Carol’s Cooking School

From — Sunie Pope, Innkeeper Captain Freeman Inn

A few weekends ago Carol Edmondson, one of the many Innkeeper wonders of Cape Cod, held a cooking school at CFI.  Small Plates – Big Flavors.  Bellisimo Italia!  Carol and her husband Tom owned CFI for several years before selling and moving into the real estate business of selling Inns.

What was on the menu, you may wonder?  Last weekend Carol made warm lemon olives, fresh fig goat cheese focaccia, wild gulf shrimp roasted with herbs and prosciutto, butternut squash and sage carnaroli risotto and arancini.

The smells and laughter wafting from the CFI kitchen were so enticing, I’m surprised the whole town of Brewster didn’t pop by to see what was going on.  LOL!

Carol’s straight forward baking practice and thorough knowledge of delicious food was terrific and her presence captivating both to the students and the kitchen itself.  Most students stood by watching mesmerized and salivating while some got their hands dirty kneading dough, stirring rice, practicing knife skills, etc.  It was quite entertaining for us all to participate.  And a heck of a lot of fun!

After cooking and prepping, the guests took a break to soak in all their newly acquired information while we did some final preparations for the feast!  And what a glorious feast it was!  It’s always such a pleasure to eat something gourmet that you personally made (well, you and 13 others… even better!)  Come visit us for some great cooking secrets and lots of laughter.  Learn how to spice up that kitchen of yours in a matter of just a few hours.

Join us for the next cooking school on January 14th, 2012 En Francais.  I recommend you book ahead, this weekend sold out rather quickly and I hadn’t even blogged about it!

Maple Walnut Bars

From — Sunie Pope, Innkeeper Captain Freeman Inn

If you’re anything like me, you’re thrilled for Thanksgiving!  FAMILY TIME!!!  And it’s also my time for a mini-vacation from all the cooking, believe it or not… My multi-talented aunt hosts a glorious meal with wonderfully cheery guests at her home in New Jersey.

Do you have guests coming this week or perhaps you need to bring something to your Thanksgiving buffet?  I have just the recipe!

About a month ago I stumbled upon a Maple Walnut Bar recipe that I’ve tweaked and baked in honor of autumn, my favorite season.  Days later, one of our guests contacted us.  She couldn’t stop thinking about these delectable treats and had to have the recipe.  She said, (and I quote) “I died and went to heaven on them!!”  And what better time to share an EASY recipe than a few days before Thanksgiving, when you’re rushing to get things done and aren’t so sure how that dessert is going to hold up this year…  Good luck!

These maple walnut bars are begging you to give them a try.  They’re very easy, straight-forward and quite delicious!  Plus, it’s partially sweetened with maple syrup – so you can feel a little better about your choices for your health!

Bars:
2 c flour (1 part white, 1 part whole wheat pastry)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 c light brown sugar
1/2 c salted butter, softened
1 c pure maple syrup
1 large egg
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 c (4 oz) walnuts, chopped
1. Combine flour and soda, mix well.
2. Electric mix sugar, butter then add maple syrup, egg and vanilla on high, until creamy.
3. Slow mixer’s speed and add flour mixture and walnuts, be careful not to over mix.
4. Pour batter into greased 8″ x 8″ baking pan and smooth out.
5. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
6. Cool in pan for 15 min.
7. Remove from pan and cool completely before icing.
Frosting:
1/2 c salted butter, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened
1 T light brown sugar
3 T pure maple syrup
1/4 c + 2 T confectioner’s sugar
walnut halves
1. Cream butter and cream cheese with electric mixer at high speed.
2. Add brown sugar and maple syrup, until smooth.
3. Slow speed and add confectioners’ sugar.
4. Return to high speed and mix until smooth.  (I found it was not nearly thick enough, so I added an additional cup of confectioners’ sugar.)
5. Once bars are completely cooled, spread frosting on and top with a walnut!
You and everyone else you’re feeding will love them!  Give this recipe a whirl and let me know what you think!
If you don’t bake, I guess you’ll just have to make your way to The Captain Freeman Inn to taste these goodies.  Be sure to mention them when you make the reservation!
Oh, and if you come for my high tea‘s, let me know you want these and I’ll be sure they’re on the menu.
Any requests for a recipe you’ve been dying to try but haven’t found the right one or are too afraid to try first?  I’m ready!  Just ask!  :)
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
For those of you still looking for a place to go for this wonderful holiday, think about making a last minute booking with us.  At our bed and breakfast, you will be treated like Kings and Queens with delicious breakfasts and relaxing scenery.

Sunie’s Yoga

From — Sunie Pope
Although I adore Cape Cod, I needed a little break from the frothy seaside peninsula and chose the best place for a little R&R and education, Kripalu. For those of you that don’t know, I am also a Yoga Instructor on the Cape. It is a wonderful physical, emotional and mental exercise that can positively change your outlook on life like no other.  I offer private sessions at CFI and BBTS and teach at The Yoga Center of Cape Cod in Dennis as well. Kripalu, in The Berkshires of Western Mass, is where I received my teaching certificate years ago. What a glorious place. I attended the Yoga Teacher’s Conference; it’s always a treat to give yourself a refresher course. There is so much love at Kripalu and so much beauty surrounds the Yoga Center itself.

For those of you that are familiar with Yoga, I was attracted to this event because Seane Corn was the keynote speaker. She is a truly amazing woman, well spoken and opinionated. Seane is a master teacher of Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  I teach both Kripalu and Vinyasa Flow, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity.  Seane not only spends her time teaching exceptional Yoga classes, she has also created and manages a program called Off The Mat and Into The World where she takes the practice and heart of yoga into our world to places in need of help. She rekindled my passion for serving people through Yoga and the heart. Kripalu offers a Teaching For Diversity Program, which I am hoping to take part in. Keep your eyes out for a blog discussing my experiences teaching more within my community for outreach programs and/or with people that do not regularly have access to Yoga.  You can always follow my website which is kept most up to date.

Besides my Yoga, what stayed with me the most since arriving back home from this brief getaway was how absolutely beautiful Massachusetts is this time of year. The fall colors are just beginning and the temperature is cooling down. I love the crisp fresh air and the thick low sunshine. The energy is high; so many people are all over the state taking advantage of our autumn season, from harvesting cranberries to munching on pumpkin pie.  When you’re looking for a fall getaway, Massachusetts in high on my list for places to see.  So book while you can at either Brewster by the Sea or Captain Freeman before the trees go bare and all our lovely restaurants close down for the season.  And perhaps you might be interested in taking a private Yoga class with me after your long drive or just to ease the mind away from work.