This little lady built this nest in less than a day. The quality of workmanship is outstanding. And, such a treat to watch her make it. After bringing materials, she wiggles out the perfect nest with her breast and then her feet. Turning a quarter each time. This is the second year she has built this nest outside the Bristol Suite window where guests will soon be able to see her beautiful blue eggs. And, then to watch them throughout their growth from ugly, featherless chicks to sweet baby red-breasted Robins taking that first flight. I assume it’s a she but don’t know for sure. Nature is simply amazing.
The spring feeling is in the air! That means it’s the perfect time to throw on those hiking boots and get out on the trails. Stop by Finger Lakes Visitors Connection for your free hiking and biking kit.
Finger Lakes Visitors Connection, 25 Gorham St, Canandaigua. 585-394-3915
Red Jacket Orchards is a “must stop” in the Finger Lakes Region. Located just 5 minutes from Seneca Lake, Red Jacket offers up some of the best fresh fruits and juices in the country. Enjoy a free tasting of juice and apples at the farm store. After a tasting, you will never look at apple juice the same again. Be sure to stock up on your favorites! 957 Routes 5 & 20, Geneva 315-781-2749.
Golf season is just around the corner. It’s time to brush off the clubs and head to one of the 9 golf courses located in Ontario County. For more information and special golf deals visit us online at www.VisitFingerLakes.com/golf
And they’re off to the races! April 18th is the first day of racing for the 2014 season. Between races check out the gaming floor with over 1,500 video gaming machines. Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Route 96, Farmington. 585-924-3232.
Watch the crazy rafts run down the stream in Shortsville / Manchester at the Wild Water Derby. Canoe and kayak slaloms, a raft parade, a flat water regatta on Canandaigua Lake, food and live music are all part of the fun. April 26-27. Located at Canandaigua Outlet / Red Jacket Central High School, 1506 Route 2, Shortsville.
Looking for a change of pace? Check out the newest offerings on tap in Ontario County. Now with a rising total of breweries, Ontario County has become a beer lovers paradise! Be sure to check out Twisted Rail Brewing and The VB Brewery. Twisted Rail Brewing, 20 Pleasant Street, Canandaigua 585-396-0683 / The VB Brewery, 6606 State Route 96,Victor 585-904-8166.
Come pet a an award winning alpaca at Lazy Acres Alapcas. Lazy Acres, recently competed at the National Alpaca Show winning three ribbons! The farm features tours, hands-on activities for kids and great shopping. Call today to setup a visit to the farm at 585-455-1203. 8830 Baker Rd, Bloomfield, 14469
Enjoy live music from local musicians at Arbor Hill Grapery’s Brew and Brats every Saturday night. While there, enjoy some local sausage from Hartmann’s and a local beer. Brew and Brats, 6461 Route 64, Naples. 585-374-2870.
Antique hunters, listen up! With over 40 Antique Shops you can start an immediate search for your next treasured heirloom. Pick up an area map and follow the antique trail to merge your passion into action. Ontario County, Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. 585-394-3915.
Cortland apples (work best because they don’t brown)
Granola (we use our homemade but any will do)
Spray a pan with Pam. Core the apple and leave a ring of skin around the top and bottom. Set the apple in the pan and fill the center with granola. Pour about a tablespoon of maple syrup and cranberry juice down the center. Fill the bottom of the pan with about 1/8 inch of cranberry juice.
Sprinkle the apple with cinnamon.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Remove from pan and pour a little of the juice over the apple, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Spray a muffin tin with Pam – This recipe allows you to make from one to twelve.
Cut ham slices in half and arrange in tin to cover bottom and sides. Use a few leafs of spinach to fill in any gaps. Sprinkle Feta – just a bit. Crack egg – don’t worry if it goes over the ham. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Add more feta. Dollop a few bits of pesto.
Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes based on whether you like your eggs slightly runny or fully cooked. Check on them at 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge and lift them out of the tin.
Serve one to two eggs per plate.
