Stay at Home Recipes- Mira Monte Popovers!

Stay at Home Recipes- Popovers! makes 10-12 medium popovers

Maine’s shelter-in-place directive has been extended until the end of May, so it looks like we’ll all be doing a lot more baking!  You’d pay quite a bit for popovers at the local eateries, but you can make them yourself for just pennies. When it comes to popovers, success isn’t about fancy ingredients, it’s all about technique! It took me a few tries to come up with a recipe that I could live with, but I think this one’s a keeper.  These popovers are nice and crusty on the outside, soft, light and eggy on the inside, with a nice cup-like shape.  Enjoy!

  • Vegetable oil to coat pan
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt according to taste
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1 1/4 C milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 450° F. Pour about 1 Tbsp cooking oil into each well of a muffin pan, generously coating the bottom and sides. Place in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until oil is hot.

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Mix to combine.

Combine the milk, butter and worcestershire in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for about 1 minute, allowing the butter to melt completely. Mixture should be warm but not hot.  Add eggs and whisk to combine.

Gradually add the flour to the milk mixture and whisk until just combined. The mixture will be thin and a little lumpy- don’t over mix or a rubbery texture will result.

Pour batter into the hot muffin pans filling each cup halfway. Bake in oven for 10 minutes until the batter has puffed up and set.  Reduce the temperature to 350° F  and continue to bake for 15 to 20 minutes more until golden brown.  Serve immediately with jam and butter.

Tips:

  • When making popovers, steam is the sole leavening agent so a hot oven and pan are imperative.
  • Heating the butter with the milk in a microwave results in a firmer crust that will resist deflating.  Cold milk will yield lighter, souffle-like popovers.
  • Try adding some chopped herbs, blueberries or a little cheese for a creative twist.

We Offer the Best Rate on Our Website- Always!

Everywhere you look, there are a myriad of options for booking your vacation. From Expedia and Booking.com to Trivago and AirBNB, offers are everywhere. Most guests don’t realize that when they click on one of these links they are booking through an Online Travel Agency, or OTA, and not the inn they’ll be staying at. A Google survey of 1000 travelers found that 70% of travelers think they are going directly to a lodging website when they press the Book a Room button, but instead they are booking through an OTA.

OTAs such as Booking.com and Expedia charge commissions for a reservation.  Unfortunately, the OTAs often have to pass those commissions along to you in the form of rates that are higher than on our site.

At the Mira Monte we can guarantee that our best rate is the one you’ll find when you book directly with us on our website. Not only can we guarantee the best rate, but we can also help you avoid common problems that guests encounter with an OTAs since you will be working directly with us and not an intermediary.  You may also have access to special promotions and discounts not available through an OTA.

We appreciate your willingness to BOOK DIRECT and work with.  Call us or click “book now” to make your reservation today!

Mira Monte Cares – Our COVID-19 Response

We understand that you may be anxious about the safety of traveling during these extraordinary times.  We want to assure you that your safety and well being is our greatest concern.

Here are a few of the things we offer in order to protect our guests from COVID-19:

  • Private Entrances. Many of our ground-floor guest rooms have exterior entrances, allowing you to come and go without passing through common areas (Please see room descriptions to check for the availability of this feature).
  • No Contact Check-In. Keys are sanitized and distributed in clean envelopes.  Guest receipts are delivered by email unless otherwise requested.
  • Decreased turnover.  We be scheduling additional time between guest room bookings in order to facilitate sanitation and reduce overall building density.
  • “Grab and Go” breakfast.  Consistent with the state mandate for COVID-19 prevention, we will be temporarily suspending our buffet-style breakfast in favor of individually packaged meals.
  • Increased Spacing in Dining Areas. We have removed several seats in our dining areas in order to help meet social distancing requirements.
  • Enhanced Sanitation Procedures. We’re taking even more time than usual to ensure that all our rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between guests.
  • Frequent sanitizing. High-contact points in public areas such as stair rails, door handles, reception counters, bathrooms and dining tables receive extra attention.
  • Additional Staff Training. Our staff has received special training in sanitation techniques necessary to reduce the threat of COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer.  We have placed hand sanitizer dispensers in common areas of the inn.

No environment can be completely sterile, but we are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that your stay is both enjoyable and safe.  As the situation continues to evolve, we will modify our policies accordingly.

Your Hosts,

Bruce and Cheryl

 

Give the Gift of Maine with a Mira Monte Gift Certificate!

For a limited time, we’re featuring an amazing offer on our Mira Monte Gift Certificates!  From now through May, we’ll add an extra 25% value to any purchase!  For example, when you purchase a $100 certificate, we’ll upgrade it to $125! Buy a $200 gift certificate and we’ll make it $250!  These certificates have no expiration date, and you can use them for yourself or gift them to a friend.  Call us today at (207) 288-4263 to take advantage of this special offer.

