Maine Blueberry and Almond Pancakes Recipe

“Mary Jo says the my pancakes are as good as her Grandma Dorothy’s, which is quite a compliment having tasted a few of her creations myself.  My pancakes get really crisp around the edges and are rather dense, just the way I like them.  The blueberries can be easily omitted and replaced with sliced bananas and walnuts or homemade granola. or just served plain.  However you prepare them, always serve them with pure maple syrup.” – Chef Michael Salmon, Hartstone Inn

Maine Blueberry and Almond Pancakes Recipe
by Chef Michael Salmon

1 3/4 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS BAKING POWDER
3/4 TEASPOON SALT
1/4 CUP ALMOND PASTE
2 LARGE EGGS, SEPARATED
2 CUPS WHOLE MILK
1/4 CUP UNSALTED BUTTER, MELTED
1/2 TEASPOON ALMOND EXTRACT
1/2 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
1 CUP BLUEBERRIES (PREFERABLY WILD MAINE BLUEBERRIES)
POWDERED SUGAR
SLICED ALMONDS, TOASTED

1.. Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) in a bowl.  In a mixer, beat together the almond paste and egg yolks.  Add milk and mix.  Stir in the dry ingredients.  Add melted butter and extracts and mix.  Fold in the blueberries.  

2.  Beat egg whites until stiff.  Fold egg whites into the batter gently, just until combined.

3.  Pour batter, 1/4 cup per pancake, onto a hot griddle.  Cook until browned on the first side, flip and  continue to cook the other side. 

4.  Place the pancakes on a serving plate and garnish by sprinkling with powdered sugar and toasted almonds.  Serve with pure Maine maple syrup.

 

Camden Classic Cup – July 27-29, 2017

The Camden Classics Cup is one of the world’s most beautiful regattas – sailed where the mountains meet the sea off the lovely harbortown of Camden, Maine.   The Camden Classics Cup gives sailors the time of their lives with terrific on-the-water racing, and stellar onshore partying. 

Presented by Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine in conjunction with the Camden Yacht Club and with support from the CYOA, the Camden Classics Cup is a celebration of both classic yacht racing and boatbuilding. Featuring 2-days of racing for sailboats and a panoramic backdrop for powerboats. Participants will have access to Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine’s facilities, and a weekend of events in the lovely town of Camden are also planned! 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

THURSDAY, JULY 27

4 -6:00pm // Registration at Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine – Brokerage Office

FRIDAY, JULY 28

8am // Coffee and breakfast sandwiches $8 – The Rhumb Line – Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine

9:00am //  Skippers’ Meeting – Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer

12pm // First Warning

5-7pm // Dock Party –  Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer Marine  

SATURDAY, JULY 29

8:00am // Coffee & breakfast sandwiches $8  – The Rhumb Line – Lyman- Morse at Wayfarer Marine

10:00am // Maine Maritime Museum Parade of Sail, Camden Harbor – The Fleet will parade around Camden’s Inner Harbor. Scott Layton is in charge of line up! Make sure you send in your Parade of Sail form to Marnie. Bring gear to dress ship! We will proceed to the start line from the parade. Click here to download form

12:00pm // First Warning

6:30-10pm //Camden Yacht Club is the venue! We’re talking pig roast, raw bars, mini Lobster and crab rolls, too! Yummy!!

Jason Spooner Band to perform!   Open Bar! To buy tickets – call 207-236-4378 $60pp 

8:15pm // Awards Presentation

8:45pm // Fireworks! Yes we will be firing off the Big Shells over Curtis Island

10:00pm // Last Dance!

Fly Over Midcoast Maine in a WWII Fighter Plane!

In just three weeks, two of country’s most legendary WWII fighter planes will travel to Maine for the Owls Head Transportation Museums “2017 Wings & Wheels Spectacular”This year, a few lucky thrill-seekers will be able to take the ride of a lifetime! 

Rides are available Saturday and Sunday, August 5th and 6th on the B-25 Mitchell and the B-17 Flying Fortress. This is the ultimate gift for the veteran, aviation enthusiast, or history-buff in your life. Tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis and will not last long, so order yours today!

 
B-25 Mitchell
“Axis Nightmare”
 
Visiting from the Tri-State Warbird Museum, the B-25 Mitchell is a twin-engined aircraft that is most famous as the bomber used in the 1942 Doolittle Raid during WWII. The B-25 has a combat range of 1,350 miles and top speed of 275 mph.
 
To purchase tickets, contact Val at 207.594.4418
Rides Available: 12  *  Cost: $450/pp
Rides sold through Owls Head Transportation Museum.
 

B-17G Flying Fortress
“Sentimental Journey”

First used for combat by the British Royal Air Force in 1941, this heavy bomber bristled with heavy armament and was legendary for returning home after brutal assaults. B-17Gs served in almost every theater of WWII and dropped over 640,000 tons of bombs. Part of the Commemorative Air Force Squadron, this is one of less than ten B-17Gs still flying in the world today.

Rides Available: 24  *  Cost: $425-$850/pp
Click here to purchase tickets online!
Rides sold through the Arizona Commemorative Air Force.

