New Cooking School Calendar at the Captain Freeman Inn

by Donna Cain

Cooking School at the Freeman

Cooking School at the Freeman

We have a fabulous time each winter during our Cape Cod Culinary cooking schools at the Captain Freeman Inn. Chef Carol will continue conducting the class. This year’s calendar is filled with some new comfort foods including bread and soups, all from the areas that we love in Europe including Italy, Spain and France.

The cooking school package includes a one or two night stay at either the Captain Freeman Inn or our sister property Brewster by the Sea Inn and Spa. The package includes a fabulous breakfast each day, cooking school for two and wine tasting and dinner afterwards. We pair both red and white wines to compliment our evening meal. Guests can sample different wines and decide which one they would like to enjoy with their meal. The dinner always concludes with a wonderful dessert or biscotti that I love to dunk in the dessert wine:)

Savory breakfast the the Freeman

Savory breakfast the the Freeman

2014/2015 Schedule

November 8, 2014- France

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In Paris the crisp fall air is filled with smells of baking bread and simmering comfort food. The flavors are amazing but the best part is that these classic dishes are simple and fun to make. We will make French bread, classic French Onion soup and French garlic sausage and butternut bisque that will transport you to Paris.

mushrooms from a previous class

mushrooms from a previous class

January 17, 2015 – Northern Italy

Winter chills mean fragrant country loaves and simmering soups overflowing with the bounty of the Tuscan hills. We will make country bread, stracchiatella, chicken and egg soup and hearty white bean and kale soup. Flavors to delight an Italian palate.

February 7,2015- Spain

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Winter is the season for warm bread dipped in fragrant olive oil and simple but beautiful paella, the comfort food of Spain. This hearty and simple rice sauté traditionally loaded with seafood and poultry. We will honor our local seafood bounty and prepare a sausage and scallop delight with all of the seasonings of Espagna!

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February 21, 2015- France/Provence

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As the cold mistral winds blow across the lavender fields of Provence, learn to shape French loaves in many shapes and sizes and enjoy classic Bouillabaisse, the provencal city of Marseille’s world famous seafood soup made with our local bounty of fish and seafood.

March 7, 2015- Southern Italy/Sicily

As spring approaches the hills of Sicily we will make hearty Sicilan country bread and two wonderful soups: Ribolitta (literally bread soup)and escarole soup with veal meatballs.

April 11, 2015- Spain, Portugal and Morocco

Where northern Africa meets southern Europe the flavors of Spain, Portugal and Morocco are all influenced by their common geography and unique histories. We will make traditional flat bread with its soft pillowy texture and amazing flavors. To accompany our bread, a selection of delicate soups and hearty tagine highlighting the local flavors of the region.

Our winter classes fill up quickly so it’s important to get your reservations in early. The package price includes best available room at time of booking giving you even more reason to book early so that you can reserve your favorite room.
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Bon Appetite and Exhaling on Cape Cod!

Brewster conservation

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

For us, conservation is a lifestyle. For example, we strive to do the right things in being green at the inn, using farm to table practices and reusing things whenever possible. This philosophy took on a new twist when we lost part of a beautiful Norwegian Maple in the back of the Captain Freeman. This tree is probably about 125 years old, based on it’s size and countable rings. When we purchased the Captain Freeman our new neighbors came over to introduce themselves and laughed when they said they had adopted our tree, as the inn had been vacant for several years. The grass on the rest of our property was several feet high, but our gracious neighbors had mowed the grass around the tree and had set a bench at the base. It really was a lovely thought as their grandchildren came to visit in the summer, and they all gathered around  this tree to let the kids play in a small  pool. Since then we have lovingly restored the grounds around the inn and have also enjoyed it’s shade and respite in the summer months. This past winter we had several North Easters that brought down two large limbs of the tree.

Side lawn at the Captain Freeman

Side lawn at the Captain Freeman

We were saddened as it was evident that the tree was diseased and would probably have to be totally removed in the next few years. My husband Byron cut up some of the branches and again our neighbor came and asked if we would mind if a friend took some of the wood as he was a craftsman that made lovely bowls. We were glad to share and know that the wood was put to some good use.

This morning as we were finishing up breakfast and had a surprise visit from Craig McConchie. Criag is a talented artist who specializes in wood and glass. He brought us a beautiful round bowl made from our tree:)

Wood bowl by Craig McConchie

Wood bowl by Craig McConchie

Byron and I were both so tickled when we looked at this web site, Tobias Wood and Glass and saw all of his beautiful pieces.Some of Craig’s other pieces that can be purchased on Etsy include:

Wood bowls

Wood bowls

Stained glass

Stained glass

Stained glass

Stained glass

We had a great conversation with Craig and were delighted to learn that his grandparents use to own “High Brewster” We had heard many stories from our guests about this restaurant and inn that was renowned for their great home style meals.

