Chef Michael Salmon’s Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe

Course number three on our ten-course  New Year’s Eve dinner this year was a Duck Breast Pastrami dish with a shaved Brussel Sprout Salad.  Our Hartstone Inn guests raved about the brussel sprout salad and we have  received a flurry of requests for the recipe.  Here it is – we hope you enjoy it at home!

Brussels Sprout Salad

Duck Breast Pastrami with a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad, Whole Grain Mustard and a Rye Cracker

Duck Breast Pastrami with a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad, Whole Grain Mustard and a Rye Cracker

2 cups finely sliced brussels sprouts (cored)
1/2 cup finely sliced red onions
1 red apple, cored and julienned
1/4 cup green apple-maple dressing (recipe below)
salt and pepper to taste

  1.  Combine the brussels sprouts, sliced red onion and julienned apple in a bowl and toss with the dressing to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Green Apple-Maple Dressing

2 small granny smith apples
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup chopped Vidalia onion
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 Tablespoons real maple syrup

  1. Combine all the ingredients above in a blender and mix until smooth.
  2. The remaining dressing can be kept for up to 2 weeks and is great on salads.

Winter Fun in Camden – Hartstone Inn Ski Packages

Skiers Riding a Chair Lift

It is officially wintertime here at the Hartstone Inn.  The air is chilly and there’s snow on the ground.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of outdoor fun to be had!  The Camden Snow Bowl is just a short distance away from us and it offers skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, skating, tubing and a toboggan chute.   Book one of our three winter getaway packages and enjoy all winter in Maine has to offer!

Down with Downhill Package

Package details: The Down with Downhill package offers a romantic, two-night getaway with a gourmet twist.  Down with Downhill welcomes with a multi-course breakfasts each morning, afternoon tea and cookies, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two prepared by award-winning chef-owner Michael Salmon, and two one-day lift tickets or snowshoe rentals at nearby Camden Snow Bowl.

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Learn To Ski Package

Package details: Have you always wanted to learn to ski?  Our Learn to Ski package includes everything you need – rental equipment, lift tickets and enrollment in a 1.5 hour group skiing lesson for two people at the Camden Snow Bowl.  Our package also includes two nights lodging, our Chef’s Tasting dinner menu for two one night and a sumptuous two course breakfast each morning.   Enjoy Maine’s winter weather and learn something new at the same time.

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“Let Me Call You Sweetheart” Valentine’s Day Package

Surprise your Valentine anytime during the month of February!Hartstone Inn Valentine's Day Package

Your romantic two night getaway will start off with a romantic bottle of bubbly and our decadent chocolate caramels sprinkled with Maine Sea Salt.  Our award winning dining room will spoil you with memorable multi-course breakfasts each morning and our Chef’s Tasting Menu dinner menu for two one evening. 

There are so many options for your day of fun – skiing, wine tasting, tobogganing or massages.  When you are ready to wind down in the late afternoon, we’ll be ready with two signature martini’s and delicious hors d’ oeuvres.

View “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” package pricing here.  Find a complete list of all our getaway packages here

Cranberry and White Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe by Chef Michael Salmon

Makes 25 Cookies

½ Cup Granulate SugarCranberry and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
½ Cup Vegetable Shortening
2 Large Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Quick Cooking Oats
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup White Chocolate Chunks (Pea Size)
½ Cup Dried Cranberries
½ Cup Shredded Coconut
½ Cup Cashew Halves

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixer, combine the sugar, shortening, eggs and vanilla. Add the flour, oats and baking powder and mix until well combined. Gently stir in the white chocolate, cranberries, coconut and cashews by hand.
  3. Make balls with a #40 ice cream scoop and place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat or on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat down the balls to make ¾ -inch disks.
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until they begin to brown along the bottom edge. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks to cool.

