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Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses: Lemon Pecan Cookies

April 30th, 2011 by abedofroses

Lemon Pecan Butter Cookies

Lemon-Pecan Cookies

These lemony butter cookies are light and delicious. They are perfect for a light spring or summer luncheon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped
  • 1 Tbs cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract
  • Extra sugar for sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. Blend flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt in a bowl or 4 cup measure
  4. In a mixer, beat the butter on medium speed for 3 minutes
  5. Add sugar in two additions, beating for 1 minute after each addition
  6. Blend in egg yolks, lemon zest and lemon extract
  7. Add flour mixture on low speed in two additions
  8. Add nuts with flour on second addition and beat just until flour is absorbed
  9. Place rounded Tablespoons of dough on the prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart*
  10. Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar and bake 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden.
  11. Let cookies sit on the sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar (optional).

*(Bakers tip: use a 1 Tbs. ice cream scoop- the dough pops right out and the measurement is perfect. Works great for mini-muffins too!)

Upcoming Asheville Festivals and Events- Big Love Fest May 1st Weaverville Art Safari May 7-8.

April 29th, 2011 by abedofroses

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Asheville Big Love Fest May 1st

Spring in Asheville means great festivals and events. This weekend Asheville is throwing itself a party – the first Big Love Fest located downtown in Pack Square. It promises to be a celebration of all that is uniquely Asheville- independently owned businesses, artists, craftspeople, restaurants and local breweries as well as non-profits. On earth day we talked about how supportive Asheville is of locally grown foods, sustainable farming and conservation. Support of all things local- restaurants, businesses and artists is very important to Ashevillians. You’ll see that on May 1st with local musicians, a home-brew competition sponsored by Just Economics and half hour comedy tours offered by The LaZoom Bus Tours running throughout the day. There will be two music stages, local beer and food, fun family activities and lots of the arts and crafts that western North Carolina is known for. This is a free event, but Just Brew It, the home-brewed beer portion of the festival, requires a $16 membership to Just Economics. More information at http://loveasheville.org.

Weaverville Art Safari Logo

Weaverville Art Safari Studio Tour May 7-8

Next weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Weaverville Art Safari. Weaverville is a very cool little town with lots of working artists just 15 minutes north of Asheville. Twice a year they open their studios for the Art Safari free self guided studio tour. This weekend there will be 46 artists! The tour is from 10AM to 6PM Saturday, May 7th and Sunday, May 8th with a special Preview Party & Silent Auction held Friday, May 6th. More information and a down-loadable brochure at www.weavervilleartsafari.com.

Earth Day- A Bed of Roses Partners with Clean the World Soap Recycling Program

April 21st, 2011 by abedofroses

Clean the World Logo

Clean the World Soap Recycling Partner

It may be Earth Day but people here in Asheville don’t need an excuse to think Green. Conservation, sustainable farming, organic gardening, CSAs, (community supported agriculture), recycling, biodegradable products, green construction and a heightened awareness of our place on the planet are evident everywhere. Eat locally, think globally is the mantra expressed on bumper stickers and shops throughout the Asheville area. It’s one of the things we love about Asheville. As a business we think about how we impact the environment. As many hotels and inns do, we ask our guests to choose whether they need their towels laundered every day or not.  We also have partnered with Clean the World and we’re excited about that. When you go to a hotel or a B&B, of course you’re going to expect your room to be supplied with amenities like soaps, shampoo and lotions. But what happens to all those products after you’ve used them once and most of the soap is left in the room? Many of us in the B&B industry have tried to think of ways to mitigate this waste, such as providing plastic bags so guests can bring their soap home with them. But then, there you go using more plastic and most guests don’t really want to deal with wet little soap bars in their suitcases! Clean the World has come up the ideal solution. They are a not-for-profit corporation founded in 2009 that aims to reduce waste caused by discarded soap while preventing deaths from hygiene-related illnesses world-wide. They collect, sort and sanitize the soaps and lotions, then recycle these products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high mortality rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. The hospitality partners, like A Bed of Roses, pay a yearly fee to participate in this program as well as paying to collect and mail our used soaps and lotions to Clean the World. The organization is also supported by cash donations, fundraising events and the work of countless volunteers.

