Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes

PUMPKIN SPICED PANCAKES WITH PECAN SYRUP
(Pumpkin Pancakes)

PECAN SYRUP:

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 5 Tbsp. chopped and toasted pecans

Combine maple syrup and pecans in a small saucepan and heat until warm. Set aside, keeping warm.

PANCAKES:

  • 1 cup buttermilk pancake mix
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • Canola or vegetable oil
  • Butter, room temperature

In a medium bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, water, pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger until just blended (do not over mix; mixture may be slightly lumpy). Drizzle hot griddle with oil and spoon 2 tablespoons batter per pancake onto hot griddle. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear, then turn pancakes over and cook for an additional 2 minutes longer. Transfer pancakes to plates. Top with butter and serve with warm pecan syrup.

Serves 2

This recipe is one of the 350 recipes featured in our cookbook "Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins Favorite Recipes". Click here to purchase.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WINTER VACATION PACKAGES

Everyone knows that Colorado is a fantastic place to ski in the winter, but what if you're not a skier? What else is there to do in Colorado? There is still much to do in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado, and the Colorado Springs area if you're not into skiing or snowboarding. If you do wish to ski or snowboard, we're just 2 hours from some of Colorado's best ski resorts and you can easily make a day trip to the ski areas.

We here at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins like to help our guests find the best things to do in the area, and put packages together to include some of the most popular area attractions. We offer winter vacation packages, our most popular is our 4-night Winter Wild West Package, which includes the following activities:

  • A two hour horseback ride through the beautiful red rock formations of Garden of the Gods

  • A fun filled foothills jeep through through some beautiful Colorado scenery, including local history and lore.

  • A trip on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the top of Pikes Peak, America's mountain where the song "America the Beautiful" was written.

  • A 5-course Chef's Table Dinner for Two at the Black Bear Restaurant, one of Colorado's top restaurants.

This package is just $223 each!

    You can enjoy these activities while staying in one of our Colorado lodge bed and breakfast rooms, our Colorado cabin rental, or our Colorado vacation cottage. Shown here is our bed and breakfast lodge.

    Visit our Packages page for more vacation packages and activities that we offer here at Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins.

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Pumpkin Cheesecake, Cheesecake Recipe


    PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE
    (Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake)

    CRUST:
    • 1 1/2 cups gingersnap crumbs
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crumbs, pecans and butter; press onto bottom and 1 1/2 inches up sides of 9-inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven.

    FILLING:

    • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 lg. eggs
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

    Combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar and vanilla extract, mixing at medium speed on electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Set aside 1 cup of batter. To the remaining batter add sugar, pumpkin and spices; mix well. Spoon pumpkin and cream cheese batters alternately over crust; cutting through batters with knife several times for a marble effect.

    Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and loosen cake from rim of pan with a knife; cool before removing from pan. Chill for several hours.

    Serves 12

    More recies from Rocky Mountain Lodge and Cabins can be found on our website's Recipes Page.

    Monday, October 19, 2009

    EMMA CRAWFORD COFFIN RACES IN MANITOU SPRINGS, COLORADO

    Manitou Springs, Colorado is known for a few wacky events, and the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade are one of the highlights of year. Why coffin races? Here's the story...

    Emma Crawford moved to Manitou Springs in 1889 with her mother and fiance in hopes that the famous Mineral Springs would help with a cure for her tuberculosis. Sadly, in the summer of 1890 Emma died quite young, just before she was to marry Mr. William Hildebrand, an engineer on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Her wishes were to be laid to rest on top of Red Mountain. Her fiancee and eleven other men began the arduous task her carrying Emma's coffin up to the top of Red Mountain. It took them all day, working two shifts to scale the 7200 foot summit. After years of stormy weather on the granite mountain, the granite gave way and Emma's remains were washed down the side of Red Mountain. Emma was later buried in the Manitou Springs Cemetery in an unmarked grave. An official grave site was granted to her in 2004 to honor her life. Emma supposedly still haunts Red Mountain to this day.

    In honor of Emma, Manitou Springs hosts a local parade and coffin races each year. Participants bling out their coffins, dress as Emmas and other ghoulish characters, march in the parade, and then race down Manitou Avenue in one of the most popular events of the year, which have been featured numerous times on the Travel Channel and in Newsweek. A wake in Emma's honor is also held at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs the night before the races.

    This year's 17th annual events take place October 28-29, 2011, as follows:

    Emma's Wake: Friday, October 28th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs. Reservations Required.

    Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade: Saturday, October 29th from 12:00pm - 3:00pm on Manitou Avenue, downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado. Parade begins and Noon and the Races immediately follow.
    And while you're here for the festivities, stay with us here at Rocky Mountain Lodge and Cabins in either our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Lodge near Manitou Springs, or our Colorado Cabin Rentals.

    Thursday, October 15, 2009

    CLARIFIED BUTTER

    While we were making breakfast yesterday at our Colorado Bed and Breakfast Lodge, we were making Apple Sausage Puff Pancakes (Click Here for Recipe), where you have to place ramekins in the oven until very hot, then add butter until melted, and then pour the pancake batter into the hot ramekins and butter. We've been making this recipe for years, and they're good. However, the butter almost always smokes and burns by the time we get the pancake batter into the ramekins. We'd heard that clarified butter had a higher smoke temperature so we decided to make claridied butter and try the recipe with clarified butter... what a difference! No smoke, no burned butter, and the pancakes rose extremely high, our guests were SO impressed when we served them, they kept saying "Wow... Wow..." So we've decided we're switching to clarified butter for anything we need to use melted butter in. Here's some tid bitd about clarified butter and how to make it...