Maine Open Farm Day – Sunday, July 23

Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.

Farms around the state participate to commit to ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. Maine’s farming industry has given back to their communities by providing a forum for education and learning in a fun atmosphere. Many farms will have demonstrations, displays, farm-raised products for sale and animals and crops to experience. Activities include barn and field tours, milking, hay rides, petting zoos, nature trails, beautiful scenery, samples for tasting and refreshments.

A list of participating midcoast farms:

Appleton Creamery

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 780 Gurneytown Road, Appleton.

Appleton Creamery is a small-scale goat dairy, handcrafting award-winning fresh and aged goat cheeses daily. Meet the goats, sample some cheese, and view the cheese room. Learn about these entertaining and useful animals. The farm stand will be open with farm products for sale and the pizza oven will be going!

Brae Maple Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 233 North Union Road, Union

Walk through the MOFGA-certified market gardens and visit the donkeys. Wander through the Master Gardener Volunteer demonstration raised-bed vegetable gardens, lasagna garden, dyeing and drying garden, medicine wheel and heritage gardens. Demonstrations include woodturning, spinning, and building twig fences. Informational beekeeping display by the Knox-Lincoln Beekeeper Association. Special children’s activities include searching for hidden fairy houses and cutout photo boards. Herbal refreshments and recipes.

ME Water Buffalo Co.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 232 Old County Road, Appleton

Maine’s only water buffalo farm invites you to meet the herd of buffalo and learn about what they do. Pasture hayrides throughout the day to get up close to the water buffalo. Buffalo calves to cuddle, Nigerian dwarf goat babies to pet and chickens to feed! Water buffalo dairy products to sample. Farm products available for purchase at the farm store.

Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 174 Barrett Hill Road, Union

Talks and tours of the vineyard and blueberry fields. Belted Galloways on display.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 410 N Union Road, Union
Organic Medicinal Herb, Vegetable and Goat Farm We will be offering farm tours throughout the day of our gardens and fields. We will discuss the use of the medicinal plants and vegetables that we grow for our products. We’ll discuss some of the ways we manage the farm, like the use of our cashmere goats for land management and fiber.
 

Seacolors Yarnery at Meadowcroft Farm

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 45 Hopkins Road, Washington

Tour of yarnery and hands-on show and tell of superfine genetics. Border collie demonstrations. Big sale on old stock and odd-lot blankets.

Beau Chemin Preservation Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1749 Finntown Road, Waldoboro

MOFGA-certified organic you-pick raspberries are for sale, and possibly other small fruit. Heirloom and endangered breeds of livestock include soay, Leicester longwool and California Variegated Mutant sheep, part-Icelandic goats, a Suffolk Punch draft horse, and five breeds of ducks. Antique spinning wheels and other fiber-processing tools are on display and products for sale.

East Forty Farm and Dairy

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2361 Friendship Road, Waldoboro.

Learn how milk is transformed into cheese and sample a variety of styles of cow’s milk cheese. Meet the cow, horses, and chickens. Watch a demonstration of a sawmill.

Maine Alpaca Experience – Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 141 Crosby Brook Road, Unity

Learn about the joy of raising alpacas. Take a selfie with your favorite alpaca and enjoy shopping in the farm store filled with incredibly soft alpaca clothing, yarn and toys. Hike the Hill to Sea trail located on the property.

Royer Valley Farm

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 124 Valley Road, Brooks

A diversified livestock farm growing meat rabbit, poultry and hogs. Livestock is the foundation of the farm business, all grown with a high level of sustainability and natural farming practices. They plan to establish gardens, a farm store, honeybees, maple syrup, commercial kitchen, and petting zoo.

Coconut Mango Mojito Recipe

This delicious mojito, along with several other drinks can be enjoyed for just $5 during our Cocktail Hour!  It’s offered every night from 5-6:30pm and each cocktail comes with a complimentary hors d’ oeuvre. Enjoy them at home with this easy recipe.

Coconut Mango Mojito

6-8 fresh mint leaves
2 1/2 ounces of mint simple syrup 
1 ounce of coconut rum
1 1/2 ounces of club soda
1-2 ounces of mango puree
the juice of one lime

To make the mango puree, combine 1 peeled + chopped, ripe mango in a food processor (or high speed blender) with the juice of 1 lime, and process until smooth (or at least almost smooth).

In the bottom of a glass, add 1 ounce of simple syrup and the mint leaves.  Muddle with a muddler or use the clean bottom of something blunt, like a screwdriver!  Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, syrup, mango puree, lime juice and club soda over top.  Mix and serve with a with an additional sprig of mint. ( Recipe makes one mojito.)

Experience Lobster Fishing – Go on a “Morning Haul”!

Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters!  Join Camden Harbor Cruises  for this 1 hour interactive lobster fishing demonstration.  Help haul, bait & re-set their lobster traps. This once in a lifetime hands-on experience is sure to be a blast-don’t forget your camera and sense of adventure!  We’ll  happily add this outdoor activity to your reservation!