Stay at Home Recipes- Almond Florentine Cookies

Stay at Home Recipes- Almond Florentine Cookies- makes about 2 dozen cookies

  • Ingredients
  • 1 C blanched whole almonds (slivered or sliced almonds can be substituted)
  • ¾ C all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1/8 tsp fine salt
  • ½ C fine sugar
  • ½ C or 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Procedure for Chocolate

Microwave ½ C chocolate chips in small oven-proof glass bowl on high for 20 seconds.  Stir.  Add remaining chips and microwave for 20 seconds more.  Stir until smooth.

Procedure for Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Pulse whole almonds in a food processor to a fine meal (or pulse slivered or sliced almond to the desired texture). Pulse in flour, orange zest and salt until just combined
  3. In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, butter, cream and corn syrup together. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Take off heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into dry ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.  Set aside until cool enough to handle.
  5. Round tablespoon sized pieces of dough into balls. Place on parchment paper 3” apart to allow for spreading.  With wetted fingers, pat down gently.
  6. Bake cookies until thin and golden, about 10-12 minutes. Turn pan in the half way through cooking time.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. For best results, remove cookies from baking sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.
  8. Place cooled cookies closely spaced on parchment paper. Dip a whisk, honey dipper or fork into the melted chocolate mixture and coat generously.  Using a back and forth motion, drizzle chocolate over the cookies.  Set aside until chocolate has hardened.  Enjoy!

Tip:  A silicone baking mat is perfect for florentines.  In addition to it’s non-stick properties, the mat will also help to distribute heat evenly.

Need a break after the crisis ends?  Reservations now being accepted for summer!  Book now at http://www.miramonte.com

Stay at Home Recipes- Maine Blueberry Muffins

Maine Wild Blueberry Muffins- Makes 24

Other states may cultivate more berries, but Maine is the largest producer of wild blueberries in the world, and with good reason.  Maine berries are special.  They’re small, exceptionally sweet and have a pleasing reddish-blue color; nothing like those bland commercial varieties!  We bake our blueberry muffins every morning at the Mira Monte and serve ’em til they’re gone!

Ingredients

  • 4 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 C wild Maine blueberries (you can use those other berries if you’d like, we won’t tell)
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 C milk
  • 2 eggs

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Sift together dry ingredients
  3. Add wet ingredients
  4. Fold in blueberries
  5. Scoop into greased muffin tin (a #12 disher works well)
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

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Monty Presents: “Talk Like a Mainah”

Monty the Beaver is our resident mascot, and he’s been after his new guests about the funny way they talk:  “Yah gotta talk like a real Mainah if yah wanna fit in” he says….  so he’s put together this little guide to help you get started:

Words
Ahwah = 60 minutes, amount of time it takes to find a parking spot in downtown Bar Harbor in the summer.
Ayuh or Yuuh = Yes, yup, yep, uh-huh, “eh?”.
Bah Habbah = Bar Harbor, best place in the world to visit, even better place to live.
Bangah = Bangor, second largest city in Maine, closest city to Bar Harbor that has a Sams Club.
Beans = sportswear and sporting goods company LL Bean, the only Maine company known outside of Maine.
Bettah = Better, should, oughtta, opposite of worsah.
Bug = Lobster, spiny shellfish that turns red when you boil it, tourist food.
Cah = Automobile, collection device for parking tickets in downtown Bar Harbor.
Californier = California, where Hollywood is.
Centah = Center, what’s inside the outside.
‘Chout = Watch Out, look out, don’t be stupid.
Chowdah = Chowder, a thick white soup with potatoes, may contain lobster or clams but mostly potatoes.
Crittah = Creature, particularly those that burrow in your yard, live under your house, or have babies in your attic.
Cunnin’ = Cute, particularly when referring to crittahs.
Deah = Deer, furry, antlered garden-eating animals that own the town, or the girlfriend that owns you.
Finest Kind = The best, how Mainers say “da kine”.
Maahden’s = Mardens, a Maine junk store where everyone shops but no one admits to going.
Mainah= Mainer, anyone from heah.
Nor’eastah = Nor’easter, large storm that blows in from the northeast and really, really pisses people off.
Pahk= Park, what you do with the cah, also place where little kids play.
Pahtlan‘ = Portland, largest city in Maine named after Portland England or Portland cement, one of the two- we’re not sure which.
Pissah = Something or someone that (who) is very unpleasant or nasty, the old lady at town hall who you need to see for everything.
Wicked = Great, very good, the opposite of wicked.
Yahd = Yard, place where your house sits.  Also 3 feet.

 

Phrases
Down Cellah = In the basement, dark scary place where junk is stored.
From away = stranger, newcomer, anyone who’s family hasn’t lived in Maine for at least 150 years.
Go Upta Camp = Visit a vacation/hunting/fishing cabin, camping, what Mainahs do on vacation.
It ain’t theyah no moah = reference to a long ago landmark that everyone (but you) knows about.
Snow Machinin’ = Snow mobiling, riding a motorcycle that has a track and skis instead of wheels.
Yah cahn’t get theyah from heah = You’re lost, budddy.  Really, really lost.
You people = your group, your kind, your ilk. Anyone from away- especially Californier.

