March 3rd, 2015 by hafford
I guess there’s a reason to celebrate something every day so why not pancakes too! Throughout the year we make variations on these crowd pleasing favorites. In fall and winter we serve gingerbread, pumpkin or apple pancakes. In the spring we’ll change it up to lemon ricotta and sometimes in the summer we’re making buttermilk and sweet corn pancakes. But our tried and true hit are fluffy classic buttermilk pancakes topped with berries and local maple syrup. Here’s our recipe for our version. Enjoy! Happy Pancake Day!
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Table Salt
- 2 cups Buttermilk
- 2 Large Eggs
- 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1/4 cup Sour Cream
- Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- Melt Butter and cool slightly
- Whisk buttermilk into cooled butter and then whisk in the eggs and sour cream.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Use a large rubber spatula and fold together until just combined. Use a minimal amount of strokes – some lumps might remain. Let stand for at least 15 minutes – this will give the sour cream and baking soda time to react.
- Pour 1/4 cup for each pancake onto a hot oiled skillet or griddle. When bubbles start to uniformly appear it’s time to flip. These pancakes will rise nicely so let them cook for at least 2 minutes on the second side. Don’t forget to use quality (LOCAL if available) syrup. Enjoy.
February 3rd, 2015 by hafford
I’m ready! Do you have your Oscar picks ready? You still have time to get to the theater before the Oscars are handed out on Sunday February 22. If you’re feeling competitive (or lucky) you can participate in our annual Oscars contest right now by clicking the link below. The person who picks the highest correct number of winners wins a free night at The Scranton Seahorse Inn. As always, while at the inn look through our DVD library and watch any of our hundreds of movies while you relax in your guest room. We add to our collection all the time! Good luck everyone. This contest closes on 2/22 @ 4pm.
Enter The Scranton Seahorse Inn Oscar Contest
In the event of a tie – a entry will be selected at random. Results will be posted on this blog the day after the awards show. Check back to see if you’re the big winer.
January 22nd, 2015 by hafford
You know how we love our movies here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn. We just added a bunch of movies to our DVD library that include many of this years Oscar nominees. So if you haven’t seen Boyhood, Gone Girl, Grand Budapest Hotel, or Guardians of the Galaxy they are here for your viewing pleasure. We’ll be adding more as they are released to DVD.
In addition to our celebration of Oscar Season we are offering free movie tickets to the Madison Art Cinemas for all movies that are playing in that theatre that have a nomination for an Oscar in any category. Click the link above to be directed to their website for movies listings and schedules.
Within the next couple of days I’ll be creating the ballot for our 4th annual Oscar contest where you can win a free night at The Scranton Seahorse Inn, dinner at Elizabeth’s Cafe and two movie tickets.
See you at the inn!
December 26th, 2014 by hafford
Another new year is upon us…..dare I say already..
If you are still in the planning stages of how you’ll welcome 2015 it’s not too late. There are rooms available here at the Scranton Seahorse Inn and we checked a few of our favorite great local restaurants and there are tables available too.
Don’t wait too much longer though. Call us today and we’ll be glad to book you a room and help book you a table at either Elizabeth’s Cafe, Bar Bouchee, The Wharf, or Cafe Routier.
Your room rate includes a late (10am – 11am) hot full breakfast with champagne mimosas and noon time check out. If you want to stay (or can’t get out of bed) on January 1, 2015 your room is 50% off.
Enjoy the last few days of 2014 and get yourself ready for a GREAT 2015.
See you at the inn !
December 17th, 2014 by hafford
There are many things we do here on the Connecticut shoreline in order to coexist with the cold New England weather. From skiing and skating to reading and hibernating, we each have our own ways to keep from going stir-crazy during Old Man Winter’s annual visit. One of my own favorite winter rituals is to make homemade soup. It’s healthy (well…sometimes!), satisfying and delicious, which means that in one pot I get to fulfill all of my promises to myself: live healthier, cook at home more, and eat better.
