Recipe: The Secrets of Chef Michael’s Souffles

Souffles have become my signature dessert at the Inn and guests always ask me for the recipe or a cooking lesson. Making them can be tricky, so follow the instructions carefully. Whipping the egg whites to stiff peaks is also another key to getting the proper “rise”. When egg whites are over whipped, they become …
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Maine Maple Sunday

Once again, the sweetest time of year is upon Maine!  Maine Maple Sunday is back on March 27th and 28th, 2021.   Each of the almost 100 participating sugarhouses offer different events and activities including tours of the sap lines and demonstrations of sap boiling; tastes of culinary delights of all things maple, from pancakes to …
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Our Winter Deals are Newsworthy

Fodor’s Travel and Budget Travel published their picks for unique winter deals and we are proud to say that we topped both lists!  From our cozy, two-night Winter Play Your Way deal to our Icelandic Horse Trail-Riding Adventure, the press considers the Hartstone Inn to be THE winter destination at which to stay, dine, and …
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Bird Watching in the Maine Winter

A wonderful way to experience the beauty of a Maine winter is to grab binoculars and go bird watching!  Midcoast Maine, with their coastlines, marshes, blueberry patches, and meadows offer great birdwatching options. The harbors of Rockland, Rockport, and South Thomaston offer views of the Pintail, American Wigeon, and Long-tailed ducks.  Other varieties of ducks …
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Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Recipe

Try this deliciously sweet recipe for a wonderful winter warmer on a snowy day. Nothing beats sipping a hot toddy as the snow is coming down. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2/3 cup apple juice 4 cinnamon sticks 2/3 cup apple pie liqueur (Moreau) Whipped cream, to serve Ground cinnamon, to dust INSTRUCTIONS Place sugar …
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Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoe Trails

Camden Hills State Park is the undisputed winner for the best place to snowshoe and hike during all seasons.  You’ll find you can spend an hour or the entire day exploring their many networks of outstanding and well-maintained trails. A map of the park can be found at the main entrance kiosk, which is off …
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Duck Pâté for New Years Eve Dinner

Today I started assembling the duck pâté for New Years Eve dinner. I started with a very rich pastry, a forcemeat made of duck thighs, mushrooms, fresh thyme and a little anise, a few layers of duck breast strips and covered it with a decorative layer of pastry. Inserted a few “chimneys” to let the steam out …
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Cranberry and White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes 25 cookies   Ingredients 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 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) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup cashew halves Instructions Preheat the …
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Christmas Menus at the Hartstone Inn

  2020 Christmas Menus Christmas Eve Curbside – December 24, 2020 – 2-5 p.m.  $45 Spice-Seared Quail with a Green Apple Confit Creamy Mussel Soup with Fava Beans and Chives Scallops wrapped with House-Smoked Salmon. Grilled Leek and Parmesan Risotto Gingerbread Cheesecake with a Spiced Crème Anglaise Christmas Eve Dinner – December 24, 2020 – Seating at 5:00 p.m.  $65  Spice-Seared Quail …
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Butternut Squash Soup with a Nutmeg Cream

  Ingredients (serves 8) 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, skin and seeds removed, roughly cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly cut into 1/2-inch cubes 2 Tablespoons canola oil 2 medium-sized yellow onions, peeled and roughly cut 1 stalk celery, roughly cut 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon …
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Hartstone Inn “Culinary Weekend” Sweepstakes

OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING The following Sweepstakes is intended for legal residents of the 50 United States of America (USA), D.C. over the age of 21 only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to U.S. law. Do not enter …
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