Maple-Bacon Strata

Soon the sap will be running, and this is a great time of year to use maple syrup in a savory breakfast. And this recipe was created right here in the Berkshires. INGREDIENTS 1/2 pound bacon, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces … Continue reading

Outrageous Orange French Toast

I served the Outrageous Orange French Toast in March 1999 when I first bought the inn, and over the past 11 years, the Outrageous French Toast remains a simple and comfort-food staple. INGREDIENTS 6 eggs 1 cup orange juice (preferably … Continue reading


Yes, it’s spelled correctly!  We’ve combined French Toast and Waffles and have a Fwaffle.  Couldn’t be easier or better! INGREDIENTS Bread slices (whatever you might have on hand–homemade for wonderful results though) 1/2 cup half and half 4 eggs well … Continue reading

Just good ol’ pancakes

Sometimes there’s nothing better than just pancakes.   Growing up, we would often have them for supper and that continued after I was married and cooking after a long day of work.   Comforting, delicious.  Warm syrup—only the real thing will do.  … Continue reading

Pecan Short Bread from the Brampton Inn

Classic shortbread cookie. This is a treat with a spot of tea. Makes 16 INGREDIENTS 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted (bake in 325 oven for 10 min. Be careful not to burn the nuts) 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus a … Continue reading

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are surely one of the most beloved comfort foods there are. In the past couple of years TV chefs and food magazines have featured recipes to bring the homely mashed potatoes to a new level. Adding large amounts … Continue reading

Grapefruit and Orange Cup

This time of year when the grapefruit and oranges are at their best we like to serve this refreshing breakfast fruit cup. It’s very easy to prepare and tastes like a burst of sunshine. This is best prepared the night … Continue reading

Silpat another favorit gadget from the Brampton Inn

The absolutely fabulous non-stick sheet pan liners for the serious cookie baker. Remember how we used to butter the cookie sheets before scooping out dough and baking the cookies in a 350 degree oven?? The cleaning up of the cookie … Continue reading

Coconut Macaroons

These gems are a staple in our cookie jar. Preheat oven to 325 degrees INGREDIENTS 1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 3 oz. cream cheese softened ¾ cup sugar 1 egg yolk 2 teasp. pure almond extract 2 teasp. … Continue reading

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing ala Vancouver, Canada

This recipe is from the OFFICIAL Cookbook of Expo 86.  You may not recall, but the World Expo was held in Vancouver, Canada in 1986, and my family attended while visiting family.  Our very young daughters at the time still … Continue reading