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Friday, December 7, 2012
Is Louisville the next Portland?
Take a look at where I live, own and operate my bed and breakfast in Old Louisville, Kentucky.
According to an article sent to me by Robert Wessels owner and innkeeper at Central Park Bed and Breakfast in Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky was named the top U.S. destination for 2013, following travel publisher Lonely Planet's discussions among its group of U.S. editors and authors. Robert Reid from Lonely Planet remarked, "While they tend to debate entries into each year's Top 10 list, everyone agreed on Louisville."
Reid goes on to say "While many horse lovers descend upon this Southern town the first Saturday in May to witness the Kentucky Derby, also known as the "greatest two minutes in sports, there's more to Louisville than one horse race."
"With its hip bourbon scene (including micro-distilleries), fine dining and emerging East Market District, also known as NuLu, Louisville may just be the new Portland, Oregon." Reid said. "Consider exploring the city via the Urban Bourbon Trail for a powerful introduction to Kentucky's famous spirit."
The rest of Lonely Planet's Top 10 destinations: Fairbanks, Alaska (2); San Juan Islands, Washington (3), Philadelphia (4); American Samoa (5); E astern Sierra, California (6); northern Maine (7); Twin Cities, Minnesota (8); Verde Valley, Arizona (9); and Glacier National Park, Montana (10)
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This beautiful, coffee-table cookbook, sponsered by the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, features a collection of recipes from the Premier Bed and Breakfasts located in the cities, towns, and villages of Kentucky.
The Aleksander House is featured in the cookbook with several wonderful breakfast recipes, which are served at the Inn on a regular basis.
The new cookbook is filled with delicious gourmet recipes and beautiful photographs of prepared dishes, featured Inns, and extraordinary landscapes of Kentucky. It may be purchased at the Aleksander House.
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A charming, 1882, european-style, Victorian bed and breakfast in historic "Old Louisville" Kentucky, completely restored and catering to business and leisure travelers
Breakfast at the Aleksander House
Pears poached in White Zinfindel
From time to time we'll add a new recipe. They are either Aleksander House recipes, recipes from the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky new cookbook (which I edited and to which I contributed writing and styling ideas) or favorite recipes from friends and family.
Baked Sweet Potato Shoestrings
recipe by Karina'Kitchen
Sweet Potato Shoestrings
We bake our shoestring potatoes instead of deep-frying them because after a certain age your tummy starts to protest too much fat. But don't worry. These fries are still crispy and delicious (compliments of Karina's Kitchen).
Ingredients 1 sweet potato per person Light olive oil or organic canola oil, as needed ground cumin, thyme, black pepper, red pepper, cinnamon* For serving:Sea saltChampagne or rice vinegar
Instructions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into long thin shoestrings. Toss them into a bowl and drizzle with light olive oil; stirring lightly to coat.Generously season them.
My seasoning mix is equal shakes of: cumin, thyme and black pepper; and a little bit of hot red pepper and cinnamon.
Throw them on a baking sheet. Spread evenly- in one layer, if possible.Bake in the upper portion of your oven for about 20 to 30 minutes- until they are tender and sizzling and crispy around the edges.
Season with sea salt immediately. (Adding salt after they roast keeps them crisper.) Serve with a sprinkle of champagne vinegar (at the table) or scarf them down plain.
Delicious Gluten-Free Muffins
1 C. Authentic Foods Pancake & Baking Mix* 1/2 C sugar 1 TBL sugar 1/8 tsp Xanthan gum (optional) 1/8 tsp allspice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 TBL corn or canola oil 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1 egg or 2 egg whites 1/4 C cream 2 TBL water 1/2 C. raisins and/or nuts paper muffin cups
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. place paper muffin cups into muffin tin, spray with baking oil, & set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together first 7 ingredients. In a small bowl, beat together remaining wet ingredients. Add to dry ingredients, and stil until smooth. Add raisins and/or nuts. Divide batter into 6 muffin cups andBake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Muffins should be golden.Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in centercomes out clean.