 

Now You Try a Few:
“‘Chout when yah go down cellah, it’s dahk”
“I’m goin’ upta camp to go snow machinin'”
“It’s two ahwahs from Pahtlan’ to Bangah”
“Last night’s nor’eastah was a wicked pissah”
“The chowdah at Thurston’s is of the finest kind”
“The deah that ate my gahden was a cunin’ crittah”
“Yah cahn’t get theyah from heah. Take a right at Bob’s place (it ain’t theyah no moah), and go from theyah”.
“You people can pahk yah cah ’round back in the yahd”
“Come to Bah Habbah, ain’t nothin’ bettah- ayuh!”

 

So what do you think?  Did Monty get it right?  Are there a few other Mainerisms that you know of?

Stay at Home Recipes- Classic Lemon Bars

These tart and tasty lemon bars are sure to hit the spot!

Crust Ingredients

  • 1/4 lb unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Lemon Curd Filling Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 C granulated sugar
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 1/2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Procedure for Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt.
  3. In a larger bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar and mix until just combined.  Mixture will have a crumbly texture.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and gather into a ball.
  6. Place into a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and press evenly on the bottom all the way around and 1/2″ up the sides
  7. Chill for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from refrigeration and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned, remove and allow to cool completely.  Keep the oven on.

Procedure for Lemon Curd and Assembly

  1. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour.  Pour over cooled crust.
  2. Place into oven on center rack and bake for 30-35 minutes or until filling has set.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice and enjoy!

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Stay at Home Recipes- Anadama Bread

Anadama Bread

We prepare our Anadama bread at the Mira Monte from scratch every day.  This elegantly simple, traditional New England yeast bread is made with flour, cornmeal, butter and molasses. It is brown and slightly sweet, allowing it to accompany a variety of foods both sweet and savory.  There are many stories about how the bread received it’s curious name, all of them undoubtedly apocryphal, but here’s the classic yarn.  To fully appreciate this story, it helps to know that Mainers have a penchant for substituting “er” in place of “a” at the end of a word!

Long ago, an old fisherman had a wife named Anna who was so very frugal that she only fed her husband meals of cornmeal mush sweetened with a little molasses.  One day, the old fisherman came home determined not to eat another spoonful of mush. He added some flour and yeast to the mush and baked it in the oven to make bread, all the while muttering, “that Anna, damn ‘er!”  

And so it was that Anadammer, uh, Anadama bread was born.  The bread was so delicious that it became an instant hit and a New England staple. We’ve presented 2 versions here; the first is the rustic “old fisherman’s” version that can be prepared without kneading and without a bread machine.  The second is the bread machine version for those of you who are more technologically-inclined.

Rustic Recipe
Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 Tbsp butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour

Procedure

  1. Place the cornmeal in a large bowl. Boil the two cups of water and pour the hot water into the cornmeal, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the molasses, salt and butter and stir to combine. The cornmeal mixture should still be warm enough to melt the butter.
  3. Put 1/2 cup warm water into a small bowl. The water should be warm to the touch but not boiling or the yeast will be die.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let sit for a few minutes. Then gently to combine. Let sit for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl with the cornmeal mixture and mix to combine. Add the bread flour, a cup at a time, stirring after each addition. The dough will be soft and sticky.
  5. Butter 2 5″x9″ loaf pans. Spoon half the dough mixture into each of the pans.  The top of the dough may have an irregular appearance; this is normal. Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for several hours, until it doubles in size.
  6. Heat the oven to 350°F and bake the bread for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife blade comes out clean. Let the loaves cool for a few minutes, then turn them out onto racks to finish cooling.

Bread Machine Recipe
The dough in this version is less sticky and won’t gum of the works of your machine; it will also result in a lighter texture. The dough can be kneaded by hand if preferred.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tsp yeast, or 1 package
  • 3 1/2 C bread flour
  • 1/3 C yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 C boiling water
  • 1/3 C molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp butter

Procedure

  1. Place the cornmeal into a bowl.  Carefully and slowly add the boiling water, stirring continually to prevent lumps.
  2. Let stand and cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in molasses, salt and butter
  4. Place yeast in the pan of the machine, along with bread flour
  5. Add the cornmeal mixture, and start machine according to manufacturers directions.

If the dough does not appear to be mixing thoroughly during the kneading process, stop the machine and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

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Acadia Postpones Park Reservation Plans

Acadia Park

By now, you may have heard that the National Park Service will implementing a “timed reservation system” for many of the popular attractions in Acadia National Park, including Cadillac Peak, Jordan Pond, Sand Beach and Eagle Lake.  Though originally envisioned to begin in summer of this year, the Park Service has announced that reservations will not be needed through the spring and summer seasons of 2020.  A trial system will be tested in the fall, with roll out throughout the park scheduled to begin in the 2021 season.  For the time being, you needn’t worry about reserving your place in line or paying additional reservation fees. Of course, we always encourage guests to use the island’s free shuttle service during the summer in order to minimize congestion on the roads.  Shuttles meet at the village green, within easy walking distance from the Mira Monte.