The Hartstone Inn kitchen was busy today filling spice tins in preparation of holiday orders. For years, guests here at the Inn have asked Chef Michael about his various spice mixes and dry rubs. This caused him to decide to put together his very own spice sampler!
Each tin contains 15 individual spices and salts, all either his own blends or his favorite seasonings. They include everything from Fennel Spice Mix and Apple Pie Spice to Maine Sea Salt and Annatto.
Sound like a needed addition to your kitchen or maybe the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? You can find them along with Chef Michael’s Specialty Salt Sampler in the online gift section of our website.
For 2011, as a gift to our guests we have added a new amenity. Our guests now have complimentary access to our local YMCA! The Penobscot YMCA is a state of the art facility that offers all of the following:
8-Lane 25-Yard Swimming Pool
Warm Therapy Pool
State-of-the-art wellness studio and fitness center
Indoor Walk-Jog Track
Free weight equipment and designated stretching area
Rock Climbing Center
Family Play Gym
Full-Service Child Care Center
Multi-Purpose Conference Center
Adult, Child and Family Locker Rooms
Wide selection of free fitness programs
Family Nights for the entire family
Year-round full-size gymnasium for basketball and volleyball
Relax in the sauna, swim a lap or two or be challenged by the giant rock climbing wall. Now there are even more fun things to do when you visit Camden!
Going out to eat can sometimes take as much, if not more, effort than sitting down for a home-cooked meal. Hiring a babysitter, getting a reservation, deciding what to wear, making the reservation, and then mentally ticking off all those dollar signs (bottle of wine, check, appetizer, check, salad, check, main course, check, dessert, check, after dinner drink question mark, tip, check…). Regardless of the logistics and the expense, eating out can be justified by the pure experience of having a talented chef, friendly wait staff, and intricate dishes with layer after layer of undeniable flavor. Let’s not forget there is no sink full of pots and pans awaiting rubber gloves either. Is dining out a luxury, it can be depending on the cost associated with it. What that means is maybe, in today’s financial times, adjusting how much one eats out. Instead of dinner out several times a month, maybe it is a once a week occasion.
Chef Michael Salmon realized the need for people to stretch their dollars and thus created the cooking class “Gourmet Specialties on a Budget.” Chef Michael makes gourmet approachable. He brings it into your home and practically sits it down on your dining room table. Think of the times you have said or thought “Who cooks like that?” in response to a recipe in a cookbook or food magazine. After this class maybe you!
The menu for “Gourmet Specialties on a Budget” (February 5 or 6)
- Mozzarella and Charred Bell Pepper Bruschetta
- Roasted Tomato Soup with Chopped Basil
- Sweet Potato Crusted Salmon
- Tarte Tatin of Pears
Weekend packages are $325/$515 and include two nights lodging, breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, a gourmet candelit dinner for two and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Additional enrollment into the cooking class is $45 per person. Classes are held Saturdays and Sundays from 1 -3 in the afternoon.
p.s. this is an excellent Christmas present!!!