Monday, December 21, 2009
A Healthy New Year
Sesame cabbage salad ~ vegetarian dumplings ~ baked fish with ginger and shitake mushrooms, served with jasmine rice and sautéed kale ~ walnut cookies and ginger ice cream
Guest chefs: Joe Frye and Lisa Newman
Spicy pickled vegetables ~ chips and fresh salsa ~ black bean, corn, and red onion salad ~ chicken tortilla pie with Spanish rice ~ leche quemada dessert
House pickle ~ fresh bread with homemade butter ~ mixed-green salad with Cathy’s secret dressing ~ Misty Knoll Farm chicken (pounded, breaded, and baked with provolone, basil, and diced tomato) served with parmesan pasta ~ semolina pudding
Sesame pickled vegetables ~ fresh spring rolls with plum dipping sauce ~ coconut-lime soup with jasmine rice and pan-fried tofu ~ shrimp pad thai with fresh bean sprouts and cilantro ~ lime meringue tartlets
Guest chef: Alice Cozzolino
Polenta bites with garden pesto ~ corn, bean, and roasted squash soup ~ watercress salad ~ scallops and porcini-leek risotto with parmigiano reggiano ~ roasted winter vegetables ~ hand-dipped chocolate truffles and poached pears with crème fraiche and red wine coulis
(Because of increased demand, we will have two seatings for this dinner — one at 6pm and one at 8pm.)
Fresh bread with homemade butter ~ mixed green salad with Cathy’s secret dressing ~ potato and cheese pierogies ~ Holiday Brook Farm kielbasa with homemade whole-grain mustard and fresh sauerkraut ~ chocolate babka
Friday, November 20, 2009
What else? Be sure to pop over to Fran and Dan's blog, platetoplate.com, to check out some awesome photos of their trip to the Lodge. So glad to know there are pickle lovers in the world! Thanks, guys!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
After scoring each chestnut and roasting them, the meat inside turns starchy and soft. A different flavor, but equally good. It adds its own flavor to the stew, and thickens it as well.
The part of dinner I'm most excited about, though, is serving fresh, hot biscuits with our homemade butter! This is truly a unique experience. How often do you get really good biscuits at a restaurant, served hot out of the oven?
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
October 10th: Pork-o-rama
Stuffed pork roast served with homemade spaetzle noodles and chunky applesauce ~ French onion soup fresh coleslaw ~ Alsatian pear tart
October 17th: Festival of Squash
Curried buttercup squash soup, served with homemade crème fraiche ~ mixed squash pickle ~ baked delicata, stuffed with quinoa, pecans, cranberries, and cheddar ~ roasted green beans ~ cardamom pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting
October 31: Ghoulish Goodies
Bandaged glazed carrot fingers ~ unblinking-eye meatloaf ~ ghostly mashed potatoes ~ chocolate spiders ~ ladies’ fingers ~ monster eyeballs
November 7th: All Things Latin
Salvadoran pickled cabbage ~ Cuban black bean soup ~ fresh corn tortillas ~ Rio verde chicken enchiladas, baked in a salsa cream sauce ~ flan
November 14th: Good Ol’ Stew and Biscuits
Pickled beets and carrots ~ hot, flaky biscuits served with homemade butter ~ pork and chestnut stew ~ house salad ~ homemade apple pie
December 5th: Beef Stroganoff
Arugula salad with dried tart cherries, blue cheese, and walnuts ~ beef stroganoff with handmade egg noodles, served with homemade crème fraiche ~ lemon-glazed gingerbread
December 12th: Lasagna Night
Antipasto sampler ~ Caesar salad with homemade dressing and croutons ~ lasagna Bolognese or spinach lasagna with toasted, slivered almonds ~
a platter of Italian cookies and lemon ice
January 9th: A Healthy New Year
Sesame cabbage salad ~ vegetarian dumplings ~ baked fish with ginger and shitake mushrooms, served with jasmine rice and roasted kale ~ walnut cookies and ginger ice cream
Thursday, September 17, 2009
And check out these swank photos on Flickr, taken by Fran Duncan (www.platetoplate.com), on Ravioli Night: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frangrit/sets/72157622267004929/
She and her husband, Dan Williams (the fastest pasta roller in the Berkshires), helped out in the kitchen on Saturday. Thanks, guys!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
And, if I had thought to have my camera handy (bad blogger, bad blogger!), this is where I would have posted a photo of Lauren coming through the door with a bushel basket full of chickens. You'll have to just use your powers of visualization, I suppose.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
making our first dinner at the Lodge such a success! We hosted 66 people for dinner on Saturday night, and we're so humbled by the positive responses we received about the food, the warm atmosphere, and simply having a place for people to linger and chat with friends. It was lovely.
If you were hoping to attend, we definitely recommend our chicken pot pie night on September 19th! Our pies will feature local chicken and vegetables baked in a savory gravy under a flaky layer of pastry. We will also be serving our curried zucchini pickles, fresh bread with homemade butter, mesclun salad with Cathy's secret-recipe dressing, and hot apple crisp (from local apples, of course!)
And (as if that weren't enough!) we will end the evening with a hootenanny! We'll pass out the lyrics to some classic folk songs (such as these: http://www.folkalley.com/
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We are officially sold out for our first dinner on September 5th. There are lots of tasty meals to come, however, including deelicious handmade ravioli on September 12th (that's next Saturday, so get your reservation in soon).
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We are so fortunate to have so much support from everyone in the Hilltowns; people from Springfield to Williamstown are sending positive energy our way (along with lots of menu suggestions! Keep 'em coming!) Thank you, all.
Here's what we've cooked up for the first round of dinners. We've tried to take advantage of what's in season, and we've tried to keep a balance of vegetarian and carnivorous meals, as well as a balance of homey, familiar food and a few more exotic items. One thing you can count on: at the core of every meal will be handmade food from the freshest available ingredients. Whenever we can buy from local farms, we certainly will.
Please send us your suggestions for future meals! Thanks so much!
Marinated, grilled portabella mushrooms stuffed with feta, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers (with or without sausage), nutty couscous and garlicky grilled summer squash ~ fresh corn chowder~ house pickles ~ freshly baked bread w/homemade butter ~ peach cobbler w/vanilla ice cream
A medley of handmade ravioli ~ fresh Caesar salad with house-made dressing~ crusty garlic bread ~ creamy semolina pudding with tart fall raspberry sauce
Local chicken pot pie ~ garden-fresh mesclun salad ~ house pickles ~ freshly baked bread w/homemade butter ~ hot apple crisp w/vanilla ice cream
Mrs. Sangar’s homemade samosas ~ saag paneer w/ cashew basmati rice ~ fresh naan with a sampler tray of chutneys and raitas ~ coconut-cardamom rice pudding
No dinner—please attend the West Cummington Congregational Church’s annual auction & dinner!
Stuffed pork roast served with homemade spaetzle noodles and chunky applesauce ~ French onion soup ~ fresh coleslaw ~ Alsatian pear tart
Thursday, April 23, 2009
When we explain that we're going to a) live there and b) serve family style dinners once a week with music afterward, the next question they ask is "Great! When can we come?"
So, here's the answer: hopefully by Labor Day!
We're still in the process of buying the lodge, but if all goes well, we should be able to move in June 30th, do some cleaning and repairs, and be up and going by the end of the summer.
Check back for (hopefully) regular updates on how things are progressing, and if you have comments, questions, or suggestions for dinners or musicians, please let us know!
Thanks so much!
Cathy Stillerman and Carleen Madigan