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Sweet Fruit Crepes Recipe

August 31, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Sweet Fruit Crepes Recipe:sweet fruit crepes recipe

A favorite thing to share with guests this summer at The Captains Manor Inn has been the Sweet Fruit Crepes Recipe. The dish consists of a light and airy crepe filled with a sweet cinnamon cream and topped with a fresh orange berry sauce. This is a restaurant quality dish that can easily be made in your kitchen with a few special tools. For this recipe you will need a blender and specific crepe pans for the best results. Here is how we do it !

Yield: 8 Crepes

Crepe Batter

3 eggs

3/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoon milk

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

5 teaspoons butter, melted

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mascarpone cheese

Ground cinnamon to taste

Granulated Sugar to taste

Berry Sauce

1/4 cup Orange Marmalade

1 cup fresh berries ( raspberries, blackberries, blueberries)

8 teaspoons sugar

Directions

1.Make the crepe batter. Combine all batter ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds or until smooth. (This can be made the night before and left in the fridge)

2.Make the Cream Filling. Combine sour cream and mascarpone cheese until smooth consistency. Add sugar and ground cinnamon to taste. Set aside.

3.Make the Sauce. In a saucepan heat marmalade until melted. Add berries and sugar until heated through.

4. Make and Assemble the Crepes. Heat butter in crepe pan until almost foaming, then add a ladle full of batter just to spread out on the bottom of the pan. Let cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until there is a touch of color. Transfer crepe to plate and fill with desired amount of cinnamon cream. Top with warm sauce and enjoy!

 

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins

August 19, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins – Recipe

Recently here at the Captains Manor Inn, we tried out a new muffin recipe with one of our staple flavor combinations. Raspberry and white chocolate scones are a sweet treat we serve often with a red wine poached pear as a starter. Since the flavors go so well together we went on a search for a muffin version and found the perfect recipe. The outcome was a perfectly moist muffin with good texture and bursts of raspberry flavor ! This base muffin batter recipe can also be used to make any muffin combinations you can think of.

Yields: 12 muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup yogurt or sour cream
  • ⅓ cup canola oil (or vegetable)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • ⅔ cup chopped white chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Butter 12 muffin cups or line them with liner papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, oil, and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and fold with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until combined. Do not overmix. The batter should be quite thick and lumpy. Gently fold in raspberries (if using frozen, use them straight from the freezer without thawing) and white chocolate.
  4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cups almost all the way to the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and place on a wire rack to let cool completely.
  5. Muffins are best the same day they are made, but can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw on the counter or overnight in the fridge.

Recipe for Peach Streusel Muffins

August 3, 2016 by Trish Robinson

These Peach Streusel Muffins are sure to be a hit to bake at home for family or friends. You might even like to bring them for a party. What is so great about these muffins is that they can easily be served as an afternoon snack, which we have done here at The Captains Manor Inn. This is a great way to use up peaches that might be going to the “dark side”. The streusel topping is the perfect crunchy addition to the moist and flavorful muffin. Fun Fact: you can substitute other fruits if you are not a peach fan, try apples !

Peach Streusel Muffins

yield: 12 Standard size muffins

Ingredients:

Crumb Topping

-1/3 cup packed light or brown sugar

-1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

-1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

-2/3 cup all purpose flour

Muffins

-1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

-1/2 cup packed light or brown sugar

-1/4 cup granulated sugar

-2 large eggs

-1/2 cup yogurt (greek or regular)

-2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour

-1 teaspoon baking power

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1/8 teaspoon allspice

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-3 Tablespoon milk (any kind)

-1 and 1/2 cups peeled, chopped peaches (3 peaches)

