The Eight Broads in the Kitchen Cookbook Is Here!

How do you fit 8 Broads under a Christmas tree??  Simple, you buy their cookbook!!

Eight Broads in the KitchenThe long awaited cookbook from Eight Broads in the Kitchen has arrived!! Order yours while they last…

We explained how the broads came to be in a post from 2 years ago; the short version is they are all innkeepers who love food and became fast friends.  The cookbook is the result of a LOT of planning, meetings, telephone calls, conference calls, recipe testing, and a LITTLE bit of wine drinking.  With beautiful photos and lots of recipes, it’s sure to become a fast favorite.

As a special treat, we’re sharing one of Danielle’s contributions to the book.   It’s a lightened up version of a popular breakfast food.  You’ll notice it’s light on the sugar and doesn’t have any butter!


Brampton’s Favorite Granola

3          cups                old-fashioned rolled oats

1 ½      cups                nuts (we use half pistachios and half chopped pecans)

1          cup                  raw pumpkin seeds, hulled

1          cup                  shredded unsweetened coconut

½         cup                  packed light brown sugar

½         teaspoon         ground cinnamon

½         teaspoon         ground cardamom

½         cup extra        virgin olive oil

¾         cup pure         maple syrup

1 ½      teaspoon         coarse sea salt

¾         cup dried        apricots, chopped into ¼” pieces

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

  1. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, brown sugar, cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. Mix well with a spoon to distribute evenly.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, maple syrup and sea salt. Pour over dry ingredients and mix really well.
  5. Spread mixture onto the baking sheet in an even layer and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until golden brown and well toasted.
  6. Transfer granola to a large bowl and add apricots, tossing to combine.

Can be frozen for up to a month. It never lasts this long though.  Enjoy it!!

So here you have  2 more options for holiday gift giving.  You can buy a cookbook or you can make a giant batch of granola and give it out as gifts in fancy tins. Or you can bundle them together.  Wait, I guess that’s a third option.   You’re welcome!!

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The Perfect Gift, Plus a Little Something Extra.

gift certificates

It’s no secret that we send out more Gift Certificates in December than at any other time of the year.  Of course we do: they make perfect presents.  So this is the official post suggesting that you buy your loved ones the gift of an experience. Something they wouldn’t necessarily buy or do for themselves.  The gift of time away.  You get the idea.

But it’s also true that sometimes you want to hand over something a little more intimate than a piece of paper.  If that’s the case,  here are a few ideas to help you personalize your gift.

One really sweet way to present this gift would be to surprise your significant other with breakfast in bed, and slip the certificate in a rolled up napkin.  While you’re at it,  serve our signature pancakes using our secret weapon that we shared in this post.  Breakfast in bed, AND a trip away?  This is a true brownie point winner.

Breakfast in Bed

Next up, it is baking season, and everyone loves a tin of homemade cookies, right?  How about adding a few new ones to your repertoire.  We’ve shared a lot of recipes over the years, but these two are real stand-outs:  Chocolate filled ginger snaps  and vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies  Any way you want to package home-made cookies is a good idea.  Just don’t forget the gift certificate!

Another popular gift is  homemade hot cocoa mix in a cute glass jar festooned with holiday ribbons!  We’ve got a simple recipe that you can use.  Pair it with a mug that’s got a gift certificate rolled up in it and Wow! what a gift!

Need something that packs a bit more punch?  If you’ve ever been to the Brampton then you know that the bed-sheets we use are some of the most comfortable and luxurious to be found.  We don’t sell them, but we can tell you where to get them!  The sheets are one of the most talked about comforts that people mention when we ask about their stay.  A lovely set wrapped with a pretty ribbon and oh, look, a gift certificate too?!?!  You shouldn’t have!

Why, of course you should!  There’s plenty of time before the end of the year to put together a very special gift for that very special someone.  Give us a at the Brampton B&B call or order one online.  Someone will be very glad you did.  ;)

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More Opportunities to Shop Local in Chestertown!

If you’ve made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and you STILL have holiday shopping to do, fear not:  there are endless options for that perfect gift, and we have some great places for you to shop local in Chestertown.

This Friday, December 5th, is the most festive First Friday of the year!  (Yes, we celebrate First Friday every month of the year).  Luminaries on the sidewalks, Santa visiting, and school children caroling.  The whole thing is very Norman Rockwell-esque.  It’s a lovely backdrop for gift shopping, which, let’s face it, can be kind of stressful at this time of year.

For something truly unique, why not shop at the RiverArts Holiday Show and Sale?  With over 700 items representing more than 50 artists and artisans, there is surely something for everyone.  It’s right in the center of the action downtown.  And coincidentally, our lovely gardener and part-time server Manick, who is also potter, has some pieces in the show.

RiverArts Holiday Show

Of course all the other shops and galleries will be open late as well.

Another unique option the following week on Thursday, December 11, is the open house at Unity Church Hill Nursery from 5-7pm.  They will have music, oysters and other goodies around a bonfire.  It’s a lovely setting only about 10 miles from the inn and you’ll find more than just the usual plants; they have a very nice pottery and gift selection as well.

If you’re in town with your four-legged bestie, stop in at Coco’s Pet Center on High Street. For a $10 donation to the Humane Society of Kent County, get a photo of your pet and your family with Santa Claus!  It’s a great cause and makes a nice keepsake or gift!

So don’t let the stress of shopping get you down.  Come on over to the land of pleasant living and relax while you shop. It’s the only way to do it!!! Let us help you relax and unwind at Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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