Chef Michael’s Apple Pie Spice Mix

Apple Pie Spice MixIt’s apple season and that means homemade apple pie!  This year, toss your sliced apples with Chef Michael’s Apple Pie Spice Mix.  It’s the perfect blend to compliment fresh apples!  Looking to bake something new with apples?  Try Chef Michael’s recipe for Apple Tarts

Apple Pie Spice Mix

3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1. Mix all of the spices together and keep in a tightly covered jar in a dark place. 

Taste of Thomaston 2014

Taste of Thomaston

Saturday • October 11, 2014 • 11:00am – 2:00pm

Knox Museum’s popular food and wine tasting festival celebrating everything local, featuring signature bites and sips from Mid-Coast Maine’s finest chefs, vintners & brewers, cheese artisans, bakers, and more, returns with some much-appreciated help from FMC and Allen Insurance & Financial, for a second year.  The tasting event takes place rain or shine in two big heated tents on the grounds of Montpelier, the big white house just off Route 1 at the turn to Saint George in Thomaston.

Heading up the list of local chefs contributing some of their signature dishes to the popular tasting event are Chef Melissa Kelly of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, 2013’s James Beard Best Chef in the Northeast; Chef Kerry Altiero of Café Miranda in Rockland, voted Maine’s Best Farm to Table Restaurant in 2013; Thomaston’s own Chef Scott Yakavenko of The Slipway, whose bouillabaisse has earned rave reviews from none other than the Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse; and award winning classically French trained Chef Manuel Mercier of The Youngtown Inn in Lincolnville.

Molly Sholes of Spruce Mountain Blueberries, Elaine Waldron of Hootin Gluten Free Bakery, Nancy and Pat O’Brien of Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars, Sean and Tracey Beaudry from The Highlands Coffee House, Ryan Jones from Thomaston Café and Bakery, among many others, will all be on hand to share their creations.

Additional local specialty products will be available for tasting from the likes of Terra Optima Farm Market, State of Maine Cheese Company, 3 Dogs Café & Sweet Sensations, and Maine Street Meats. And the entire Thomaston Farmers Market will relocate to Montpelier’s grounds for the festival.

Entertainment to date includes live jazz by Bel Isle Trio, and horse and buggy rides around the grounds by Crystal Daggett and her prize horse, Romeo. New this year will be jewelry and art on display in booths outside the tent.

Tickets are available for sale online at www.knoxmuseum.org or by calling 354-8062.

For more information contact the museum at the phone number above or email info@knoxmuseum.org.

Pumpkin Spice Relaxation Massage

Relax, unwind and savor the aromas of autumn with our Pumpkin Spice Therapeutic Massage.  This full body massage treatment includes gentle, gliding strokes with light to medium pressure, and pure essential oils for ultimate relaxation.  Feel the tension melt away as you enjoy the sound of soft music and take in the wafting scent of lit pumpkin spice candles.  Available through November 30, 2014. $85 (60 minutes), $125 (90 minutes) $170 (couples)

Pumpkin Spice Massage

Pumkin Spice Massage

Endless Summer Flower Farm – Dahlia Gardens

Endless Summer Flower Farm, located just two and a half miles from downtown Camden is a favorite destination of both Hartstone Inn guests and locals alike.  Featuring spectacular dahlia gardens, the over 180 varieties are a breathtaking sea of colors.  Do you garden?  They have over 2500 plants that are all labeled and available to purchase!  Do you enjoy photography?  Bring your camera as there are so many beautiful flowers and lush gardens to capture!  Want to take a bouquet or just a few stems home to adorn your kitchen table?  They have small and large ready-made bouquets and a wide selection of precut stems.   In addition, they cut flowers for both and weddings and special occasions, and their blooms are available locally to florists and caterers. 

We guarantee, these are not your average gardens and definitely worth a visit!  For directions and more information, click here

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Thanksgiving Dinner Getaway Package

Hartstone Inn ThanksgivingBelieve it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Leave the cooking and dish washing behind and spend Thanksgiving with us at the Hartstone Inn.  Choose one of our 22 well appointed guest rooms and make it a special holiday getaway sure to be remembered for years to come.

Our Thanksgiving Dinner Package includes two nights lodging, sumptuous breakfasts each morning and a five-course, gourmet Thanksgiving dinner for two. Upon arrival, find champagne and homemade chocolates in your room, including pumpkin truffles.   

View our Thanksgiving Dinner Package Rates here.  Click here to check room availability.