Recycling Soap. Saving Lives.

First Time at a Bed and Breakfast? What Can I Expect at Breakfast-time?

April 21st, 2011 by abedofroses

Spring Breakfast Tarte

Asparagus Tarte- Tell us if you don't like asparagus!

As promised in our April 10th blog, First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?, here is the Breakfast Edition!

A B&B is not a hotel and it is also NOT a restaurant. We think that’s a very good thing. At a bed and breakfast the morning meal is the main event! We pride ourselves on providing a gourmet start to your day. Every B&B is different in how they approach breakfast so don’t be afraid to ask your innkeeper what they provide. Most provide a full meal rather than a continental breakfast. Some serve buffet style where you come down during a certain time range and help yourself. Some serve family style at a set time with one table and plates are passed around. Others, like A Bed of Roses, provide a plated, multi-course breakfast served to you at the table at a set time. Depending upon the size of the inn and their staffing, there may be multiple “seatings” or a single set time for breakfast. We prefer a single seating at 9AM so that all the guests eat together and we can give them our full attention. Some inns have several small tables that feel more restaurant style and provide you with privacy at breakfast. Most will seat all the guests together at one large table like we do here. For us, at A Bed of Roses, that’s where the magic happens! People of all different ages come from all over the country with all different backgrounds and they sit down at the breakfast table together and it just comes alive with conversation and laughter. Watching the breakfast table is definitely our favorite part of being innkeepers!

“But what if I have plans and can’t eat at the set time?” Check with your innkeeper about what they are able to provide. Some may be willing to provide you with an earlier continental breakfast or may be able to give you coffee and a muffin “to go”. You will most certainly see on the website when breakfast is served so you can plan accordingly. As a point of etiquette, please do tell your innkeeper as far in advance as possible if you will not be joining them for breakfast. They plan their meals well in advance, shopping for what they need for a certain number of people and may even start preparing your meal the day before.

What about the food? What can you expect, if it’s not a restaurant? You can almost always count on a wonderful breakfast. That’s what we’re known for! Some B&Bs do give you a choice of breakfast entrée, but most are not equipped to cook individual meals for each guest. We try to vary our menus to appeal to most people, but communication is the key! On most websites, when you make your reservation they will ask you if you have any food allergies or special needs. This is very important information for the innkeeper to have when planning the week’s menus! Most inns are glad to prepare food that complies with special diets. Don’t be afraid to put down things you just don’t care for either. You don’t have to have a medical condition for your innkeeper to prepare a breakfast you will be able to enjoy! We are here to give you a memorable culinary experience and will be more than glad to plan our menus around your likes and dislikes. Again, planning is the key and it can be tricky planning a menu around multiple food allergies or preferences, so please let us know as early as possible if you have a special food preference or need. The night before is probably not going to be early enough for your innkeeper to accommodate your special diet.

What will the amenities be like at a Bed and Breakfast? Stay tuned for the Amenities Edition!

Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses B&B – Peaches with Orange Sauce in a Puff Pancake.

April 17th, 2011 by abedofroses

Peaches in a Puff Pancake

Peaches in Puff Pancake

This recipe was handed down to me by the previous owner of A Bed of Roses, Janis, and the first time I made it I thought it must be magic, because it is so simple but looks so dramatic, especially when it first comes out of the oven! (By special request from Sarah)

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Peaches with Orange Sauce-

  • 5-6 peeled and sliced fresh peaches or 1 bag of frozen peaches (don’t use canned peaches!)
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 2 Tbs orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Puff Pancake-

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • a heavy dash of nutmeg

Instructions:

For the Sauce-

Place butter, corn starch and sugar in a large non-stick sauce pan along with peaches and sauté for 10 minutes until warmed through.

Add orange juice and vanilla and simmer for 5 minutes

For the Pancake-

Preheat oven to 425°

Spray 4 Texas muffin tins or ramekins of the same size with PAM.