Glaze

1 cup confectioners sugar

3 Tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. First, make the crumb topping: In a medium bowl, combine both sugars, the cinnamon, and melted butter. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the flour. The crumb topping will be thick and crumbly. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Make the muffins: In a medium bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat on high until creamed, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute, then turn up to high speed until the mixture is combined and uniform in texture. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a large bowl, toss together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, all-spice, and salt. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and slowly mix with a whisk. Add the milk, gently whisking until combined and little lumps remain. Fold in the peaches with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  5. Spoon the muffin batter evenly between all 12 muffin tins. There may be enough to make a 13th muffin in a 2nd batch, depending if there were a few extra peach chunks thrown in. Fill the muffin tins until they are full all the way up to the top. Press a handful of the crumb topping into the top of each; crumble it with your hands to make some big chunks.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 425F degrees, then keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350F degrees and bake for 15-19 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Make the glaze: whisk all of the ingredients together and drizzle over warm muffins.
  8. Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up (if desired) before enjoying.

 

 

 

6 Key Bloody Mary Bar Ingredients

May 3, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Sharing our 6 Key Bloody Mary Bar Ingredients is our pleasure as we prepare for our new Virgin Mary Breakfast bar debut at The Bloody Mary Bar Captain’s Manor Inn on Mother’s Day Weekend 2016 right here in Cape Cod.

The Robinson family has long been a fan of a good Virgin or Bloody Mary and we are often known to enjoy one in the comfort of our living room while watching a football game and enjoying potato chips and homemade onion dip or if we are being a little healthier the snack might be tortilla chips and salsa or even raw vegetables and ranch dip.

We are always in search of a really good mix and of course the right condiments.

In our travels we have experienced a host of different condiments and mix blends. In fact, I think Kevin may have a little Canadian heritage because he is known to like to add Clamato juice along with tomato juice when making his drink and in Canada that is a fan favorite known as a Caesar rather than a Bloody Mary.

With a special blend of ingredients and our list of key ingredients we are happy to begin offering a Virgin Mary bar for our guests during Saturday and Sunday breakfast. It goes without saying that you need to start with a good tomato juice for your base and we use Sacramento tomato juice.

Here is our list of 6 key Bloody Mary or Virgin Mary bar ingredients:

1). Salt or Old Bay Seasoning – You need to start by preparing the rim of your glass by first putting some lime juice or lemon juice on the rim then dip the glass rim in either some nice kosher salt or Old Bay Seasoning.

2). Citrus – You have already used a little lemon or lime juice on the rim of your glass and now a couple wedges of lemon or lime will add a little zing to your drink.

3). Veggies – A nice crisp celery stalk for both stirring and munching is a key ingredient.

4). Garnish – Some large queen olives stuffed with pimentos and some petite pearl onions add a nice pop your drink after they have been soaking in the mix for a bit.

5). “Magic Mud” – Recently we found a mix that was created by some expert bartenders who refined it over the years. This mix includes 14 all natural spices and ingredients and while it may not look appetizing (the word mud is in its name) it is absolutely fabulous.Muddy Mary Mix as part of 6 key ingredients for Bloody Mary Bar

6). Condiment Finish – Many of you know I joke about Kevin being the condiment king and if you saw our refrigerator you would know it to be true. So for our Virgin Mary breakfast bar condiments we will offer Tobasco sauce Worcestershire sauce, A1 steak sauce and even BBQ sauce as a nod to our southern guests.

We look forward to your visit and should you want to take home a bit of “magic mud” known as Muddy Mary’s Bloody Mary Mud we have both small and large bottles available in our store.

 

Cape Cod Wine Bed and Breakfast Weekend

February 28, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Wine Bed and Breakfast Weekend 2017 will  be here before you know it. The weekend of April 28th-30th promises to be a weekend you won’t soon forget. Can you think of a better way to welcome spring than a weekend dedicated to wine, food, and relaxation? Join other wine enthusiasts as you learn about the process of making wine, the art and science behind wine and food pairings and of course, what wine weekend would be complete without tastings?

