Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Recipe: Apple Pear Blackberry Crostada

Pastry Ingredients:
1 1/2 C flour
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick very cold unsalted butter, diced
4-5 tbsp ice water

For the filling:
5 large Granny Smith apples
3 ripe pears
1/4 tsp orange zest
1/2 C flour
1/4 C sugar
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of nutmeg
4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, diced
1 C fresh blackberries, dusted with flour.

Directions:
Add flour, sugar & salt in bowl of food processor. Pulse a few times. Add butter. Pulse until mixture combines & is the size of peas. With processor running, add ice water & pulse just to mix.Turn onto a well-floured board and form into a disk. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour. Using rolling pin, roll dough into a 12 inch circle. Place on lightly floured baking sheet or pizza stone. Peel, core, and cut the apples and pears into rough chunks. Add the orange zest & toss. Spread apples & pears over pasty. Place blackberries on top. Leave about 2 inch border. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and spices. Place in food processor,add butter; pulse until crumbly. Use your fingers to pinch mixture together until it starts holding together. Sprinkle over the fruit. Fold dough border up over fruit and pinch to form enclosed circle. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender. Allow to cool. Great with vanilla bean ice cream or a wedge of sharp cheddar!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

#2 of 14 Best Destinations for Fall 2009 - MSN Travel

We believe it! With the sparsely populated mountain and coastal regions of Maine, it is hard not to take in the beauty of your surroundings. With great coastal towns, offering the finest in dining, antiqueing and so much more, a trip up the coast this fall season is sure to be a perfect quiet getaway, and a chance to get back to nature! MSN Travel also heralds the 23% decrease in airfares to get you there, and be sure to check for our specials for room rates, making this a great season to save on your vacation as well!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fall Colors have arrived in Maine!

Just after Labor Day, as the weather turns cool and the winds begin to blow, the leaves begin changing colors and the magic of fall begins in New England. Peak fall colors are usually the mid to latter weeks of October, so plan your trip now for a weekend getaway, and drive up the Maine coast to the picturesque harbor town of Camden. For details on the best time to visit midcoast Maine, visit http://www.mainefoliage.com/ for maps and more! Give us a call too and we'd be happy to help you plan the most picturesque routes for your travels!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Great Tip on how to Clean Green!

This is a great way to freshen up your carpets and to do so with natural ingredients so your pets and family's use of the space is not restricted for an extended period of time! You can also be rest assured that this method will not damage your carpets or limit their life of use.
Combine 2 cups of baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil in a clean shaker container. Lemon oil is a great option because of its freshness qualities! Simply shake the container well, then sprinkle lightly over your carpet. Allow to sit for 30 minutes before vacuuming. Enjoy the fresh aroma in all the carpeted areas of your home!