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The Best Christmas Cookies

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I love Christmas baking.  There is something about a steady stream of cookie trays going in and out of the oven that means the holidays, good friends and family,  and delicious once-a-year treats.  In addition, it means I can indulge … Continue reading

Eggnog Mini Cupcakes and the Real Thing!

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Recipes for Eggnog flavored mini cupcakes have been all over the internet the past week or so and, since “cocktail cupcakes” are a favorite at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, I decided to try my hand at creating my own … Continue reading

The Next Food Network Star Comes from Asheville?

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This past week I was honored to act as spokesperson for the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association promoting our Holiday Shopping Package on both the local Asheville ABC affiliate and Fox Carolina Morning in Charlotte.  The hook was that I … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes from Our Bed & Breakfast

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You have a house full of people for the holidays and, while you know for sure what you are making for Thanksgiving Dinner, what are you going to give them for breakfast?  It needs to be easy, it needs to … Continue reading

Have a Ghoulish Halloween Breakfast!

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It’s getting close to Halloween, one of our favorite holidays here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It brings out the child in us:  we love carving pumpkins and the  evening parade of costumed children (and their parents) is a … Continue reading

Try a Cooking Class in Asheville!

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If you’ve ever stayed at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, our Asheville, North Carolina inn, then you probably know James loves pizza.  As a transplanted New Yorker this might be the one thing he really misses from the Big Apple.  … Continue reading

Cooking with Herbs at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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Most mornings in the summer you will find me in our garden, scissors in one hand and basket in the other, selecting fresh dew-touched herbs to add to the dishes created in the kitchen at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  … Continue reading

Creating Hors D’oeurves at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast: #fridaynightbites

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  If you follow our Asheville Bed & Breakfast on Facebook or Twitter you may have noticed something new over the past few months.  Every Friday we try out an new canape or   hors d’oeuvre for our evening reception and … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts All Over Asheville

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Lately I have been exploring Brussels sprouts at restaurants around Asheville and in the kitchen of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  Like sweet potatoes two years ago, Brussels sprouts have exploded as the “it” ingredient, prepared and served in countless … Continue reading

Bourbon From Farmer to Chef!

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My Daddy was from the South and I grew up fishing maraschino cherries out of his evening bourbon with my fingers for a treat as child.  No doubt this has contributed to my love of its smoky-sweet flavor.  So when … Continue reading

Christmas Cookies: Love in a Basket

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I recently read an article in our local paper, the Citizen-Times, about an Asheville blogger. Ashley English writes the blog “Small Measure” and is also the author of the “Homemade Living” series of books.  She was asked why people should … Continue reading

Carolina Bed & Breakfast Mince Pies on Asheville Holiday Pinterest Board

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I just learned from the Asheville Chamber of Commerce that my recipe for Holiday Mince Pies is going to be featured on their Holiday Pinterest Board.  And this morning there was a professional food photographer in my kitchen  at the … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pudding with Sage: Autumn flavors for Breakfast

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January 1st may be the start of the new calendar year but for so long my life has revolved around schools that in my mind the year starts in September!  In the life of a Bed & Breakfast owner in … Continue reading

Berry Picking on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Is there anything better than a bowl full of fresh-picked berries still hot from the summer sun?  Berry picking is one of my favorite late summer activities which is why James and I headed over to the Blue Ridge Parkway … Continue reading

Oh My CSA Contest Winner: Summer Shrimp Soup

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When I started this contest, I thought it would be fun to see what people came up with  given the contents of a CSA box –sort of a locavore’s “Chopped”.  A cool and wet summer has messed with my hopes of … Continue reading

Your CSA Basket: Tips and tricks

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Firstly, you all know you can win a trip to the Carolina Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina by entering our “Oh My CSA!” recipe contest, right?  Well, if you didn’t know that before, you do now!  It’s easy: … Continue reading

The WNC Cheese Trail

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A little known fact:  before  James and I decided to become innkeepers we looked into producing and selling goat cheese as a business. So when a little more than a year ago a number of small local dairy farmers and … Continue reading

Oh My CSA! Win a Stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast!

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Summer is here and with it lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  One way to take advantage of all that is out there and try some new foods is to purchase a CSA share.  (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. … Continue reading

Oh CSA! What to do with your box (Recipes included!)

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I think I may have mentioned that we have a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share at local farm.  Once a week we go to the Montford Farmers Market behind the Asheville Visitor’s Center and pick up a box of fresh … Continue reading

Strawberries and Asparagus: Seasonal Recipes From the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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I love it when the first Spring produce starts to come into the markets and stores. Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we like to use fruits and vegetables in season and by the end of winter the cupboard … Continue reading

Adventures in Food: Chilean Cuisine in the Markets and at Home

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What, you may be asking, does an Asheville B&B have to do with Chilean cuisine? And the answer is this:  James and I, as your hosts at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, have a longstanding love of food and travel.  … Continue reading

Savory Bread Pudding: Brie, Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes

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(This post was written before we left for our trip.  Chris Sparking and Jaime King will be guest authoring the next two posts until we get back.) Meanwhile, between hikes that is, James and I use the slow period here … Continue reading

Tailgating Party and Carolina Pulled Pork

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This is a little bit off topic for the blog of a Bed & Breakfast in Asheville, NC but the experience was wonderful and the recipe too good not to share with you. And even though we probably won’t serve … Continue reading

Tami Noyes, Vegan Cookbook Author, comes to the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, and a recipe for Apple Dumplings!

