Farmers' Guest House
July 23rd, 2015

Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake

Blueberry Ricotta Coffee Cake
1 1/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
2 t baking powder
1 tsp salt (use 1/2 tsp if using salted butter)
3 large eggs or 4 medium
12 oz whole milk ricotta
1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
1 t vanilla extract
1 T orange fresh orange zest,  finely grated
1 1/4 c fresh blueberries, divided
Preheat oven to 350.  Line a 9″ spring form pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl with a wire whisk.
Beat eggs, ricotta, butter, vanilla and orange zest in a bowl until smooth.
Fold in dry ingredients, then 1 c blueberries just enough to incorporate.  Be careful to not smash berries.  Sprinkle remaining 1/4 c blueberries over the top and press in to [...]

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July 8th, 2015

Maple Pecan Coffee Cake

This coffee cake is amazing!  Preparing the cakes takes a little extra effort, but is well worth it.  If you don’t have the pans to make 12 individual bundts, which is what I do here at the inn, you can use a standard bundt pan.
Ingredients
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 c butter
 
Blend until fluffy in a mixer.  Meanwhile, sift together in a separate bowl
2  1/2 c cake flour
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
 
Add 3 eggs one at a time to wet ingredients in a blender, scraping down between each. Then add
4  t vanilla
1  1/4 c sour cream
 
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and fold to be sure it is all mixed.
 
Streusel:
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 t [...]

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May 11th, 2015

Homemade Danish 101

Making your own Danish doesn’t have to be intimidating! There is a moderate amount of hands on work involved – most of the time is in the chilling.  I make the dough in the morning, roll and fold in the afternoon, and make the braid the next morning for breakfast.

Homemade Danish Recipe
Ingredients
1 envelope of yeast (2 ¼ tsp active dry yeast)
½ c milk – room temperature
1 egg – room temperature (breaking it into a small bowl will help bring it to temp)
5 T granulated sugar
¾ tsp salt
2 ½ c flour
14 T butter, cold, cut into pieces
Method
Whisk the yeast in ¼ c warm water 105 – 112 degrees in the bottom of a large bowl.  Let that rest while you make [...]

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March 21st, 2015

Best Breakfast Contest Finalist

Yes, folks, once again Farmers Guest House has submitted a winning recipe to the Best B&B Breakfast Contest and made it to the Finals!  Here it is for you to consider -
Apple Jack Cheese Stuffed French Toast & Midwest Berry Sauce – Serves 6
Locally sourced breakfast is a priority for us here at Farmers Guest House and this recipe is a fine example of tasty ingredients found in the Great Lakes region of the Midwest contributing to this local favorite.  Here are our local sources found in this classic French Toast dish:

Cage Free Eggs from Dykstra Farms, Thompson, IL
Raspberries from Fincel’s Farm, East Dubuque, IL
Cherries from Door County, WI
Cranberries from Twin Lake Cranberry Co., Vesper, WI
Apple Jack Cheese – Torkelson Cheese Co, Lena [...]

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March 9th, 2015

Vegan Banana Muffins

What a wonderful treat for a vegan guest or anyone for that matter!
Recipe makes 18 – 22 muffins
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups mashed ripe bananas (4 frozen)
1 cup oil
1 cup soy milk
 
Preheat oven to 350.  Grease two muffin pans. 
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 25 -30 minutes until toothpick tests clean.
To freeze, wrap each muffin individually with plastic wrap and place all muffins in a zip top bag clearly marked. [...]

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March 7th, 2015

Pear and Mascarpone Tart

It’s been a cold winter, and spring is just around the corner!  By the end of February tasty fresh fruit is either hard to come by or costly – except for pears and apples!  This lovely tart can be served as either a breakfast treat or a light dessert.
Pear Mascarpone Tart
1 homemade pie dough
2 – 3 ripe pears, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
coarse sugar for sprinkling
 
Roll out the pie crust to fit an 11 inch tart pan.  Combine the cheese, sour cream, egg, vanilla and sugar.  Beat 2 minutes on high speed with an electric mixer. Pour in the bottom of the tart shell.  Layer pears over the filling, overlapping [...]

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February 1st, 2015

We Need Your Help!

In 2014, Farmers Guest House’s Caramel Apple Bacon French Toast was recognized as first runner-up in the BedandBreakfast.com Best Breakfast in North America competition and we are gearing up for the 2015 competition.
That’s where you can help out. The 2015 BedandBreakfast.com Best Breakfast Competition’s focus is on the use of local, farm-fresh ingredients. We are encouraging our friends, former guests and, even, those who are not-yet-friends to provide suggestions.
We are looking for great breakfast ideas that will incorporate some of our great local, farm-fresh ingredients from the Midwest. Those of you who know us know that Farmers Guest House always uses local foods whenever possible, but we thought it’d be fun to have your input
As an added benefit, the winning [...]

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January 18th, 2015

Sleigh Ride in Galena

 

There’s nothing quite like a sleigh ride in the beautiful countryside of Galena, Illinois.  We bundled up this last week with a few friends and enjoyed a lovely trek with the team at Shenandoah Riding Center.

Located just a few minutes from downtown Galena, a sleigh ride is a treat guaranteed to delight everyone in your party. The many guests from Farmers Guest House who have enjoyed this classic winter activity have returned with rosy cheeks and a smile on their faces.

The hot chocolate is waiting for your return so book your stay here at Farmers Guest House and include a sleigh ride at Shenandoah Riding Center before the opportunity melts [...]

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January 4th, 2015

Skiing in Galena

The snow is piling up out at Chestnut Mountain offering some great skiing in Galena this year!  Chestnut Mountain has become a premier Midwest ski destination with its nineteen trails that span 220 rolling acres with a total vertical drop of 475 feet.
Here at Farmers Guest House we do everything we can to make your Illinois ski weekend getaway as relaxed and carefree as possible.  In addition to the fresh hot breakfast and locally brewed coffee each morning, we offer dryer service so your gear is dry and ready for your next day of skiing.  We also provide indoor ski storage and plenty of hot chocolate.  So give us a call or check our availabilityand enjoy a weekend on the slopes.
Chris [...]

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November 23rd, 2014

What’s that cooking?

What’s that cooking?
This is an often heard question around Farmers Guest House since I spend so much of my time cooking up something scrumptious in the FGH Kitchen.  This past week the scent of Beef Stew was in the air as I prepared a big pot of it for supper for Don and I.  One of my favorite new kitchen products is The Pampered Chef Rock Crock but a Dutch oven will do.  I hope you enjoy this Fall favorite.
Susan’s Beef Stew
2 lbs  lean beef roast cut in large chunks
2 T EVOO
4 large carrots cut in chunks
2 parsnips peeled and cut in chunks
½ a bunch of celery chopped with leaves
1 large onion diced
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T beef base
1 c [...]

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