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Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses. Quick and Easy Mango Avocado Grilled Chicken Salad

August 20th, 2015 by abedofroses

Chicken mango avocado salad

Chicken mango avocado salad

This summer we have been relishing all the perfectly ripe mangoes and avocados at the grocers. Grilled boneless chicken breasts pair wonderfully with these creamy delights on a bed of mixed greens for a light and delicious summer supper. The recipe is made in three parts- the marinade, the chicken and the mango-avocado salsa, all displayed on a bed of lettuce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts approximately 5 oz. each
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed or finely diced
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. oregano
  • ¼ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 mango peeled and cubed
  • 1 avocado peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 cups mesclun mix
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Ground pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a zip lock bag, adding the chicken last.
  2. After sealing the bag mush all the ingredients together by squeezing the bag and coating the chicken breasts thoroughly. Set aside and let marinade for ½ hour or more.
  3. Grill the chicken breasts for 7 minutes, turning 1 time after 3 1/2 minutes.
  4. Combine the mango, avocado and red onion in a medium bowl.
  5. Whisk the lime juice, balsamic and olive oil. Add pepper to taste.
  6. Add a small amount of the dressing to the lettuce and toss.
  7. Pour remaining dressing over the mango-avocado mixture and gently toss.
  8. Arrange lettuce on two plates.
  9. Top the lettuce with the mango avocado mixture.
  10. Slice the chicken breasts and arrange on top of the salad.Grilled chicken salad 512

Recipes from the Kitchen of A Bed of Roses. A Savory Asparagus Taragon Strata

July 25th, 2015 by abedofroses

Serve the Strata with Sweet & Spicy Sausage and a Minted Fruit Salad

Serve the Strata with Sweet & Spicy Sausage and a Minted Fruit Salad

This delicious strata is perfect for brunch with a minted fruit salad and some sweet and spicy sausage, or for a special luncheon with a nice salad and a glass of white wine. For the sweet and spicy sausage, cook as directed, put aside, wipe out pan and add jalapeño jelly. Melt the jelly and add the sausage back into the pan to warm and coat with the jelly. Yum!

 

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Sourdough French Bread, cubed
  • 4 Tbs butter, divided
  • 3 scallions, diced
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced asparagus spears, top half only
  • ¾ tsp dried tarragon
  • 2 cups grated Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 8 extra large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 Tbs dry Sherry
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ~1/4 cup milk, as needed
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray a 9” x 13” glass baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray.
  2. Spread cubed bread on the bottom of the dish, covering the bottom completely to form a solid layer
  3. Melt 3 Tbs butter in the microwave and drizzle over bread cubes.
  4. Melt 1 Tbs butter in a medium saute pan and add scallions. Saute 1 minute.
  5. Add mushrooms and saute until they give up their liquid.
  6. Add asparagus and taragon and saute another minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  7. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, adding milk, mustard, pepper and cayenne.
  8. Add wine and Sherry to the egg mixture and blend.
  9. Sprinke the grated Mexican Cheese over the bread cubes.
  10. Spread the sautéd vegetables evenly over the top.
  11. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and cover with tin foil.
  12. Refrigerate overnight.
  1. Remove strata from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for ½ hour
  2. Preheat oven to 325°.
  3. Bake, covered with foil for 50 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk sour cream with ¼ to ½ cup of milk to thin just enough to make it the consistency of a frosting.
  5. Remove strata from oven and spread the sour cream mixture evenly over the top.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese
  7. Increase oven temperature to 375° and switch to confection baking if you have that option.
  8. Return strata to oven and bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes until it’s starting to brown.
  9. Let sit for 5 minutes, cut into squares and serve.

    The Strata fresh from the oven

    The Strata fresh from the oven

Special Fall Farms and Artisans Tour

July 20th, 2015 by abedofroses

Enjoy a picnic and wine tasting at Addison Farms Vineyard

Enjoy a picnic and wine tasting at Addison Farms Vineyard

This Fall get off the beaten track and enjoy the autumn colors of one of the most beautiful valleys in Western North Carolina. A Bed of Roses, along with the Inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, is offering our guests a rare opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Big Sandy Mush where families have farmed among the rolling hills for generations. The Sandy Mush Artisan Trail will lead you along country roads from the studios of local artisans to farms and vineyards where you will enjoy tastings and discounts and get to meet the people who make this charming community in the mountains special and unique.

Pick blackberries at Sandy Hollar Farms!

Pick blackberries at Sandy Hollar Farms!

Stay at A Bed of Roses for two nights between September 1st and November 15th and when you add the Fall Farms Package to your stay we will provide you with a map for your independent driving tour as well as a picnic lunch to enjoy at Addison Farms Vineyard.

  • At Addison Farms Vineyard you will enjoy a wine tasting including an attractive complementary wine glass to take home. Receive 10% off all wine purchases.
  • Another farm on the tour will be Sandy Hollar Farms where you can pick-your-own blackberries or shop for honey and beeswax candles. Inn guests will receive 10% off their purchases at the Farm.

