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.
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.
- 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
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!
The Lynchburg Museum is proud to announce the “Santa has come to town!”
The museum has recently acquired the mechanical Santa that once greeter shoppers to the downtown Leggett’s Department Store. The 5 foot tall Santa would watch over the shoppers from a display at the store’s entrance. The mechanized figure could turn and wave to the shoppers while his reindeer bobbed up and down as though in flight (quite a feat for store figures in the 50’s & 60’s.)
Santa can be viewed until January 31, 2014 at the Lynchburg Museum, in downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 901 Court Street. Museum hours are Monday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. Entrance fees run between $3.00-$6.00. Entrance fees are waived on First Fridays between 5:00-8:00 pm.
Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s retreat just outside Lynchburg, Virginia, will host a holiday open house on Sunday, December 15, 2013 between 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Visitors to this octagonal house will see the house as it might have been decorated for Jefferson’s holiday guests. Evergreen, holly and mountain laurel garlands will grace the railings and banisters, mantels and picture frames. Rosemary and lavender will scent the rooms. The natural materials used as the decorations are all found on the grounds, just as they would have been in Jefferson’s day. The boxwoods shown in the above photo were removed about 3 months ago so that the front of the property can be restored to the way it looked in Jefferson’s time.
In addition to touring the home there will be early 19th century dance presentations by the Regency of Virginia, traditional candle-making demonstrations and the preparation of traditional recipes on an open kitchen hearth.
Admission to the open house is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for Lynchburg’s Daily Bread of the Bedford Humane Society. A special discount, 20%, will be offered on items sold in the gift shop throughout the month of December.
Here’s a fact that many people don’t know: The Watts family built what is now The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia. Descendants of R. T. Watts were the last private owners of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. If you are traveling to the area to see Poplar Forest and need a place to stay you can make reservations at their original home, now a bed and breakfast.
Once again this year downtown Lynchburg, Virginia’s Community Market (one of the oldest, continuously operating markets in the country) is presenting it’s annual Mistletoe Market.
Saturday December 7th, 14th and 21st between the hours of 7:00 am until 3:00 pm the Community Market will be filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and holiday greenery, unique, handcrafted gifts, food and beverage tastings, family activities, carriage rides through downtown (starting at 10:00 am, $2.00 per person,) Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Grinch will be stopping by.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting your local businesses, vendors, crafters, farmers and others who greatly appreciate your support all year long. We’ll see you there!
Kathy and I want to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and hope that next year will be a great year for you. Of course if your travels bring you to Lynchburg give us a call, we would love for you to enjoy The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast as your home away from home.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
It’s only fitting to write about Monument Terrace on Veteran’ Day. Everyday, Monument Terrace pays tribute to those Lynchburg residents who gave their lives defending our freedoms. Today, November 11th, Veterans Day there will be a ceremony at the foot of Monument Terrace allowing us reflect on the freedoms we enjoy and the costs of those freedoms.
There wasn’t always a Monument Terrace; originally it was a dirt path that connected Court House Hill (site of the original court house, now the Lynchburg Museum) to what is now 9th Street. In 1882 August Forsberg designed stone steps, a plaza and a fountain to be placed at the base (now Church and 9th Street). In 1883 five volunteer fireman lost their lives and statue of a fireman was placed on top of a fountain with water pouring from the nozzle of his hose. That statue stood there until 1924.
Today’s Monument Terrace was completed in 1925 and it was intended to be a monument to those who fought and lost their lives in the first World War (1917-1918). Since then other monuments have been constructed to honor those local heroes from other wars. There are 132 steps taking you from Church Street to Court Street. Along the way there are 10 landings and 11 markers and monuments along the terrace. Eight of the markers are devoted to military service and three commemorate civic milestones. Today there are monuments to honor those who lost their lives in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Additionally there is a POW-MIA Monument and a Purple Heart Monument.
In addition to these monuments, every Friday since 2001 from noon-1:00 a group of citizens gather at the foot of Monument Terrace to demonstrate openly their support for the men and women who serve the United States in its military services.
In the event you are unable to visit Monument Terrace I have posted a few photos below of some of the monuments.
I started with the Vietnam Memorial because I wanted to honor those troops who were not well respected when they returned from the war.
The Korean War is the forgotten war. Lynchburg like lots of towns and cities across this nation lost troops in this far off place.
It was only after we had World War II that this memorial was called a memorial to those who died in World War I. Let’s hope we never see another World War! This monument is at the foot of Monument Terrace at the intersection of 9th Street and Church Street.
A tribute to “The Greatest Generation.” Unfortunately the memorial had to be on two different walls due to the high number of causalities. The National D-Day Memorial is just 20 minutes west of Lynchburg and is also a must see to those who fought on the Beaches of Normandy towards the end of World War II.
Unfortunately, The Spanish American War is just a foot note in many history books. Monument Terrace pays tribute to those Americans that fought in this war.
For those of you who haven’t visited the Lynchburg area, we are only 20 minutes from Appomattox Courthouse where the country was reunited almost 149 years ago. It is worth the trip to visit this national park.
The origin of the Purple Heart Medal dates back to the American Revolution. The medal that is used today is given to those wounded or killed in time of war and was established in 1932. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 1.7 million medals have been given out since 1932.
This monument is to honor those that were held as a Prisoner of War (POW) or those that never returned from the war, Missing in Action (MIA).
I hope that all of us takes a moment to remember our Armed Forces, both current and past. Veteran’s Day is more than just a day off or a time to go shopping at the mall. If you have a reason to visit Central Virginia, I would hope you carve out time to visit Monument Terrace, The Old City Cemetery, The National D-Day Memorial, Appomattox Courthouse and the Museum of the Confederacy. There are many other interesting places to visit and things to do, but on this Veteran’s Day lets focus on these venues. Today at 10:30am there will be a ceremony at the base of Monument Terrace. Church Street will be closed during the event.
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