White Cedar Inn

178 Main Street, Freeport, Maine 04032
Innkeeper(s): Monica Kissane and Rock Nadeau
  • Take a walk in the fall woods

    Take a walk in the fall woods

  • See the sights in Maine!

    See the sights in Maine!

  • Yummy Tuscan Scrambled Eggs

    Yummy Tuscan Scrambled Eggs

  • Individual dining tables in the sunroom.

    Individual dining tables in the sunroom.

  • Bright, airy, second floor king room with en suite bathroom.

    Bright, airy, second floor king room with en suite bathroom.

  • Charming second floor room with queen and twin bed.

    Charming second floor room with queen and twin bed.

  • Newly redecorated first floor queen room with fireplace.

    Newly redecorated first floor queen room with fireplace.

 

Lobster Risotto 2 Apr 2015, 9:32 am

Lobster risotto
A couple of weeks ago we went to the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockland. This year's special presentation was a panel of four chefs using local Maine seafood to prepare yummy meals. The meals were then raffled off (we each won one of these!) and it was so good we decided to make it at home.

This recipe was presented by Lynn Archer from Archer's in Rockland.

Ingredients: serves 4-6 (possibly only 2 if you really like it)

2 lbs fresh Maine lobster (cooked and shelled)
1/2 stick butter
4 c cooked risotto (use whatever recipe you like but leave out the onions)
1 c shaved Parmesan
3 c half n half
2 c fresh spinach
1/2 c parsley
salt & pepper

Method:

Prepare the risotto the day before if you can. Melt 1/2 stick of butter (or olive oil, if you prefer) in a large, flat bottomed skillet. Add the already cooked risotto and stir over medium heat. Add half n half and parmesan, stirring continuously. When cheese is melted and risotto is warm, add lobster, parsley and salt & pepper to taste. Stir to warm lobster, then remove from heat.

Plate on bed of spinach.

It's easier for me to get lobster here than it may be for you where you are. This recipe also works well with scallops or shrimp.

Just stepping up on a little soapbox for a minute. Most (85+%) of our seafood in the US comes from other countries. Some of those countries do not follow best practices for harvesting and shipping their products or caring for the waters from which they are harvested. Please ask for seafood as locally harvested as is possible. Don't be shy about asking where the seafood in the display case was obtained (country of origin). And don't be shy about asking for your grocery store to buy local when they can.

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Chocolate Pudding 11 Mar 2015, 11:57 am

Chocolate pudding with puff pastry hearts

It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to have chocolate pudding or puff pastry hearts! This is a simple recipe that takes a little longer than instant pudding, but not much. It does require a little patience as you have to watch and stir so the pudding doesn't burn.

Ingredients:

Puff pastry (one sheet makes about 12 -16 hearts, depending on the size you cut them)
beaten egg for pastry wash
1 pint heavy cream (or 2 cups of any % of milk you like)
3 tbsp cornstarch
5 tbsp sugar
pinch salt
4 oz semi- or bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
 

If you're organized you can start with the puff pastry hearts and then do the pudding while they're baking. If you're easily distracted, don't do them simultaneously. ;-)

Puff pastry hearts:

Take puff pastry out of freezer about an hour before you need it. Unwrap and let sit on counter to thaw out a bit. Preheat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the thawed pastry out and cut the hearts (or any shape) with a cookie cutter or knife. Place on parchment paper, brush with beaten egg and put in freezer for 5 minutes. Bake 10 -12 minutes until puffed and golden. Let cool. (Once cooled I popped them in a freezer bag to store until morning. They don't last long so don't make them days in advance.)

Pudding:

In a medium, flat-bottomed saucepan, combine cornstarch, sugar and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk/cream. Once the lumps are worked out you can pour faster. Over medium heat cook milk, stirring with a whisk to keep milk from burning on bottom. In 10 minutes or so the milk will be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add chocolate, keep stirring until pudding *suddenly* thickens up. (Seriously, it goes from liquid to pudding pretty quickly.) Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.

Pour quickly into a single bowl (if you can eat it all before anyone else gets home) or 4-6 pudding bowls (if you're planning to share). 

If you don't like the pudding 'skin' that may form when you don't eat it right away (standing in front of the stove), press plastic wrap right down on the surface of the pudding. Put in fridge to cool.

We added a bit of whipped cream (gilding the lily) and some raspberries for color.

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February snow 3 Feb 2015, 7:59 am

Some quick pix from snow cleanup today...

Snowy rooster tail.


The snowman cometh.


After the snow.





Sunspot.
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Crêpes 3 Feb 2015, 7:23 am


crêpe with salsa

We're trying to master the art of the crêpe. They have to be thin enough to fold but not so thin they fall apart.

