Carlisle House Bed & Breakfast

148 S. Hanover Street, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013
Innkeeper(s): Alan & Mary Faller Duxbury
  • Carlisle House in Spring

    Carlisle House in Spring


RECIPE OF THE WEEK - Buttery Almond Torte 1 Mar 2015, 6:54 am


Almond Butter Torte
Looking for a quick and easy chewy almondy dessert of coffee cake?  This fits the bill perfectly!  It can also feature other toppings like dried cherries or blueberries...or....

½ cup very soft butter (1 stick)
1 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
1 t almond extract
Pinch of salt
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Beat butter, sugar, egg, salt and extract until fluffy.
Add flour and mix until blended. Spread in "PAM"ed 9" cake pan.
Sprinkle with almonds and press down slightly.
BAKE for about 20-25 minutes or until golden and edges are cooked.
• VARIATION: Use dried cherries or dried blueberries instead of the almonds.
• OPT: Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of nuts or berries before baking.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Irish Music and Dance 25 Feb 2015, 3:04 pm


Friday March 6, at 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre
Phone: 717-258-0666
  The quintessential Irish-American band returns to kick off St. Patrick's celebrations!

Rhythm in the Night:
 The Irish Dance Spectacular

Tuesday March 17, at 8:00pm
Luhrs Center Grove Theatre 

Phone: 717-477-7469
  Celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style with an evening of exhilarating Irish Dance at the Luhrs Center!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK - Greek Quiche 22 Feb 2015, 2:18 pm


We have a great idea for a quick Lenten supper...our Greek Quiche!  One of our guests today... of Greek heritage, said that it was the most delicious he had ever had!

Greek Quiche - Spinach & Feta

 1 unbaked 9” pie crust shaped in deep quiche dish or pie pan
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (more or less as desired)
1 ½ cup grated light flavored cheese like mozzarella or provolone

8 oz frozen chopped spinach – defrosted and squeezed dry
1 T butter
1 T olive oil
½ cup minced white onion
1 clove minced garlic or dash of garlic powder

1 ½ cup heavy cream or Half and Half or combination of the two
4 eggs – beaten
1/8 t salt
1/8 t fresh ground white pepper
1/8 t fresh grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400.
Melt butter and oil in small skillet. Sauté onion and garlic over med heat until onion is translucent.  
Add spinach and sauté 2 minutes. Let cool slightly-about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle half of mozzarella on crust.
Spread spinach/onion over cheese.
Crumble feta over onion and sprinkle remaining mozzarella.

Beat cream, eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper together with whisk. Pour over pie crust slowly so all liquid is “absorbed”. Grate a bit of nutmeg over the top for added color.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until quiche is puffy and golden and center does not seem liquid when moved. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes before cutting.


Faschnacht Day in Carlisle 17 Feb 2015, 4:45 am

Make sure you have at least one faschnacht or doughnut today for Shove Tuesday/Mardi Gras!  Ours are from Beemans Baked Goods, a wonderful local bakery!

Recipe of the Week - Sin Cake 15 Feb 2015, 10:07 am

Flourless Chocolate Cake
Preheat oven to 375

15 oz chocolate chips
1 stick + 2 ½ T butter
6 egg yolks
1 c sugar
8 egg whites
5 ½ T sugar
1 T rum extract
¾ t vanilla extract
Melt choc chips and butter. Cool slightly.
Whip yolks and 1 c sugar until light yellow.
Whip whites and 5 ½ T sugar until it forms peaks.
Add melted choc to yolk mixture. Add rum and vanilla extracts.
Fold whites into choc-yolk mixture by hand.
Grease and flour 9” springform pan. Put parchment or wax paper circle in bottom of pan and grease. Carefully pour in batter.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes then
350 for 25 minutes then
250 for 40 minutes.
Turn oven off and open door slightly and let sit in oven for 30 min.
Let cool, remove pan and dust with powdered sugar. Hide it until dessert time!!
*Use half recipe for 7” springform pan.

 This recipe was from my favorite restaurant at the Hyatt in Kansas City at the Crown Plaza…sadly closed 2 years ago. The Peppercorn Duck Club featured rotisserie duck grilled on display behind a glass window with 4 signature sauces, one of which was green peppercorn. Not only was the food top-notch but their classic service was impeccable! Their dessert (included) was a buffet of delicious chocolate offerings. As we were regulars, we persuaded the chef to give us his Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe. It made ten cakes so the ingredient amounts here are a little odd as I had to cut it down to one cake.

Recipe of the Week - Rosemary Roasted "Accordion" Potatoes 8 Feb 2015, 9:01 am

Breakfast, dinner or just because they in the refrigerator! Rosemary Roasted "Accordion" Potatoes are delicious.