Wisk the eggs, milk, flour and nutmeg together and pour into the prepared tins so that each is 2/3 – 3/4 full.

Bake for 25 minutes and watch the magic! They will deflate a little bit when they come out of the oven, but a natural hole will have formed in the middle of the “puff”.

Assemble-

Dust with confectioners sugar and place on plate. Pour warm peaches in orange sauce over the puffs, filling the hole and spilling over onto the plate. Garnish with and orange slice and fanned strawberry.

The Arts are Alive in Asheville! River of Art – from New York to Asheville Exhibition Opens Saturday

April 14th, 2011 by abedofroses

River of Art - From New York to Asheville

River of Art Exhibition at 310art

The arts truly do come alive here in the Spring and this weekend the River Arts District kicks off the season with an Exhibition featuring 23 members of the Women in the Arts Foundation (WIAF). The WIAF is celebrating their 40th anniversary with this show. From it’s roots as a group of artists, writers and other art world professionals meeting in lower Manhattan and taking to the streets to protest the exclusion of women artists in museums and galleries, WIAF quickly grew into a national organization. They now connect and support women in the arts from all over. Each artist has created a work honoring someone who has influenced her career. Fifteen artists from New York will be exhibiting along with many local artists in the Women in the Arts Foundation. We, at A Bed of Roses, are honored to be hosting one of the visiting New York artists, Betsy Gross during her stay in Asheville for the opening. River of Art-from New York to Asheville runs from April 15 through May 15, with a reception from 5:30–8 p.m. this Saturday, April 16. The exhibition will be at 310 ART at Riverview Station, 191 Lyman Street in the Asheville’s River Arts District (828) 776-2716.

First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?

April 10th, 2011 by abedofroses

Inn furnishings

A quiet corner at A Bed of Roses

First Time at a Bed and Breakfast?

We consider ourselves very lucky that so many of our guests are experiencing a B&B for the first time. We get to be ambassadors for the whole bed and breakfast industry! We also get to hear first hand how surprised and delighted first timers are with the experience.

This is the first of a series giving tips, advice, and overall information to help you make the most of your first time staying at a bed and breakfast or small inn. You’ll find that once you’ve stayed in a bed and breakfast you’ll never want to stay anywhere else!

“… A Bed of Roses was our first B&B experience and we loved everything about our stay. The breakfasts were fabulous and we appreciate your hospitality and attention to detail.”

BN

Mooresville, NC

What can you expect at a B&B?

A bed and breakfast is NOT a hotel, and that’s a GOOD thing! When you come to a small inn all the rooms are unique with different amenities and different rates. If you call an innkeeper and ask “What are your rates” you are often in for a long explanation and a list of numbers that seem to be all over the place! The inn’s website will almost always have photos of the different rooms and list their rates, so even if you prefer to talk to an innkeeper in person, going to the website first can give you a good starting point. You will know which rooms appeal to you, which ones are more expensive than you want or have that special tub or sitting room you need or would just love to have. Then the innkeeper can answer any questions and give you a “feel” for the place.

The common areas and rooms are often furnished with antiques, fine linens and bedding and are decorated beautifully. Unlike a hotel, where furniture and even art is the same in every room in every city, every room will have different décor and many of the things around you are not easily replaceable. You are a guest in someone’s home.

Yes, most innkeepers live somewhere on the premises and the inn is their home. Having the owner/innkeeper on the premises is one of the things that makes staying at a bed and breakfast special. How many times has the owner of a big hotel greeted you at the door by name? The innkeeper will pay attention to the little details that will make your stay special. Even though the owners live in the inn and take personal pride in the home, it is an industry standard for innkeepers to have separate living quarters from their guests and there is never any reason to feel you are intruding upon their private space. Most innkeepers choose to mingle with their guests in the common areas, but when they want privacy they have their private quarters, just as you do as guests. We value our guests’ privacy. All rooms in our B&B have private baths and private doors with locks.

What about breakfast? A B&B is also NOT a restaurant and we think that’s a good thing too! Stay tuned for our “Breakfast Edition” on what to expect at your B&B when morning comes around.

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