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Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking Class

It was a very romantic Valentine’s Day at the Bernerhof Inn! Here are some photos from the Couples Cooking Class with Chef Kendra Stanley:

Couples Cooking Class With Chef Kendra StanleyCouples Cooking Class With Chef Kendra Stanley
Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day as well!

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You Wanna Pizza Me?

Last Wednesday at A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School we had a pizza making class with Chef Kendra Stanley. These were not your usual pizza toppings! Here is what was on the menu:

  • Dill, Havarti, and Smoked Salmon
  • BLT
  • Smoked Gouda, Caramelized Onions, and Chicken
  • Brie with Raspberry, Bacon, Squash, and Fried Garlic
  • Andouille, Black Bean, Corn, Tomato, and Avocado
  • And our dessert pizza: Apple with Caramel Sauce

Brie, Raspberry, Bacon, Squash, and Roasted Garlic PizzaMaking the Brie, Raspberry, Bacon, Squash, and Fried Garlic Pizza

Finished PizzasThese pizzas are all ready to eat!

Apple Pizza With Caramel SauceApple Pizza With Caramel Sauce!

Class photo with Chef Kendra Stanley

Check out our upcoming classes at A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School at the Bernerhof Inn

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Couples Cooking Class

Valentine's Day Flowers
Looking for something romantic to do with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? look no further:

Cooking for Couples with Chef Kendra Stanley
Price $190 Per Couple

Thursday February 14th, 4-7 pm •  Open
Class Description:
Love is in the air. Grab your honey and get your romance on with Couples cooking this Valentine’s Day at A Taste of the Mountains Cooking School.

Menu:

  • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
  • Sweetheart Salad with  Raspberry Love Vinaigrette
  • Grilled Shrimp in Lemon Cream
  • Roasted Garlic Heart Shaped Duchess Potatoes
  • Dark Chocolate Ganache Fondue with Strawberries

Meet Chef Kendra Stanley

Chef Kendra Stanley

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Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Winter Fruit Compote Recipe From Chef Steffani Adaska

Winter Fruit Compote
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Winter Fruit Compote

For the Cheesecake
1 T. unsalted butter, melted
3 T. graham cracker crumbs
2 lbs. Philadelphia cream cheese,
room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp. lemon zest
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean pod, scraped
1/4 cup heavy
1/4 cup sour cream
1. Pre-heat the oven to 500°.
2. Brush sides and bottom of a 9’’ springform pan with butter. Sprinkle
graham cracker crumbs over bottom of pan and shake to coat evenly
with crumbs.
3. Beat the cream cheese in a standing mixer until very smooth. Gradually
add the sugar and beat on medium speed until sugar dissolves (3-
4 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until incorporated
and scraping down the sides of the mixer bowl after each addition.
Add lemon zest, vanilla extract and vanilla specks and beat just until
incorporated.
4. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in cream and sour cream with a
wooden spoon.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cheesecake at 500°
for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200°. Bake until the
cheesecake’s perimeter is set, but center jiggles when pan is tapped,
about an hour.
6. Turn off the heat and use a long-handled fork or spoon the hold the
oven door open by about one foot.
7. Let the cheesecake rest for an hour, then place it on a wire rack and
let it cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake and refrigerate
it until chilled, at least 4 hours.
Chef’s notes:
I recommend baking the cheesecake in a water bath (Bain Marie).

For the Compote
1 cup dry white wine
¼ cup sweet Marsala wine
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cinnamon stick
½ cup dried apricots, quartered
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup dried cherries
Dash gray sea salt
1 cup Granny Smith apples,
diced ¼-inch thick cubes
1 cup pears, ¼-inch slices
1 T. lemon zest
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1. In a 4-quart saucepan or pot bring the first 6 ingredients to a simmer.
Stir slowly to dissolve the sugar in the liquid.
2. Add the remaining ingredients except the lemon juice.
3. Bring liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, simmer for about 20.
4. Turn off the heat then stir in the lemon juice. With a slotted spoon
remove the fruit to a bowl.
5. Bring the remaining syrup to a simmer and reduce until lightly thickened
or when the bubbles formed on the top become small.
6. Remove the syrup for the heat and cool. Once cool mix with the fruit
and serve over cheesecake slices.
7. The compote can be made ahead and kept n the refrigerator for up
to 3 days.