Sweet Drinks, Desserts and Dreams

Hartstone Inn Sweet Tooth Night Cap We can’t think of a better way for our guests to end their day than next to a warm fire, enjoying a cordial and a delicious dessert.  That’s how everyday ends here at the Hartstone Inn as we offer our Sweet Tooth Night Cap from 9pm-10pm in our parlor.  Special martini’s are served along with $5 cordials.  Each drink comes with the Chef’s dessert bite of the day.  Tonight’s delectable was a blonde brownie topped with homemade pumpkin ice cream and drizzled with salted caramel. If this doesn’t guarantee sweet dreams, nothing will!


Cordials and Cock
tail $5Bailey’s, Limoncello, Frangelico, Amaretto, Sambuca, Grand Marnier & Kahlua

Dessert Martini’s $8.50 – Chocolate Martini, Vanilla Bean Martini, Espresso Martini

 

Looking for a hot drink?  We also offer a French Vanilla Kahlua Cappuccino and a currently a Pumpkin Spice            Liqueur Latte as well!

Hartstone Inn Spa Services

Take a little time to rejuvenate during your visit to Camden.  Let us pamper you with one of our relaxing spa treatments at the Hideaway Spa located on-site in the Hideaway building.  Treatments can be scheduled seven days a week with one of the Innkeepers. We also offer couples massages for those looking for a romantic and relaxing escape for two.

Enhance your after spa treatment with a chilled split of champagne and a fresh fruit plate $18.

Treatments Available:

Therapeutic Massage

Concentrates on sore, tense muscles in your neck, shoulders, back, legs and feet using medium or firm pressure.  $85 (60 minutes)

Relaxation Massage

Gentle, gliding strokes with light to medium pressure, and pure essential oils for the ultimate relaxation.  $85 (60 minutes), $125 (90 minutes)

Hot Stone Therapy Massage

Start by submerging your tired and rough feet in a warm lavender soak.  Body exfoliation follows to smooth your skin while infusing it with moisture.  Rinse and wind down with scalp and full-body massage. $245 (2½ hours)

Many of the oils, creams and lotions we use in the spa utilize natural ingredients. Lotus Touch Organic Naturals™ are made from certified 100% natural botanicals, herbs and organic oils. Bon Vital’ Naturale products are made with 100% all-natural ingredients. We place special emphasis on offering you products that are Earth inspired and environmentally friendly.

Hartstone Inn SpaBaby and Me

Relaxing for both mother and baby, this massage is perfect for alleviating pains associated with pregnancy.  Must be through first trimester to receive this massage. $85 (60minutes)

Hartstone Signature Massage

Start by submerging your tired and rough feet in a warm lavender soak.  Body exfoliation follows to smooth your skin while infusing it with moisture.  Rinse and wind down with scalp and full-body massage. $245 (2½ hours)

Many of the oils, creams and lotions we use in the spa utilize natural ingredients. Lotus Touch Organic Naturals™ are made from certified 100% natural botanicals, herbs and organic oils. Bon Vital’ Naturale products are made with 100% all-natural ingredients. We place special emphasis on offering you products that are Earth inspired and environmentally friendly.

Nutcracker Ballet at the Camden Opera House

Event date/time:  Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 7:30 pmNutcracker Ballet Camden Maine
                           Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 3 pm & 7:30pm
                           Sunday, December 8 at 3 pm & 7:30pm

Beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker Ballet returns to the Opera House!  The Nutcracker, danced by members of Atlantic Ballet Company, students of P2P Dance Center and featuring professional dancers Karina Teran and Richard Re of New York City.  Join us for dinner at the Hartstone Inn and then enjoy the show!

Location Address: Camden Opera House

Contact Website:  http://www.camdenoperahouse.com

Hartstone Inn Fashion Show Brunch featuring Fashions by Leonard’s

December 7th, 2013 at 11am
$23.95 per person

The holiday season is upon us once again, which means it is time for our annual Fashion Show Brunch featuring fashions by Leonard’s of Rockport.  This event is a fun way to kick off the Christmas season!  Join us! 