High Brewster Homested

High Brewster Homested

High Brewster was built in 1738 by the Winslow family on the north edge of Lower Mill Pond. It was run as an inn for most of the past century. The Thorne family bought it in 2001 and have been restoring it ever since.

I was also excited to learn that Craig raises chickens (I have wanted to get a chicken coop for year) and honey and would be able to provide us with some fresh eggs and honey for our breakfasts at the Captain Freeman Inn.

So all in all a great day! So much fun to have a beautiful bowl to remember our beautiful tree. We are talking about what species we will replace it with ….. thinking about a Tupelo or Swamp Oak Tree.

Spring has sprung at the Captain Freeman Inn on Cape Cod

By Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

Spring has always been my favorite season and a little sad this year as my dear mother passed away in January. She too, loved spring, and we would always walk the gardens together and comment about all the flowers that were pocking their heads up to the sky. This morning I was preparing breakfast for our guests staying at the Captain Freeman Inn, and I happened to look out the window at our raspberry patch. Sitting on top of two of the posts are homemade birdhouses made many years ago by my Uncle Al. This past fall I had our handy man Antonio repair and repaint them and we just hung them last week in our raspberry patch. To my surprise I saw a chickadee making a new nest in this house……so sweet…… my mind thought back to so many wonderful memories when I was a little girl.  I was very close to my Uncle Al who was the brother of my father. He was very handy with woodworking and also had many beautiful flowers growing in his greenhouse. I think he would be pleased that we placed his houses in our beautiful raspberry patch.

Bird house

Bird house

We started our raspberry patch at Brewster by the Sea from small plants from my Mom’s garden in the Berkshires. These particular plants are so hearty and provide us with two crops- one in July, and if the weather cooperated, one in the late fall.  Hoping we will get some nice berries this year to make our famous raspberry jam.

Raspberries

Raspberries

I am always amazed in the spring how you will be driving down the road one day and the trees will be bare and the next day everything will be green…..happening overnight! I am encouraged as these buds are almost ready!

New buds

New buds

I love fountains and am especially attached to this one as it use to be in my mom’s garden back in the Berkshires. We have placed this one near our porch where our guests enjoy breakfast overlooking the pool and gardens. Fountains make such a soothing sound….perfect for relaxing our guests.

Fountain

Fountain

This was my mother’s favorite peony. When she moved in with us at Brewster by the Sea ten years ago we transplanted it from her gardens back in the Berkshires. Last year we retransplanted it to the gardens at the Captain Freeman. So glad to see that it is healthy this spring.

Favorite peony

Favorite peony

Brewster in Bloom festivities start this upcoming weekend and I was so tickled to see the daffodils are all in bloom. These particular blooms grace our beautiful gardens around the pool.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Not quite sure which flower this is but the brilliant lavender color is a joy to see from inside the inn. I keep telling myself…..summer really is coming:)

Spring color

Spring color

Last but not least is a picture of our pool at the Captain Freeman, a boutique inn on Cape Cod. it was just opened last week, and the water is a little cold but once we get a few warm days it warms up quickly. Here is to a wonderful summer filled with laughter, sunshine and fun for all.

Captain freeman pool

Captain freeman pool

Cape Cod Boutique Inn is inspired by nature

by Donna Cain, innkeeper and owner

Beach shells

Beach shells

One of our favorite things in life is walking on our Cape Cod beaches.

walking the beach with Harrison

walking the beach with Harrison

This past week we found some beautiful shells that spoke to me. I am fascinated with color and am always looking for new color schemes and decor to use at the inn. We are a “boutique inn on Cape Cod” as each room is tastefully decorated in a unique theme. Our main objective is to have an elegant feel combined with a relaxed feeling. My husband always teases me in that I am always talking about a feeling……but I know our guests pay attention to their feelings during their stay and we strive to make every guest feel both relaxed and pampered during their stay at the Captain Freeman Inn.

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Since nature is a perfect place to relax, I often use color tones that are found in nature. I was intrigued when I found a shell that pulled together beautiful tones of blue, grey and tan. it would be fun to find a modern painting with these color tones as a base for decorating the room. The walls and fabric treatments could work around the painting…what fun! Can’t wait to decide which room I will be redecorating at the Captain Freeman Inn.