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Snow Sculpture Inspiration

This weekend is the Snow Sculpting Competition at Black Mountain. In case you couldn’t make I thought I would post some snow sculpting inspiration so you can start planning your idea for next year. Enjoy!

2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture by Lois Bravo2009 St. Paul Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture.
Photo by Lois Bravo

Snow Sculpture of Château Frontenac from Harbin Snow Sculpture Art fair 2007Snow Sculpture of Château Frontenac in Quebec City from Harbin Snow Sculpture Art fair 2007. Photo by R. Todd King.

Under Water – Breckenridge  International Snow Sculpture Championships ’11Under Water from the Breckenridge  International Snow Sculpture Championships ’11

Milite Est Vita - Breckenridge  International Snow Sculpture Championships ’10

Milite Est Vita from the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships ’10

Snow Sculpture from Sapporo Snow Festival 2004Dinosaurs Snow Sculpture from Sapporo Snow Festival 2004.
Photo from Starfires.

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Ice Carving With Inspirational ICE

This weekend when you are shopping in North Conway Village look around for some of the ice sculptures done by Josh Nylin of Inspirational ICE. There will be 12 sculptures total, though a few of them will be done tomorrow throughout the day as demonstrations.

Here are some from today:

Funky Bubble Ice SculptureIce Sculpture by Inspirational ICE outside The Funky Bubble.

Inspirational ICE DemonstrationInspirational ICE Demonstration Outside The Eastern Slope Inn.

The Penguin Gallery Ice SculptureThe Penguin Gallery Ice Sculpture by Inspirational ICE.

Soyfire Candle Ice SculptureSoyfire Candle Ice Sculpture by Inspirational ICE.

Chef's Market Ice Carving Demonstration Chef’s Market Ice Carving Demonstration by Chef Bryant Alden.

 

 

 

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5 Things to Do in the Mount Washington Valley This Month

Happy New Year! The end of 2012 brought us more snow than we saw all winter last year so there are plenty of fun things to do this month! Here are 5 of them:

1. Learn to Ski or Snowboard (For Free!)

Bretton Woods Skiiers

January 12-18th is Ski Nh’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Free week. Just go to their website and download a coupon and first time skiers and riders can get a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and free lift ticket for downhill skiers/riders, or free trail pass for cross-country skiers.

     PARTICIPATING DOWNHILL SKI AREAS FOR 2013:

Bretton Woods (age 13+), Cannon Mountain (age 13+), Cranmore Mountain Resort (age 13+), Dartmouth Skiway (age 13+), Granite Gorge (age 5+, Sunday only), Gunstock Mountain Resort (age 6+), King Pine at Purity Spring Resort (age 13+), Loon Mountain (age 13+, Sunday-Friday only), Pats Peak (age 6+, Monday-Thursday only), Ragged Mountain (age 13+), Waterville Valley (age 7+)

 PARTICIPATING CROSS COUNTRY SKI AREAS FOR 2013:

Bretton Woods XC (age 6+), Dartmouth XC (age 6+), Great Glen Trails (age 6+, Monday-Friday only), Gunstock Mountain Resort (age 6+), Jackson XC (age 13+, Sunday-Friday only)Purity Spring Resort XC and Snowshoe Reserve (age 13+), Waterville Valley (age 7+)

2. Jackson Chamber of Commerce Snow Sculpting Competition

2013 Snow Sculption Competition at Black Mountain

January 25-27th The Jackson Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Snow Sculpting Competition at Black Mountain. Both amateur and professional sculptors are welcome to join in on the fun. A bonfire with marshmallows and sleigh rides are other activities planned for this event. For more information check out the Jackson Chamber of Commerce website.

3. Ice Carvings in North Conway

Inspirational ICE carving

If you would rather be shopping than playing in the snow you can still get your taste of winter beauty in North Conway Village from January 18-21st. 12 unique ice carvings by Josh Nylin of Inspirational ICE will be on display throughout the village. You can also check out several demonstrations at various times on January 19th and 20th. A list of exact locations of the ice sculptures and times for the demonstrations are available on the North Conway Chamber of Commerce website.

