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Pinehurst Inn Breakfast: Celebrating Summer Harvests in Cold of Winter

January 24th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

white bowl with overflowing blueberries and a partially slices loaf of sour dough bread.As we prepared our Pinehurst Inn breakfast this morning, I was struck by the beautiful color of the blueberries pulled out of the freezer. Every time I look at these deep blue jewels, I am filled with joy. Please understand…..I am a blueberry junkie. I have been known to put blueberries on many food items ranging from pork chops to eggs.

That being said, there are those tried and true recipes that simply always work. For inns, they become expected fare by returning guests. So this morning, when we gave the menu to our guests,  they lit up with a smile. Even though they were new guests for us, they had been referred by some of our frequent guests who mentioned our Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast. They knew they were getting the true Pinehurst Inn Breakfast.

We try very hard to incorporate locally grown / produced ingredients into all our recipes. This time of year, clearly we are working with what’s in the freezer or available this time of year. In the case of Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast (recipe below), this is relatively easy.

  • The Bayfield blueberries in our freezer are a part of the approximately 150# that we’ve stashed away to last through the winter. Hats, scaves and mittens off to Highland Valley Farm – the Dale family knows how to grow berries. They are one of a number of terrific Bayfield orchards.
  • The cream cheese in this case was “home made”, the leave-behind on my most recent production of whey (yes, the whey is another very cool story at another time).
  • The bread come from Ashland Baking Company, after our weekly visit to pick up the freshly baked, round sour dough loaves (the aroma in the car on these pick up days is wonderful!).
  • The eggs recently are coming from Chequamegon Food Co-op who does a great job of sourcing local egg people during a tough time of year (so, would you lay eggs when it is 15 below?).
  • The syrup comes from Wisconsin Maid Sugar Bush out of Park Falls. This golden syrup arrives by the gallon, hand delivered by the very folks who tap the trees, boil it down and bottle it. Lovely.

In other words, this recipe is built from hard work, tender care, heart & soul with a touch of joy added in. And as we prepare it, we know that it is something guests will enjoy. It’s a win-win.

So are you wondering about a recipe? Of course. We share happily below. All we ask is that you take some thought about where you are sourcing your ingredients. Making those right decisions definitely enhances the flavor and adds that last ingredient we all need…..a bit of true joy.

Pinehurst Inn Blueberry Oven French Toast

Pinehurst Inn Breakfasts….Think Blueberries

October 31st, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

blue plate with blueberry french toast, partial view of rolled napkin, and pansies.

Pinehurst Inn is a “B&B”. We got the beds part down – comfortable, welcoming beds. The second “B” is for breakfast. And we feel pretty good about the breakfast part as well, although we are always trying to take it a bit further. But there are some recipes that just continue to work well for our Pinehurst Inn breakfasts. This is the case with our Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast. When we introduce this entre to returning guests at the Bayfield B&B, they smile with happy memories and taste buds.

So for this post, we introduce all of you to the winning recipe – which can be done with blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. We use a dense whole grain sourdough bread, local maple syrup and organic eggs. This recipe is so simple, can be made the night before and serves up beautifully. Served with local bacon or savory biscuits, it’s a winner!

Visit our Breakfast page to find the Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast recipe.

As an inn with all our eyes and ears focused on sustainable operations, we make great effort to source our foods locally. So here are some of our “food partners” in the area.

Blueberries – Highland Valley Farm

Raspberries – North Wind Farm

Whole Grain Sourdough Bread – Ashland Baking Company

Maple Syrup – Northern Wisconsin Maid Syrup

Milk – Tetzner’s Dairy (their ice cream is to die for!)

Next time you visit us, be sure to check them out.

Pinehurst Inn – “Bringing Soul to our Breakfasts”

April 29th, 2012 by Nancy Sandstrom

As I was doing my normal wandering through a number of sustainable food-related blogs this morning, I came upon a blog written by Terra Wellington on The Buzz – Fresh News, Musings and Insights from Stoneyfield Farm. In “How to Bring Soul to Your Food” Terra relates beautifully how food is her connection to history, memories and community. Sharing this blog post is a joy as it conveys so well a philosophy behind how Steve and I attempt to build our breakfast (as well as many of our own meals) here at Pinehurst Inn.

