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Recipes from A Bed of Roses: Italian Egg Cups with Proscuito de Parma

February 15th, 2015 by abedofroses

Smoky and light Italian Egg Cups

Smoky and light Italian Egg Cups

Proscuito de Parma makes these convenient individual serving, crustless quiches just heavenly. The smoky flavor permeates the entire dish. We prefer thinly sliced Proscuito that is imported from Parma rather than the domestic varieties. Relatively low-fat, using non-fat yogurt in the egg filling, you can make this dish even healthier by using a low-fat grated Mexican cheese. It’s still delicious!

Serves 6

  • 1 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 cup grated Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 6 slices of Proscuito de Parma
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • Fresh chives, snipped
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Coat 6, 10-oz. Ramequins with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Sauté onions and peppers in olive oil, seasoning generously with Italian seasoning mix while cooking.
  4. Drape one slice of trimmed Proscuito in the bottom of each Ramequin, lining the cup and draping slightly over the side.
  5. Cover the Proscuito with a Tbs. or two of the sautéd vegetables.
  6. Mix together the cheeses and top the vegetables with half of the cheese.
  7. Whisk together the eggs, yogurt and mustard in a medium bowl until smooth
  8. Pour egg mixture over the cheese and vegetables in each Ramequin filling them to about ¾.
  9. Top with remaining cheese.
  10. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, freshly ground pepper and snipped chives.
  11. Place Ramequins on a jelly roll pan and bake for 30 minutes until eggs are set and tops are browned slightly.

Wintertime at the Biltmore Including Dressing Downton!

February 6th, 2015 by abedofroses

Orchids in the Conservatory

Orchids in the Conservatory

This winter you not only get special pricing on admission to the fabulous Bilmore Estate, but you get to see more than forty-five costumes from the hit PBS Masterpiece series, Downton Abbey! This special event showcases the period costumes imaginatively set in eighteen of the rooms of the mansion itself. Get 2 tickets for $83.46- a savings of $21.40 from our regular ticket price. We pass our entire savings on to you! Tickets are good for 2 people for 2 consecutive days at the Biltmore Estate, Antler Village and The Biltmore Winery. And don’t miss the Orchid Room in the Biltmore’s Conservatory! Our Wintertime Biltmore Special is effective January 12th through March 19th. Pricing already includes sales tax.

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Springtime Biltmore Blooms Package

January 21st, 2015 by abedofroses

Free demonstrations in the Conservatory

Free demonstrations in the Conservatory

“Biltmore Blooms” at the historic Biltmore Estate and Gardens beings March 20th and runs through May 25th so this is the time to enjoy their beautiful gardens in full bloom! During the “Blooms” Festival the Biltmore will have live music throughout the estate and you will have a rare opportunity to step down into the Winter Garden to enjoy the exotic orchid display up close. Complimentary gardening seminars will take place in the glass-roofed Conservatory and Biltmore staff will be in the walled garden to answer gardening questions. This package includes 2 tickets to the Biltmore that are good for two consecutive days as well as a bottle of Biltmore wine and a bouquet of spring flowers in your room. You can add this package to any of our rooms for $145. Please specify red or white wine when ordering. Good March 20th until May 25th.

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Romantic Springtime Getaway Package

January 21st, 2015 by abedofroses

Biltmore Booms!

Biltmore Booms!

In the Spring the mountains are alive with spring flowers everywhere and the gardens here in the Montford Historic District are bursting with color. Come soak up the spirit of spring on our cozy front porch and stroll through the gardens at the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Blooms Festival runs from March 20th through May 25th this year. Start off with a fresh bouquet of flowers, chocolate truffles and a sparkling beverage waiting for you in your room. Then enjoy dinner at your choice of outstanding independent local restaurants. Two tickets to the Biltmore Estate and Gardens as well as Antler Village and the Biltmore Winery are included and they are good for two consecutive days, so you will have lots of time to tour the mansion and enjoy the beautiful gardens. This package can be added to a two night stay at any of our rooms for $230.  Good through June 10th.

