Winter is winding down here in Central Virginia. Luckily Lynchburg hasn’t had much snow this season. When serving savory breakfast entrees this month, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, we have been adding this crunchy and irresistibly sweet, tart and tangy side dish. We are presenting this recipe during March as cabbage is plentiful and colorful. It would be good any month of the year for a cookout, potluck or interesting salad. What about serving it for a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration, it’s cabbage….just a bit different?
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 very small purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced and coarsely chopped, about 2 cups
- 8 radishes, stems and ends removed, finely sliced and coarsely chopped
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped
- loose 1/2 cup (total) chopped parsley and fresh mint
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing: olive oil, mustard, honey and lime juice.
- Toss the chopped cabbage, radish and apple into the bowl. Using your hands, thoroughly toss the chopped ingredients with the dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and chill for one hour. Mix in the parsley and mint just before serving. Best eaten within 1 day.
As most of you are aware The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast serves a 4-course breakfast each morning to our guests. We alternate between a sweet entrée and a savory entrée, for a bit of variety and to appeal to both palates. For February 2017 we are featuring a unique frittata, Carbonara Frittata. What is a frittata? It’s a quiche without the crust, making it an ideal menu item for those guests who are gluten-free. This filling and delicious dish hits all of the right notes. Prepare it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner. It’s sure to please.
- 1/4-1/3 pound spaghetti (regular or glutten free)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 lb. pancetta or guanciale, finely chopped
- 4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 12 large eggs
- 1/2 cup each grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and Pecorino Romano cheeses
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
- fresh basil leaves mixed with baby arugula
- Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 425°
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until a few minutes shy of al dente, about 6 minutes; drain.
- In an ovenproof skillet, heat the oil, three turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper and stir until aromatic, about a minute. Mix in the pasta; season with salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, cheeses and milk. Pour over the pasta, shaking the pan to settle the egg mixture into the pasta. Baked until puffed and cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Serve frittata hot or at room temperature, topped with small handfuls of the herbs and greens.
Italian Soup. A great meal for a cold winter’s day.
Each month The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast posts a recipe for past guests, future guests and just interested people who might be looking for something “new” to cook for their family. Most moths we feature a dish we have served at the breakfast table. This month we are featuring soup–it’s now winter, it’s cold outside and soup is a warming, cozy meal that is easy to prepare, tastes good and fills you up! We hope you will enjoy this recipe. In addition, this one is simple easy and is cooked in a crock-pot.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 4 cups water
- 2 14.5-ounce cans beef broth
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano, undrained
- 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 15.5-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup elbow macaroni, uncooked
- 1 9-ounce package fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown ground beef until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks; drain off fat.
In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine browned meat, water, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt and crushed red pepper.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5-6 hours or on high heat setting 2 1/2-3 hours.
Add cannellini beans, kidney beans and macaroni to slow cooker. Continue cooking fo 30-60 minutes on either setting, or until macaroni is cooked al-dente.
Stir spinach into soup just before serving.
Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.
Makes 8 servings.
For December 2016 our signature dish, at The Carriage House Inn B & B, is Christmas Star Twisted Bread. It’s delicious, impressive and a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Don’t let the lengthy directions scare you….it’s not that difficult to make. Just read the directions thoroughly before you start and refer to them while making the dough and bread. Your family and guests will be most impressed!
- 1 package (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
- 3/4 cup warm whole milk (110-115 degrees)
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 1/4 -3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4-1 cup seedless raspberry jam
- 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
- confectioner’s sugar
- Dissolve yeast in water until foamy. Combine milk, egg, butter, sugar and salt; add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface; knead dough until smooth and elastic, about 7 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough into four portions. Roll one portion into a 12-inch circle. Place on greased 14-inch pizza pan. Spread with one-third of the jam to within 1/2-inch of the edge. Repeat twice, layering dough and jam, ending with final portion of dough. Place a 2 1/2-inch glass/cup/biscuit cutter on top of dough in the center of the circle–do not press down. With a sharp knife, make 16 evenly spaced cuts from the round center to edge of dough. Remove glass/cup/cutter; grasp two strips and rotate twice outward to twist. Pinch ends together. Repeat with remaining strips.
- Brush dough with melted butter. Cover with plastic wrap; let is rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden, 18-22 minutes. (Watch during the final 5 minutes for any dripping.) Cool completely on a wire rack. Move to serving platter and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Tips from Kathy: To get your egg at room temperature, have the egg sit out on the counter top for about two hours. The next time I make this I will not use the electric mixer, but rather will incorporate all of the dough ingredients by hand, like my great grandmother taught me when making bread dough. After dividing the dough into 4 equal portions lightly shape the dough into balls, this will make it easier to roll the dough into circles. The rising time may vary slightly depending upon how warm the room is, so watch the clock but also keep checking on the dough. I used the raspberry jam. Next time I will use a bit more so that when the bread is complete there is more of a jam taste. You can vary the jam used to blueberry (with 1 tsp. lemon peel) or blackberry (with a 1/2 tsp. cardamom.) Give it a try and have fun!
It’s November and at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are turning our thoughts to hearty side dishes, when serving an egg dish as the entree. As you know, we select our dishes based upon the time of year, ingredients in season or a holiday. This month we are serving Rainbow Hash since it has butternut squash, potatoes, carrots and spinach as ingredients. All are plentiful during the month of November and present a colorful and nutritious dish (and we are still harvesting squash, carrots and spinach from the garden!)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 1 medium purple potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 large carrot, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 cups fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook and stir squash, potato, carrot and seasonings until vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes. Add spinach and garlic; continue cooking until vegetables are slightly browned and spinach is just wilted, 2-4 minutes.
** we have substituted sweet potato for the butternut squash and substituted kale for the spinach and beets for the purple potato. If using kale the cooking time for the vegetables might be a bit longer.
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.
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