The sourcing and discovery of new and locally grown ingredients is such an adventure. The incorporation of new discoveries not only elicits memories from years past, but also connects us to both nature and local Bayfield area growers in a way that adds incredible richness to the process. Bringing a yummy breakfast to the guests’ table is a primary goal. Yet we’d like to take that a bit deeper. If they want to know, we share where that food came from and some of the stories behind it – the people, the place, the natural history.

Yesterday Steve and our 4-year-old grandson, Aidyn trekked down to Pikes Creek just below Pinehurst Inn. Aidyn had just purchased a periscope and it was time to do some exploring. During this trek, they came upon a wonderful stash of fiddlehead ferns and wild leeks (ramps). After more adventure seeking, a few small bags of these incredible greens landed in the kitchen. An opportunity for research and some cooking. Steve created a wonderful tart with an Almond Flour Crust, mixture of fiddlehead ferns and wild leeks, parmesan cheese. Yum. An incredible dinner.

As we ate, he also shared the natural story – only found in the early spring in wet brackish forests. Each spring when the snow melts, the ferns push their way up through the forest floor, uncurling slowly. It’s at this moment just before they uncurl that they are harvested. Tender and with a taste that is reminiscent of a cross between a green bean and asparagus. How blessed we are that these short lived treats are right outside our door, creating a new seasonal food tradition.

And yes, we went ahead and created another tart for breakfast for our guests. They were happy and loved sharing similar food stories.

So over the coming months, periodically we will post some of the ways we attempt to bring “soul to our breakfasts”. How about you? Do you try to bring soul to your food?

Just Eat Organic – a Great Message from Stoneyfield Farms

March 21st, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

At Pinehurst Inn, Bayfield, we’ve been encouraging and talking organic foods for some time now – but this video says it all!

As we look back on 2010

December 31st, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

It is virtually impossible not to reflect back at this time of year. As 2010 comes to a close, what have we accomplished? What have we done that we are proud of? How can we improve things in 2011? These are questions we ask ourselves personally, but we apply those questions to Pinehurst as well. There are many things that we are very proud of this year. It has been a banner year for us and that certainly wouldn’t be possible without all of our amazing guests. We created a new and beautiful website. We were once again named in a variety of publications for our efforts towards a more sustainable business. Of course, these are all very important accomplishments are we are very proud of them. As we look forward we are constantly looking for ideas to improve what we have to offer our guests.

What else though? More than anything we are just so pleased that our family has had a successful 2010, we have maintained our health and we continue to work together! We would like to thank every single one of you for being a part of our year, and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2011!

A happy and healthy New Year to you all from all of us at Pinehurst!

It's a blustery day in Bayfield

September 3rd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The temperatures in Bayfield have taken a bit of a dip over the past couple of days (still above 60 though!). For those of us who live here, we really don’t mind. It’s starting to feel a bit like fall. There are a few trees in the area that have already started to turn, and the northeast gales are starting to blow. There is something so wonderful about this time of year – as the summer comes to an end, it feels like a whole new place. There are still plenty of visitors wandering the streets of Bayfield, there are just more of them in sweaters and jackets than before. There are predictions of waves up to 9 feet today out on Lake Superior. While it certainly isn’t a day to be out on the water, I encourage you to go down and admire the power of mighty Superior.

Weather like this may be dreary to some, but it is lovely to me. I see this as an opportunity to settle down with a great book and enjoy the sounds of the wind and the company of good words. If you’re in town, you should stop by the Apostle Islands Booksellers – Bayfield’s new independent bookseller. They have created a truly charming space with a variety of both local, regional authors, bestsellers and a little bit of everything else.