Hartstone Inn Fashion Show Brunch

Brunch Menu

Raspberry Parfait with Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

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Eggs Benedict on a Croissant with Prosciutto and Hollandaise Sauce

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Maine Crab Meat and Manchego Cheese Quiche with Roasted Tomato and an Arugula Salad

or

Banana Custard French Toast with Cumin Spiced Bacon

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Assorted Desserts

$23.95 per person

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Gingerbread House Decorating for Adults

Instructed by Patricia Moroz of Starlight Custom Cakes.  

Offered November 30th, 2013 from 12-3pm at the Hartstone Inn.  $55 per person or book our Cooking Class Package.  It includes two nights lodging, our five course dinner for two and enrollment for one in the class. 

You have never been to a gingerbread house decorating class like this before!  Everyone will be provided with a beautiful New England style gingerbread farmhouse to decorate. Unlike the houses that children normally decorate with candy, we will be decorating these houses using a variety of elegant lace patterns, damask and Christmas floral prints and more. Everyone will be provided with a tray full of edible sugar snowflakes, Christmas wreathes, holly leaves and berries, leaping reindeer and many more decorations to be used for creating their festive gingerbread house. Towards the end of the class, each will be covered with delicate icicles.  Every house will be attached to a base with a center hole cut out in the base. Although not essential, a small electric candle type light can be placed inside of the house, if desired.  All houses have windows that have been cut out so that the houses can be lit from the inside making them even more beautiful during the holiday season! No experience required and this will be a casual and fun class!

Note: If you are traveling by car from out of town, these houses are very strong and can easily be transported in a car.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class  gingerbread 2

Foodie Adventures in the Loire Valley, France

It’s Market Day on our Foodie Adventure… 
Always one of our favorite days!

There are numerous markets through out the Loire Valley, but the scenic village of Amboise is our personal favorite.  The market is located in the park, along the Loire river and close proximity to the Chateau and beautiful shops in the village.

Amboise, Loire Valley, France

 Early morning our first stop is the Seafood Vendors!  It’s always fun to see the days assortment and a good idea to make your selections early for the best selection.  Last week we were lucky to find a delicious variety of oysters and crab that the foodie travelers learned how to steam, clean and pick for dinner that evening.

Seafood Market Loire Valley

 

Next stop Cheese -glorious Cheese!  I can’t think of many things I love more than French Cheese.

Cheese Monger

Cheese

There are so many choices the best option is to try one or two each day to discover your personal favorites.  Valençay cheese is recognizable by it’s truncated pyramid shape, Crottin de Chevignol is shaped like a small cylinder, Selles-sur-Cher has a rind of natural mould covered with powdered and salted charcoal and Chavignol is hard black and knobby on the surface.

MarketProduce

 

When Michael discovers the most delicious pears or the variety of berries available are irresistible, our nightly menus vary a little to reflect the seasons.   The dessert tartlet he had envisioned in apricots may soon become a tart topped with fresh cherries.  In a chef’s mind that’s the thrill of visiting a thriving market and letting your creativity come thru.  Our foodie travelers visit the market and dream of the evening’s creations from the Chef’s perspective.

People Watching

 

I’ll be honest, as Michael is soaking in all that is fresh and local in the food category I’m enjoying the people watching.  Young families and grandmothers are catching up with neighbors, exchanging news and I’m imagining gossip too.  I love to see the food they are buying to prepare for dinner, critique all of their market baskets and observe the fashion change from season to season, year to year.

A glimpse inside  life, in small village in France always makes me smile.

Shopping At the Market

 

And if there’s time maybe a little personal shopping too.  For Michael, he loves the vendor who sells the Limoges china, the slightly imperfect pieces are a great deal and it’s not as painful if they break in the luggage on the flight home :)  For me I can always be tempted by something that screams French fashion.  

If you’re curious about a Foodie Adventure, our full itinerary and availability calendar thru 2015 for the Loire Valley in France, Tuscany, Italy and Catalonia/Barcelona, Spain is available on our website:  www.chefmichaelsalmon.com

Let’s Cook and Play together!

 
 

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