We have a crêpe machine now as the pan wasn't working out quite right. Couldn't get the wrist twist down.

crêpe machine


Ingredients: Makes 8 sweet crêpes

2 eggs
1/2 c water
3 tbsp melted unsalted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar
1 c flour
3/4 c milk

Mix together first 6 ingredients. Then alternate adding flour and milk, mixing well. The batter will be thin. It should pour easily, not as thick as pancake batter.

If you are using a crêpe machine, follow their directions for temperature settings and cooking times.

Filling:

For this recipe we are filling the crêpes with chunky cooked apples. 

Ingredients:

2 c diced tart apples
1 c water
1/2 c sugar
5 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tsp lemon juice

Cook apples and water over med heat for 10 minutes. Combine sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg together and add to cooking apples. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice. Keep warm until crêpes are made.

For multiple servings at a time, hot hold prepared crêpes in oven at 170 degrees, separated and stacked with baking paper between each set of crêpes. When ready to serve, place warm crêpe on plate, adding hot apple mixture quickly. Fold and continue until all crêpes are prepared. 

Top with whipped cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, etc. Whatever you like.

Apple mixture and crêpes can be made in advance and warmed in the morning.

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Corn Bread Pudding Cake 7 Jan 2015, 10:29 am

OK, strange name for what is essentially a very moist corn bread. It's not pudding. It's not cake. It is good! We first had this at Azure Cafe. This is not their recipe. 

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1 c sour cream or yogurt (use the full fat version)
1 can (15 or so oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 can (14 or so oz) creamed corn
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 8 oz pkg of corn muffin mix (this is the shortcut version, you can also start from scratch)
1/4 tsp paprika


Directions:

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in corn bread mix until wet, don't overmix. Pour into a greased 3 qt baking dish. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out dry.

Serves 12. We served it with the Tuscan Scrambled Eggs. Goes well with almost any egg dish, bbq, etc.

Sorry, no photos, Rock ate all the leftovers before I had a chance to get the camera!

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Shopping Maine 1 Oct 2014, 1:19 pm




Lots of our guests ask where to get 'real' Maine souvenirs or real Maine products. They don't want to go home with things made in China that someone slapped a 'Maine' sticker on.

So, where in Freeport can you get real Maine souvenirs, products and crafts?

Georgetown Potters
Edgecomb Potters
Abacus
Wishful Moon
Maine Woolens
Brahms Mount
Shermans Books
LL Bean
RD Allen
Brown Goldsmiths
Earrings and Company
Lovell Designs
Namaste Alpaca Farms (Durham)
Tripping Gnome Alpaca Farm
Bessie's Farm Goods
Wealdon Farm
Laughing Stock Farm
Wolfe Neck Farm
Frosty's Donuts
Wicked Whoopies
Wilburs Chocolates
Bow Street Market
Isabellas
The Craftin' Scot
Casco Bay Soaps
Maine Beer
Grittys
Cold River Vodka
Day's Lobster & Seafood
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster
Local lobster and seafood as well as locally grown veggies are available at almost every restaurant! 

And what everyday, nationally available products are actually made in Maine? The Bean boot. New Balance sneakers.

In the summer there is a farmers market every Friday on the Bean campus. There are also yearly farmers markets in Brunswick and Yarmouth.

(Did I miss someone? Let me know.)

We have real Maine maple syrup available for sale. Just ask.

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Day Trip - Bustins Island 30 Aug 2014, 2:48 pm



Right off the coast of South Freeport lie several small, imaginatively named islands like Pound of Tea and Sow and Pigs. The largest inhabited island, Bustins, is completely seasonal. Residents and guests arrive during May and depart again in October. That's not to say the island isn't a happening place during those brief months! With its own Post Office (zip code 04013), store, library, community hall, golf course and sailing farmers market Bustins is a thriving summer community. (FMI and to find summer rentals or houses for sale, see the Bustins Island Community website.)

I hopped aboard the Lilly B, the island's ferry, with my friend Sue and we headed out to meet up with another friend for our weekly writing group. Always fun to combine work and pleasure!

The best time to head to the island is on the weekend when the Nature Center is open. As you can see in the map above, there is a road that goes around the island. It's an easy 2 miles walk along a dirt road. Stop along the way to take in the stunning views. It's best to bring along your own water bottles and snacks. Although this is not the wilderness, it's courteous to haul your trash away with you.

Enjoy the day in pictures...

Lilly B
Lilly B's Captain and Crew
Sailing class on the Harraseeket
Casco Castle
Cottages along the west shore
Octagon House near dock

Bustins Island dock
Pumping water

Red canoe

Gardening with a sense of humor

Relax, enjoy the view

Maine scenery




Lots of evidence the folks on Bustins are a relaxed crowd

Love this use of old globes in a garden!

