Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Jam Recipe

This is a wonderful concoction, full of warm spices like cinnamon and ginger.   If you're looking for an unusual home-made gift for friends, a batch of this can be made in less than an hour.   Gives 6 to 7 half-pint jars.

Christmas Jam

1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
2 pears, peeled, cored and diced into small pieces
1 large can crushed pineapple, with juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
one pouch of liquid Certo or other pectin
6 1/2 cups sugar

Prepare preserving jars by sanitizing in a dishwasher or immersing in a pot of boiling water.

Mix everything except the Certo and sugar in a large pot.   Bring to a simmer.   Keep at a low simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, or until pears are soft, stirring frequently.    Add more water as necessary.    Mix in Certo and sugar and bring to a full rolling boil.   Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.    Remove from heat and pour into prepared jars.   Screw on lids with bands.   Cool and refrigerate for up to a month OR process in hot water bath for longer storage.

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Year's Packages and menu

Just thought we'd give you a sneak peak at our New Years' packages and menus.
Both our one and two night packages include a New Year's Eve clebration of pre-dinner appetizer party, dinner, midnight celebration followed by a dessert buffet, and brunch on January 1.     Our two night package also includes a light buffet dinner on Dec. 30 and breakfast Saturday morning.

The New Year's dinner menu will be:
Crab Bisque
Spring mix and Arugula salad with roasted beets, candied pecans, goat cheese and pears and a lemon oregano dressing
Choice of:
Beef tenderloin with Bearnaise sauce
Atlantic Salmon filet with Mango Ginger Salsa
both accompanied by Duchesse potatoes, and a Rosemary Roast winter vegetable medley

Dessert will be chocolate of course!

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn