Detailed duck pate pastry

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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Cheese to enjoy with tomato jam

Let’s make cheese

Ten years ago I took a cheese making course with Caitlin of Appleton Creamery, here in Maine. As a chef, we are curious about our food products, so I wanted to see her farm and get an introduction to the process of making cheese. I fell in love with the process…the smells, the systematic approach, …
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A Hartstone Inn Healthy Recipe: Beets in Romesco Sauce

Who says sumptuous can’t be low calorie? Sometimes (like in January every year), Chef Michael pulls out a healthy recipe or two. This beet recipe is one of our favorites and also adds some flare to your fruit and vegetable intake. Healthy Recipe 2020: Beets in Romesco Sauce Ingredients 2 pounds fresh beets 3 plum …
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Breakfast menu

Breakfast in Camden Maine at Hartstone Inn

Did you know that you can enjoy breakfast in Camden Maine at Hartstone Inn even if you aren’t an overnight guest? Traveling through on your way up the Maine coast? Have friends in the area who’d enjoy a decadent start to the day? Couldn’t book a room but can’t live without our house-baked pastries or …
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Fireplace and sitting area in Manor Suite

New at our Camden Maine Luxury Inn

With the coming of a new season, we thought we’d share some things that are new right here and right now at our Camden Maine luxury inn. We have several new gluten-free options on our menus. We heard you, and have responded in many delicious ways.  Back by popular demand are our famous napkin rings. …
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Chef Michael’s Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding Recipe

Orange-Spiced Rice Pudding by Chef Michael Salmon yields 6 portions If you’ve stayed with us at the Inn, you may have had this delicious breakfast dish. It is one of our most requested recipes! 1/2 cup water 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup Arborio rice 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cups heavy cream 3 Tablespoons sugar 1/4 …
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Chef Michael’s Fall Apple Tart Recipe

1 sheet puff pastry (homemade or your favorite brand) Vegetable pan coating 1 egg, beaten 6 Tablespoons almond paste 1 1/2 Granny Smith apples 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice Mix (recipe below) Powdered sugar in shaker Optional: 1 cup Creme Anglaise (recipe in cookbooks) 6 scoops vanilla ice cream Preheat …
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Hartstone Inn New Years Eve Menu

For all of you who have reservations and have been anxiously awaiting the publication of our New Years Eve dinner menu, the wait is over!!  Chef Michael has completed the menu!  Book your stay today and celebrate the New Year with an unforgettable, eight course dinner! Sunday, December 31, 2017 $75 per person / Seatings …
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Baltimore Sun Article – Cooking School Vacations

Days before we left for Tuscany to start our fall foodie adventures in Europe, I hosted a food and travel writer, Stephanie Citron, for a chef for a day cooking class in Camden. Stephanie was a lot of fun to work with and was focusing on a piece about cooking school vacations. This morning, her fantastic article was published …
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Hartstone Inn Cooking Class Schedule 2016-2017

We have received SO many inquires regarding when our next cooking class schedule would be on our website and – here it is! Join Chef Michael in the Hartstone Inn kitchen for a cooking class weekend.  Classes cover a wide range of topics from regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings. Classes are …
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“Travel to Tuscany” Cooking Class – November 7th & 8th

November 7th or November 8th, 2015 – 1-3pm Our first cooking class of the year, “Travel to Tuscany” is fast approaching!  If you can’t join Chef Michael in Italy for one of his Culinary Adventures, then come to Camden and experience some of his favorite Tuscan dishes. “Travel to Tuscany” will begin with Baked Artichokes …
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Hartstone Inn Raises $1000 to Benefit the Georges River Land Trust

The Hartstone Inn held three benefit dinners in the month of May to support the Georges River Land Trust.  50% of the total food sales of diners who reserved tables to support the Land Trust, was donated.  When rounded up, this totaled $1000! The mission of the Georges River Land Trust is to conserve the …
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