Golf Course




A perfect day
 The fee for the ferry is $24 round trip. (2014) Reservations are not required but you might want to check on weekends that there is room. Lilly B Ferry schedule. The ferry departs from the Town Dock in South Freeport, near the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster. Be prepared to tell everyone on the ferry who you are, they're a really friendly bunch!


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Maine Solar System Model 27 Aug 2014, 11:46 am

"To infinity and beyond!" we exclaimed as we drove south on Rt 1 in Presque Isle. Winter is long up in Aroostook County so folks have time to come up with some interesting ideas. Vodka made from potatoes. The Phantom snowmobile. A scale model solar system.

The vodka we can find right here in Freeport at Cold River Distillery. The Phantom snowmobile is a great idea but it's not for me. But a scale model solar system? OK, I'll give it a try.

We decided not to stop at UMPI (University of Maine Presque Isle) to see the sun. Finding the Science Building would not be difficult but we still had a long drive ahead of us to get back to Freeport from Edmundston, NB. Then, oops, we drove right by Mercury, but quickly pulled in at the Budget Traveler Motor Inn to view Venus. (We found the distances on the website to be a little off, but most of the planets are easy to find anyway.)


Venus

Next up was Earth - located at Percy's Auto Sales. Rock kept yelling out the car window at me to make sure I got the moon in the photos. Sorry, the moon is just too small and Rt 1 was just too busy for me to keep backing up to get the shot.


Earth

You'll notice that all the planets are tilted properly as well as being sized appropriately in comparison with each other. The entire drive from UMPI to Houlton is 40 miles. It's fun to be on the lookout for the next planet and realize it's that GIANT ball at the side of the road!


Jupiter

Driving along, this ditty popped into my head: Bend and stretch, reach for the stars. There goes Jupiter, there goes Mars. (OK, if you remember that, you are ancient like me! Romper Room. 50's TV show. They once called out my name for my birthday. I was in heaven. Thanks Mom.)

Along that line, we missed Mars. Drove right by it. We did, however, see the wind turbines at Mars Hill. Not quite the same thing but impressive nonetheless.


Saturn

Saturn was very nicely taken care of. Lovely garden, benches to sit on, gorgeous view all around. Again, getting the moon in the photo was out of the question. Every model has a place to pull off the road. Don't park in traffic.

Uranus was so sad I'm going to skip the photo. It's located outside the unused old town hall in Bridgewater. 

Next up, Neptune. Neptune was completely missing its sign. Still, it's hard to miss the planet by the side of the road.


Neptune

The final stop on our solar system trek was at the Houlton Information Center. (You need travel info about Aroostook County? These folks have it! They also have limited info for NB as well.)

Although certain people no longer recognize Pluto as a planet, the folks at the info center proudly display their model in the entryway. Go inside for a brochure that gives you mileage and signposts for where to find all the planets and the sun. It's a fun way to explore with your kids and some of the model locations are a great place for a picnic.


Pluto

Coming across the border from Canada, we asked the customs guy where to find the Four Corners Park in Madawaska, Maine. You can see it from the crossing, it's that close. If you do the Solar System Drive on a motorcycle, might as well keep going and stop at this park.




   And, of course, we stopped to take a picture of Rock in front of the place his family started out. If you've heard the story you know his family were Acadians who were pushed off their lands and forced to settle in New Brunswick or New Orleans. (That's what the colorful sign is about - the recognition of the Acadian families.)


   
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Monte Cristo Breakfast Sandwich 27 Aug 2014, 9:40 am

Monte Cristo Breakfast Sandwich
We don't usually make breakfast that contains meat because so many of our guests are either vegetarians or don't eat pork products. We had a serendipitous day when there were no dietary restrictions so we threw everything together and made the Monte Cristo Breakfast Sandwich with Currant Jelly.

Ingredients:

Thin sliced ham (about 2 pieces per sandwich)
Thin sliced turkey (about 2 pieces per sandwich)
Thin sliced cheese, you want something with a kick that will melt nicely (2 pieces per sandwich)
Dijon mustard
Good toasting bread
2 large eggs per 2 sandwiches
Splash of heavy cream
Powdered sugar for garnish
Currant jelly (don't skip this, the jelly adds a nice tang)

Make the sandwiches:

Lay your bottom slice of bread on your clean work surface and spread on the mustard to taste. Add one slice of cheese, 2 slices of ham, 2 slices of turkey, another slice of cheese. Spread mustard on the top slice of bread and place that on top of your sandwich. Repeat until all the sandwiches are made.

Whisk your egg batter together.

Heat the griddle to about 325. Add butter to griddle. Dip just the top and bottom surface of the sandwiches in the egg batter, don't dredge! Place on hot griddle and cook until bread is browned on both sides and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes per side.