An Ina Garten favorite that we tweaked a bit! We have shared this recipe with so many guests already and it is always a hit!

3 pounds baby Yukon Gold potatoes
1/3 cup olive oil
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary (divided)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Slice the bottom off each potato (or cut a bigger potato in two) and cut crosswise at 1/8-inch intervals, cutting to within 1/4 inch of the bottom. The best way of doing this is to stand the potato with the sliced off surface on a piece of kitchen roll between two ¼” thick cutting boards and then the boards will prevent the blade from cutting right through the potato.
Use a slicing knife or other thin-bladed knife for the downward cuts. If the blade is too thick (eg. a Chef’s Knife) it can split the potato, which you do not want to happen.
Place the potatoes in a large bowl, add the olive oil, salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon of the rosemary and toss well, working the salt mixture in between the slices. Arrange the potatoes on a sheet pan with the 1/8 cuts upwards.
Bake the baby potatoes for 30 minutes or the bigger potatoes for 45 minutes, until they are tender and golden and crisp on top
Sprinkle with remaining rosemary and serve.

Recipe of the Week - For National Chocolate Cake Day - Jan 27 30 Jan 2015, 1:20 pm

This is our favorite and VERY easy, moist, chocolatey cake!!

Dark Chocolate Cake

2 c flour
2 c sugar
¾ c cocoa
½ t salt
1 t baking powder
2 t baking soda

1 c oil
1 c milk
1 c hot coffee
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

Preheat oven to 350
Grease and flour (as written in the original recipe–pre-PAM) one 9x13” pan or two 9” round pans.
Combine dry ingredients in small bowl.
Combine liquid ingredients in a second larger bowl.
Pour dry ingredients into the liquids bowl and beat with mixer for 30 seconds. Batter will be thin.
Pour into prepared pan(s).
Turn back oven to 325 and bake 9x13” about 50 minutes and rounds about 30 minutes until cake springs back.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, frost or glaze.

Led Zeppelin Tribute - ZOSO on Feb 6 28 Jan 2015, 6:08 am

ZoSo - The ultimate
 Led  Zeppelin
  February 6, 8pm

Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including slots at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Rib America Fest, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.

Come ROCK OUT and rest later at
our Carlisle House!

Recipe of the Week - French Bacon & Brie Quiche 25 Jan 2015, 8:54 am

Recipe of the Week 
French Bacon & Brie Quiche
Chase away the cold weather with a warm savory quiche...quite a favorite with our guests.

1 unbaked 9" pie crust shaped in deep quiche dish or pie pan
1 t butter
2-3 minced shallots (about 2 T)
2-3 oz brie or camembert
3-4 slices of crispy very smoky bacon, crumbled or chopped in small pieces and cooled
1 large Roma tomato sliced very thinly
2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup heavy cream
½ cup Half and Half
4 extra large eggs - beaten
1 t heaped fresh chopped thyme
1 t of GOYA brand ham flavored seasoning
⅛ t fresh ground white pepper 

Preheat oven to 400F

Melt butter in small skillet. Sauté shallots until translucent. Let cool slightly.
Sprinkle about 1 cup of mozzarella on pie crust.
Sprinkle bacon pieces over cheese.
Spread shallot mixture over bacon.
Using wire cheese slicer, slice brie or camembert very thinly over shallots. Sprinkle ¾ cup mozzarella over filling.
Arrange sliced tomato over cheese then put last ¼ cup mozzarella over tomatoes to hold them down.
Beat eggs, cream, half and half, thyme, Goya seasoning and pepper together with whisk. Pour over filling slowly so all liquid is absorbed.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until quiche is puffy and golden and center does not seem liquid when moved. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.
Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

Quiche can be eaten hot, cold or at room temperature.

Recipe of the Week - Roasted Spiced Roots 18 Jan 2015, 1:39 pm

From our Facebook page: A savory side dish for winter root vegetables!
Serves 8
5 medium parsnips
5 carrots
1 medium rutabaga
1 medium acorn squash
2 Oz (80ml) peanut oil
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
3 tsp lightly crushed coriander seeds
1.5 tsp cumin seeds
6 bay leaves
3 Tbs honey

Peel parsnips, quarter, remove woody part from middle (if they’re young parsnips, you don’t need to remove the center).

Peel carrots, swede, and squash. Cut into 1” pieces.

Pour 80 ml Peanut Oil into heavy pan (cast iron is good), place over moderate heat. Add vegetables and fry, until light gold at edges.

Add yellow mustard, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, bay leaves. Cook for 1 minute, drizzle with runny honey, place in center of oven at 425F for 40 - 45 minutes. Check at 30 minutes though, as all ovens vary.