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The History Behind Our Beloved Holiday Traditions and the Best Ways to Celebrate them in Asheville: Part 1- The Christmas Tree.

December 4th, 2014 by abedofroses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

Christmas at A Bed of Roses

T’is the season! We love Christmastime and all the trappings, decorating the tree, singing carols, eating holiday goodies, kissing under the mistletoe, exchanging gifts with our loved ones. But what is behind the traditions we hold so dear? Many of them were popularized during the Victorian era, the period in which our inn, A Bed of Roses, was built. Many started much earlier.

Evergreens have always held special meaning for ancient inhabitants of northern climates, and many believed that they keep away illness, witches and evil spirits.  Christians in Germany first adapted these “pagan” practices into their religious traditions by decorating an evergreen tree and bringing it inside. Although the Christmas tree has been a German tradition as early as the 16th century, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, introduced the custom to the royal family in 1841 and a tinted etching of the decorated tree was published in the Illustrated London News, causing Christmas trees to be all the rage in Victorian England. They decorated the live trees with lighted candles (do not do this!), ribbons, paper chains, fruit and candies. The fashion conscious American East Coast Society quickly followed suit.

The Christmas Tree in the Grand Banquet Hall at the Biltmore Estate

The Christmas Tree in the Grand Banquet Hall at the Biltmore Estate

While Europeans decorated small trees, Americans, of course, went for the biggest, floor to ceiling trees. In Asheville, the grand Biltmore Estate demonstrates this passion for the biggest and most elaborate Christmas trees. George Vanderbilt first opened the Biltmore House to friends and family on Christmas Eve 1895 and Christmastime has been celebrated there in grand style ever since. The mansion is filled with dozens of uniquely decorated trees, but the most impressive is a 35 foot tall fraser fir that has been raised in the Grand Banquet Hall, ablaze with lights. The most magical and romantic time to see the impressive display of trees and decorations is during the Biltmore Candlelight Evenings. All the fireplaces are aglow as carolers and musicians play throughout the house guiding you from one spectacular holiday scene to another. A Bed of Roses offers several Biltmore Candlelight Evening Packages, customized to let you choose your special holiday experience.

Stay tuned for more holiday traditions and the joyous ways we celebrate them here in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Happy Holidays from Our Home to Yours

Happy Holidays from Our Home to Yours

Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Spotlight on New Morning Gallery and the Amazing John Cram

November 22nd, 2014 by abedofroses

Dennis Thompson's Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

Dennis Thompson’s Dragon with Opal Eyes at New Morning Gallery

When we at the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association decided to compile a curated list of the best Holiday Shopping destinations in Asheville to share with our guests, New Morning Gallery was at the very top of my list. My family and friends have been the recipients of New Morning Gallery one-of-a-kind gifts every year for nearly as long as the shop and gallery has been open. Long before I lived in Asheville my family introduced me to this exquisite collection of unique arts and crafts and it’s been my go-to place to buy gifts ever since. In that time I’ve witnessed how one man over the course of 40 years spearheaded a renaissance here in Asheville, not just with one wonderful gallery of gifts. When John Cram opened New Morning Gallery in 1972, Asheville was not yet the cultural destination that it is now and he played a big part in bringing art and culture to the city. This is evidenced by the State of North Carolina awarding him it’s greatest civilian honor in Fine Arts in 2013.

Poster for this past year's Art & Craft Fair

Poster for this past year’s Art & Craft Fair

He created the Annual Village Art & Craft Fair shortly after opening New Morning Gallery.