1 doz. large eggs
2 tbsp. water
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
4 ounces ham, prosciutto or Italian sausage
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and 1/2-inch cubed
1 cup Gruyere cheese
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper (black pepper is fine)
Preheat over to 400 degrees
Heat olive oil in large oven-safe pan (9 inch base) over medium heat. Add meat and potatoes, saute until meat is brown and potatoes are soft. Remove from heat and drain excess oil. Spread meat and potatoes evenly over pan. Sprinkle cheese evenly over meat and potatoes and let melt. Mix eggs with water, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture evenly into the pan.
Bake for 30 minutes checking periodically. Once the center is firm (could be less than 30 minutes), remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting. Cut into wedges, sprinkle with scallions and serve
Serves 6 – 8
Note: I have found that it is best to clean the pan after the meat and potatoes are finished so as to minimize sticking. Once the meat and potatoes are cooked, start with a clean pan and spray with Pam. Then start building the Frittata.
1 unbaked, deep-dish pie crust
1/4 – 1/2 crumbled feta
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
6 – 8 oz. frozen spinach
1 tsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
3-4 tbsp minced onion
1 tbsp Greek Seasoning
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 400F
Melt butter and oil in skillet. Saute onion and seasoning until onion is transluscent and a little brown. Squeeze water out of spinach and saute with onions for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella over pie crust. Add onion and spinach. Sprinkle with feta. Add remaining mozzarella.
Combine eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg and pour over pie crust slowly so that all liquid is absorbed. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top for added color.
Bake for one hour or until quiche is puffy and golden. Be sure that the center of the quiche is firm.
Allow 10 – 15 minutes to cool before cutting.
Serves 6 – 8
1 29 oz. can of sliced or halved pears
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. butter
Spray four shallow, oval ramekins with Pam. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Drain pears and reserve liquid.Slice pear into 1/4 inch slices.
In a blender, mix eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder. Put eggs in first.
Process to a smooth batter, scraping the sides as needed. Add butter and 3/4 cup pear liquid and process.
Pour batter into pan and top with pears and cinnamon sugar. Bake uncovered for 30 – 45 minutes, until brown and fluffy. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream.
11 oz. Bread Cubes (Challa or Cinnamon Bread Recommended)
12 tsp. cubed Cream Cheese
2 cups Blueberries (fresh – preferred or frozen) Apples and raisons work well.
16 oz. Milk (Can use half heavy whipped cream/half whole milk)
1 tsp. Vanilla
Dash of Cinnamon
¾ cup Maple Syrup
¼ cup Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray eight large ramekins with Pam. Layer bread cubes to line the bottom of the ramekins. Generously dot crème cheese throughout (1 – ½ tsp. per ramekin). Spread blueberries evenly among the ramekins.
Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour 4 oz. of egg mixture into each ramekin. Leave about ¼ inch from top of ramekin.
Cover. Refrigerate overnight.
Cook maple syrup and butter in microwave for 5 to 6 mins. on high. Stir once. Syrup should thicken slightly. Pour over prepared ramekin. Sprinkle with Rice Krispies.
Line cookie sheet with foil. Place ramekins on sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Run a flat knife around the side of the ramekins. Place a cloth napkin on top. Flip over and flip over again onto plate. Or, serve in ramekin (much easier).
Drizzle maple syrup/butter remains over stratta and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For those with dietary restrictions, egg whites can be used instead of whole eggs. Lowfat milk or Lactose-free milk can be used instead of whole milk. Gluten-free bread may also be used. The strata will not rise as high, but will taste delicious. Serves 8
Meet Tripod… my Mama deer. She’s mostly been around back in the woods but just a few weeks ago found her way into the gardens at the Inn. Every time I see her, I am moved to tears that she’s made it just that much longer. Today she got the apple cores and peels from our baked apples and the crust and heels from our French Toast. She consumed it all in a matter of minutes… and then she got more. What a great experience for our guests who don’t see deer in Rochester. I can’t promise she is around at every breakfast, but a lucky few have had the experience of watching her out the Dining Room window while enjoying our gourmet breakfast. She’s showing off.
The 1795 Acorn Inn, nestled in the Bristol Mountains of upstate New York’s Finger Lakes, received it’s 18th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award for 2014. It’s sure is sweet to have your hard work recognized. Guests do it most every day and this is always the icing on the cake.