    Clarifying butter is removing milk solids from butterfat, giving you a clear golden fat that can be heated to a higher temperature without burning than whole butter, and can be stored for a long time as it does not go rancid. Here's how to make clarified butter:

    1. To make 1 cup of clarified butter you'll need 1¼ cups of butter. (You will lose approximately 25% of the original butter's total volume when clarifying.)

    2. Place the butter in a saucepan over a very low heat. Let the butter melt slowly, do not stir the butter while it is melting.

    3. As the butter melts, it will separate into three layers. The top layer is a thin layer of foam, the middle layer contains the bulk of the liquid, and the bottom layer is where the water and most of the milk solids are. This natural separation is what makes clarifying possible.

    4. Skim the foam off the surface of the butter, discard the foam. Be careful not to dip the ladle into the butterfat while skimming, as the fat should remain intact.

    5. If you have a fat separator you can use this to slowly and carefully pour the remaining mixture into the fat separator and pour out the clear bottom layer of milk solids and discard those. The remaining yellow liquid is the final clarified butter. If you don't have a fat separator you can pour the liquid slowly and carefully into a clear measuring cup and slowly pour the yellow butter mixture into another container, being careful not to pour the clear milk solids. You can spoon any remaining yellow butter out if necessary; or use a ladle and skim the fat up and out of the pan, making sure not to let any of the clear liquid get into the ladle.

    6. If the clarified butter sits for a moment, you might notice more foam float to the top; use a spoon to remove this last bit of foam.

    7. The clarified butter can be stored in the refrigerator for quite some time without going rancid.

    Visit our website's Recipes page for recipes from Colorado Bed and Breakfast Lodge.

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta

    New Recipe for Artichoke & Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta posted on my website. It's also included our Rocky Mountain Lodge and Cabins Cookbook, which can be purchased at our Gift Shop.

    Cooking Without Electricity

    Yesterday was an interesting morning here at the Rocky Mountain Lodge. The power went out just as we were to start cooking breakfast for our guests, and was out for almost 2 hours. Fortunately we had made coffee earlier so everyone had coffee. Our only saving grace was that we have a gas stove and were able to use a lighter to light the burners. With a last minute change of menu we were still able to pull off our signature 3-course breakfast and cook without electricity.

    Guests enjoyed their romantic breakfast by candelight. Here's what we served...

    First Course: Honey-Roasted Pineapple with Toasted Coconut and Macadamia Nuts
    Second Course: Raspberry Stuffed French Toast with Chicken Apple Sausage
    Third Course: Blueberry Cheese Blintzes

    Check out our Bed and Breakfast rooms at our website's Bed and Breakfast page, or see pictures of some of our breakfast on our Breakfast page.

    Wednesday, October 7, 2009

    Colorado Vacation Rental, Holiday Rental

    Thinking of getting away for the holidays? Why not plan a mini family reunion for Thanksgiving or New Years. Our holiday rental special is a great way to make it affordable for you to enjoy the holidays togetether.

    Our 6-bedroom Colorado vacation rental home is a 5,000 square foot Lodge on over 2 acres of property in the Ute Pass of the Rocky Mountains at Pikes Peak. The Lodge has 6 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom and Cable TV/DVD player. It can sleep up to 17 people. There is a large great room and dining room, which is perfect for family gatherings and meals.

    There are a wealth of things to do in the Pikes Peak area while you're enjoying your Colorado vacation. Take the kids to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop, or the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. And the whole family can enjoy Garden of the Gods, Cave of the Winds, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, the US Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak and the Cog Railroad, the Royal Gorge, and much more. There's something for everyone.

    Book now for Thanksgiving or New Years 2009 and save 20% off our regular rental rate! See our Specials Page for details.

    Visit Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' website at http://www.rockymountainlodge.com/ for more details and information about our Colorado vacation rentals, Cabin Rentals, and Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Inn.

    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Pumpkin Soup

    Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' version of a wonderful fall Pumpkin Soup, certain to warm you up on chilly fall nights.

    GINGER-PUMPKIN BISQUE
    • 2 Tbsp. walnut oil or vegetable oil
    • 3/4 cup chopped shallots
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 2 tsp. grated gingerroot
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • 4 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 cup apple cider
    • 1 (15-oz) can pumpkin puree
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
    • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1/8 tsp. ground clives
    • 1 cup half and half or whipping cream
    • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • additional whipping cream (optional)
    • fresh thyme (optional)

    In a 3-quart saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add the shallots, onion, and gingerroot and cook until tender. Stir in the flour. Carefully add the chicken broth and cider all at once. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

    Stir in the pumpkin, maple syrup, bay leaves, dried thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Discard bay leaves. Cool slightly.

    Pour one-fourth to one-third of mixture into a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Repeat with remaining mixture until all is processed.

    Return the mixture to the saucepan. Stir in the 1 cup half and half or whipping cream and the vanilla. Heat through, but do not boil. If desired, swirl a little whipping cream into each serving; garnish with fresh thyme.

    Serves 8.

    Visit Rocky Mountain Lodge & Cabins' Recipe page for more recipes from our Colorado Springs Bed and Breakfast Lodge.