Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Quiche

One of my great passions is books. I love browsing through bookstores, either real or online, to find out-of-print volumes or other interesting reading material. Since buying my bed and breakfast, the Whistling Swan Inn, my searches now include old cookbooks. Several weeks ago, while in Shop-Rite, a section of used books caught my eye...why old books were in a grocery store, I don't know, but nonetheless I picked up a 2006 volume of favorite recipes from the Great Country Inns of America.

To my surprise, my own inn was represented, but I digress. I was looking for a new recipe to serve my guests to use up some of the apples I'd picked at one of our local farms. My only other criteria was that it had to have a quick prep time. The following was adapted from an original recipe submitted by Hobbit Hollow Farm, located in Skanteateles, NY. It is a delightful blend of sweet and savory and sure to please even the most discriminating palates.

Ingredients:                                                 Yield: 6 servings

1 medium tart apple                            
2 tablespoons butter
1 unbaked 9 or 10-inch pie crust
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cup whipping cream

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Saute apple slices in butter for 5 minutes. Layer the apple in the pie crust, then sprinkle it with sugar, cinnamon and cheese. In a medium bowl, lightly whisk together eggs and cream. Pour over apple mixture. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.


Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main St.
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Remains of the Day - Fall Historical Graveyard Tour

Being a history buff takes many forms. Some like to tour the scenes of great battles while others prefer poring over ancient documents. I personally like to see the final resting places of the rich, famous, infamous and notorious. My hobby has taken me less than five miles from my bed and breakfast, the Whistling Swan Inn and as far away as Paris, France. At first I was hesitant to share my fascination with graveyards, but I've learned this is an interest that transcends age groups, demographics and socioeconomic status. The common denominator is a desire to learn about and understand the people who shaped our history as a country and as a society.

On Sunday, October 28th, from 5:00-6:00 pm, there will be a tour at St. Peter's Episcopal Church graveyard in Morristown, NJ. Explore the bones and decorative stones of historical figures such as Alfred Vail, the real inventor of the telegraph, members of the Ford family, whose mansion served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolution and George Macculloch, a wealthy exporter, who created the Morris Canal, which connected the Delaware and Hudson Rivers.
The monument of Alfred Vail,
whose family founded American
Telephone & Telegraph,
known today as AT&T.

Because space is limited, advance reservations are required. For reservations call: 973-631-5151, and mail your check ($12.00/person) to Morris County Tourism Bureau, 6 Court St., Morristown, NJ 07960.

This Halloween, take a walk on the wild side as you check out the resting places of those who have gone to the other side.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Stay at the Whistling Swan Inn and Tour the Valley Shepherd Creamery

In keeping with the "Better Way to Stay" campaign of our professional organization, PAII (Professional Association of Innkeepers International), I am continually searching for the finest, freshest ingredients for my room packages. Nothing against ShopRite, but I prefer to patronize local specialty shops. It helps local business, and the quality is far superior.

A mere 10 miles from the Whistling Swan Inn, is the Valley Shepherd Creamery, where I am now getting all my cheese for my wine and cheese basket. Nestled in the New Jersey countryside, Valley Shepherd is a working creamery where where you can watch as they milk the sheep and make farm-fresh dairy products. From April through November they are also open for weekend guided tours.

The Sheep Shoppe...a cheese lover's mecca
I could barely contain myself in The Sheep Shoppe. Not only can you taste a wide variety of comestibles, such as kalamata olive oil, balsamic vinegar and, of course, cheese, they also feature one-of-a-kind sheep and farm-themed gifts, furnishing, toys and artwork. Allison helped me select an eclectic sampling of cheeses and was extremely knowledgeable regarding their differences. Mmm...good.

Why not plan a fall getaway soon to the Whistling Swan Inn and plan to sample some of these delicacies yourself?

Valley Shepherd Creamery
50 Fairmount Rd.
Long Valley, NJ 07853
908-876-3200
Open Thursday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday 11 am to 5 pm
Weekend guided tours at 1 pm and 4 pm

Eating is one of my favorite activities...join me.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall at the Whistling Swan Inn

Mums courtesy of Lockwood Farms;
design by Ros and Alice
I've always had an affinity for the changing seasons. Autumn has always meant "back to school", but now at the Whistling Swan Inn, my bed and breakfast inn in Stanhope, NJ, fall means sprucing up the inn for the leaf peepers who will be coming to see the splendor of the foliage.

Now's the time to plan a fall getaway. There's plenty to do in the Skylands at this time of year, and an abundance of farms where you can pick your own apples and pumpkins. I've already made an excursion to Alstede Farms in Chester, and I must say my apple/cranberry French toast tastes even more delicious when the apples have been on the trees only a day before.

There are still a lot of farms left in this rural corner of New Jersey, and they all invite visitors to "pick their own"...I've included some of those closest to the inn.

Tranquility Farms
Rte 517
Allamuchy, NJ

Windy Brow Orchards
350 Ridge Rd.
Newton

Donaldson Farms
345 Allen Rd.
Mansfield Twp (Hackettstown), NJ

Oktoberfest is in full swing at the Black Forest Inn, one of New Jersey's last surviving German restaurants. Located a mere five-minute drive from the Inn, Tom and I go there often, and we've never been disappointed.

Come experience fall in the New Jersey Skylands.

Ros

Ros Bruno
Innkeeper
The Whistling Swan Inn
110 Main Street
Stanhope, NJ 07874
973-347-6369
www.whistlingswaninn.com
Check availability