We have two seating times for our holiday dinner, 2:00 pm or 5:30 pm.  The menu is as follows:

  • Maine Lobster and Portabella Mushroom Tartlet with a Parmesan Gratin
  • Butternut Squash Soup with a Honey-Nutmeg Cream
  • Cranberry-Lemon Sorbet
  • Herb-Roasted Turkey with a Sausage-Apple Stuffing and Shallot-Smashed Potatoes with a Sage Gravy
  • Pumpkin Soufflé with a Spiced Crème Anglaise

Camden International Film Festival 2014

September 25-28, 2014

Camden International Film Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the CIFF website:

“Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the Camden International Film Festival becomes a uniquely intimate setting to experience the very best in international documentary film. Recognized as one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world, one of the 12 best “small town” film festivals in the US and New England most respected documentary event, CIFF highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. We like films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire, inform and entertain.”

View the list of 2014 films here.

Sound like fun?  Purchase a festival pass here.

Hartstone Granola

Tired of the same old, same old for breakfast?  Try something healthy and new with Chef Michael’s Hartstone Granola recipe.  It’s great by itself, just add milk.  Or, serve it with yogurt and fresh fruit.  Here at the Hartstone Inn, we serve it layered in our Lemon Mousse Trifle with a Banana Bread and a Berry Sauce.  Another idea – bag it up or put in glass Mason jars as a homemade gift!

Hartstone Granola Hartstone Granola
by Chef Michael Salmon

6 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups wheat germ
1 cup wheat bran
1 cup oat bran
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup walnut pieces
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups shredded coconut
3/4 cup sesame seeds
1 cup dried powdered milk
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread the oats out on two baking sheets with sides and toast for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix together the remaining grains, nuts, brown sugar, coconut, sesame seeds and dry milk in a large bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the honey, maple syrup, oil and vanilla extract.
  5. When the oats are toasted, add them to the large bowl with the grains along with the honey mixture and mix well. Spread the mixture out on the two baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  
  6. Remove from the oven and mix in the cranberries and raisins. 
  7. Cool and store in an airtight container, for up to 1 month.

2014 Common Ground Country Fair

Date:  September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 
Time: Gates open at 9am 
Location: Unity, Maine

Since 1977, this celebration of rural living offers something for everyone, in a traditionally festive atmosphere. Features farmers and their livestock, Maine-grown organic foods, music and entertainment, learn basic gardening skills and see vendors of Maine-made crafts, folk arts, food, plants, agricultural tools and environmentally friendly living items and much more.

Common Ground Country Fair

2014 Camden Windjammer Festival

Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st
FIREWORKS AT 9PM ON FRIDAY!!

wimdjammer festivalCelebrate Camden’s maritime heritage and living traditions at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival. From the great age of sail when coasting schooners were launched in the harbor, through the birth of the windjammer business in the 1930s, to today’s windjammer fleet and elegant yachts, sailing ships have always defined our lovely, vibrant community.

On Friday, watch the magnificent schooners as they maneuver into the harbor, bid on dinners aboard one of the fleet, and then watch a talent show by schooner crews in Harbor Park followed by fireworks over the harbor. The fun continues all weekend with a lobster crate race, a Build-A-Boat contest, displays of maritime activities and history, Chowder Challenge, Sea Dog Show, pirates, tours of the windjammers and fun for all.

View the full schedule here.

Camden Windjammer Festival 2014

Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream

It is the perfect time of year for chilled soup and Chef Michael’s Summer Gazpacho is sure to please on a hot day!  Have a garden?  Gazpacho is a great way to utilize your crop of cucumbers and tomatoes!

Chilled Summer Gazpacho with an Herbed Sour Cream
by Chef Michael Salmon

Serves 8

GazpachoHartstone Inn Gazpacho

2 medium-sized beefsteak tomatoes
1 small Vidalia onion
1/2 English cucumber (also known as seedless cucumbers)
1/2 red bell pepper
2 scallions
32 ounce tomato juice
8 ounce V8 juice
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
salt to taste

  1. Core the tomatoes, cut them in half across the equator to expose the seeds and gently squeeze out the seeds. Dice the tomatoes, onion, cucumber and bell pepper into 1/2-inch cubes. Slice the scallions. Combine all the ingredients, mix and refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours. May be made up to 2 days in advance.  

Herbed Sour Cream

1/2 cup sour cream
4 sprigs fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 scallion, green part only, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon of Caribbean dry spice mix (recipe, page 155)
salt to taste

  1. Mix all together.

Presentation

8 red cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 medium-sized golden tomatoes, cut into 8 wedges
8 sprigs of cilantro

  1. Ladle the soup into the desired serving bowls and decorate with a scoop of the herbed sour cream, 2 cherry tomato halves and 2 golden tomato wedges. Top with a sprig of cilantro and serve.
 
 

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