He then went on to help revive Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville by opening the Blue Spiral Gallery. He bought the theater next door that was known for screening porn movies and made it into The Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville’s home for art and independent films. Then Bellagio, “art to wear” in Biltmore Village followed with one of a kind fashion and Bellagio Every Day on Biltmore Avenue downtown.  We are so honored to have John Cram and his “Blue Spiral” of shops and galleries participate in our Asheville Inn-siders Holiday Package. Watch him talk about his life and how Asheville has grown and come to life in this video.
The Asheville Inn-Sider’s Holiday Package: Stay, Shop & Play Package is available Nov. 19, 2014 to Thursday, Jan. 3, 2015. Add it to any two night reservation at A Bed of Roses now.

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands and Klay Hawk Dolls’ Creative Fantasy World

October 21st, 2014 by abedofroses

Karen Hawkins with some of her creations

Karen Hawkins with some of her creations

The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands just wrapped up its three day show at the US Cellular Center in Asheville and we never miss it. This juried exhibition with demonstrations and live regional music brings together the very best craftspeople in the area, all members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

We would like to highlight one of these talented artists, Karen Hawkins of Klay Hawk Dolls, based in Leicester, NC. Her figurative sculptures take you to a magical world of elves, fairies and trolls, all richly costumed and expressively sculpted and posed.

Karen's "Twilight Dryad"

Karen’s “Twilight Dryad”

Many of these one-of-a-kind dolls are posable and some come with enchanted environments with fellow creatures. The humor and imagination of her work is simply delightful.

With a BA and Masters degree in Fine Arts, Karen taught art in the public schools for many years and now that she has retired she devotes herself full time to creating magic. She continues to teach as well, conducting workshops from her studio for beginner to advanced students. Her work heading up GoFigure, a figurative artists group here in Asheville, continues to connect her to the schools. For the third year, in conjunction with the Buncombe County Library, they are celebrating Reading Awareness Month by providing Storybook Characters to the Library. They will also be visiting local schools during the month of March to share their work and the books that inspired them. All the works will be 3D characters inspired by children’s literature.

A look at the whimsical world of Klay Hawk Dolls

A look at the whimsical world of Klay Hawk Dolls

Come to Asheville this April to see the celebration conclude with a month-long exhibit at the main branch of the Buncombe County Library in the heart of downtown Asheville. You can also learn more about Karen’s work at her website klayhawkdolls.com or GoFigure’s website.  

Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses- Mrs. Wolfson’s Legendary Chocolate Chip Cookies

October 11th, 2014 by abedofroses

Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookes

Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookes

One of my fondest childhood memories was of ducking under the wood rail fence to our next door neighbors house where her mother had just taken fresh baked chocolate chip cookies out of the oven. I’ll never forget how they smelled and Mrs. Wolfson always gave us some. My own mother was not a baker so this was an incredibly rare treat. I have often dreamed of how perfect those chocolate chip cookies were- thin and crisp at the edges but chewy and chocolaty in the middle. I never could duplicate them. On a recent visit with my older sister I mentioned them to Marianne and was amazed to discover that she had the recipe all along! I finally tried out the recipe, almost afraid that in my memory I had made them better than they were. Well, I don’t think so- these are pretty awesome! Keep a close eye on them while baking. The edges will be brown and a little crispy but be careful not to burn them!

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks butter or margarine at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour, not sifted
  • Chocolate chips to taste (I used about 2 cups)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add flour, mixing until smooth. You can add a few drops of water if the dough seems too stiff.
  5. Add chips.
  6. Space generous tablespoons of batter on cookie sheets, leaving room for them to spread
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes, watching closely.

Day Trips from Asheville- Explore Unique Small Towns near Asheville

October 5th, 2014 by abedofroses

Main Street shops in Waynesville

Main Street shops in Waynesville

It’s easy to get away from the crowds and find fun small communities to explore while you’re in Asheville. Historic and quaint downtown shopping areas, antiquing, hiking and mountain views abound in Western North Carolina. Weaverville, Brevard, Black Mountain, Waynesville and Hendersonville are all worth visiting and are just a short and scenic drive away.

Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesville is just outside the Pisgah National Forest and sits at an elevation of 2,752 ft. On a recent day trip to Waynesville we found a charming Main Street lined with gift shops, antique stores, art galleries and clothing shops. There’s a small town feel to the historic downtown shopping area. One shopkeeper told us people in Waynesville don’t lock their doors, it’s that kind of place.

The Patio Bistro's courtyard

The Patio Bistro’s courtyard

After scoping out the perfect antique chair for the Wilkinson Room at “Feather Your Nest” and marveling at Teresa Pennington’s colored pencil originals at “T. Pennington Art Gallery”, we found the perfect place for lunch. The Patio Bistro had outdoor seating in a little courtyard and served the most beautiful spinach and feta quiche I have ever seen. I seriously need that recipe! When the shopping resumed we were drawn into an antique shop by stunning antique stained glass windows and doors that the proprietor had collected from all over including Baltimore and New York. At the back of “Burl Wood Gallery” stood an imposing Napoleon III armoire that we would need to build an entire room to accommodate. Next house! “Gatekeepers” was our last stop to browse for gifts and unique home accessories. Our Halloween decorating will be fun this year with the gourd jack-o-lantern lights we found there! We did go back for the chair too!

A hollowed out gourd makes a wonderful jack-o-lantern

A hollowed out gourd makes a wonderful jack-o-lantern

All in all it was a lovely day trip.

Celebrate the Lovely Reed Creek Greenway in Early October

September 28th, 2014 by abedofroses

One of the entrances to the Reed Creek Greenway

One of the entrances to the Reed Creek Greenway

The Reed Creek Greenway, just a few blocks from A Bed of Roses is having a ribbon cutting on October 9th as part of University of North Carolina Asheville’s biggest ever Fall 2014 Greenfest running from October 1st through the 11th. The latest stretch of the Greenway now connects the Montford Historic District to the corner of Broadway and W.T. Weaver Boulevard where the UNC Botanical Garden lies and the entrance to UNC’s lovely wooded campus.

As part of Greenfest, the global Ecomusics and Ecomusicologies 2014 conference and performance series will be taking place Oct 2-6.

Grammy winning composer Paul Winter

Grammy winning composer Paul Winter

Paul Winter, the seven-time Grammy-winner, composer and saxophonist will be performing “In Celebration of the Earth” at Isis Music Hall on Friday Oct 3rd at 8:00pm. He will also be leading a workshop, “Adventures in SoundPlay at the conference. Richard Shulman’s Earth and Sky Trio will be performing from 6:00-8:00pm.

Fry Street Quartet

Fry Street Quartet

Other performers include Fry Street Quartet who will join with physicist Dr. Robert Davies on Oct 2nd in a performance combining music, information, imagery and a “dash of theater”. The resulting event includes the works of composer Laura Kaminsky, painter Rebecca Allen, environmental photographer Garth Lenz and Utah sculptor Lymann Whitaker. “Inusksuit” composed by John Luther Adams, 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner will be performed on the UNCA Quad on Oct. 4th featuring 99 percussionists. Performances, workshops, panel discussions and installations continue until Oct 6th.

A newly available portion of Reed Creek

A newly available portion of Reed Creek

Other events in the Greenfest include “Lunch with a Farmer” serving up seasonal items from North Carolina farms with the farmers on hand to chat as well as the Bulldog Bike Bonanza. Carnival booths with games and lessons in bike maintenance and safety will be presented by UNCA Campus Recreation, UNC Bike Shop and Asheville on Bikes. The Greenfest Bike Ride will take place on Oct 9th as well, from 2:45-4:15pm, ending up at the Reed Creek Greenway in time for the official dedication of the Greenway.

Everybody’s Environmental Conference will take place Oct 9-10, presented by UNCA’s Center for Diversity Education and Oct 11th is Alumni and Community Service Day. Volunteers will pitch in to continue the work of enhancing the green spaces along the Reed Creek Greenway.

Bridge over Reed Creek

Bridge over Reed Creek

For more photos of the Reed Creek Greenway visit our Photo Gallery.

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