As many of you know we feature a monthly signature dish, usually based upon the month of the year, the season, food ingredients currently fresh and in season or an upcoming holiday. This month we are featuring pumpkin, as they are plentiful during the months of October and November. These pancakes would be delicious on Thanksgiving morning, as they will keep you full until an afternoon dinner of turkey and all the fixins.
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pecan halves
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, separated
- 2/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
- maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat. Add the brown sugar and stir until the sugar begins to melt. Add the pecans and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer the pecan mixture to a small dish and set aside. Reserve the skillet for the pancake.
- In a small bowl mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, sugar and salt. Set aside.
- Melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of the butter. In a large bowl, add egg yolks, buttermilk, vanilla and melted butter and whisk until blended. Gradually whisk in flour mixture. Stir in the pumpkin puree.
- Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and gently fold into the pumpkin mixture. Gently spoon the batter into the reserved skillet. Sprinkle the top of the pancake mixture with the reserved pecan mixture. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Dust the pancake with confectioners’ sugar. Cut into wedges and serve with maple syrup.
Serves 4 to 6 guests.
Remember, we are featuring this dish during October 2016. If you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast during October you will most likely be served this delicious and different pancake. If you stay another time you can always request this recipe, we’ll try to make it for you!
**This recipe courtesy of the Food Network, 2016, Katie Lee Joel.
It’s that time again, time to meet some of the ghosts of Lynchburg during their annual ghost walk in historic Lynchburg.
This years Ghosts of Historic Lynchburg walk will be held in the historic district known as Federal Hill. Federal Hill became Lynchburg’s first residential suburb, until it was annexed in 1814 and again in 1819 when it became part of the town’s jurisdiction. One of the smallest and most compact historic districts the houses range in styles from Federal, Greek Revival, Colonial Revival and Queen Anne, plus a few Second Empire.
Federal Street defines the center of this district. Because of the topography some of the streets have never opened or surprisingly dead-end at a bluff or cliff and are picked back up a block or two away at a higher or lower elevation.
Federal Hill has always been a popular residential area. Close enough to downtown for the residents to easily access shops, businesses and restaurants. Closer still to the churches that line Court Street for Sunday worship.
The tour will be held on October 20, 21 and 22, 2016, starting at 6:30 pm. Tours begin about every 20 minutes. Tickets will be sold each evening starting at 6:00 pm, with a limited number of tickets each evening. Tickets are $10 each. There will not be any rain dates. This tour is primarily on sidewalks and streets, but there will be uneven areas and walking up and down hills. The tour will start and end at 1101 Federal Street, which is also the place to purchase tickets.
Even if you have toured this neighborhood before the stories vary from year to year. We will see you there!
The event is put on by the Lynchburg Historical Foundation and is sponsored by Whitten Funeral Home. If you are from out of town and need a place to stay after touring the haunted streets, give us a call. We would be happy to put you up for the evening at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Benny Scarpetta’s, it’s finally here! Downtown Lynchburg,
Located at 1019 Main Street, in what was the former The Famous men’s clothing and shoe store for decades, Scarpetta’s is Italian for “little shoe.” The 13 other Benny’s have different names and character to differentiate themselves from the other locations. Usually found in the downtown area of other cities, large and small, each Benny’s fits its location.
The menu is simple and concise. Known for their 28-inch pizza, which feeds eight, the pizza is sold by the individual slice or the whole pie. All of the pizzas have a signature five-cheese blend. All of the ingredients are sourced from local famers. Offering three types of pizza cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizzas plus a monthly meat and veggie special you can eat in or take away. The interior is eclectic with murals on the walls and wild colors throughout. Open 7 days each week, Sunday thru Wednesday, 11 am until 12 am and Thursday thru Saturday, 11 am until 2am. Now you know where to go any hour of the day or night for your pizza fix.
We tried the cheese and sausage slice recently and it was good. The crust is thin and crispy, the sauce is slightly sweet and Mike even enjoyed the cheese topping–just enough for him and he likes lots of cheese. We will try a specialty slice next. With pizza this good, you should expect a wait unless you are there at an off time.
For more information visit www.bennysva.com or call them at 434.528.5111. Follow them on Facebook. Benny Scarpetta’s will soon be a Lynchburg favorite.
We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Michael and Kathy from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
The 7th Annual Festy experience will take place in Nelson County, VA October 7 thru 9, 2016, Columbus Day Weekend.
This year’s unique, family friendly, fun festival will be set up at the Nelson County Preserve. Located on 350+ acres there will be plenty of space for the stages, music, outdoor activities, camping (in various formats), food and drink vendors and much more.
