Archive for December, 2011

Breakfast of Champions

Sunday, December 25th, 2011


Here is a festive, easy dessert to make over the holidays.  It uses local pecans, is quick to prepare and freezes beautifully.  Guests at Camellia Cottage Bed & Breakfast love it even first thing in the morning!

Chocolate Orange Gateau

4 oz. semi or bittersweet chocolate

¼ cup unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar

Grated rind of one navel orange

1 tablespoon Orange liqueur

3 eggs, lightly beaten

11/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Lightly grease 8inch springform pan.  Melt chocolate in double boiler, then stir in sugar and orange rind till well mixed.  Stir in eggs and liqueur, then pecans.  Pour into pan and bake at 375 25-30 minutes till set.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Release from pan, spread with glaze and garnish with more chopped pecans.


Melt together 1 cup semi or bittersweet chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons butter.  Stir 1 tablespoon light corn syrup till blended.

Stairway to Heaven

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Ever wonder where your smiling hosts hang out while you guests are out enjoying downtown Wilmington? Our innkeeper quarters are located on the third floor. We have a bedroom, bathroom, living room, office and a fantastic view of downtown Wilmington from up there. No, there isn’t an elevator. Or a dumb waiter. Or a laundry chute. And Sparky refuses to carry his 40-lb bags of dog food.

There are 28 steps from the first floor hall where we greet inn-coming guests to the third floor hall where we stop to catch our breaths. Let’s see…28 steps up plus 28 steps down times 5 trips a day times 365 days is…too many steps! Actually, it’s a little over 100,000 a year for those of you who don’t want to do the math.

We actually lugged a big treadmill to the third floor so we could exercise but somehow we’re always too tired to get on it! But, who needs to jog every day when we already have a Stairmaster built into our lives? We also get perverse entertainment watching repair men and service people slog up all 28 steps to look at our cable connection or fix the toilet and then do it again because they didn’t bring the tool they needed most.

We do believe that which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger…at least when it comes to our calves.