Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Cookies From Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

Okay, I know, Thanksgiving has just ended and I'm already having anxiety attacks on how I'm going to bake all those special holiday cookies in just a couple weeks. This has been a tradition for years now. I usually bake 10-15 different kinds of cookies and then put them into gift baskets with our special blend coffee and give them to area businesses. We have been so busy that I haven't even had the time to make the different doughs and freeze them for the future. My daughter does the same thing and gives platters of these home baked morsels out to her friends and brings them to holiday parties. After talking with her today, I realized I better get a move on it! Plan B - Biscotti's here I come.

Biscotti with Chocolate Chunks and Orange
Biscotti’s are my signature cookie. I make all kinds. Give them a try. The trick is spraying a vegetable oil on your hands when forming the logs.

2 cups plus 2T. flour
1 ½ teas. baking powder
¼ teas salt
¾ cup sugar
½ cup (1stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
2 T. Grand Marnier
1T. grated orange peel
1 cup tasted pecan, coarsely chopped
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Line large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl to blend. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then Grand Marnier and orange peel. Add flour and beat until blended. Stir in pecans and chocolate. Gather dough together, divide in half. Wrap in plastic and freeze for 20 minutes till firm.

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Spray hand with Pam and form each dough piece into 14-inch long, 2 ½ -inch wide log. Transfer logs to prepared pans, spacing 2 inches apart. Bake for 30 minutes, until a light golden brown. Transfer parchment with logs to rack. Cool 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Place 1 log on cutting board. Using serrated knife, cut log on diagonal into ½- inch thick slices. Stand slices upright on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining log.

Bake biscotti for 30 minutes, until dry to touch and pale golden. Cool completely on rack.

This recipe is taken from my new cookbook, just published last week. Email info@andonreidinn.com for information.


Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina


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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recipes! Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast Cookbook

We are proud to announce that our first cookbook at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast has finally been published and has arrived. What a thrill to finally see everything in print. This endeavor has certainly been a labor of love. Thank you to my friends, Patti and Kim who pushed me through this, to my sister, Liz who designed it and my husband, Ron who picked up all the slack while I was working on this book. I've included the most asked for recipes from our guests who have indulged in our sumptuous breakfasts. Each book is $14.95 plus shipping and handling. If you are interested in having a copy give us a call at 1-800-293-6190.
Bon Appetit!
Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our
Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Birthday Getaways in North Carolina

Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast just hosted a three day, 60th birthday bash for one of our most loved fruests, guests that become friends. Kathy and Lee rented the house out for all their friends to help celebrate this blessed event. I must say that we had a ball! Everyday was something different, shopping, hiking to see the elk in Cataloochee, shopping, looking at some different properties in the area, shopping, you get the picture. On Saturday,afternoon we had a wine and cheese party during college football. That was followed by a magnificent dinner at Lomo Grill. Sunday evening was Margarita night and dinner from Los Amigos was brought back to the house. Kathy can make a mean Margarita! Since we always have dessert at breakfast, Kathy sent me a recipe for Lee's favorite cake to make on his birthday which was Monday. The cake was easy, it was the frosting that was a bi*#?%! It did come out great. There was enough cake to last four days. What a great way to celebrate a birthday. Our home is so conducive to group events, reunions and getaways. Our recreation room/fitness studio keeps everyone busy and the games were on. A very competitive group I must say. Happy birthday Lee, see you both in December.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at
Andon-Reid Inn our Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Rose Bowl 2010, Ohio State Buckeyes and Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast

All I have to to say is that Ohio State WON!!! We all watched the game during our wine down.This is a fun thing we do at Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast once or twice a month. A get-together of all of our guests enjoying our wines, cheeses and hors d'oerves of the day. Usually we have jazz playing and lots of conversation. Today I had to change the rules because of the big game. We still had great conversation but our background was the game. It went into overtime and yes, Ohio State won the Big 10 Championship and they'll be going to the Rose Bowl. The first time since 1997.That year they won the Rose Bowl against Arizona State, 20-17. You'll know where I'll be on January 1, 2010...Buckeye Land!.

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our
Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

North Carolina Family and Friends Getaway

Now that the holiday season is approaching, Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast is hosting numerous families and friends traveling together. Ron and I really enjoy all the groups that "Rent the Inn". Our guests have figured out that you can stay at our bed and breakfast for just a bit more than a hotel and enjoy the feeling of being "home". Whether you are here with friends coming in from all four points of the United States or a family meeting at a central point for a reunion you'll have the run of the house. Not only do you receive an incredible breakfast every morning with the aroma of fresh coffee acting as your alarm clock, you'll also enjoy all the snacks, baked goods, soda and water available all day long. We are fortunate in that our home has a spacious game room, sauna and fitness studio. We've added Wii Sports to the array of games that we have. During the day explore the Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore House or relax with a book. During the evening have a great dinner at one of our Waynesville restaurants, come back for a Wii Sports tournament and bring home the trophy!

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper at Andon-Reid Inn our
Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, North Carolina


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