Strawberry Jam Time!!

Strawberry Jam

We posted a picture on Facebook last week of two huge bowls of strawberries that Michael picked from our garden.  Though we’re very proud of that harvest,  it just isn’t enough to meet the demands for fresh berries at breakfast time AND making jam for the rest of the year!

So of course we have to supplement with  several flats of local strawberries for jam making. We do the same when the seasons come around for blueberries, peaches, and plums (my favorite!!)  Unfortunately, the extra cold winter nearly killed one of our fig trees and we had to cut it all the way down.  It has new growth, but we won’t be making jam from it anytime soon.

So today was a strawberry jam making day in the kitchen:

Strawberry Farms

2 flats plus a large bowlful from our garden yielded about 19 quarts of the stuff!  Not a bad day’s work.

We’ve written before about the abundance of local farms that we are so lucky to have here in Kent County, MD;  today’s jams are courtesy of berries from Godfrey’s Farm, one of those farms.

It’s about time for a recipe here, so here is a classic.  Even though Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn has posted this before (4 years ago, I checked!)  we’re sharing it again because it’s Just. That. Good.  And it calls for JAM!!

Strawberry Jam Recipe

 

In a lot of muffin recipes, the second instruction (right after pre-heating the oven), is to grease and flour the muffin pan.  Or, to make it easier, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray.  But, if you want to play in the big leagues, just order up some of these awesome muffin/cupcake pan liners.  They make life in the baker’s kitchen so much easier. And the presentation is fabulous.   You can thank us later.

 

Makes one dozen muffins

2          cups    unbleached flour

¼         cup      sugar

1          tablespoon   baking powder

½         teaspoon  salt

1          large    egg

1          cup      sour cream

4          ounces      unsalted butter, melted (1/2 a stick)

1          teaspoon  pure vanilla extract

¼         cup      jam of your choice, homemade if you’ve got some, or your favorite brand!

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl whisk egg, sour cream, melted butter and vanilla until smooth.

Gently fold egg mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.

Scoop one heaping tablespoon of batter into the prepared muffin pan. Make a well with the back of the spoon. Fill each well with one teaspoon of jam. Top each with remaining batter, dividing evenly among the six muffins. This should cover the jam nicely.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until just golden on top. Let rest for 10 min. before removing from pan. If you would like sprinkle with sifted, powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

 

 

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National Music Festival : Chestertown, MD

Brampton Inn Maryland Bed and Breakfast

Jumping Rocks Photography

If you’ve had just about enough of snoozing in the shade, or sipping something on the porch; swinging on the swing, or meandering the streets; dining al fresco or sneaking another cookie; relaxing, re-connecting and rejunenating:  basically of all the things folks come to the Brampton Inn for . . .

. . .then how about a dose of culture?  We’ve got a big event coming up that may be just what you’re looking for.

The National Music Festival is a two week long event bringing together world class musicians and their gifted apprentices.  Rehearsals take place all over Kent County and are free and open to the public.  Many take place on the beautiful campus of Washington College.  There are several concerts, a few of them are free as well.  From June 1st to 14th, there are events going on all day everyday.  It’s really nice to have some mid-week activity going on in our quaint little town!

National Music Festival Chestertown, MD

Photo from National Music Festival’s Facebook page

This is the fourth year for the Festival and each year we have had guests simply rave about the performances!   We’ve even been honored to have been the Chestertown lodging of choice for a few of the performers.

So, if you’re looking for a relaxing yet stimulating getaway, look no further.  You’ve just found it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy the Chestertown Tea Party Festival: on land or on water!

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

As Memorial Day approaches, the entire town gears up for its biggest party of the year:   The Chestertown Tea Party Festival, May 22-25, 2014. NOT a radical political movement, this weekend event has everything from a parade to a 10K run, art and food vendors, music, wine and beer tasting garden, a raft race. You name it, we have it, the centerpiece being the re-enactment of Chestertown residents in 1774 marching down High Street to toss tea in the river, in response to the British Tea Act.  Patriotism aside, the primary goal of the festival is to celebrate Chestertown’s past and enjoy its beauty in the present.

Chestertown Tea Party

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Photo Credit: Geoffrey DeMerritt

This is the 37th year for the festival but this year there is something new to look for.  The Chester River Packet Company offers catered, charter cruises on the Chester River on the River Packet, its 65 foot luxury yacht.  They will be offering public cruises this weekend on Friday night and also on Sunday at noon.  Compared to the hub-bub of the town wide party, observing the festivities from a distance on the river may be a welcome respite.

If you act fast, you may be able to snag one of the last available rooms at our Maryland bed and breakfast for this event!

Whatever your plans for the coming Memorial Day Weekend, we hope you enjoy a long and lazy weekend, the unofficial start of summer!!

 

 

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