    Yes, they're really eating whisky mash!

    Yes, they’re really eating whisky mash!

  • Visit the home of Whiskey Pigs, raised on the whiskey mash from Troy & Sons distiller. Reeves Home Place Farm will offer a 10% discount on meat and eggs.
  • A stop at the Long Branch Environmental Education Center will give you an opportunity to see a solar farm in action, designed for research, education and conservation. You can buy apples and cider and get valuable conservation tips.
Meet local artists and craftspeople

Meet local artists and craftspeople

And be sure to visit and shop at the local artisans’ studios and workshops along the way! Sandy Mush’s remote beauty has attracted many artists to the area.

  • Visit fiber artist June Hawkins while you are at Sandy Hollar Farms.
  • Nationally known potter Matt Jones can be found at Jones Pottery where you can view his decorative painted pots.
  • Laurie Brown has been quilting for 40 years, and you can see her quilts and get to meet the artist where she works.
  • The workshop of broom maker Marlow Gates and photographer Diana Gates is on the tour as well. Friendswood Brooms creates brooms that are truly pieces of art, and some are even displayed in museums.
  • Christine Hield’s studio, Sky Dance Artworks, houses her oils, watercolors and acrylic artwork including portraits, landscapes and more abstract works.

    Landscapes by Christine Hield

    Landscapes by Christine Hield

Add this package to your reservation for $50/couple>>

2 night stay required.

Beat the Summertime Heat in the Mountains of Western North Carolina

June 20th, 2015 by abedofroses

Picnic at Craggy Gardens

Picnic at Craggy Gardens

Summertime in Asheville offers so many ways to enjoy your stay, from Summer Festivals and concerts to Shakespeare under the stars. It also has some wonderful ways to beat the heat! Slip down the chilly mountain waters of Sliding Rock, go whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River or take a picnic to Craggy Gardens on the Blue Ridge Parkway, like we did the other day. A short and scenic drive took us from 89 degrees to 72 degrees with a refreshing breeze. The main picnic area has rolling hills and stone picnic tables, with the mountains just over the trees. But a short hike up the Craggy Pinnacle trail takes you to much more dramatic views.

Mountains for as far as you can see

Mountains for as far as you can see

There you will be treated to a 360 degree view of mountain peaks that seem to go on forever. The visitors center, just past the main picnic area, right on the Blue Ridge Parkway has a panoramic view as well, with the peaks you are looking at labeled on an open guide book just below the window, which I just loved.

Asheville’s elevation is about 2,200 feet but we are surrounded by the mountains of the Blue Ridge as well as the Black Mountain Range. An hour north of Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway is Mount Mitchell. At 6,600 feet above sea level it is the highest point east of the Mississippi and can easily be 20 degrees cooler that downtown Asheville. An hour to the south of us is Mount Pisgah at 5,721 feet.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

The waterfalls of Dupont State Forest are just 40 miles from downtown Asheville. Four entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are within 60 miles from downtown Asheville. We are surrounded by incredible natural beauty and refreshing mountain streams. At the end of the day you can explore our vibrant restaurant/music and theater scene rejuvenated. But save room for our gourmet breakfast in the morning!

In Asheville Food Begins with Breakfast, and this Month it’s all about Local Western North Carolina Cheeses!

March 31st, 2015 by abedofroses

Looking Glass Creamery Cheesemaker

Looking Glass Creamery Cheesemaker

In April all of the inns in the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association will be celebrating local cheeses from Western North Carolina. Come celebrate with us! The Asheville area has a dazzling number of high quality artisanal dairies and creameries, many open for tours and tastings. This month they will be hosting the WNC Cheese Trail event, inviting visitors to the area and local folks as well to spend an afternoon exploring our beautiful mountains and countryside while sampling some of the best handmade cheeses in the area.

Residents of Round Mountain Creamery

Residents of Round Mountain Creamery

All of our inns will be providing you with maps to help guide your adventure as well as recipes using the infinite variety of Asheville area cheeses. Asheville Food truly does begin with Breakfast and at our inns you will get some of the best breakfasts in North Carolina prepared with local cheeses. Here at A Bed of Roses we will also be hosting Saturday local wine and local cheese pairings from 5-6pm featuring wines from Addison Farms Vineyard and cheeses from Three Graces Dairy. The WNC Cheese month celebrations will culminate in the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on April 26, 2015 taking place at Highland Brewery from 12-4pm. Learn about cheesemaking, see a goat milking demonstration and watch Asheville’s best chefs compete for the best grilled cheese sandwich! You can meet the cheesemakers and sample cheese from 25 local creameries, just in case you didn’t get to all of them on the cheese trail! Tickets are available at all Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association inns, including A Bed of Roses, for ½ price.WNC Cheese Trail Banner

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.

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.
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