Music has always been the mainstay of the Festy Experience, but the Experience is much more. Talented well-known musicians along with obscure newcomers will be featured throughout the 3 days. Included this year are the Infamous Stringdusters, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lee Ann Womack, Sam Bush Band, Steep Canyon Rangers and many, many more.
In addition to the music you will find plenty of outdoor activities to participate in: Disc Golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball, soccer, volleyball, a rock climbing wall, guided nature tours, trail runs, hosted bike rides, yoga and the 21st Annual Blue Ridge Burn–5K/10K run.
If you are visiting for the day or the weekend there will be a variety of food and drink vendors, including an on-site café near the camping area. For those staying at the Preserve there will be unlimited showers available this year.
Tickets range in price and accessibility:
- Day-Tripper Weekend Festival Pass: $100 per person–access to festival only
- Day-Tripper Single Day Pass: $40 per person, per day–access to festival only
- Camping Weekend Festival Pass: $150 per person–access to festival, campground and showers
The Nelson County Preserve is located about 37 miles from Lynchburg, just north of Colleen. Those attendees not wanting to “rough it” may choose to stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast.
For more detailed information visit www.thefesty.com or call 434.220.4000. It’s been a fun event in the past and we can assume it will be a fun event again this year.
Light, crispy waffles topped with a variety of fruits are a popular breakfast entree served at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We top these yummy waffles with fresh fruit during the summer months and with dried or canned fruit during the winter months. Oftentimes we include nuts, whipped cream or even granola with the fruit topping. Use your creativity!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Preheat your waffle iron. (We use a large Belgium waffle iron). In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and slat. In another bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft, glossy peaks form. In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, buttermilk and butter. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, then fold in the egg whites.
Spoon or pour about 1 cup of the batter onto the hot waffle iron. Close the lid. Bake until the waffle is golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Remove with a fork to a warm plate. Serve at once, or keep warm on a baking rack in a 200° oven. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Top with a topping of your choice. The above picture is with fresh strawberries, but you can use whatever fruit you have on hand or skip the fruit and enjoy.
On Sunday, September 25th, between 3:00-4:00 pm the Old City Cemetery will host it’s Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg tour.
Lynchburg’s Bawdy ladies have been part of Lynchburg’s history since the very beginning of Lynchburg. Between 1805 until 1910 census and court records state there were at least 535 ladies of ill repute living and working in Lynchburg, VA.
In early Lynchburg the houses of ill repute were primarily located on Jefferson Street, Commerce Street (then known as Lynch Street), Seventh, Eighth and Tenth Streets. This area was known as Buzzard’ s Roost. Along with the bordellos there were plenty of bars and gambling houses found in this area of the city.
During the Civil War many of these “ladies” worked in the Confederate hospitals as nurses, cooks and laundresses. Many of these same “ladies” contributed monetarily to the cause. Some acted as spies and were said to pass along secrets learned from soldiers they were tending to in the hospitals.
Do you know how the term hooker came to be attributed to ladies of ill repute? During the Civil War (1861-1865) many women became camp followers in Joseph Hooker’s Union Army brigade. These women, primarily from Washington, D.C. brothels, became known as “Hooker’s Division” or “Hooker’s Brigade”.
After the war, in the early 1900’s, the “sporting houses” (as the houses of ill repute were called in Lynchburg) moved to Monroe, Jackson and Fourth Streets. This area was now known as “The Hill”. Between 1907 until 1910 there were at least 31 sporting houses in this area. The Hill was active until the mid-60’s. The last Madam of Fourth Street, Tootsie Clay, was arrested in 1964. She was sent out of town instead of to jail due to her declining health. Interestingly enough we have had a guest at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, from the Tidewater area, who’s father used to travel to Lynchburg, by train, in the late 50′ and early 60’s to visit the sporting houses. Not sure why the father shared this information with his son, but it does substantiate the fact that Lynchburg was well-known for it’s sporting ladies.
This years’ walking tour will again by led by Nancy Weiland. Her interest and research into the Bawdy Ladies of Lynchburg began in 1982. She will be guiding the tour group throughout the cemetery, over uneven ground and up and down hills on Sunday the 25th. Meet at the Old City Cemetery Gate by 3:00 pm, located at 401 Taylor Street. This tour is free, advance reservations are not required. Questions should be directed to the cemetery office, 434.847.1465.
Even if you have attended a Bawdy Ladies tour in the past it is worth your time to attend again this year. Each year different ladies are discussed and their lives explained. Mike and I always find it interesting how many of the ladies became prominent citizens of Lynchburg once they retired from the sporting life. They married former mayors, police chiefs and local politicians. If you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we will be touring along with you.
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