Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What it takes to do a 'cookbook photo shoot'

You wouldn't believe how much work it is to get Just the Right Shot! I was holding a white bounce card and the flash while Gene took the photo, to get the light just right and so it would like like it was 'morning light' instead of night time out! LOL!

Even placing the food on the plate and where to place it and what compliments it color wise, what garnish looks good etc... And you have to cook it just right for the picture.

Also, so the pictures look different and not all the same, some are taken outside, or with different backgrounds and place settings, and of course different china too! Then when you finally get it right and have the shot you think you want... then you can go ahead and eat! Yes, we really do eat it afterwards.... usually, and often reheating it!! LOL! We have been eating 'breakfast' food for lunch and dinner to get all the shots we need for the book. But I LOVE IT!!

Testing the light...

Checking the setting...

working with the background...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I just signed a contract with Rocking Horse Publishing Company . Be watching for my Inspirational Cookbook: "INNspiring Breakfasts"  to come out this summer! With a series to follow!
(Please don't tell Phil and Jackie, I want to tell them myself-they don't get on fb)

Crispy Maple Praline Glazed Bacon!! Soooooooo Incredibly delicious!! Sooooo not good for you!! AND ohhh so addicting! My Guests LOVED them! Its a good thing I only made 2 extra... one for Gene and one for me!!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

It's National Pancake Day folks!!! ENJOY this recipe!!!
I hope this Inn-spires you to make some wonderful creations!!! PS.. this makes a GREAT waffle too!
This is a wonderful recipe shared by another inn, and boy is it ever delish!

Bittersweet Chocolate Pancakes with Mint Buttercream and Strawberry Sauce
Servings: 4
Prep time:30

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
5 oz Valrhona dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 lb butter + 2 Tb
4 cups confectioner's sugar
4 tablespoons mint infused light cream (see recipe)
1 lb ripe strawberries, sliced
2 cup sugar
1 lime, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons mint, finely chopped


Combine dry ingredients in a food processor and blend. In a separate bowl mix melted butter, 3 eggs, 1 Ts vanilla and then 2 cups buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Let sit 10 minutes. Preheat griddle. Brush with 2 TB of melted butter, and ladle recommended amount onto griddle. Cook until mostly bubbly, flip, cook til golden on both sides.

Mint Infused Light Cream: Heat 1 cup light cream with a cup of mint leaves, let sit for 5 minutes and strain.

Mint Buttercream: Beat butter until pale, add cream and sugar and beat until airy.

Strawberry Sauce: Slice 1 lb. ripe strawberries, toss with 1 cup sugar, cover, and let sit overnight. The next morning, add 1 cup sugar and zest and juice of 1 lime and 2 TB finely chopped mint and heat to boil, then boil gently for 10 minutes. Cool.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Budweiser breeding facility - Warm Springs Ranch

Ok, I hope you don't think I'm over doing this "Clydesdale" stuff. Yes, yes, yes, I do LOVE them! When you come to stay at our B&B you can also make a reservation to go see these beautiful animals.... And maybe, just maybe, you'll get to see our "Superbowl" star while you're there!

Nightline News was here and did a story on the Clydesdales and the new Superbowl commercial. This is precious!

Check it out:

And here is the Superbowl commercial: The BEST one yet!!!

And your Innkeeper... AKA.. the horse whisperer...