Here at The Captain’s Manor Inn, your Cape Cod Wine Bed and Breakfast Weekend begins with your arrival on Friday. After you’ve checked in to your room, enjoy a wine reception from 5:30-7pm in our bistro area. Enjoy wonderful wine and light appetizers before heading out to dinner at any of the truly incredible restaurants that are just a stroll away. Be shopsure to leave some time for shopping as Falmouth’s iconic Main Street which is peppered not only with foodie favorite restaurants, but also with incredibly unique shops and boutiques. Take a peak at our Restaurant Page to get the culinary juices flowing!

Saturday afternoon, the Cape is your oyster! After enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Inn, it’s up to you whether you want to head out to drive scenic Route 6A and head to Truro for a wine tasting or perhaps you would like to do a little exercise with a bicycle tour of the town or on the Shining Sea bikeway, or another option might be a short drive to Sandwich to shop for hand blown glass. Regardless of how you spend the afternoon, don’t have a big lunch because the Cape Cod Wine Bed and Breakfast Weekend anchor event is Saturday night, and promises to leave all of your senses sated!

For Saturday’s wine dinner we will head to the Woods Hole Village just 3 miles down the road to the award winning Quick’s Hole Tavern. Chef Stephanie Mikolazyk and her team are currently working on our special menu and wine pairing so stay tuned for  
details to follow. Just know you will have the opportunity to  enjoy course after course of food made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients and expertly paired with perfect companion wines.  Meet others interested in spending a weekend dedicated to amazing wine, food and conversation and perhaps you’ll leave not only full, but with a few new friends with whom you can enjoy a good bottle of wine and great conversation!wine bed and breakfast

Bid adieu to cold winter days with an entire weekend filled with things you love. Your package includes two nights, three days plus a welcome wine reception Friday and Wine Pairing Dinner event on Saturday at The Captain’s Manor Inn. Rates below include your guestroom, full  breakfast each morning, wine and appetizer reception, afternoon baked goodies and your cape cod wine dinner at Quick’s Hole Tavern (dinner tax and tip not included)

Rates:  $618 +tax double occupancy Queen room, $638 + tax double occupancy king room, $678 + tax premium king room (fireplace in room), Forbes Cupola Suite $718 + tax. If you’ve yet to stay in the Forbes Cupola Suite, it’s our newly renovated, most unique room at the Inn. As the only two story suite, once you travel up the private staircase accessible only from your room you’ll find yourself in the Cupola sitting room surrounded by rich architectural history, and the best views from the Inn!

Just book your room and add the Wine Bed and Breakfast package at check out.

We would love to have you for this year’s Cape Cod Wine Bed and Breakfast Weekend. Rooms will sell quickly, so if you’re interested in a weekend you won’t soon forget, please call soon! We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Top 10 Cultural Hotels in Cape Cod

January 21, 2016 by Trish Robinson

 

The Captain's Manor Inn is a Top Ten Cultural Hotel in Cape Cod

The Captain’s Manor Inn

 

We are so pleased to be featured as one of The Top 10 Cultural Hotels in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the only property located in Upper Cape Cod just over an hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts. The Culture Trip published the winners as part of their work identifying the best global and local travel. In addition to travel information The Culture Trip website is renowned for providing recommendations on food, culture, architecture, photography, design, film and music in addition to travel.

As you read below you will find out more information on Falmouth as well as information on the other lovely hotels recognized as top cultural accommodations in Cape Cod.

 

 

Falmouth, Cape Cod

The beauty of Falmouth is the diversity and extensive cultural venues in this picturesque seaside village with 67 miles of coastline. The Captain’s Manor Inn is a bed and breakfast located just a short stroll from Falmouth Village with its award winning restaurants and unique and fun boutique shops. Shoppers love to explore the many boutique shops which offer beautiful and affordable women’s clothing and accessories as well as well known shops like Black Dog and In the Pink (Lily Pullitzer). There are also menswear shops and jewelry shops as well as shops featuring local art, pottery etc.

Just around the corner is the Falmouth Museums on the Green, the First Congregational Church with a functioning Paul Revere bell and Highfield Hall and Gardens. Highfield Hall and Gardens is a cape cod treasure with its restored mansion and acres of gorgeous sunken gardens and walking trails. Every year Highfield Hall is home to musical events as well as showcasing artworks from around the world. In 2016 Highfield Hall will be the only U.S. location to host the College Women’s Association of Japan Print Show. This is the 60th year that the CWAJ has shown their work. Falmouth is also home to the Shining Sea Bikeway which travels through cranberry bogs and along the ocean down to Woods Hole where you can hop the ferry for a trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

During the summer Falmouth is home to the College Light Opera at Highfield Theater. The theater goes through a rigorous selection process to choose talented actors, musicians and singers from colleges throughout the country and the world to spend the summer performing 9 musicals during the season.

Guests also enjoy visiting our local artist galleries such as Osborn and Rugh and Karen Rinaldo’s Gallery on beautiful Falmouth harbor overlooking Vineyard Sound with Martha’s Vineyard on the horizon.

Other Top 10 Cultural Hotels located in mid and outer cape

 

The other Top 10 Cultural Hotels are beautiful properties located in mid cape and the outer cape. If you were visiting the mid cape you may want to check out 3 properties located in the scenic town of Yarmouth. The Inn at Cape Cod, The Captain Farris House and the Liberty Hill Inn are all unique bed and breakfasts that provide comfortable accommodations and breakfasts. If Hyannis is a town you are interested in staying in check out the Anchor-In located across from Hyannis Harbor.

If you are traveling out to the end of the Cape you have a choice of 5 different properties in the very culturally rich town of Provincetown. Whether you are looking for a small and intimate property or a larger venue you are covered. For a small, intimate property take a look at White Porch Inn, Snug Cottage or Christopher’s by the Bay. Larger property options include Crowne Point Historic Inn & Spa and The Brass Key.

We wish you a wonderful getaway wherever you choose to stay and the time to explore and take away wonderful memories of your cape cod vacation.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons

June 29, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons are a great afternoon goodie to enjoy here at the Inn.

Chocolate Covered Coconut MacaroonsThe recipe is fairly simple with only a few key ingredients.

We hope you enjoy the recipe.
Servings: 2 dozen macaroons
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

• One 14-ounce bag sweetened shredded coconut (such as Baker’s Angel Flake)
• 7/8 cup (a scant cup) sweetened condensed milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs whites
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate – best quality such as Ghirardelli (We use local chocolate at Ghelfi’s on Main Street)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Set oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract then set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.
4. Use a large rubber spatula to fold the egg whites into the coconut mixture.
5. Using two spoons, form heaping tablespoons of the mixture into mounds on the prepared baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart.
6. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden and the bottoms and edges are deeply golden.
7. If dipping the macaroons in chocolate, we melt the chocolate in a double boiler over simmering water. If you do not have a double boiler you can melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at medium power, stopping and stirring at 30 second intervals, until just smooth and creamy.
8. Dip the tops of the macaroons in the chocolate, letting any excess drip back into the bowl, and return to the lined baking sheets. Place the macaroons in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.

 

Highfield Hall Open House

June 28, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Highfield Hall Open House will begin at 12:30pm and go until 3:00pm. Enjoy a narrated estate walk at 12:30 where you will learn about the glorious grounds of the Highfield Hall estate.

A highlight of the Highfield Hall open house will be the fairy houses that you will find throughout the property. In fact from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm there will be a Fairy House Making Workshop.

There will also be an artists reception from 1 – 3:00 where the work of three distinct mediums will be showcased to include Glass: by Bryan Randa’s ; Paper Nests: Huguette May drawings and photographs; and Cut Paper: Selections from The Guild of American Papercutters.

For more information on this or other events at Highfield Hall click here.

July 4th Celebration

June 27, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The July 4th Celebration in Falmouth Cape Cod will once again include the annual bike and carriage parade sponsored by the Falmouth Village Association.

