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Here’s a Spanish favorite from our Catalonia Foodie Adventures that will be

perfect for your summer parties.

Banderillas

 

For us, the first stop is the market for olives, sausage, ham and vegetables to grill. During cocktail hour we roast the vegetables over an open fire, chop them and create a buffet of tasty ingredients. Foodies spear a combination of their favorite ingredients for their banderillas to enjoy with a glass of sangria.

Banderillas

 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Banderillas, they are very popular in Tapas Bars, especially in the North of Spain.  They are called Banderillas because of the resemblance to the large sharp darts, of the same name, used in bullfights.  Various ingredients are cut into small pieces and threaded onto toothpicks.  Pairing the correct ingredients together is important to achieve the correct blend of flavors.  The idea is to get all of the ingredients off from the toothpick and into your mouth at the same time, so that the flavors merge together.

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Various items that may be used:

Shrimp, cooked Chorizo, Pickled Cucumber, Spanish Olives, Roasted Peppers, Serrano Ham (use Italian prosciutto if you can’t find Serrano Ham), Tuna, Figs, Artichoke Hearts, Anchovy wrapped Capers, Cooked Mussels, Pickled Herring, Pearl Onions, Mushrooms, chunks of Potatoes, wedges of hard-boiled Eggs, Asparagus Tips, Boiled Ham, etc… 

 

A Banderilla Dressing can be made by blending together: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup finely minced parsley, 1/4 cup finely minced dill pickle or cornichon (not sweet) and 4 large cloves of garlic, minced in a food processor until smooth. 

 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

Cooking Classes at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine 

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Fun For Foodies in Catalonia, Spain.

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I am writing this post from Catalonia, Spain where we are winding down an amazing first week in our newest destination.  The weather has been 7 glorious days of sunny mid- 60’s to low 70’s.  After a long Maine winter it’s wonderful to see lush green fields in the valleys of the Pyrenees and to choose from an overwhelming assortment of fruits and vegetables that are oozing with flavor.

 

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Chef Michael Salmon and I have been taking a foodie travel break from our home at the Hartstone Inn, Camden Maine and hosting Foodie Adventure tours in Tuscany and the Loire Valley for several years. We look forward to the trips as a chance to cook and play in a new environment, to soak in the inspiration for new ideas from the markets, the local producers and the scenic villages along the way.

We start this tour in Barcelona. First stop The Boqueria Market,

If you’re looking for anything related to food, this is the place to be! 

I love the colors, the aroma’s, the passion the vendors feel for their products

and the excitement on the visitors faces.

Take time to enjoy a fresh fruit drink and some tapas at Pinotoxo. 

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The chocolate vendors are close to the exit – a perfect last stop on the way to your next adventure.

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Stay tuned for updates as the tour continues and to see the creations coming from the evening cooking classes. 

Additional information and tour availability for our Foodie Adventures www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

email questions: camden.hartstone@gmail.com or follow our adventures on Facebook.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Camden Mother's Day Brunch

Treat Mom to a mouthwatering, three course Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11th at 11am. 

Starter:

  • Earl Grey Pound Cake with a Lemon Mousse and Fresh Fruit

Choice of Entree:

  • Asparagus and Morel Quiche with Gruyere and Maine Lobster.  Herb Roasted New Potatoes
  • Crème Brûlée French Toast with a Raspberry-Star Anise Sauce and Cumin Spiced Bacon
  • Italian Eggs Benedict – Poached eggs, prosciutto and tomato on Italian toast with a pesto hollandaise.
    Spring Greens with a Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette

Choice of Dessert:

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Galette with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake with an Espresso Crème Anglaise

$23.95 per person
Call 207-236-4259 to reserve your table.

Maple Manhattan

Maple ManhattanSpringtime in Maine means warmer days, tulips –  and maple syrup!  This cocktail has just a hint of maple sweetness and is a perfect addition to our specialty cocktail list.  Follow the recipe below and enjoy one at home!

Ingredients:

2 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2 dashes of bitters
cherries

Add the bourbon, vermouth, maple syrup and bitters into a cocktail shaker. Shake and pour over ice. Add skewered cherries and drink. 

Midweek Spring Special

Hartstone InnStay one night, Sunday through Thursday in the room/suite of your choice and receive a $50 dinner credit to be used in our dining room!  Stay two nights, receive a $100 credit!  This discount can be applied to either our five course menu or off a la carte menu items.  View our current dinner menus here.

Springtime is beautiful in Camden.  Take advantage of this special offer and book your stay today!

