO cooking and minimal cleanup.  A couple years ago we planted  pomegranate trees and we now serve our own pomegranates.  Here is a link for step by step instructions on how to get the seeds, also know as arils out of the fruit.  The nice thing about the arils is you can freeze them and enjoy them for months.  You still might be able to find some pomegranates in the produce section at your grocery store.

How to freeze pomegranate seeds

Once you have de-seeded your pomegranate, make sure the seeds are dry. Arrange them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place in freezer for 2 hours or until frozen. Once frozen, put them into a freezer bag or container and store them in the freezer.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, about 1/2 cup
  • 4 firm-ripe pears, Bartlett or Bosc, halved lengthwise
  • honey, for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds, from 1/2 of a large pomegranate

Instructions:

Stir goat cheese in a small bowl until smooth.  Core pear halves with a melon baller and fill each cavity with 1 Tablespoon cheese.  (Pears can then be sliced again into smaller wedges.)  Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Of course if you can find local honey that is a big bonus as local honey helps you with allergies you might have from local sources.  The Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg has several beehives and they sell their honey.  It is appropriately called, Died and gone to heaven honey.

We hope you enjoy Pomegranate with Pears and Goat Cheese as much as our guests did!

 

Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole

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Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

The nice thing about this breakfast casserole is that it is simple to make and feeds a crowd.  Unlike cooking pancakes, waffles or omelets which takes a lot of time if you have a large family, other than a little prep-work, you stick it in the oven and in about 30 minutes you have a delicious meal.  The other great thing about this breakfast casserole is that you can double the recipe and serve one today and save the other one for up to three months in the freezer.

The above was served with lightly sauteed vine ripened tomatoes and zucchini and hash-brown potatoes.  A fresh basil leaf was cut up and put on top of the breakfast casserole. Our guests loved this recipe and so did we because of its simplicity.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb of fresh mushrooms
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • dash of pepper and salt
  • 2 Cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • In a large sauce pan melt the butter, rough cut the mushrooms and saute them until tender add the Italian seasoning and salt and pepper the mushrooms. After cooking the combined ingredients let cool for a couple of minutes.  In a greased 13X9 baking dish spread the mushrooms evenly over the pan.
  • In a large bowl, add the cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, cubed ham and flour.  Mix ingredients well then spread evenly over the mushrooms.  Note:  The flour helps keep the ham and cheese from sticking together.  If you are on a gluten free diet you can skip this ingredient.
  • In another large bowl mix the eggs, cream, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper.  Once mixed pour over the ham and cheese mixture.
  • Bake the breakfast casserole in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole out of the oven.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole out of the oven.

Freezing a breakfast casserole:

If you double the recipe and elect to freeze one, cover with a tight fitting plastic wrap the uncooked mixture (make sure it sits flat in the freezer until  frozen. Before cooking, remove from freezer 30 minutes before baking (do not thaw it).  Remove the plastic wrap and cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, Uncover and bake for and additional 15-20 minutes.  Let stand before cutting and serving.

This would be a great dish to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning when the entire family is visiting.  Also, it is a great way to use some of the left over ham.  If you want to serve a warm fruit dish consider the hot fruit compote that we wrote about earlier this month.

 

Hot Fruit Compote

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Hot Fruit Compote

Hot Fruit Compote

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would share our hot fruit compote recipe which is an easy to make fruit dish that works well when you have a large party to feed. I’m thinking about Thanksgiving or Christmas morning when you have a million other things to do and you don’t have a lot of extra time in the kitchen to think about cooking breakfast for the family that has gathered for the holidays. What makes the hot fruit compote a great dish (other than being super easy) is it is served warm on those cool fall/winter mornings. Obviously this time of year you don’t have many fresh fruit options so this one relies on canned fruit.  The optional ingredient, fresh cranberries, are available this time of year and add a little bit of tartness to the dish, plus it ties it into the season.  (Tip:  You can buy a bag of fresh cranberries and what you don’t use you can freeze so that you will have fresh cranberries throughout the year.)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (15 1/4 ounces each) sliced pears–drained
  • 1 can (29 ounces) sliced peaches–drained
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • optional–two cups fresh whole cranberries

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pears, peaches, pineapple applesauce and cranberries.
  • Spray a 9X13 baking dish with a cooking spray and then pour the mixed ingredients (above) into the baking dish.
  • Spread the pie filling over the fruit and sprinkle with the brown sugar.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly.
  •  Serve warm.

We had a full house at the bed and breakfast last weekend and served this.  The guests loved it.  This can be cooked with an egg casserole at the same time in the oven so you can serve your family a filling warm breakfast that will satisfy them until Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Another option for this hot fruit compote is to sprinkle a light streusel topping on it and turn this into a healthy desert.

I hope you and your family/guests enjoy this recipe.  Kathy and I hope each of you have a great holiday season and that next year will bring you peace and happiness.

Huevos Ranceros Tacos Recipe

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Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico.  In the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage and to celebrate we served Huevos Rancheros Tacos. One of the guests was gluten intolerant so we used a corn tortilla, but if you don’t have that restriction you can use any type of tortilla. Unlike most tacos you may be familiar with, you will need to use a knife and fork because when you break the soft egg yolk it oozes and coats the filling. Prep and cooking time is about 20 minutes and if you are preparing more than four of them it is almost a two person job to assemble them and serve them while they are still hot. Fortunately, I had my loyal assistant Kathy assembling them while I was cooking the dozen eggs. The below recipe serves 4 single tacos or if you have a hungry crowd you can give each person two tacos.  Depending on your preference you can use pico de gallo OR salsa for the tacos.  We used salsa because I didn’t know if our guests wanted onions for breakfast.  Another alternative would be to put both on the table and let the person decide on the pico de gallo or salsa.  You can purchase salsa and pico de gallo at the grocery store or you can make your own.  Below is a recipe for pico de gallo.  As a table centerpiece we placed a pinata on the table.

Ingredients:

  • 4  6 inch toritllas
  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat 4-cheese Mexican blend cheese
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • black pepper to taste (eggs)
  • 1/4 cup fresh pico de gallo  OR
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican Crema
  • 1/2 ripe peeled avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 lime wedges

Directions:

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Arrange the tortillas on a baking sheet
  3. Lightly spray the tortillas with cooking spray
  4. Broil for two minutes then remove from oven
  5. Turn the tortillas over on baking sheet, top each with 2 tablespoons cheese and 2 tablespoons beans.
  6. Preheat large non-stick skillet on stove on medium high heat.
  7. Return tortillas to oven and broil for one minute or until cheese melts then remove from oven.
  8. Add oil to skillet, swirl to coat then crack eggs into skillet.
  9. Cook eggs two minutes uncovered then two minutes covered our until eggs are set.
  10. Place cooked egg in center of each tortilla and salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Top tacos evenly with pico de gallo OR salsa, crema, avocado and cilantro.
  12. Serve with a lime wedge.

Pico de Gallo Ingredients:

  • 7/8 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/8 cup cilantro leaf, chopped (or more to taste!)
  • 1/2-5/8 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 tablespoon lime juice
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

Mix above ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour then serve.