Cut, plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with currant jelly on the side. Would make interesting hors d'oeuvres as well. Cut off crusts after cooking, cut into 4 squares, skewer some dried cranberries on a toothpick and push thru layers.

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We Be Jammin'! 31 Jul 2014, 1:00 pm

Ripe strawberries fresh from the field
One truly wonderful sign of summer is fresh fruit! Everywhere you look you see juicy strawberries, sweet raspberries, and oh so tasty blueberries.

We can't always eat all of that bounty at once, try tho we might, so today we be jammin'. As in making jam. From scratch. Yup, me.

Not only making jam but picking the berries, too. Drove out to the farm in the morning and scored 13 lbs of berries in about 20 minutes with help from some kids who were having a lot of fun but who filled up their moms' baskets way too fast.

Before you even get the berries, tho, get your supplies in order! Jars (these are pint size), lids and rings, jar gripper, funnel, ladle, spoon, bowl, tongs, clean dish towel and your canning pot. You can reuse jars but make sure there are NO chips or cracks in them. Buy new lids and rings. The first time you try to pry one of these open you'll understand why.



Equipment

Next you're going to want some time. This is not something you squeeze in between soccer and band practice.

Ingredients:

2 quarts (8 cups) crushed strawberries (crush, then measure)
5-6 c sugar depending on how ripe the strawberries are. Back off on the sugar if the strawberries are really ripe.
You can add a tbsp of lemon juice to cut the sugar, if you want.

Do NOT double up the recipe. You'll come to grief.

Directions: You'll want to do this as soon as possible after picking. Local berries are built for taste, not longevity.

Prep the strawberries. Wash berries and take the tops off. Discard any beat up berries; you only want the best for your jam. (Eat the ugly ones.) Crush the berries with a potato masher. Repeat until you have 8 cups.



Start your water boiling in your water bath. You'll end up turning this off but it won't take that long to heat up later on when you need it right away. If you have a pot like the one I used, fill to the line closest to the top. The water has to cover the tops of the jars.

Set your berry pan on the stove and pour in the berries and the sugar.



 Turn the heat up to medium and start cooking! Within the first 10 minutes the mixture may boil over if the heat is too high. Once you've stirred it down a few times you can raise the heat to get a good rolling boil.



You will need to skim off the foam that forms. I'd use this on vanilla ice cream later on! The more foam you skim the fewer air bubbles you'll have in the finished product.

While this is cooking away (about 40 minutes) use the time to sterilize the jars, lids and funnel by putting them in the boiling water in your water bath. (Use the tongs!) Remove the jars and lids and place upright on a clean towel. DO NOT TOUCH THE INSIDES OF THE JARS OR LIDS. Keep those germs away!

First time you do this you will wonder how you know the strawberries have cooked enough. This is where old movies come in handy. Really old movies. Your boiling jam will start to sound like the noises from old swamp thing movies. Bloop, bloop, bloop. The next thing that happens is a bubble will burst and splatter jam all over the stove. You be jammin'! (OK, you want more scientific than old swamp thing movies? You can put a small plate in the freezer. When you think the jam is done, take the plate out. Pour a little jam on the plate. Turn the plate so the jam runs off. If it doesn't run, the jam is done. I like the bloop, bloop, bloop better, but that's me.)

Bubbles start to look like this right before it's ready to can.
Turn off heat, quickly skim the rest of the foam and get your funnel ready.

Using the jar gripper, move a hot jar close to the pan. (Remember: hot foods into hot jars.) Pop in the funnel and ladle in the jam until it is about 1/4" below the rim of the jar. Remove funnel and move to the next jar, working quickly. Your water bath should be boiling at this point.

When your jars are full (8 cups filled 4 pint jars), make sure the top edges of the jars are clean before you put the caps on (wipe with a damp paper towel if there are jammy bits)then screw on the rings (not tightly). Pick the jars up with the jar grippers and place in the basket in the water bath. (Alternate sides when putting the jars in. If you load up on one side, the whole thing tips into the water bath. No, I did not actually do that myself, but I came close!)


When all the jars are in the basket, lower gently into the bath, cover and boil for 15 minutes. With grippers, remove jars immediately and place on towel. Listen for popping noises. That's the sound of the vacuum forming and sealing the jars. You can tighten the rings after that happens. If you can push down on the lid and it flexes, you did not get a good seal. This jam cannot be stored for later use.


Cool and then label the jars and store in a cool location. They don't have to be refrigerated until opened.

Want to make more? The best book out there is the Ball Blue Book. Try to get the old one. The newer ones use 'products' instead of just fresh produce, spices and sugar.

(Do I have to say: Caution, contents are hot? I hope not. You're a smart cookie!)

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