July 4th CelebrationParticipants will meet on the Village Green the morning of July 4th and the Parade will begin by heading down Main Street at 10am. Over the years this event has grown in size to several hundred who enjoy celebrating freedom on this special day.

bikeparade (2)Children of all ages will be wearing their red, white and blue and it is great fun to see the great decorations people have adorned their bicycles and carriages with. From tricycles, to unicycles to tandem bicycles everyone gets in on the fun. After working up an appetite folks love strolling Main Street and stopping for a snack at Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream of Cape Cod or Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium or for lunch at any number of great eateries like Stone L’Oven, Anejo’s Mexican Bistro, Quarterdeck, La Cucina Sul Mare, Pickle Jar Kitchen or Pies ala Mode Cafe.

The fun for our July 4th celebration does not stop with the parade and fun on Main Street. You should head down to Falmouth Heights Beach or Surf Drive Beach later in the evening to take advantage of the spectacular fireworks show set of on the barge out on the Ocean of Vineyard Sound. The Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association is a proud sponsor of the Fireworks July 4th Celebration.July 4th celebration fireworks

Falmouth Village Blooming

April 29, 2015 by Trish Robinson

 

Falmouth Village Blooming, a Cape Cod Spring Celebration, will kick off on Friday May 1, 2015 and continue through Sunday May 10, 2015 – the day we celebrate Mothers everywhere.

A highlight of the Falmouth Village Blooming events is the display and judging of the May Baskets that can be found all along Falmouth Village Main Street and Queen Buyway at the many retail shops, restaurants and Bed and Breakfast’s that line Main Street.  Several awards are given such as Most Creative however the one most enjoy is the People’s Choice Award which is decided based on the many voters who join in on the fun with the Falmouth Village Facebook display of all the participating May Baskets. You can expect more than 30 different participants with unique and creative basket presentations.

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All throughout the May 1st through May 10th timeframe you will find Flower Power Happy Hours at the restaurants and Blooming Bargains at retailers.

For the first weekend of festivities, May 1-3, bring the kids for some special fun as part of Kids Spring Hat Weekend. A number of stores and restaurants will provide the ingredients and instruction for special hat-making projects. Some of the participating stores are Eight Cousins Bookstores, Black Dog, Pies ala Mode and Pickle Jar Kitchen Restaurant.

On May 3rd you might enjoy participating in an Estate Walk at Highfield Hall starting at 12:30. You can start in the gardens where Terry Soares, the Highfield Garden Coordinator will be on hand and then join the estate walk docent who will share stories of the Beebe family who built this beautiful estate.

On May 5th join in the 5th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration courtesy of Anejo Mexican Bistro where the adjoining street is closed to traffic and under a tent you will find freshly prepared $5 burritos as well as margaritas and beer all while enjoying live music. The additional nicety is that all the proceeds go to the ALS Foundation.

Also on May 5th from 6-8 pm you may be inspired to head to Highfield Hall and get your hands dirty while you create your very own May garden basket with your teacher for the event Anna Holmes.

A spring story time event is another kid centric activity that is planned on Saturday May 9th at Eight Cousins bookstore. The feature is the ever popular Guess How Much I Love You. Be sure to get your very own photo with Little Nut Brown Hare who will be on hand for the fun.

Closing out Falmouth Village Blooming are two great gardening events.

First is the Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association Garden Tour which runs from 1:00 to 3:00 on May 10th.

Last year The Captain’s Manor Inn created a brand new leisure garden for guests. This year be sure to visit The Captain’s Manor Inn and The Palmer House Inn which are both by the Falmouth Village Green. The Captain’s Manor Inn is featuring a new raised bed gardening event with cattle troughs and The Palmer House is doing a herb container garden presentation. The Woods Hole Passage Bed and Breakfast is having a child centered garden project. Several other bed and breakfasts are having tea and cookies on the porch open houses such as Woods Hole Inn and Baileys by the Sea.

Second is the Falmouth Beautification Council Plant Sale from 9 am to 3 pm at Town Hall Square in Falmouth Village. This is a extremely popular annual event where you can find daylilies, shrubs, herbs, annual, perennials, veggies and more. This year some workshops will also be offered for kids and gardeners.

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