The aromas that fill the inn are second only to the reward of eating a bowl of hot homemade goodness. I enjoy it so much that I have have started sharing my ritual with our overnight Sunday guests and am calling it Souper Sundays. All guests that check in on Sunday are invited into the kitchen to help me prepare what will become the Sunday supper that we will share at dinner time. It’s a time to bring the ever-changing Scranton Seahorse Inn guest community together to do something fun, healthy and, if we do it right – utterly delicious.
Book your room with us and enjoy a perfect stay at a classic Connecticut bed and breakfast that includes a cooking class and dinner with (new) friends. Bring your own favorite wine if you wish, and we’ll provide the soup, bowls, and spoons!
- December 14th: Butternut Squash with Sage and Apple & New England Style Clam Chowder
- December 21st: Creamy Chicken Chowder & Spicy Red Pepper Bisque
See you at the inn!
December 1st, 2014 by hafford
Time for big savings on your gift certificates for the holidays. Purchase a Scranton Seahorse Inn gift certificate today for a family member, friends and even yourself and save 25%. Gift certificates in denominations of $200, 300, 400 and 500 are all available for 25% off. That’s right you can get $500 gift certificate for just $375.
- Gift certificates will be emailed to the purchaser the day of purchase
- Gift certificate sale runs 12/1/14 – 12/23/14
- Gift Certificates purchased this month are valid beginning 1/1/15 and never expire.
Call the Scranton Seahorse Inn @ 203.245.0550 today and cross some gifts off your holiday shopping list.
See you at the inn!
December 1st, 2014 by hafford
We hope that you’ll join us for our last wine dinner of the season. I’ll be joined in the kitchen by Chef Paul Barron and we have put together an amazing hearty 5 course December dinner paired with some delicious wines from our friends and the Madison Wine Exchange. We are limited to 18th seats so call us to make your reservations. Rates for an overnight stay on Saturday and dinner for two start at $380.
Saturday . December 13th . 7PM
Cato Farms – Hooligan
local honey / grilled brioche
Ginger-Orange Grilled Shrimp
belgium endive / watercress / frisee / pomegranate sherry vinaigrette
Roasted Pumpkin Risotto
wild mushroom / toasted pumpkin seeds
Roast Pork Shoulder
parsnip puree / brussels sprouts & bacon / whole grain mustard / sage jus
Pair of Pears
bosc pear ice cream / poached pear
October 29th, 2014 by hafford
Our CSA from Bishops Orchard’s provided us with a bounty of local squash and pumpkin this season. This leaves us no choice but to invite you into the Scranton Seahorse Inn kitchen to help cook up some of our favorite perfectly sweet fall flavors. In this class we’ll start off by discussing the local varieties of squash and roasting techniques before we get started with a hands on class creating:
- Pumpkin Ice Cream
- Pumpkin Cheese Cake
- Pumpkin Harvest Bread
- Pumpkin Cannoli
- Wednesday November 12th
- 5:30 – 8:30 (approximately
- Maximum 8 students
- $50 class only or
- $160 class & over night accommodations (single occupancy, $210 – double)
Call me at 203.245.0550 today to reserve your spot. See you at the inn!
October 28th, 2014 by hafford
We have rooms at such great prices this weekend it’ll scare you! Any of our standard rooms with a queen bed and private bath are just $150 and our deluxe rooms are $200. No minimum night requirement. Of course breakfast is included in the morning and don’t forget that on Sunday you get to sleep in an extra hour! Come explore the shoreline and take advantage of the great fall weather while it lasts.
Call the inn at 203.245.0550 to reserve your room for Friday or Saturday.
October 21st, 2014 by hafford
….these are a few of my favorite things! Bill and I have been hard at work sampling a lot of the harvest beers and we’ve picked our favorites. The next step was to pair them with some of our all time favorite cheese. Now we can’t wait to share the results of our research with our guests. For the next few weeks during autumn rather than wine and cheese we’ll be featuring a harvest beer and cheese hour. Book your room and join us in the common dining room each night at 5pm and we’ll sample a few of my favorite things….
See you at the inn!