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Seared Scallops with Local Shiitake Mushrooms

Local Shiitake MushroomsThis weekend we were fortunate enough to get some freshly harvested shiitake mushrooms from Bob Wagner at Northwoods Shiitake Farm .  It was a surprise to get them because we are experiencing a very warm and dry summer and these tasty little mushrooms require a certain amount of moisture in order to bloom.  Like most farmers, Bob found an innovative way to help nature along by soaking his logs in river water to facilitate the bloom.  The result is beautiful firm mushrooms that are perfect for many types of preparations including the dish we created for this weekends featured entree.

Scallops & ShiitakesWe look forward to next summer when we anticipate the first harvest from our own shiitake farm that we installed with help and guidance from Bob earlier this summer.  It is a great lesson in patience when you realize that there is a 12 month wait for your first crop.  Fortunately, we are able to enjoy the bounty this year from Northwoods Farm.

Seared Scallops with Crispy Shiitake Mushrooms
Seared diver scallops, sweet local corn and fresh herb risotto, crispy shiitake mushrooms, tomato-saffron beurre fondue.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Thai Watermelon Salad

Thai Watermelon SaladOn a hot summer day there is nothing better than a cool refreshing salad to start a meal.  This Thai watermelon salad fits the bill perfectly and is a great starter or accompaniment to grilled meat.  The simplicity of this salad makes it a great summer dish because it is relatively quick to prepare and utilizes ingredients that may be growing in your garden.

Thai Watermelon Salad
Sweet watermelon, Thai herbs (cilantro, mint, basil), fresh lime juice, roasted peanuts, fish sauce.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

 

Summer Mixed Grill

Summer Mixed GrillOne of our favorite types of dishes to prepare in the summer months is the mixed grill.  It allows us to play with culinary themes and flavors and utilize several varieties of local meats at once.  Tonight, Chef Arthur has put together a particularly delicious one that harnesses some classic summer grill flavors.

Summer Mixed Grill
Pat & April’s Country Pork Ribs, chipotle rub, honey-chive glaze.
Fresh Rosemary Grilled Shrimp
Peach Barbecue Glazed Chicken Breast
Bavarian potato salad, North Country Grown vegetables.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Fresh From The Chef’s Garden

Smow Peas with fresh tarragon moussse and breakfast radishOur Chef’s Garden is really beginning to produce some wonderful vegetables.  This afternoon, my girls went out and picked a peck of snow peas.  They are tender, sweet and delicious; and they make a great amuse bouche.  I piped some fresh tarragon mousse on top and finished each one with some shaved breakfast radishes.  Simple. Elegant. Delicious.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Lemon-Blueberry Tart

Lemon-Blueberry TartThe bush blueberries are in high season and we have some deliciously sweet ones from Lazy River Farm.  One of my favorite flavor combinations is blueberries and lemon, so my daughter Savannah and I made these simple and wonderful tarts.

 

 

Lemon-Blueberry Tart
Lazy River Farm blueberries, tart lemon curd, flaky shortbread crust, lavender infused honey drizzle.

Bon Appetite! Chef Brian

The Chef’s Garden at 1844 House

Fresh garlic harvested from our Chef's Garden.Summer is moving along and we are beginning to harvest some delicious fruits of our labor.  The Walker girls (Savannah, Summer, and Ella) harvested our garlic today.  It is now hanging in the barn drying out.  Barry was busy working in the vineyard and harvesting these snow peas.  The tomatoes are just beginning to ripen; and we cant wait for them to be ready.  Vine ripening tomatoes from our Chef's GardenCome on in and taste the freshness in our Farm to Table cuisine.Fresh picked snow peas

See you soon.   Chef Brian

Summer Berry Tacos

Summer Berry TacosOur pastry cook Jessica Eakins created a delicious summer dessert that utilizes the fresh berries that we grow here in our gardens.

Summer Berry Tacos
Fresh crepes filled with cream cheese mousse, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and fresh mint.  Drizzled with a black raspberry coulis.

Come enjoy one in our bar or on the porch with a nice glass of Proseco or Rosé.

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian

Black Raspberry Tarts

Black Raspberry TartsLike many berry patches around the North Country, the black raspberries in the Chefs’ garden are ripening at an overwhelming rate.  We pick several quarts a day and flash freeze many of them so that we can utilize them in specialty cocktails, sorbets, ice creams, sangria, etc.  But we also love to eat them fresh in salads, desserts, cheese boards, and simply as a great snack.

Today my daughters went out and picked 4 quarts of berries.  We froze two and turned the other two into these amazing summer time desserts.  The only thing sweeter than these tarts, was sharing the process of making them with my daughters in my kitchen.

Black Raspberry Tarts
A sweet pastry crust filled with vanilla bean pastry cream, organic black raspberries and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.
Simple, elegant, delicious.

 

Bon Appetite!  Chef Brian