* may substitute any reputable gluten-free baking mix
Ingredients 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1 TBL olive oil 1TBL butter 1 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded) 1/2 cup Mexican cheeses (shredded) 1 cup Swiss cheese (shredded 1 cup chiffonade of fresh spinach 1 tsp basil (dried or fresh, minced) 1/2 tsp dill (dried or fresh, minced) 1/4 tsp Cayene pepper 1/2 tsp garlic salt fresh cracked pepper (to taste) 1 pie crust 5 eggs 1 cup half & half 1/2 cup sour creme grated parmesean (to taste)
Instructions(Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees)
Saute mushrooms in olive oil and butter until browned and slightly crisp. Set aside.
Line a quiche pan with pie crust. Crimp around edges. Combine cheeses, spinach, and seasonings and press into pie shell. Distribute sauteed mushrooms across top of cheese mixture.
Process eggs, half & half, and sour creme together in blender, until smooth. Pour over cheese mixture. Fill to top. Sprinkle with cracked pepper and grated parmesean. Bake 45-50 minutes at 400 degrees. Top should be lightly browned.
Timothy's White Chili
Yield: 6 servings
2-3 8 oz. cans Great Northern Beans 2 LB chicken breasts 1 ½ tsp. oregano 1TBL Olive oil ¼tsp grnd cloves 2 med Onions, chopped ¼ tsp Cayenne 4 Garlic cloves, minced 6 C. Chicken stock or broth 8 oz. Chopped mild green chilies 2tsp. Grnd cumin 3 C. Monterey Jack; grated 1/2 C. Sherry
Saute chicken in heavy large saucepan. until just tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, remove skin, & cut into cubes. Heat oil in same pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 10 minutes. Stir in garlic, then chilies, cumin, oregano, cloves, and cayenne pepper and saute 2 minutes. Add beans and stock and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 1/2 hour. Add chicken and 1 cup cheese to chili and stir until cheese melts. Continue to simmer for another 1/2 hour. Add sherry 5 minutes before finished cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls. Serve with remaining cheese, sour cream, salsa and cilantro. (recipe edited by Aleksander House)
German Baked Apple Pancake (serves 2)
Glazed Apples 2 TBL butter 3 med-lg Grannie Smith apples, cored & sliced 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar Confectioners' sugar Maple syrup (optional)
Batter 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 3/4 cup whole milk 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract pinch of salt 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Saute apples in 2 tablespoons butter for 5 minutes. Add cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Continue sauteing until just soft. Keep warm. Mix eggs, milk, flour, vanilla and salt is an electric blender.Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter is a large heavy frying pan (preferably iron). Heat for a minute or two on a burner on the stove top. Pour batter into hot pan and place in hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and slide pancake on to a plate. Pour sauteed apple over the pancake evenly and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with maple syrup.
Gateau of Crepes
Ingredients: FOR THE BECHAMEL 1/2 medium onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, plus more for sheet 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole milk 1 1/4 cups grated Gruyere cheese (4 ounces) Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
FOR THE ASSEMBLY 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon) 5 ounces baby spinach (about 6 cups) Pinch of crushed red-pepper flakes Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lemon, for squeezing 12 small Basic Crepes
Directions: Make the Bechamel: Place onion and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook until onion is translucent and softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk in a slow, steady stream. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup Gruyere, and stir until cheese melts. Remove from heat, add nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper.
Assemble: Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add spinach, and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add red-pepper flakes, and season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Let cool slightly. Squeeze out any excess liquid, and coarsely chop.
Finish Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Reserve 2 tablespoons bechamel. Mix remaining bechamel and spinach in a medium bowl. Butter a rimmed baking sheet. Place 1 crepe on center of sheet, and top with 3 tablespoons spinach mixture. Repeat with remaining crepes and spinach mixture, ending with a crepe. Spread reserved bechamel on top, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until cheese melts and turns golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer gateau de crepes to a platter. Cut into wedges, and serve warm.