Finally, today is a day for baking! With the harvest season upon up, I love playing with new recipes with the local apples. Here is a recipe that I have been playing with lately, using the apples in a more savory way rather than sweet:

Buttermilk Apple-Parmesan Muffins

Makes 12 standard muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup corn oil

1 egg

1 small apple (preferably Dudley apples from one of Bayfield‘s orchards)

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter or spray muffin tins

In a medium bowl, stir and toss together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set Aside. In a small bowl whisk together the buttermilk, oil and egg until smooth. Note: these will bake far more evenly if you have ALL ingredients at room temperature before putting in the oven. Add the combined dry ingredients, along with the finely chopped apple and the parmesan cheese. Stir until just blended.

Spoon into the prepared muffin tins, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick or knife comes out clean – about 20 minutes. Cool before removing from tins.

Enjoy these delicious muffins anytime, but on a cool blustery day like today they are perfect!

Pinehurst Celebrates World Kitchen Garden Day!

August 22nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The gardens are lush this year. And the produce baskets are overflowing. Yes, zuchinni, carrots, greens, beets (ah, beet greens!), peppers, and more. So the idea of World Kitchen Garden Day really struck us – a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year when we are blessed with this fantastic array of food.

World Kitchen Garden Day is an opportunity to
celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, locally grown foods.

  • celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening (good health, good community, and it taste’s so good!)
  • To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
  • To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating (think Farmers Markets, community gardens, and more)

The concepts and ideas of this “celebration” are so important – and should be considered every day of the year. But today, look around your own community and get to know your local farmers and growers.

Bayfield blueberriesAt Pinehurst Inn in Bayfield, we are thrilled to build our breakfast using not only our own produce, but numerous delicious veggies and fruits from our area orchards and farms. This morning we serve our very popular Pinehurst Blueberry Oven French Toast (using wonderful blueberries from Highland Valley Farm in Bayfield). And tomorrow we will be doing something wonderful with those fresh beet greens – stay tuned! We might even share another recipe.

Happy harvesting!

Pinehurst Inn committed to Organic and Local Food

July 14th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

As part of the Pinehurst Sustainable Operations Plan at Pinehurst Inn, we place a high emphasis on how we select and purchase our food for guest breakfasts. Our goal is that at least 75 % of the food purchased is either organic or regionally grown or produced. Sometimes of year this can truly be a challenge.

But then comes summer! The Bayfield Orchards provide a wonderful variety of fruits and berries. Local growers and smaller farms are great sources of vegetables, dairy and cheeses. When unable to source items locally, we work to identify food purveyors that provide organic and/or Midwest grown options.

Today we received a wonderful order of organic vegetables. The quantities are large enough to both use now and cut and freeze for those cooler months. The smells, the colors, the fresh taste – a little bit of heaven. These are the ingredients that come together to provide a delicious breakfast to start the day for our guests.

Life is good.

Bayfield Sweet Cherries Available at Apple Hill Orchard

June 27th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

We already mentioned that Bayfield Strawberries are ripe for the picking…but have you tried Bayfield’s Sweet Cherries? Oh, my. A little bit of heaven!

Apple Hill Orchard has a bumper crop this year, following two years of absence of strong cherry crops. We picked up our first order of these incredible cherries and immediately came home to have Kristen prepare a sweet cherry bread with almonds to serve for our breakfast tomorrow.

Can I describe how the kitchen smells right now??

Just one more step in supporting our local growers who provide such amazing produce and products.

Learn more about Bayfield Orchard Schedule.

Fruit Season Begins With Bayfield Strawberries

June 24th, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

The fruit season is officially open with Bayfield strawberries! Area residents and visitors love this time of year as we start the summer long journey of berry pleasures. Starting with strawberries – oh my, what joy!

Pinehurst Inn is no exception as we provide simple strawberry parfaits or strawberry rhubarb muffins. And what is left after our own snacking is quickly frozen for enjoyment during the winter season.

Bayfield orchards provide not only great fruit, but also a wonderful biking or driving destination. The rolling hills high above Bayfield have magnificent views of Lake Superior, Madeline Island and beyond. A little bit of heaven.

Here’s a great and easy recipe for a Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast that our guests love!

What do you do with your strawberries? Share a recipe!

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