Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes!

Finally after two summers of trying to grow a vegetable garden with fresh tomatoes, we're successful this summer.  Due mainly to the dry and hot summer weather we've been experiencing, the tomatoes are thriving and continue to ripen.  I made my first batch of tomato sauce two days ago and added my homemade Italian sausage to it.  Yum!!!

We are growing plum tomatoes (in addition to heirlooms and beefsteaks) which are ideal for make tomato sauce.  But when they come off the vine and as we become busier with guests staying at our inn, I'll just wash them and throw them in freezer bags and freeze them whole until I'm ready to make sauce.  As an alternative to a laborious canning process, the defrosted tomatoes are soft but retain their flavor and juices and the skins just peel off.  Put them in the food processor, then the pot to make Italian tomato sauce.  How easy is that...

Here's a recipe for my homemade Italian sauce.  Enjoy!

Italian Sauce
2 28-oz. cans of Cento San Marzano plum tomatoes or 20-24 fresh plum tomatoes
1 6-oz. can of Cento tomato paste
10 cloves of garlic, sliced or minced
8-10 basil leaves, sliced
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Saute garlic in olive in a large pot until tender, but not browned, for a couple of minutes; then add basil.  Process plum tomatoes in a food processor until pureed and add to garlic and basil mixture and simmer for half an hour.  Add cooked meatballs and simmer for another 30 minutes.  Serve over your favorite cooked pasta.

New Adirondack Chairs and Benches at The Buttonwood

Ever since we bought our first two sets of double Adirondack chairs with a built in table for the front of our property, we've longed to purchase more for the back of our property to take in the mountain views and animal sounds from the forest.  

This summer we purchased another double Adirondack chair, a large single chair, and a bench which we placed in our back garden above the pool area.  These chairs are solid and comfortable and made from cedar, so they'll last a long time.  Robin and Rob make these chairs and seem to always be in production throughout the year, since they're so popular.  Check out their website for more info. on their product line.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Scenic Chair Lift at Bretton Woods

Yesterday, Bill and I seized the moment on a glorious late summer afternoon and drove up to Bretton Woods to ride up the mountain on the ski chair lift.  Not a cloud in the blue sky, just a nice cool breeze as we took in the beautiful expanse of the Presidentials.  You can have lunch at the top in their restaurant and linger as long as you would like just enjoying the view.

Buttonwood Cookie Recipe Featured in "Family Travel Guides Newsletter"

If you like cookies as much as "Cookie Monster" on "Sesame Street," then try our Buttonwood recipe for Maple Pecan Shortbread Cookies recently published in the "Family Travel Guides Newsletter."  Enjoy!