Archive for May, 2013

My Latest Lesson in Living Local

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

I have been in search of perfect coffee to serve at Camellia Cottage B&B ever since my friend, Harry, of Northwestern Coffee Mills passed away.  Lucky me, I found it right here in my backyard!

I called the people at Folk’s Cafe here in downtown Wilmington, NC and explained my dilemma.  Maybe I was even crying a little. The woman on the phone was warm, friendly, confident and helpful.  “No problem.  We’ll have your order there by Friday. Individually packaged in one pound bags.”

Sure enough, Tommi (sp?) showed up with 10 lbs of beautiful, beautiful coffee.  I had originally thought of having an order once a month.  She was quick to point out that she would bring it to me more often, so it would be fresher.  Really, you’ll bring it to me?!  I think I love her.

Sometimes we have leftover coffee in the morning.  I simmer about  2 cups of it with 1/3 cup brow sugar and a cinnamon stick.  It gets nice and syrupy and I just keep it in the fridge and use it as flavoring.   In honor of my old friend, Harry, I’ve been calling this recipe Harry’s Cheesecake. In honor of my new friend, I think I’ll call it Harry’s Folk’s Cheesecake.

Harry’s Folk’sCheesecake

Crumb crust made from graham crackers or any leftover cookies you may have.  Use about 2 cups
crumbs to 6 tablespoons melted butter. Spread in a buttered 9 inch springform pan.

1 1/2 pounds softened cream cheese

1 1/2 cup sugar or brown sugar

9 eggs

1 1/2 cups sour cream, yogurt or honey yogurt

1/4 cup yummy coffee syrup

Mix the cream cheese and sugar till smooth and creamy.  Add eggs one at a time till well blended.  Stir in sour cream and yummy coffee syrup.  Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven till just set, about an hour.
Turn off oven and leave the cheesecake in for while so it doesn’t crack from the change in temperature.

Chill overnight, slice and top with drizzled chocolate and whipped cream.  Eat lots!

Rest in Peace Harry

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Our coffee roaster/supplier/friend succumbed to a heartattack a couple weeks ago. Harry was all about coffee and tea. He also was
extremely knowledgeable about the state of non-coffee affairs and we thoroughly
enjoyed discussing both with him when we called in our orders. We will miss him
on both accounts, as will some of our guests who started ordering their coffee
from Northwestern Coffee Mills after enjoying the brew at the Camellia Cottage
Bed and Breakfast.

While Harry’s daughter and her team re-structure their
post-Harry operations, we have had to serve coffee that Harry didn’t roast for
the first time in almost 17 years. Talk about stress! We have been searching
and experimenting with a variety of brands and blends but, so far, none of them
taste enough like Harry’s Northern Wisconsin-roasted joe to make us and our
guests as happy (and as peppy) as we were before.  We’ll keep trying until Harry’s beans are once
again roasting and making their way south to our breakfast table in Wilmington
NC, which should be in a week or so. Thank you and rest in peace Harry