 

4. Go Snowshoeing

Jackson Ski Touring

Get out and explore the nature of the Mount Washington Valley on snowshoes. Snowshoeing is fun and easy and there are plenty of trails around the valley. The Bernerhof Inn has several pairs available to guests, as well as our very own trails behind the Inn. Jackson Ski Touring also has guided snowshoe tours available every Tuesday at 1pm, Saturday at 9:30 am, and Sunday at 9:30 am. The tour costs $10 and rentals are also available.

5. Take a cooking class

Cooking Class at Taste of the Mountains Cooking School

When you get sick of the cold come inside and take a cooking class at the Taste of the Mountains Cooking School located at the Bernerhof Inn. There are a bunch of classes going on this month you should check out:

Just Wing It – Super bowl Foods with Chef Kendra Stanley
Price $95

Saturday, January 12th •  1-4 pm • Open
Class Description:
Kick Off a Winning Super Bowl Party and Score Big with our crowd-pleasing Super Bowl recipes from Chef Kendra Stanley. Join us for game day dishes sure to be a hit at your football fiesta.

Winter Soups and Stews with Chef Jonathan Spak
Price $95

Thursday, January 17th, 4-7 pm  • Open
Class Description: Enjoy an evening with Chef Jonathan Spak of the Oxford Inn in Fryeburg, Maine. Chef Spak will warm your belly and soothe your soul with flavorful dishes to take off the winter chill.

Comfort Food Cravings with Chef Kendra Stanley
Price $95

Tuesday, January 22nd •  4-7 pm • Open
Class Description:
What’s at the top of your Comfort Foods list? We’ve got the answer and Chef Kendra has the recipes that will warm your belly and make your heart smile. Come hungry. Leave happy.

A Taste of Asia with Chef Steffani Adaska
Price $95

Saturday  January 26th, 1-4 pm •  Open
Class Description:
Learn to cook authentic dishes from Vietnam and Thailand. Chef Steffani will broaden your knowledge about the Vietnam and Thai cuisine as you learn basic cooking methods, knife skills, and enjoying culinary discussions with your chef-instructor. This is a hands-on class where you will have fun creating genuine, healthful recipes from Southeast Asia.
Please note: Peanuts are used in several recipes. If you have peanut allergies this class is not recommended.

To book a class call (603) 383-4200 or book online!

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Voices & Colors – A Music & Arts Festival

Here’s a fantastic way to spend a weekend Get-Away in NH.  This is a new event, but one that is sure to take off and grow!  Check out all the details below!

AN EVENT PRODUCED BY FREDDIE PROCYK OF CRANMORE MOUNTAIN LODGE AND JESSICA ZARENKO OF CABERNET INN with assistance from The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau

Cranmore Mountain Lodge
Enjoy listening to traditional Folk music by The Mountain Top Music Center Old Time String Band in the setting of a cozy B&B

The Metropolitan Coffee House
Listen to Italian Music as you enjoy authentic, homemade Italian Gelato, cakes, pastries and coffee drinks

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort and Waterpark
June 29, 9-11:00pm – Enjoy solo guitarist and singer Jim Conners at their Red Ridge Grill
June 30, 8 to 9pm – Kids performer and family fun time musician Bob Rutherford with adult music to follow

Red Parka Pub & Steakhouse
June 29, 9-12:30 – Amorphous
June 30, 9-12:30 – Full Circle
July 1, 4-7 – Bennett & Perkins

Stone Mountain Arts Center
June 29 – Billy Bragg Up Close and Personal
June 30 – Wine, Dine, and Diva .. A Really, Really Fun Wine Dinner

World Fellowship
June 30, 7:30pm – Baroque & Renaissance Dance

Bartlett Inn Art Gallery
June 29 – July 1, 11am to 5pm View original Oil and Watercolor paintings of the White Mountains by New England artists

Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center
June 29, 7:30 pm – “You Can’t Kill Stephen King,” an independent film
June 30, 7:30 pm – Enjoy the new Fryeburg Academy band, Junco, that has a “softer Dave Matthews Band” sound.

Fields of Ambrosia
June 29, 1pm-5pm & June 30, 10am-4pm. Design your signature scent from a single note to a symphony of fragrance and receive a free perfume bottle with your THE ART OF PERFUMERY purchase.