 *Valid on new reservations through May 14, 2014

 

 

 

 

Easter Brunch at the Hartstone Inn

 Join us on Sunday, April 20th in our sun filled dining room for a mouthwatering, three course Easter brunch . 

Hartstone Inn Easter Brunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Course:

  • Honey Almond Crumb Cake with Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches and Chantilly Cream

Choice of:

  • Maine Crabcake Eggs Benedict on a Croissant with an Arugula Salad.  Lemon Parmesan Dressing.
  • Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Frittata with Rosemary Grilled Potatoes
  • Cast Iron Baked Blueberry-Raspberry Pancakes with Whipped Cream and Powdered Sugar.  Seared Ham.

Dessert:

  • Chocolate Ganache Tart with Salted Caramel
  • White Chocolate Mousse Cake with a Strawberry Coulis

11am seating
$23.95 per person
Reservations at 236-4259

Now Serving Maine Made Gin and Vodka

We have some new additions at the bar! Maine Distilleries Cold River vodka & gin, Twenty 2 Vodka and Back River Gin – all made right here in Maine!  Everything tastes better when it is Maine made!

Hartstone Inn Maine Alcohol

$168 Overnight Getaway with Dinner – 30 Days Left!

Hartstone Inn
Only 30 days remain on this HOT DEAL! 

Enjoy a discount on a mid-week winter getaway!  Our $168 Winter Getaway Special includes one night of lodging, our five course Chef’s Tasting dinner menu and a sumptuous full breakfast in the morning.  Stay in our best available suite and also enjoy complimentary chocolates and bubbly on arrival.  Stay a second night for just $95!

**Valid Sunday through Thursday only.  Offer expires April 6th, 2014.  Rates based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Chopped Basil

by Chef Michael Salmon of the Hartstone Inn
serves 8

6 plum tomatoes Tomato Soup by Chef Michael Salmon
2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes with added puree
6 cups chicken broth
kosher salt, white and black pepper

 2 teaspoons chopped basil
1/4 cup crisp nutmeg croutons

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush the
paper with 1 teaspoon of the olive oil.
2. Cut the plum tomatoes in half lengthwise and place them cut side up on the baking sheet.
Drizzle the tomatoes with the remainder of the 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle the
tomatoes with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the preheated oven for 2
hours.
3. Melt the butter in a large (4-quart) saucepan. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Stir in the carrots, celery, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes and
thyme. Cook for 3 more minutes. Add canned tomatoes, roasted tomatoes and chicken
stock. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes.
4. Remove from the heat and discard the bay leaf. Blend the soup with either a handheld
immersion blender or in a regular household blender until smooth. Season with salt and
white pepper.
5.To serve, sprinkle the soup with the chopped basil and croutons and serve immediately.

Cooking Classes at Cellardoor Winery

At the Hartstone Inn we consider the pairing of fine food and the wine that compliments it, a way of life!  A popular activity recommendation for our guests is touring and tasting at the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville.  Not only is it worth a visit to sample the wine and see the beautiful vineyard, but they offer cooking classes too!  We feel fortunate to share this beautiful mid coast region of Maine with so many talented food and wine artists.  If the dates or topics on our cooking class schedule don’t work for you or, why not stay with us, join us for an elegant dinner in our restaurant and enjoy a cooking class at Cellardoor Winery, located just down the road!

Cellardoor WInery Cupcake ClassCupcake Cooking Class

Calling all of lovers of cupcakes and owners of sweet tooths. Along with our friends at East End Cupcakes in Portland, we’re hosting a very special sweet treat of a cooking class just in time for Mother’s Day. Join us as we get our hands dirty (floury?) in the kitchen as East End’s queens of confections take us through the A to Z of baking cupcakes. You’ll get to relax, sip on wine, and, of course, dig into some seriously decadent treats.

When: Saturday May 17, 11AM – 1PM
Where: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville
How Much: $55 per person | Advanced reservations required

Lobster Lover’s Cooking ClassCellardoor Winery Lobster Class

This is certainly a twist on your traditional lobster cooking class! Join Chef Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market as she takes you through this crustacean-inspired class, from cooking and cracking lobster to preparing it in unique and inspiring ways. Enjoy a four-course dinner as you dine on the fruits of your labor and sip Cellardoor wines that have been paired with each dish. Seats for our cooking classes are limited, so early reservations are recommended.

When: Thursday July 3 & Thursday August 14, 5:30-8:30 PM
Where: The Farmhouse at Cellardoor Winery, 367 Youngtown Road, Lincolnville
How Much: $90 per person. Advanced registration required. Please call 207-763-4478 to reserve your seat!

View more events at Cellardoor Winery here.

 
 

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