Roasted Pepper Ricotta Puffs, an easy bridal shower appetizer

Since becoming an innkeeper, I’ve been on a fast learning curve. In my previous life, I never made any sort of fancy appetizers. With special events at the inn, such as bridal showers, appetizers are becoming a specialty. Puff pastry … Continue reading

Potato Veggie Pancakes

If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers. ~Linda Henley Every morning we make these pancakes, with very few exceptions, someone wants the recipe. This morning was no exception. The menu centered around a … Continue reading

Luscious Lemon Yogurt Bread with Marmalade Glaze

There are many ingredients I cannot live without. One of them is lemon, the more tart the better! And they don’t get more tart than this bread, adapted from “Gourmet.” I serve it as a morning sweet bread, but it … Continue reading

Goat Cheese and Fresh Tomato Quiche

Goat cheese is smooth and creamy, and I love the combination of goat cheese and fresh summer tomatoes. Quiche, as I know all of you know, should have a flaky pastry crust, but I make mine without. Maybe it’s the … Continue reading

Peach Clafouti

Zest fresh nutmeg with a microplane grater INGREDIENTS 3-4 peaches, peeled and sliced 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3/4 cup half and half 3/4 cup heavy cream 1 tsp vanilla 4 large eggs 1/2 cup granulated sugar … Continue reading

Goat cheese, peaches and a road trip

What a great week for a foodie. My friend Michael Harris came to Hanover and a weekend at The Beechmont, bringing with him a sampling of his wonderful artisanal cheeses. Michael amazes me. His ice cream shop, now in its … Continue reading

Charleston Grits, True Comfort Food for a Southerner

A dear friend recently visited family in Charleston, S.C., and enjoyed the best grits of her life at a Charleston restuarant. The grits were served as a side to a glorious dinner, not breakfast. The restaurant (the name of which … Continue reading

Fresh Sweet Corn Pancakes

INGREDIENTS 1 egg 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour 1 teaspoon sugar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 ears of corn–cooked and taken off the … Continue reading

Eggs Frittata ala Swiss Woods

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. ~Lewis Grizzard Lancaster County and produce, fresh from the garden, seem to go hand in hand. Plump tomatoes still warm from the stalk, zucchini and squash picked … Continue reading

Strawberry Cornmeal Muffins

This is one of the first muffin recipes I created when I became the owner of The Beechmont Inn. Strawberries are a favorite of mine and I love the taste and texture of cornmeal. Try the Blueberry Cornmeal Pancake recipe … Continue reading