302 West Smokehouse
June 29 – Rek’lis a Trois
June 30 – Cooped Up

Margarita Grill
July 1 SHOL Sunday
an evening of acoustic music, local art, handmade crafts and tastings of local food and beverages

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association
Local artists will be painting scenes around North Conway Village
Come watch as their talent comes alive on the canvas

Omni Mount Washington Resort
June 29 – 9pm-Midnight “Side Show

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A Quick History of Jackson NH

Jackson is such a quaint historic town we thought we’d share a quick note about the history from our friends at the historical society.  A great  place for a romantic getaway and an exciting day of hiking, biking, swimming or even shopping, Jackson NH is a great town to visit, explore or even settle.

The first settlers in our area came from Madbury, New Hampshire and they called their new settlement New Madbury. At the time of incorporation on December 4, 1800, Adams was adopted as the town name in honor of President John Adams. It remained so until 1829, when the name was changed to Jackson.

While the record, official or otherwise, is unclear as to who instigated the name change, it was motivated in response to the election of President Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans. The popularity of President Jackson is reflected in that only one vote was cast for keeping Adams as the name.

In the mid-1800′s, Jackson became a popular destination for artists arriving by coach to capture the scenic beauty of the area on their canvases. Others attracted by the what they saw on canvas began to arrive. At first, farmers opened their doors to these visitors, and many expanded their own homes into boarding houses. Hotels were then built to accommodate visitors arriving by train for the summer to enjoy the mountain air, croquet and conversation on the expansive porches.

In 1876, the covered bridge which spans the Ellis River was built by Charles Austin Broughton and his son Frank. At that time it was named the “Honeymoon Bridge”. Local custom has carried on a romantic tradition with many newly married couples having their photograph taken there, thus adding another memory to their special day. Jackson’s Covered Bridge, a Paddleford truss construction, is one of 55 remaining today. It is well maintained by the town and is protected by a fire protection system to alert the local fire station.

World War II brought an end to these glorious summers. Although many of the grand hotels of Jackson are now gone, the splendor of this Village remains. Visitors now come year round to enjoy the views, covered bridge, white steepled church, water falls, mountains, and rolling farmland. They now stay in country inns, B&B’s, lodges, or the only remaining grand hotel and sample local flavor in the restaurants.

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Mt. Washington Valley Arts Update!!

We always like to share events going on in the valley.  If you’re heading up for a romantic get-away or just want to enjoy the events and stay in a cozy jackson nh bed and breakfast, we welcome the opportunity to host you and your family.

Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association
Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association
Schedule of Events
Welcome to your Members’ Update!
Here you will find the latest news and a quick reminder of scheduled events, activities and classes.
If you have questions, phone us at 603-356-2787, or visit us on the web at mwvarts.org
New Exhibit

Juried Photographers Dick Pollock and Kathy Bergeron share the Artist of the Month Exhibit for the month of March.  Their Exhibit is titled “A’ LA CANVAS”.  Both artists have recently begun to produce much of their work on canvas.  The emphasis of this show is to demonstrate the wonderful detail, vibrancy and texture that is possible with this medium.

The public is invited to come to the opening reception where you can meet the artists on Friday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.  The exhibit will run from March 2nd until March 24th.

Gafney Library

Several Association Members will be exhibiting their work at the Gafney Library for the month of March.  If you are in the area, stop by to see the exhibit.

M&D Productions’ “Your Theatre”

The work of photographer David Gorke will be on display in the theatre for the month of March.

Art Appreciation Video
Our video series on Art Appreciation will resume next week on Friday evening March 9th at 6pm.
Sitters Needed

Gallery sitters are needed for Saturdays during the month of March.  If you have some time available (10am-2pm) we could use the help.  Please call the office if you are available and we’ll be happy to schedule you.

Save the Date

Ever wanted to own a Nan White watercolor? Saturday evening, March 31, 2012, is your best opportunity!   ” NAN WHITE the ARTIST: An Exhibit for Sale” will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Mt. Washington Valley Art Association ‘s Visual Arts Center, 16 Norcross Place , North Conway Village, NH. White’s work will be display on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 9-3.

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