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I still remember the first Bed & Breakfast I ever stayed in.  James and I had just arrived in London on a post-university backpacking trip around Europe.  Hoarding money was essential as we could only stay until our funds ran … Continue reading

Test Kitchen at our Asheville Bed and Breakfast

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While the season in Asheville NC runs pretty much straight through from March until just after the New Year’s Holiday, there is usually a brief lull at the end of August and the beginning of September.  It gives us a … Continue reading

Zucchini Tart: When the Summer Harvest REALLY Starts

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I have to let you in on a secret:  I may be the only person in the world who can’t grow zucchini.  Other people may be faced with an unwanted glut of the green monster but in my garden, while … Continue reading

Canapes from the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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SMOKED SALMON TARTAR ON SWEET POTATO CHIPS Well, it’s been a while but sometimes life steps in and mixes things up for a while but now we are back at our Asheville bed and breakfast and ready to share with … Continue reading

The 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Pie Contest in Asheville, NC

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That’s a lot of pie!  Last year my daughters and I decided it was time to jazz up the usual Thanksgiving array of pumpkin, pecan and apple pie.  The pies were lovely but we had been making the same ones … Continue reading

Apples and October in Asheville, North Carolina

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> The Kitchen Whiteboard  It’s October in Asheville.  The trees are brilliant with color, the skies are a clear, deep blue and the inns and hotels are fully booked.  Which means that James and I have not had time to … Continue reading

Fruitcake Redemeption at our Inn in Asheville North Carolina

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> While the post-World War Two era ushered in many time saving appliances and products and permanently altered life in the kitchen for most families, one of the side effects of this change was a loss in flavor and textures for … Continue reading

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes in Asheville, North Carolina

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>  It’s summer and it’s hot and while we all love chocolate sometimes it’s nice to have something a little more refreshing.  I had been looking for something bright and fresh for our guests to find in their (air-conditioned!) rooms … Continue reading

Making Plum Chutney in Asheville, NC!

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>  From 1990-1997,  James and I lived in a small town in England.  We rented a beautiful old house which, in the way of English country houses, was known by its name rather than a street number.  How it used … Continue reading

Perfecting Panna Cotta: The Recipe

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>As promised here is the recipe for Panna Cotta as we serve it here at the Carolina Bed and Breakfast. Orange Infused Panna Cotta with Bitter Orange Compote and Strawberry Coulis Serves 4-6 Panna Cotta Ingredients 1 cup heavy cream … Continue reading

Perfecting Panna Cotta

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To me (and I think I am not alone in this) the line between breakfast and dessert is a little blurry.  Why are sweet sticky pancakes and waffles considered breakfast foods while lovely fruit pies and puddings are not? The … Continue reading

Breakfast Every Which Way

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Here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, we think that breakfast is an important part of your stay.  We enjoy using fresh ingredients which we try to source locally and seasonally.  We also feel that everyone’s meal is important.  James … Continue reading

Saltine Toffee Bars

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> One of the things I love to do is bake.  And owning a bed and breakfast gives me an excuse to do plenty of it!  At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we always put some form of dessert item in … Continue reading

My Blog Gets a Name: The Kitchen Garden

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As I write this I am able to look out my window at the kitchen garden of the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  It is a typical March day here in Asheville:  after raining all night, the temperature plummeted around 11AM … Continue reading

Valentine Heart Cookies From Us to You!

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Valentine’s Day weekend is one of my favorite times at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  Winter is our down time, guests are few and the weather often keeps us inside.  Valentine’s Day is a welcome break:  the house fills up … Continue reading

Winter Activities in Asheville, NC and My Cookbook!

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> One of the many nice things about Asheville in the winter is the accessibility of many of the sites and activities. Pretty much everything is open but the crowds aren’t there, giving one a unique opportunity to really enjoy … Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Bars for Thanksgiving

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>It’s almost Thanksgiving. The leaves are just about gone, the squirrels have gathered every nut and berry they can find, and most mornings there is frost on the ground here in Asheville, NC.The Carolina Bed & Breakfast will be closed … Continue reading

The Harvest Continues: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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>As our first frost was threatening the other night, I found myself in the garden at dusk, picking tomatoes and peppers with wind-chilled fingers. It brought back pleasant memories of my childhood in Connecticut when my mother would send me … Continue reading

Grape Harvest in Asheville, NC!

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>One of the special memories of my childhood summers in North Carolina is of the Muscadine grapes which grow throughout North and South Carolina but are not much known in the rest of the country. These hardy grapes have a … Continue reading

>New Breakfast Dishes at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast

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> I have often thought that January is the Monday of the year. After the long holiday weekend of November and December, one has to get back into the swing of working while slogging through the winter weather. Well, yesterday … Continue reading

>Christmas Cookies

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>I love to bake. And when you love to bake, Christmas is an open-ended opportunity! Who doesn’t love a gift of Christmas cookies? At the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, we make sure our guests are well-fed and one way of … Continue reading