Looking for more fun?  We have it with an Eco Tour also offered by Camden Harbor Cruises!  This 1 1/2 hour tour we will travel across the bay to a remote seal habitat.  On our way we look for birds and marine life.  Past trips have seen wildlife such as sunfish, porpoise, grey seals, harbor seals, eagles, osprey, coots, terns, eider ducks and many many more.  In addition, you will haul a lobster trap to see whats lurking on the bottom of the ocean floor.   Book our Whatever Floats Your Boat Package and it will include this trip plus two night’s lodging, our five course dinner for two, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a lobster roll picnic to enjoy on-board!

 

Artist Beverly Shipko at the Michael Good Gallery

“You CAN have your cake and eat it, too!”  The newly revamped Michael Good Gallery in Rockport opened “You can have your cake and eat it, too!” last month.   Artist Beverly Shipko, whose paintings and prints fill much of the gallery will also hold an , Sunday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. The talk follows a grand re-opening reception Saturday, July 8, from noon to 5 p.m. The festive afternoon includes live jazz, complementary drinks, decadent desserts and treats inspired by Shipko’s work. 

Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Michael Good Gallery – NOW Located in Rockport

325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1

Telephone: 207-236-9623

OPEN Mon-Sat, 11-5

June – August, Presenting Beverly Shipko.

Artist talk July 9 from 10am – 12pm

Limoncello Cheesecake with a Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients
  • FOR THE CRUST
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

    FOR THE FILLING

  • 4 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup limoncello
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
  • ¼ cup sugar

    FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup homemade raspberry liqueur with the raspberries
OR
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • ½ cup raspberry liqueur (store bought)
  • ½ cup sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make the crust. Mix the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar together in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until thoroughly blended. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake in the oven until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
  3. Make the filling. Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Keep beating while you gradually add the sugar. Then add the egg yolks, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each one. Add the limoncello and sour cream and mix until they are combined well.
  4. Next beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form. Continue beating while gradually adding ¼ cup sugar in a slow stream, until stiff peaks form. Be careful not overbeat. With a spatula, gently fold ⅓ of the meringue into the cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice more with remaining meringue, mixing carefully and doing your best not to deflate the egg whites. Mix until you don’t see any large streaks of meringue. Pour the filling onto the crust, and place in the oven. Pour hot water into a pan and place in the oven beside or under the cheesecake.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until the top is almost set (it doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan), about 50-55 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop the oven door open about 2 inches, and allow the cake to cool completely in the oven, about 1 hour. Pop in the fridge and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight before serving.
  6. Make the topping. Add the raspberries and the raspberry liqueur (and the sugar depending on if you are using store bought liqueur or homemade) to a medium pot and bring to a low simmer. Simmer for about 7 or 8 mins until the raspberries have broken down a bit. Mash them up a bit with a fork. If you want you can strain the whole works or you can strain half. We like to just strain half.
  7. When you are ready to serve the cake, slide a knife between the cake and the pan to loosen it from the edges. Open the springform pan and slide the sides off. Place on your serving platter or cake stand and pour the raspberry sauce over the cake. Top with fresh raspberries and serve.

Mushroom Hunting Adventure Getaway Package

Available late July through early November, our guide will lead you through the woods for 2 hours, pointing out different mushrooms species (edible and poisonous) and instruct you on species identification.  Camden Hills State Park (located 3 minutes from the Inn) is a great place to find Porcini, Hen of the Woods, Chicken of the Woods and many, many other wild mushrooms!

Mushroom hunting is a sport — one in which the mushrooms may actually have a chance of “winning” if the person eating does a poor job of species identification. However, picking mushrooms and eating them is a safe occupation, provided one knows the toxic types, properly identifies the species and stays with the most common edible ones.

Literally thousands of species of mushrooms are regularly consumed by mushroom hunters. The king bolete (porcini) is a popular delicacy. Sulphur Shelf (Chicken of the Woods) is often gathered because it occurs in bulk, recurs year after year, and has a wide variety of culinary uses. Chanterelles and morels are among the most popular types of mushrooms to gather, the latter being fairly hard to misidentify by anyone with practice.

Identification is not the only element of mushroom hunting that takes practice — knowing where to search does as well. Most mushroom species require very specific conditions — some will only grow at the base of a certain type of tree, for example. Finding a desired species that is known to grow in a certain region can be a challenge and that is where our Mushroom Expert steps in.  For more information on mushroom hunting here.

Package also includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and dinner for two, featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu. 

“Play with Clay” Getaway Package

More getaway package fun!

Our new “Play with Clay” Getaway Package includes two night’s lodging, dinner for two featuring the Chef’s spectacular five-course tasting menu and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.   In addition, learn to work with clay at Belfast Clay Studio. Try your hand at a pottery wheel and also do hand building at the table. Leave with two items that are functional, microwave and dishwasher safe and very durable. They take care of the firing and also glaze them in the colors you choose! 

Let your creative juices flow in the relaxed atmosphere of their studio all the while playing in “the mud”!  This package is available year round and is for all ages!